Antibiotics and stethoscope

Antibiotics are magical. Americans think of such drugs as miracle medicines. It all stems from the discovery of penicillin. Here was a drug that changed history. People who would have normally died from infections could be saved. As a result, most antibiotics, including Levaquin (levofloxacin), are perceived as highly effective and extremely safe. But we have heard from far too many people that levofloxacin left them with long-lasting disabilities. Here is just one such story:

Q. I was prescribed the generic antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin) on 6/25/13 for “walking pneumonia.” The doctor did not provide any information about the drug. The prescription was for one a day for 10 days.

After two days (2 pills) I was in such extreme pain throughout my entire body that I could not walk, get up or go down stairs. I was in a wheelchair for a week and had to use a walker for a couple of weeks more. The pain in my joints, especially my neck, upper shoulders, lower back, legs, knees, etc. was almost unbearable.

It has now been almost eight months and I am still experiencing joint pains that seem to move around my body: one day my neck hurts; another day it’s my knees, thighs, hamstrings; then my back is affected.

When the pains began, I tried to contact the doctor. I left messages with her office that I could not tolerate the Levaquin and to please give me something else.  She apparently was calling the wrong number, (the office had both my numbers!) and never spoke to me.  Finally, after taking 6 of the pills, I decided to stop as I figured I’d be dead with 4 more!

Upon returning to the doctor a week after my first visit, I told her of my experience and that I had stopped taking the antibiotic.  She insisted my side effect reactions had nothing to do with the Levaquin and were not a result of this drug!  She told me to take 800mg of ibuprofen three times a day for the pain.

A month later in July I saw my orthopedist.  He could offer no help, but his nurse shared with me that she had had the same side effects from Levaquin and that it had been a year and she was still experiencing joint pains all over; one day here, another day there.

Going on the Internet I discovered that many other people have suffered the same side effects as I had…some for years!  I called the FDA to report the above, but was not able to get any of the required information from the pharmacy (no manufacturer, expiration date, Lot.#, etc.). I completed 5 pages of information on the FDA’s MedWatch form about side effects and such and faxed them to the FDA.  I also discovered there are some 3400 lawsuits regarding levofloxacin.

A. You are not the first person to report serious complications from levofloxacin (Levaquin). This is an antibiotic in the class called fluoroquinolones (FQs) or quinolones for short. Other medications in this category include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive)levofloxacin (Levaquin)moxifloxacin (Avelox) and norfloxacin (Noroxin).

You are also correct that it is hard to complete the FDA’s MedWatch forms because it is almost impossible to get the essential information they demand (manufacturer, expiration date, Lot # and NDC number) from the pill bottle.

The FDA Comes Clean on Levaquin (levofloxacin) & Other FQs:

Quinolone antibiotics have been around for more than 30 years. Doctors prescribe these drugs for a range of infections including:

  • UTIs or urinary tract infections
  • URIs or upper respiratory tract infections such as sinusitis or pneumonia
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Skin infections
  • Bacterial prostatitis

For many of those years prescribers assumed that side effects were not that big a deal. Most did not realize that adverse drug reactions could persist even after the medications were stopped.

Millions of people have taken drugs like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin (levofloxacin) without being informed of potential problems. In 2016 the FDA issued the following safety communication:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising that the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolones should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options.

An FDA safety review has shown that fluoroquinolones when used systemically (i.e. tablets, capsules, and injectable) are associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects that can occur together. These side effects can involve the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system.”

Prior to this announcement, many physicians discounted reports from patients of long-lasting, disabling reactions to FQs. Even with the FDA’s safety communication, many health professionals do not warn patients in advance what could happen. The only way to appreciate the gravity of the situation is to read actual accounts from real people:

Stories from Readers:

Doug shared his joint problems:

“I was taking a 30-day prescription of Cipro for a prostate infection. After playing full court basketball, I awoke the next morning to knees that felt as though they were encased in concrete.

“My legs constantly ache as if I had just walked 20 miles.  Many nights I cannot sleep due to the pain in my legs and, for now, I cannot play basketball as the left knee area, in particular, is too weak.

“Ever since that time (20 months ago) I have suffered in every way imaginable. Sometimes I cannot even walk up my apartment stairs. I have seen my doctor, an acupuncturist and chiropractors. No one can make it go away. This has totally impacted my life, since I can’t play tennis and have a very hard time playing basketball. Do you have a suggestion?”

Ellen reported this reaction to levofloxacin:

“I have had side effects from levofloxacin and I’ve been getting the runaround from the doctor’s office. It has affected my hands, my fingers, my knees, my ankles, my elbows and my hip. It moves around and I haven’t been able to work because of it. I never know how bad one day is going to be to the next.”

Greg has tendon problems:

“I took this medicine four years ago. I was also very physically active before taking it. After 7 days on the med, I developed body-wide tendon and nerve damage that has yet to improve. There are literally thousands of people who have been crippled.”

D.B. is another person who cannot exercise after taking an FQ:

“I had a similar experience with Cipro. I took it a year and a half ago and have had terrible joint problems ever since. The problems started almost immediately after taking Cipro. I’ve had to spend thousands on tests, physical therapy and doctors’ visits. The worst is my feet and ankles hurt so bad that walking is difficult now. I can no longer exercise without suffering days of pain. All this time, there is some improvement but much of the damage is permanent.”

L.P. reveals that it does not take a big dose to cause long-lasting agony:

“I took Levaquin on Nov.14, 2012. After 6 pills I had Achilles tendonitis, small tears, muscle aches and joint pain all over. Two years later I am still suffering from tendonitis, bursitis in my shoulder joints, fatigue and insomnia. I never ached so much in my life and it continues to get worse. I walk with a cane. There is numbness in my foot and leg diagnosed as neuropathy. Levaquin was prescribed for suspected urinary tract infection. It was contraindicated with my other meds and my age. This just should not be.

“This drug has caused permanent damage and ended most of my life activities. Doctors need to be informed what this med does and care about the consequences. I hope this antibiotic gets off the market or is used only in a life or death situation.”

The People’s Pharmacy Warnings About Fluoroquinolones:

We could provide hundreds of other stories, but by now you have the idea. (You can read more in the comment section below or at this article.

New FDA Warning For Popular Cipro and Levaquin Antibiotics!

We have been warning about serious FQ side effects for over 20 years. We think the FDA was way too slow to alert health professionals and patients to some of the most serious complications of these drugs. According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 21 million people get a prescription for a quinolone antibiotic each year.

The FDA issued an alert about FQs in 2013 about neuropathy:

“This serious nerve damage potentially caused by fluoroquinolones may occur soon after these drugs are taken and may be permanent… Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder occurring in the arms or legs. Symptoms include pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness, or a change in sensation to light touch, pain or temperature, or the sense of body position. It can occur at any time during treatment with fluoroquinolones and can last for months to years after the drug is stopped or be permanent. Patients using fluoroquinolones who develop any symptoms of peripheral neuropathy should tell their health care professionals right away.”

In addition to the nerve damage, these drugs can cause lots of other serious complications, including tendinitis or even tendon rupture. When this happens it can be a life-altering event. Joint pain and arthritis-like adverse reactions have not generally been recognized as a long-lasting complication of quinolones in adults, though they have been noted in children. We long believed the people who reported this problem on our website rather than the official prescribing information for these antibiotics. It took the FDA decades to acknowledge the problems with tendons and nerves. The agency was also slow to recognize the joint complications.

Unlike many of the people who have reported problems on this website, we are not calling for the banning of quinolone antibiotics. Goodness knows, we are running out of effective medications against serious infections given the degree of bacterial resistance that has evolved over the years. But doctors must inform patients of potential fluoroquinolone side effects BEFORE people start taking such drugs. Here is a list to be aware of:

Fluoroquinolone Side Effects and Complications:

  • Digestive distress, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, heartburn, vomiting
  • Headache, dizziness
  • Agitation, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Tendon problems, tendinitis, tendon rupture
  • Retinal detachment
  • Nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy, nerve tingling, numbness
  • Allergic reactions, skin rash, anaphylaxis (life-threatening reaction requiring immediate medical attention!)
  • Super-infections including C. diff diarrhea
  • Hallucinations, psychosis, seizures
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Irregular heart rhythms, torsades de pointes, QT prolongation
  • Kidney or liver damage
  • Blood disorders
  • Arthritis, muscle and joint pain, weakness

Share your own experience with FQ antibiotics below. We want to hear the pros and cons of such drugs. Let others know how such medications worked for you and what, if any, side effects you have experienced.

Revised: 3/23/17

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  1. Sharon
    Nashville Tn
    Reply

    I took Levaquin and steroids at the same time for pneumonia which I have had many times and has also caused Bronchiecktasis in both lungs. I have often gotten leg cramps for various reasons in my calves. But with the Levaquin I experienced pain going down the outside of my legs from the knee down to my ankles? The pain was so severe that I screamed from the pain…especially when the pain hit my ankles on the outside of my calves… on the Achilles. I screamed and cried!. This was so much worse than a Charlie-horse which I had had occasionally when I was young. I thought the steroid had caused it and quit that med but the pains still woke me up at night…. always going down the outside of my calves till it hit the Achilles’ tendon. Thank God I quit the meds before the tendons were ruptured but I have suffered from random pain in my neck and joints …currently the pain is on the outside of my knee. Please don’t take a chance at taking Levaquin! Sharon

  2. Sandy D
    61465
    Reply

    I started taking levofloxacin on 9/24/17 in the hopital through my IV got out of the hospital on 9/28/17 was perscibed to take 750mg tabs once a day for 11days. Today is day 7 and I can barely use my arms they hurt so bad. I am afraid to take anymore. I went to my Dr today and she said do not stop taking what am I suppose to due by tomorrow U might not be able to use my arms at all.

    • Sandy D
      IL
      Reply

      I would say I will not ever take levaquin again very serious side effects.

  3. Deb
    PA
    Reply

    I took Levaquin 10 years ago for Bronchitis. It ruined my life. After 1 dose, I went to bed and woke up several hours later hallucinating. My spouse took me to the ER and they told me I had had a CNS reaction to the drug but it would wear off in 24 hours or less. I went home and expected to get on with my life.

    What followed was weeks of “out of body” experiences, insomnia, nervousness. Then my legs started to feel very heavy. My doctor tested me for MS, low thyroid etc and couldn’t find anything. 10 years later, I am still experiencing chronic fatigue and pain/weakness in legs and arms which all started with that one does of Levaquin. I would never ever let anyone I care about take this drug. It’s not worth the risk.

  4. Nancy
    FL
    Reply

    I took Levofloxacin 750 mg for double pneumonia and had no problems. In fact, I was given a double dose because I still did not feel up to par and was taking a trip to N.Y to see the new 9-11 memorial.

    Toward the end of the last dose, I began feeling really bad at night time…restless, not able to relax…so I stopped taking it. Now, 4 months later, I went to the doctor for bronchitis…had a chest x-ray with no pneumonia. I was given the same med because it took away the double pneumonia that I had previously.

    I did read the label before beginning and I saw that there were severe warnings in the paperwork with the med bottle. I was told…”Oh they have to warn you about everything for all medications because it affects people differently.” Made sense to me. So I began the Levofloxacin.

    This time, I had strange sensations in my lower body…like heavy lead weights. It would come and go. So before taking day 3, I looked online and found this site. What stories!!! I decided to not continue! The scary thing is that it seems to be able to come on a person even a long time after stopping taking the medicine.

    I am allergic to so many medicines, that I was hoping this would not be a problem…but I can’t take a chance. Thanks to all of you who wrote. May God Bless you!

  5. Mary D.
    Philadelphia, PA
    Reply

    I took Levaquin twice that I know of. Most times I recall haven taken other anti-biotics, like Azithromycin. I get Bronchitis a lot.

    The first time I took Levaquin was last year, sometime in 2016. I read the side effects from the pharmacy, but I trusted that my doctor would not give me anything dangerous unless he felt I really needed it, and he knew the side affects were temporary or the percentage of risk very low.

    Afterwards I noticed my knees would crackle and pop and every so often making a slight turning movement while walking, I would experience a sharp pain so terrible I would cry out and reach for something to hold onto. I guess it was some sort of instinctive reaction because I would curl up into a fetal position even if I was standing, what they call doubling over.

    I began to be afraid I might fall. Going up and down the stairs was increasingly difficult. I wondered if it was from the Levaquin, but also thought it might be related to being overweight.

    The second time I took it was either after the Holidays in December or early 2017. I can’t remember the exact date. When I saw that the doctor had given me this awful drug again I was afraid to take it. But I was really so sick I was afraid not to. I should have called and asked for something else! I began to experience side effects right away.

    I was very ill. In bed for at least 6 weeks and not really 100% even after that. Though I was recovering from the Bronchitis / touch of pneumonia I was having more and more trouble with my legs. The back of my ankles would feel as if they were in a knot. I had various muscle cramps here and there.

    I was hearing very plainly noises of things that actually didn’t happen, like my husband walking up the stairs with the dog, entering our bedroom, putting on his work clothes and sitting in the big armchair we have by the window. I was in the next room. Imagine my surprise when I went downstairs and both my husband and the dog were lounging on the couch right where I had left them. I asked him and he said hea hadn’t moved. There was another incident like this but I don’t recall the details.

    I had various numbing, tingling and burning sensations.

    I also had the “Agitation, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, confusion” on the side effects list. I began to think I was depressed. I felt like my life had no meaning, I was not having any fun, nor was I determined to take on challenges as is my nature. In fact I did less and less. I was not sure why I should continue in this world of woe.

    I remember a night so frightening because I had a sense this drug was taking over my whole body. I could almost feel it moving up my spine. I was praying and I somehow reached somewhere deep within myself and fought it like my life depended on it.

    Since I am 64 and overweight, many of these symptoms can be considered part of the aging process but by now I knew it was the Levaquin.

    So when I saw my doctor later on for something else, I told him please do not ever give me this drug again. He explained he had to give it to me because other drugs were not working on whatever was going around / causing upper respiratory illness at that time. And he said, the drug should be out of your system by now. I persisted, and he made a note of it. He said to please call him if I ever have any problems with any medication. I am sure he would have given me something else if I had asked. But I was surprised he did not seem informed of the longevity of side effects associated with this drug; especially when they feature so prominently on the literature from the drug store.

    The warnings do say side effects can happen even months after taking the drug. I told him next time give me something else or just let me die. I walk with a cane now when I am able to walk. Considering a walker. I cannot put any pressure on my left heel. It results in excruciating pain in my knee. The doctor thinks I have arthritis and I have pain pills I take every day. They do help with the pain but what hope do I have of ever getting better?

    Don’t be foolish like I was. It is not worth the risk. ICertainly would be very scared to give this medication to children. To my mind it is poison.

  6. T
    NC
    Reply

    Was given Levaquin after being diagnosed with two blood infectious diseases five days after surgery. I took this medication for a total of nine days. Two days in hospital and the other seven at home. The dosage was 750mg. Hands started shaking and they tingled. I can’t close hands fully in pain constantly. Forearms have knots in them along the tendon and they hurt and burn along with wrists. Ankles, feet, calves, and Achilles’ tendon stay on fire. Ugh I wish I would have known all the effects. I was told only the Achilles and tendons would be effected (sore) but they will go away. Nope not so it’s been a lil over a month and the pain has worsened. I have a toddler (2yrs) and I can not pick him up, I can not hold him, nor can I run after him because I don’t not have the strength in my arms and legs to do so. I hope this does resolve I miss holding and rocking my son to sleep.

  7. Karin
    Clinton, IA
    Reply

    Hello, was prescribed Levaquin for pneumonia. I already have 2 nerve diseases and other medical issues. After two days on the Levaquin I started with headaches and pain and aches in my neck. Third day I started w severe pain on tendon on top of my foot. By end of third day my right knee started to swell under the knee cap that I couldn’t bend my knee. Fourth day not only under knee cap was very swollen but on right side , back and top of knee were just as swollen. More than twice the size of other leg. Pain and deep ache as well. I already had mild shaking on left hand from my nerve disease.

    Now it has gone beyond mild. Can’t use my left hand to type this as can’t hit the right letters! The Dr who prescribed Levaquin was not my regular Dr as he was gone for 2 days. I informed him of all 5 diseases to include the severe nerve diseases. He didn’t blink in still prescribing this to me. He should never have given me Levaquin with two severe nerve diseases. He even asked me what treatments I receive for them. I told him the epidural, stellate ganglion block, and two hour ketamine infusion every three months for 30+ years. He still put me on Levaquin. I Deal with so much pain daily before Levaquin and now this Dr has caused me even more. This drug should be last resort drug used to fight infection.

  8. Sue
    Ny and Fl
    Reply

    In April 2017 I was prescribed Levaquin 750 mg (5 pills) for sinusitis. I took 2 pills and then stopped due to leg pain. Now 5 months later I have Achilles tendonitis, a full and a partial rotator cuff tear and a meniscus tear. My orthopaedist just informed me that I need a shoulder replacement. I am going to PT for my knee and am just suffering daily with heel pain. The doctors deny that these devasting effects could have been caused by the Levaquin. I used to play golf 3 times a week, but now resort to playing bridge and reading. What a travesty! I would like to sue the pharmaceutical company for ruining the years I have left with my family.

  9. ALICE
    FL
    Reply

    I took 500 mg of Levaquin once a day for seven days to treat walking pneumonia. On day for, I had pain in me feet. By day seven, my hands began to ache with pain in my finger joints. It’s been two days since I finished the meds, and the pain in feet is gone, but I still can’t make a fist without pain that limits my ability to grip. I called the prescribing doctor who said the symptoms should abate over a short period of time. Sadly, I have read stories of people where side-effects we’re permanent. Has anyone else had this “hand/joint ache” and if so, did it go away? Alice

  10. Dirk
    Indianapolis
    Reply

    Five years ago was prescribed Cipro for prostatitis. I WAS a very healthy and active 40 years old man who loved running, and did so up to 5 days per week, logging upwards of 15-20 miles weekly. At that time, I was 195# and very physically fit. Five years later, I have been battling a mostly losing battle against chronic joint issues, including plantar fasciitis that put me out of running and elbow, knee, ankle and shoulder joint inflammation and extreme pain.

    If I play the couch potato, I’m not in constant pain, so I can choose to sit life out on the couch, which I have had to do much of this five years, gaining 50 lbs of fat, OR I can keep trying to somehow get back in shape. I have been taking things VERY slowly since last fall, starting with walking, stationary bike and working out with VERY light weights. I can feel when my joints start to protest, so know to quit at that point or deal with elbow tendons that are locked with extreme pain for a week. It is almost a maddening pace of progression, but I don’t want to become sedentary because of this drug!!!!!!! I REFUSE!!!!!!!! Educate yourself on the side effects of these drugs before you take them. For me, I am certain they have caused permanent and chronic joint/tendon issues.

  11. Lainey
    new york
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am so glad all of you are telling your stories. This entire site should be sent to the maker of the drug and to the FDA.

    I too have had many problems and it did not dawn on me till a few days ago when I was on levaquin. I have taken levaquin quite a few times the past few years. I only take levaquin as I am allergic to most anti-biotics. I never really felt any problem with the drug while I was taking it , or did not relate any issue I may have had while taking levaquin Let me explain my story……

    About 3 years ago, I started to be off balance! Always fearful of a fall! (I have fallen quite a few times in the past 3 years). I am not old, when this first started I was only 54-55 yrs old.

    After the balance issue started, I started to get severe ankle and heel pain. If i walked to much or lightly cleaned my home, I was in severe pain and had to lay down and take tylenol until it sort of passed, but, not fully. I also began to walk funny, as if I had a disability. I was terrified to walk up steps anywhere if there was no railing. This all became debilitating and embarrassing for me.

    This then turned into, lower back and hip pain, which now is almost constant. Bringing the laundry basket from the basement to the 1st floor became a very difficult issue.
    I have told my GP, 2 rheumatologists, physical therapist, personal trainer, and finally a neurologist. The neurologist diagnosed me with Neuropathy, damaged nerves. He is the one who sent me for physical therapy which did not work, I always came home in more pain.

    Well like I said, it was not until last week when I was on levaquin and after day 5 extreme pain in my back, heels and hips, swollen left ankle, swollen right knee. I immediately stopped the levaquin, as I got really scared. That night I started to look up neuropathy to look up all my symptoms and there it was on Youtube….Neuropathy and levaquin.

    After seeing all the video’s, I was convinced that this was my issue, the levaquin caused my neuropathy, nerve damage. Please , please, warn everyone that you know not to take any Fluoroquinolone drugs such as levaquin, avalon, cipro,or floxin. Bring this to the attention of all the doctors you go to , as from what I am researching is that this is a permanent condition. It has terribly and sadly changed my life dramatically. I went from an active person, going to the gym, gardening, decorating, shopping,,,etc, loving life to being sad from all of this.

    God Bless all of you going through this terrible ordeal, and please go onto every site that you can to learn more as there are many other symptoms, like disc probs in the back, panic attacks, insomnia……Take Care.

  12. Kathie
    Milford pa
    Reply

    I was given levaquin 500 mg twice a day after sinus surgery back in March 2017.
    After taking this for four days I started noticing weakness in my ankles and knees ! Within a day I was experiencing pain in both my ankles and knees! The swelling in my knees was so bad I could barely get pants over them especially the left! I stopped the levaquin hoping this would help!

    When I told my ent he just said some people have bad reactions and stopping was good ! Nothing more ! The pain and swelling kept me from going back to work for an extra week but it eventually subsided enough to be bearable. Since I have never had issues with my joints this is completely new! My left knee can sometimes be sore but not as bad until Sunday of this week (08-27-17). I started feeling tenderness in the evening and by bedtime the pain in my knee was unbearable!

    I could not even have anything even touch it! My hips are even tensor and this is new ! I had to call out of work for the last 2 days! Yesterday, I still could Not walk on it at all ! Today from iceing and Tylenol I can bare the pain and walking is possible but not without difficulty ! I am hoping with rest it will subside once again.

    Apparently, the effects are still something I will have to cope with as it’s been 5 months since taking this !! Anyone with suggestions, please help.

  13. JH
    Surrey
    Reply

    I was given Levofloacin for H pylori. After taking the first tablet I woke up in the morning feeling very heavy and could not walk properly, as if I was very drunk. Spent the day in bed after taking the second tablet. The pain was a lot worse throughout my body, especially my legs. I also had very bad suicide thoughts on the 3rd day. I could not understand what was happening until I read the website about these tablets. I immediately stopped taking them and will refer back to my GP. They are very dangerous tablets and should be stopped!!!!!!!!!

  14. Joan
    Pennsylvania
    Reply

    I was given Levaquin by IV in the hospital and then in pill form for 6 weeks for a knee replacement infection. I ended up with severe shoulder and forearm pain that was so bad that it was worse than my knee surgery. I ached all the time and could not even stand the weight of holding my coffee cup. My shoulder pops and cracks when my arms move and pain shoots through my arms. It has been three months now and although slightly improved I still ache and have problems moving my arms. The doctors could not understand why I was having the problem. While researching my medicines I read about Levaquin side effects and realized that was the problem. I eventually had to go back to work and I try and hide the pain I am in. I wander if Iwill ever heal.

  15. Susan
    Seabrook, Texas
    Reply

    In 2004 I was prescribed Levaquin for a URI. I filled the prescription and went home to go to bed. A few minutes after taking the first pill, I had a severe anaphylaxis reaction. I stumbled to my bedroom door and made it to the hallway before collapsing. The lady that cleaned my house happened to be there and heard me. She immediately called 911 and they arrived in about 4 minutes. I feel certain that I would have died if she hadn’t been there.

    Since that time, I have heard of this happening to several other people. I was told in the hospital that this was EXTREMELY rare. I do not allow either of my children to be prescribed any drug in the quinolone family. These drugs should not be used except as a last resort when no other drugs are not effective.

  16. james
    FL
    Reply

    DO NOT TAKE UNLESS YOU ARE ON DEATH’S DOOR. I am a healthy 35 yr old, not overweight, no previous injuries. I took levaquin, they prescribed for a UTI. During the week of treatment my joints and esp. fingers felt a little “warm.” 6 months later, unable to run, unable to sleep comfortably.

    Joints popping and cracking in every part of my body: neck, back, hips, sternum, shoulders, wrists, fingers, ankles, knees. If I move something pops out of place and hurts. Disks in back sliding out. Pain is constant. Cannot lift things, cannot go to gym. Cannot bend knees fully. Feel like this is going to get worse….. very sad! READ BEFORE TAKING MEDS!

  17. Donna H
    Georgetown , Texas
    Reply

    I went to Next care for upper respitory, laryngitis and ear infection. I was put on Amoxcillin 875 clavulanate and the Medrol pak and levoflacin 750 for 7 days. After last pill I started having severe knee pain, shoulder and neck pain. Nothing was said about side affects of any kind.

    The day I went to Ear Specialist, I noticed when walking back to my car my knees were really hurting and my neck and shoulders. I sent a email to Nextcare and will check with my new primary doctor when I go for wellness visit on 17. This is devastating, the knee pain is much worse than the infection was in ears, throat and chest.

    • ALICE
      Reply

      That’s terrible. I have achy hands and a swollen joint in my finger after a week of Levaquin. Have your symptoms gotten any better?

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