CERTAIN ANTIBIOTICS DESTROY TENDONS AND OTHER CONNECTIVE TISSUES
HAVE YOU BEEN FLOXED?
Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic of the fluoroquinolone drug class....... In 2004, the FDA requested new warning labels to be added to all of the Fluoroquinolones, including levofloxacin, regarding irreversible peripheral neuropathy, spontaneous tendon rupture and tendonitis, heart problems, toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), severe central nervous system disorders (CNS), including seizures, clostridium difficile associated colitis, photosensitivity / phototoxicity reactions (eye problems / blindness), fatal hypoglycemia, kidney damage, rhabdomyolysis (muscle wasting, anaphylactic reactions, pancreatitis, temporary as well as permanent loss of vision, irreversible double vision, impaired color vision, exanthema, abdominal pain, malaise, drug fever, dysaesthesia and eosinophilia. Pseudotumor cerebri, commonly known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), (also referred to as increased intracranial pressure), has been reported to occur as a serious adverse reaction to levofloxacin. Another serious adverse effect is autoimmune hemolytic anemia........
Attention! Fibromyalgia and Levaquin do not mix! I just hope that this helps some people avoid what I've gone through from taking Levaquin. A couple of months ago, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin for my allergies. I never even looked at the possible side effects; they were just Antibiotics. Just two days later my body hurt in every muscle from head to toe. I was told I had to stay on them 10 days so I tried (I made it to day 8). Then I read the side effects information and was shocked to learn that Levaquin attacks ligaments and tendons. I learned that they could pop [rupture] and cause problems for months or even years.
About day 7 I felt a tendon SNAP in my right shoulder. I could not even raise my arm the pain was so awful. I then went to my regular doctor who put a steroid injection in my shoulder and gave me steroid pills.
Doctors should not prescribe this antibiotic to patients with Fibromyalgia. My doctor said that my severe reaction was not typical. After studying the matter, I tend to disagree. Anyway, here I am two months later with an aching shoulder. And this could last for months, or even years. I had no idea there were this many side effects listed, and would never have taken this drug if I had read the info paper first. I am in pain every waking moment. These pills attacked my whole body.
Deb G. 5/29/2013
Oh, I forgot to include this portion of the quote in the top section. "Tendon damage may manifest months after therapy had been completed and in severe cases may result in lifelong disabilities. Older patients may have an increased risk of tendinopathy (including rupture), especially with concomitant corticosteroid use.... Current or past treatment with oral corticosteroids is associated with an increased risk of Achilles tendon rupture, especially in elderly patients also taking the fluoroquinolones.... Within this group concomitant use of corticosteroids increases this risk substantially." I have warned repeatedly that CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS never provide lasting relief or benefit, but usually result in some serious (degenerative) side effects.