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Levaquin Side Effects are quickly proving the Levaquin cipro 500mg for upper respiratory infection 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  • grepafloxacin (was withdrawn from the worldwide market by the manufacturer in 1999 because of adverse cardiac events.)
  • sparfloxacin
  • trovafloxacin (was withdrawn worldwide between 1999 and 2000 because of the risk of hepatic toxicity.)
  • gatafloxacin
  • Omniflox/temafloxacin was removed from the market in 1982 after three people died (Yet Levaquin killed minimally 924 people between 1996-2008 and is still on the market.)

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

FUN FACT - As of February 2014, about 45,000 individual cases of fluoroquinolone damage has been reported to the FDA.  

The FDA states that only 1%-5% of the actual number of adverse reactions that occur are reported.

So that could read, 'As of February 2014, there have been 900,000 to 4,500,000 cases of adverse reactions to Fluoroquinolones. 

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
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.

How Long Do Levaquin
Side Effects Last?

If you don't do anything about it, side effects can last for months, years, decades, or the rest of your life

If you don't do anything in particular other than wait it out, MAYBE symptoms will fade away within a year, but if they don't....they won't.  So you need to get to work doing the right things.

How long does levaquin last in your system?

Side effects can last the rest of your life.

But Levaquin is only in your system for a few days, let's call it a week.  

So how can that be?

Great question.  And knowing the answer is the avenue to knowing how to get better/recover.

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, psychosis, dementia, etc
  • Detached retina
  • Phototoxicity (skin sensitive to sunlight)
  • Kidney failure

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. 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 inflammation and possibly microscopic wear and tear damage to the tendon.  

But really it's multiple factors all working together to cause pain, problem, and decrease in function.   See:  What Is Tendonitis?

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.

Levaquin Tendonitis, however, is an entirely different animal.  It can quickly cause tendonitis and tendonosis AND connective tissue (tendon) cell death and structure damage.

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.



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, Dire


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