Some of the most severe side effects of Levaquin include aortic aneurysms and peripheral neuropathy, a serious type of nerve damage. Recently, a number of lawsuits have been filed by people who accuse drug-makers of downplaying side effects.
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Common Side Effects of Levaquin
Serious Levaquin Side Effects
- Tendon ruptures, tendon inflammation (tendinitis)
- Aortic aneurysms
- Hypersensitivity and/or anaphylactic reactions
- Serious allergic reaction
- Liver toxicity
- Central nervous system effects (convulsions, toxic psychoses, increased intracranial pressure, light-headedness, confusion, hallucination, paranoia, anxiety, nightmares, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions)
- Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
- Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Heart rhythm disorders (QT interval prolongation)
- Musculoskeletal disorders in pediatric patients
- Changes in blood-sugar levels
- Sensitivity to light
- Development of drug-resistant bacteria
- And more
Levaquin and Aortic Aneurysms
The journal JAMA Internal Medicine published a study linking Levaquin and aortic aneurysms in October 2015. Current users were 2.4-times more likely to develop aortic aneurysm, and past users were 50% more likely.
Aortic aneurysms occur when the wall of the aorta weakens and bulges outward. In severe cases, the aorta ruptures and causes severe internal bleeding.
Quinolone antibiotics can damage collagen in connective tissue, which is why they are linked to tendon injuries. Collagen is also found in the wall of the aorta, which raises concern that they could lead to aortic aneurysm:
As fluoroquinolones may induce degradation of collagen causing tendinopathy, this raises the concern that fluoroquinolones may cause or aggravate aortic aneurysm and dissection by a similar mechanism.”
FDA Warning for Levaquin Nerve Damage Side Effects
In 2004, the FDA ordered Janssen Pharmaceuticals to add nerve damage to the list of possible Levaquin side effects. In 2013, the FDA published a Safety Communication and ordered Janssen to warn that nerve damage from Levaquin could occur rapidly (within days, in some cases) and cause complications that last for months or years.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Pain, burning, tingling, numbness
- Muscle weakness
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle weakness
Recently, lawsuits have been filed by people who developed nerve damage. They accuse Janssen of downplaying risk information between 2004-2013, incorrectly telling patients and doctors that nerve damage was “rare” and could be avoided by discontinuing the drug when symptoms appeared. Click here to read more.
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