By Joshua Tucker

Levaquin Side Effects
Serious Tendon Damage

Levaquin Side Effects are quickly proving the Levaquin medication to be a dangerous choice of antibiotic.

All across the country, complaints about increased pain and tendon damage and tendon rupture have been coming in from people that have been prescribed Levaquin.

Levaquin has a significant side effect of tendon degradation (Tendonosis) and tendon rupture, even in people that had no tendon issue before taking the drug.

While people have been getting damaged by floroquinolone antibiotics, people are starting to wonder "What is Levaquin?" and 'Why did it hurt me so drastically?". It's been hitting the medical news and even main stream news.

Of course, lawyers are jumping all over it and looking forward to class action lawsuits. As they should be. Doctors and the medical field, for the most part seems unaware and unconcerned.




** Levaquin Damage is NOT a repetitive strain injury!


What is Levaquin?

Levaquin belongs to a group of medications known as fluoroquinolones or Quinolone Antibiotics (opens in new page), sometimes known just as "quinolones" for short, that also includes the antibiotics Cipro, Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, Norfloxacin, and Avelox. 


Cousins that have been removed from the market due to 'unacceptable' damage statistics include (but are not limited to):

  • grepafloxacin
  • sparfloxacin
  • trovafloxacin
  • gatafloxacin


Statistically, Levaquin harms more people than Cipro.  Depending on who you walk to, of course.


Each one of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics has horror stories.  Here's one from one you don't hear about quite as much; Norfloxacin.  See:  Norfloxacin Nightmare  

You'll notice that Norfloxacin side effects are the same as Levaquin side effects.


which of these are levaquin side effects?


Levaquin is a 'broad-based antibiotic', so it is used with the shotgun approach, as it is not targeted to a specific bacteria. Ideally a doctor will test and identify what bacteria seem to be the problem and pick the best antibiotic, instead of just seeing an infection and Levaquin dosing and hoping that that will do the job.

The use of Levaquin as an anti-biotic seems like a good idea until you start to notice that large numbers of people are experiencing severe unexplained Levaquin tendon damage and pain, sometimes require extensive surgery, and even end up with unrepairable damage.



What is Levaquin used for?

Levaquin medication is used to treat a variety of different infections in adults (only from certain kinds of bacteria) including:

* Sinus infections
* Bronchitis
* Pneumonia
* Skin infections
* Urinary tract infections (UTI)
* Kidney infections
* Prostate infections.

Interestingly enough, Levaquin is also 'approved' to prevent infection after exposure to inhaled anthrax in adults and children. I wonder how they discovered that.....

Plus, Levaquin is approved for the use with children only in cases of Anthrax poisoning. Makes me wonder how often that happens that that made it into the approval process.   Hopefully the Antrax is more a threat than the Levaquin Side Effects.




How Does Levaquin Work?

Levaquin works by interfering with two important bacterial enzymes (topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase). These enzymes are necessary for bacteria to be able to copy and repair DNA (important steps required in order for bacteria to multiply).

Whether delivered in pill form, by injection, or by IV Levaquin targets certain kinds of bacteria and disrupts their ability to replicate.

Levaquin Side Effects, at least tendon tissue related side effects, may or may not have anything to do with that enzyme targeting process. Doctors and researches don't seem to know how exactly Levaquin damages tendon tissue.


But basically it goes like this:

  1. Your body is out of health.
  2. Doctors give you Levaquin instead of fixing the cause of the dis-health.
  3. Levaquin massively depletes your body of vital nutrition, which can kill off the mitochondria that keep your cells alive.  For some reason, Levaquin targets connective tissue (of muscle, organs, nervous system, etc).  
  4. Levaquin is out of your system in three days, but the tailspin your body's systems are in keeps you in a dive into pain and problem.
  5. Some people do, but most people's body's CAN'T recover because of the factors of this tailspin.
  6. Doctors don't know how to get you out of this tailspin (for some mind-boggling reason).
  7. Your body fails to recover and can continue to quickly or slowly get worse until you correct the factors causing the tailspin.

Don't wait for a 'cure' from the western medical community.  There is no 'cure' possible in pill or surgery form.  That will never be possible, because it just doesn't work that way.



Levaquin Side Effects

Levaquin Side Effects - What are the Side Effects of Levaquin?

Like all antibiotics and drugs, the medication Levaquin has side effects.

Levaquin Side Effects like:

* Yeast infections
C Difficile Infection
* Shortness of breath
* Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
* Vomiting
* Indigestion or heartburn
* Water retention
* Chest pain
* Pain at the injection site (when the medication is given by IV)

* Vaginal irritation or infection.

Of course you are at risk of yeast infection and Intestinal Candida Symptoms if you kill all the good bacteria in your digestive tract.

* Muscle ache and pain

* Joint pain

* Tendon pain

*Tendon falling apart, literally

* Anxiety, claustrophobia, panic, brain fog, etc


There are many other side effects that I'm not going to list because every drug has a huge list of side effects, which normally aren't a problem.

But the tendon related side effects of Levaquin are much more significant. This is the first drug I've heard of that specifically targets tendon tissue and damages it.

People have reported tendon ruptures in the week or two after first taking Levaquin. That is fast and significant damage. For the most part, Levaquin side effects and dangers aren't any worse than other antibiotics'...except for the tendon damage.

Irreversible Tendonosis from the antibiotic you were give for a cold?? Oops. (BTW, antibiotics don't work for colds, doctors give them just to make people think something beneficial is being given to them.)

Cipro and Floxin and Floxacin are also bad guys from the same quinolone family that cause joint pain, burning nerve pain, and possible tissue damage.

www.Levaquin.com says this: "Fluoroquinolones, including LEVAQUIN™, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, in patients taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients with kidney, heart, or lung transplants."

They don't, unfortunately, tell you the rest of the potentially permanently disabling side effects, nor offer any alternatives or cures.



Levaquin Tendonitis

Levaquin Side Effects - Levaquin Tendonitis and Tendonosis


Tendonitis is rip and tear damage to the tendon.

Growing knowledge of tendonitis is pointing to a particular issue of 'Tendonosis', which basically means that due to lack of blood, the outer layers of a tendon begin to die and deteriorate.

Then the dying areas get pulled apart due to the stresses placed on the tendon from muscle contraction.


Somehow, Levaquin causes targeted degeneration of the tendon and other connective tissue.

This can happen quickly, like in a week or two, even as soon as 2 hours after delivery to the body. Or due to extended Levaquin use, it can slowly do damage over time. It just depends on the person, their body's reaction to Levaquin, and the Levaquin dosage they take.

A common Levaquin dosage is 250mg to 500mg. I just spoke to a woman yesterday whose doctor gave her 1 gram dosage of Levaquin. Looking around the internet I also see that a 'common' dose of Levaquin 750 mg.

So depending on how much Levaquin a person takes, and how their body reacts to it, and a host of other factors that haven't yet been identified, a person on Levaquin may or may not experience tendon damage.

Levaquin Side Effects are a serious consideration if you are thinking of taking that particular antibiotic, no matter how young or healthy you are. The woman who was prescribed 1g is 25 years old, and suddenly has severe Achilles Tendonitis pain and limitation- possibly permanently.






Do You Know What To Do If
You Have Levaquin Damage?

Levaquin Side Effects - What to do about them

  1. Educate yourself! (Which includes getting on the free 7 Day E-Course with the form below.)
  2. Educate others! Help me spread the word so people can get relief from their Levaquin induced pain and damage, and even better, avoid getting Fluoroquinolone cytotoxicity in the first place.
  3. Please share a link to this page on the forums and blogs you visit.  So many people out there suffering from Levaquin Side Effects don't have the first clue what to do.  Nor do they know the very FIRST thing they should immediately be focusing on (hint:  it's magnesium).
  4. Please take a moment and click on the 'like' button above this section. The more people know about this, the less pain there will be in the world.
  5. It can't hurt to be aware of legal options, here's a start:  Levaquin Class Action Suit

Share your story below, and read other people's experience with Levaquin Side Effects at the bottom fo the page.

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Now, What Specifically To Do If You Have Side Effects
From Levaquin?

Now, what specifically to do if you have side effects from Levaquin?

Doctors don't have anything to offer to reverse these disabling side effects and damage that is being done. But some common sense and some understanding of how the body works is a good place to start.

But there IS hope if you have experienced ANY of the multitude of tendon and toxicity problems caused by Levaquin, you can read more about the 'Levaquin Tendonitis Solution' on the Healing Levaquin Tendonitis page. While there are many doctors and people suffering from this problem that claim that the damage can't be healed, there are certainly people who HAVE healed from this and so there ARE solutions. In any case, supporting the body's healing processes, stopping any further damage and keeping pain levels down is the number one priority.

For a more in depth and technical description of some of the problems caused by Levaquin and what one of the 'worst case scenarios' is for what could happen to you if you take these antibiotics and end up with Levaquin Tendonitis and toxicity, see my conversation with David Fuller, Director of the Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Research Foundation (website has been shut down). Side Effects Of Levaquin Conversation.

Don't get discouraged after reading his site though. There is hope, and there are specific activities to take to help your body heal.




Have You Taken Levaquin and Had A Bad Experience?

Do you have a story about you or a loved one taking the Levaquin antibiotic? What were the Levaquin side effects? Levaquin Tendonitis or tendon rupture?

Specifically:
1. What did you have going on that you took Levaquin (or Cipro, Avelox, Ciprofloxacin, etc) for?
2. How much did you take?
3. How soon after did you first experience side effects?
4. Progression of side effects (who what how where when)?
5. What the doctors said about it.
6. What you've tried so far to reverse the affect on your body.
7. What helped, what didn't.
8. How long have you had side effects?
9. Any questions you might have.

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In 2009, I had pain in my left lumbar back - at the waist, not the kidneys. The doctor took a urine sample, but I had NO SYMPTOMS of a UTI - NOT ONE! …

Cipro is causing me serious pain... Not rated yet
I'm a 27 y/o who leads a very physical lifestyle. I play drums for a living as a touring musician, endorsed by drum companies, touring about 5 months out …

4 days of levaquin 500mg Not rated yet
I took levaquin 2x for respiratory infections in March-April 2002. In July 2002, I had long returned to working out and running. One day I ran miles …

Elbow Tendonitis 3 weeks after taking Levaquin Not rated yet
My doctor prescribed me 2 weeks of Levaquin pills for a severe sinus infection. I only took one weeks worth after studying this toxic drug and realizing …

Fluorquinolones are a big mistake!!! And the effects build with usage. Not rated yet
Hi,I am a 42y/o woman who now has horrendous Achilles tendonitis and cannot run anymore. Where did this come from??? Well, I have my opinion. Two years …

Took Levaquin Twice and Got Plantar Fasciitis Each Time Not rated yet
I got painful plantar fasciitis over a year ago after taking Levaquin for a sinus infection. I went to a Podiatrist, who gave me inserts for my …

Cant use my thumbs After Taking Levaquin Not rated yet
Was on levaquin three different times for three different infections. I have tendon tearing on both my thumbs and wrists. Forty one years old and can't …

Ciproflexin for a prostate infection Not rated yet
And now I can barely walk. I was prescribed ciproflexin on 8-09-2007 for a prostate infection. The surgeon advised me not to exercise while on cipro …

Possible Levaquin and Mylopathy Interaction Not rated yet
I suffer quadriparesis and other residual damage from an attack of acute transverse mylopathy level c5/c6 that incurred in 1975. 3 weeks ago while …

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End of an era, I Took Levaquin For 6 Days Not rated yet
I took Levaquin for 6 days, now I can't walk. The End ---- Joshua Answers: Hi Skeeter. Ouch. As always, there's more to …

Achilles Tendonitis from Levaquin for post-surgery infection Not rated yet
I took Levaquin (twice) for a post-surgery infection in 2005, and I remember looking up the side effects of this drug when I had a very painful stinging …

I was given IV Levaquin in hospital for two days-my story Not rated yet
My levaquin story. I need to vent. While a patient in the hospital for GI bleeding, my Dr. had a chest x-ray taken because I had a fever. Because …

On-going Tendon related issues since the late '90's and my introduction to Levaquin and Intranasal Corticosteroids Not rated yet
I wish I had kept a diary/resume of inexplicable tendon related injuries while battling chronic acute sinusitis. I've had 3 sinus surgeries since …

Toxic Reaction From Levaquin, Am I Doomed? Not rated yet
I believe I too have suffered from a toxic reaction to levaquin. Both knees are swollen and sore. I can't completely straighten one. The ENT …

Prescribed Levaquin AND Cipro, severe debilitating tendon damage Not rated yet
Hi Joshua. Thanks for making so much information available on your site. A few weeks ago I was prescribed Levaquin and Cipro and I've developed …

Cipro Related Tendon Problems- Collagen Booster without Animal Not rated yet
Hi. I am a 35 year old previously healthy female. I had reoccuring UTIs for the past two years and was given Cipro several times. The second …

Can the usage of Levaquin cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Not rated yet
I have had Carpal Tunnel Surgery on both wrists and was wondering if taking Levaquin could effect the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? ---- Joshua …

Scared with Levofloxacin and Bronchitis and Shoulder Tendonitis Not rated yet
I had surgery on my arm last year for a nerve that was also associated with a tendon in my forarm. The surgery was sucessfull and I havent had a …

Anything different to do with Cipro induced tendonitis than other forms? Not rated yet
I have had tendonitis on multiple locations due to cipro. I have been in PT, and that has worked to some degree, but is taking much longer than normal …

Horrific Experience from 750 MG of Levaquin! Not rated yet
March 17, 2006 Side effects: Levaquin 750 mg. Two days - knee function lost. Could not get out of bed on my own. Lost mobility of my hands. …

Levaquin Tendonitis getting progressively worse, in pain everyday Not rated yet
I am a 20 year old male who recently (3 months ago) became afflicted with Levaquin tendonitis. I took the medication when I was younger for acne, …

Anaphylactic Reaction From Levaquin IV For Infection Not rated yet
I FELT SICK SO MY SON TOOK ME TO THE E.R. TO BE SEEN I WAS ADMITED TO THE HOSPITAL THE DR. THIER TOLD ME I HAD AN INFECTION AND WAS GIVEN LEVAQUIN IV …

Tendon Pain, Took Levaquin For Recurrent Sinus Infection  Not rated yet
I have taken 3 courses of the Levaquin, fluroquinlone family of antibiotics. All of the sinus infections were pretty bad so I don't blame the doctors …

Want To Return My Levaquin Prescription Not rated yet
I was recently prescribed Levaquin. After reading your article I want to contact my doctor and tell her to send me a refund for the two prescriptions …

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