Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Levaquin Heals and Harms- What you should know

Many people in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas of Western Pennsylvania have been prescribed the medication Levaquin over the past decade plus. Many of these people, unfortunately, probably did not realize the increased risk of injury they faced by ingesting this medication.

Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc, have manufactured, marketed and sold the fluoroqinolone antibiotic levofloxacin under the trade name Levaquin in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties since its introduction in the U.S. in 1997. Since that time, Levaquin has become the largest selling antibiotic in the world, with sales well over $1 billion per year.

Numerous reports have determined that fluoroquinolones cause tendinopathy, including Achilles tendon ruptures, rotator cuff rupture, plantar fascia rupture, biceps tendon and quadriceps tendon ruptures. The risk of fluoroquinolone-induced tendinopathy is greater for the elderly and those undergoing any type of corticosteroid treatment.

Levaquin is at least twice as tendon toxic as any other fluoroquinolone available in Pittsburgh and the entire U.S. I will write more about this in future posts. But keep this in mind if you or anyone you know is likely to undergo a course of antibiotic treatment. There may be a safer alternative. Share this post :
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on StumbleUpon
Share on Delicious
Share on Reddit
Share on Digg
Share on simpy
Share on Technorati
furl Share on furl
Feeds RSS Subscribe to Feeds RSS

No comments:

Post a Comment