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Side effects of Levaquin have been linked to permanent and debilitating nerve damage, known as peripheral neuropathy, which can last for months or years after last use of the antibiotic.

STATUS OF LEVAQUIN NEUROPATHY LAWSUITS: A growing number of Levaquin lawsuits are being pursued by individuals throughout the United States who have discovered that nerve problems may have been caused by use of the medication. Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential claims for individuals diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, or who have suffered symptoms of nerve damage.


MANUFACTURER: Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

OVERVIEW: Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic that is part of a group of drugs known as fluoroquinolones. It is one of the most widely used antibiotics, and has been used by millions of Americans.

Prior to the introduction of generic competitors, Levaquin generated over $1.3 billion in annual sales for the drug makers.

Although the antibiotic has been on the market for nearly 20 years, it appears that potential Levaquin side effects have not been thoroughly researched and that inadequate warnings have been provided for users and the medical community about the risk of peripheral neuropathy, which can cause:

  • Pain in the Arms, Legs, Hands or Feet
  • Burning, Tingling or Numbness
  • Weakness, Tiredness or Heaviness
  • Sensitivity to Light Touches, Temperator and Motion

LEVAQUIN NERVE DAMAGE SIDE EFFECTS: Scientific evidence has established a link between fluoroquinolone antibiotics and peripheral neuropathy for decades, with the first published case reports coming as early as 1992.

Concerns about the development of peripheral neuropathy after using fluoroquinolones was raised by doctors from Infectious Disease Clinic and Microbiology Laboratory at Institut Jules Bordet of Belgium in 1992, in a letter to the editor of The Lancet, which outlined a case involving a 37 year old patient.

In 2001, a published study in the U.S. examined dozens of reports involving long-term peripheral neuropathy nervous system damage following use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, finding that over half of patients continued to experience symptoms more than a year after last use of the medication. Approximately 80% characterized the peripheral neuropathy problems as severe.

Although peripheral neuropathy warnings were added to many of the medications in September 2004, it appears that this information was false and misleading. The warnings suggested that the peripheral neuropathy problems from Levaquin were “rare” and failed to disclose that users may be left with permanent nerve damage.

Many users may have been able to avoid permanent and debilitating nerve injury if adequate information had been provided about the potential link between Levaquin and peripheral neuropathy, informing users and the medical community about the importance of switching to a different antibiotic upon the onset of symptoms.

In August 2013, the FDA announced that new and stronger warnings would be added to Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The new warnings remove prior claims that the nerve damage cases were rare, and indicate that the problems may affect users for years after they stop taking the drug. In many cases the peripheral neuropathy causes permanent disability and limitations for the remainder of the users life.

LEVAQUIN RETINA DETACHMENT SIDE EFFECTS: In addition to claims for nerve damage, lawsuits over Levaquin are also being reviewed for individuals who have experienced retinal detachment.

Although doctors have long-suspected that Levaquin and other antibiotics in the same class of medications have a detrimental effect on connective tissues throughout the body, the manufacturers may have failed to adequately research or warn about the risk of eye problems and vision loss.

In April 2012, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that users of Levaquin may be five times more likely to suffer a retinal detachment, which is a medical emergency where the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support.

Some lawyers are now considering whether individuals may be entitled to financial compensation through a Levaquin retina detachment lawsuit if they suffered an injury, as proper warnings may have allowed individuals to avoid the eye problems, since prompt treatment may the retina from detaching completely.

Symptoms of a developing detached retina from Levaquin may include:

  • Flashes of Light
  • Floaters or “Hairs” Visible to the Temporal Side of the Central Vision
  • Dramatic Increases in the NUmber of Floaters
  • Feeling of Heaviness in the Eye
  • Dense Shadow Progressing from Peripheral to Central Vision
  • Impression that a Veil or Curtain Was Drawn Over Field of Vision
  • Central Vision Loss

LEVAQUIN TENDON RUPTURE LAWSUITS: In 2009, the FDA required a black box warning about the risk of tendon ruptures on Levaquin, providing prominent warnings for consumers about the importance of seeking immediate medical attention if discomfort in the achilles tendon is noticed.

In the years following the warning update, nearly 4,000 Levaquin lawsuits were filed by users who experienced sudden tendon problems. By late 2012 and early 2013, Levaquin settlements were reached to resolve most of those cases. New claims for tendon ruptures are no longer being pursued by most Levaquin lawyers.

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  1. sheila Reply

    i took levaquin a while back for a UTI and it almost killed me. i just took one pill and a few hours later i had severe diahherea and vomiting. the food i had eaten when i took the pill never got broken down (it was almost as if it was still on the plate). i could not digest solid food for about 6 weeks after this. i was very weak. i finally went to the emergency room and it was there that i first threw up and started to improve, but it took that 6 week period following the emergency room experience to get over it. a few years later my mom had to have more than 50% of her colon removed and when i visited her in the hospital she commented to me that she didnt think she would make it out alive from the surgery. i was somehow prompted to look at her IV bags and noticed that they had her on levaquin. i made the doctors take her off of it immediately and it was then that she started to improve. this is a highly dangerous drug and i highly recommend others to be careful in its use.

  2. Shan Reply

    I just had 3 500mg pills of levofloxacin. My right legs feels like it will break any moment. Right Knee aches if I walk few steps. Doctor only told me that he is going to give an antibiotic for 20 days. Unsuspecting, I had 3 pills. Since I read through the leaflet given along with the pills using a magnifying glass, I think I still can limp. I stopped taking it soon after I noticed the first sign of problems. I am not sure if this has helped me yet.

    I think I will have to start treatment soon to fight against disability. A good drug for the health care industry, this one. Doctors prescribe it and dont mention that this has a side effect , that may never go away and could even disable you. They dont give you a choice. I doubt there is something going on behind this drug.

  3. Teresa Reply

    I took levaquin for 18 days in November 2010 and I am still feeling the affects- chronic sore, stiff tendons in feet, ankles, fingers and wrists. I don\’t walk right anymore. I couldn\’t use my thumb for an entire month; it was so sore I had to turn off my ignition with my left hand. When moving the thumb, I could hear the tendons snap if I put my ear up to it. Sometimes I have trouble pushing myself up out of the tub as my wrists hurt too much. Every time I sit for a period of time, I have to carefully walk slowly as I am so sore and stiff. I talked to one lawyer but he wouldn\’t bother with me as I didn\’t have a ruptured tendon and he said that the chronic stiffnees etc. could be attributed to other problems. I believe that these drug companies need to be help responsible. I have heart irregularities which I am not sure if are caused by the levaquin. Doctors cannot seem to find out what is causing them. I can no longer do parts of my job or sleep well at night.

  4. Marg Reply

    I too had Levaquin for pneumonia in October 2012 and now am losing grip strength in my hands, have skin issues over Achilles\’ tendons and hands, elbows, calf. Have been treated with multiple topicals with no effect. Prednisone helped (given for lung issues) but once stopped, the rages occurred again. Biopsy inconclusive (dermatologist felt is psoriasis – no). The weakness will likely end my career as a therapist.

  5. Peter Reply

    I took Levaquin for an unknown illness in June 2013 and have been having serious side effects ever since. It started with painful ankles (even to stand for a few minutes) and progressed into my entire head, neck, and chest burning nonstop. This has continued on daily (until this day). In the last month, my ankles have started to vibrate and standing on them has become even more painful. I have developed numbness in my face (cheeks) as well that will not go away.

    I have been tested over and over – blood work for everything, MRIs of the brain and full spine, Cat Scan of the lungs, multiple x-rays, a halter monitor (for heart palpitations that started).

    I honestly have no clue what else to do. Insurance has run out and I can’t seem to stop any of the numbness, burning, or pain in my ankles.

    Please help!

  6. Russell N. Reply

    Don’t bother going after Levaquin drug manufacturers as they have been pardoned by Bush and if you do get a recovery on a class action it won’r be worth your time.It is same as Donald Trump running over you and making you unable to work and then he hands you a McDonald’s coupon for compensation.

  7. Vanessa Reply

    worse drug made me panic and had pain in sleep and awake , pain in legs locking up and electric shock feeling, thought i was seeing things and when sleep woke up with heart pounding.

  8. Aaron Reply

    I recently took levoflaxcin for an ear infection. I was taking 1 a day for ten days. On day 6 I participate in a flag football torunement. I am active and in goof shape. One the first play i was running acros the field and felt like someone hit me in the back of the leg. I turned around and no one was behind me. I instantly could not walk on my toes. I went to the ER and after showing the ER doctor what I was taking he showed me the box warning for.levoflaxcin. I then went and say a ortho doctor and was told I ruptured my planatris tendon likely from taking the drug. Othro doctor stated that i was in good shape as well. Looking for some information on what to do if i can do anything.

  9. Sandra Reply

    Took levequan for uti which it did not cure and have numbing in my fingers which is very bad and slight numbing and pain in my toes . Also have severe pain in my left bicep which makes sleeping almost impossible as it hurts so much . I did not exercise at all while on this drug for fear of Achilles tear so now I have to deal with the numbness and immobility in my right arm.

  10. Leftos Reply

    I started taking Levofloxasin 500mg two days ago, on October 8, 2014 after my doctor prescribed it for Bronchitis. The first day, after 2 hours I took the medicine I felt pain on my right leg by the heel. In a few hours it went away. I took the next dose on October 9, 2014. In 2/12 hours I developed pain on my left knee. This time the pain has been very severe to the point I walk with a limp. I took the medicine last knight at around 6:30 pm and I was with a lot of pain on my left knee all night. Right now is 10:00 am the next day October 10, 2014 and I still have a lot of pai. I called my doctor to see what he is going to say. I am waiting for his phone call. But after reading all the above comments, I am going to stop it regardless what my doctor will say. It is scary to even think what will happen if I continue taking this medicine. Meanwhile, I hope that I will not stay with this pain, at this level of pain for a long time.

  11. Linda Reply

    I was on Levaquin once before and didn’t haven any major problems. This time I’m 67 yrs old and finished ten days of 500 mg x2 a day for 7 days, and then 1 a day for the next 3 days. My feet have bothered me throughout the ten days. I finished taking the pills three days ago, but my feet, legs and knees have really bothered me more today. Tonight I was walking in my bedroom and my left knee gave way, and I had instant pain. It felt like something tore. I am icing it now and pray going to bed is the right thing to do. I don’t want to put any more medicine in my body, so I won’t take Aleve for the pain. Getting old is a pain, but I was leary of taking Levaquin, but nothing was curing my pneumonia and now it is almost 100% gone. What to do. What to do.

  12. Siri Reply

    I was prescribed Levoquin in june 2014 I was an active Yoga teacher working and helping as a volunteer in
    Cambodia, I am from the Uk prior to coming here I was living in Belgium.
    I was prescribed this drug for acute bronchial infection which had not gone away for 9 weeks of coughing.
    On day 3 I was at a meditation retreat I tried to stand up but could not.
    I never associated the flu like heaviness in my legs I could hardly walk.
    I went home to rest, the next day I was in excruciating pain in all my joints I could not walk or lift my arms above my head…….6 months on having been bed ridden for 3 I am unable to continue my work I walk with a stick the main problem is in my hips and fingers also with an inability to sleep and floaters with periodic lightening flashes in my eyes.
    I spend most of my days alone in bed in my room
    There is no good health care here in Cambodia,
    This was my 1st antibiotic taken in 26 yrs it has no warnings on the box here.
    I have been diagnosed with peripheral Neuropathy.
    I am now stuck in Cambodia…..If anyone can advise me of what to do I would be most grateful.
    Right Now I am Praying for a Miracle.
    How can such a drug be on the market…..My life is ruined after taking 500mg for 10 days.
    Blessings to All who have been damaged by this awful drug..

  13. carl Reply

    I’m 58 Im in a wheelchair and took levapuin a few years back for uti and few moth back have been having bruing in my arms leg and head , sweating and other problems pleases call would like to no more about lawsuits on this medications thank u for time

  14. Cathy Reply

    I am not sure exactly why my father was prescribed Levaquin, I just know that 3 days after taking the medicine he had to go to the hospital for some kind of swelling in the abdomen area He ended up dying. I don’t think my father or anyone else period should die or be injured from something that doctor’s say is supposed to help you feel better, instead of the total opposite.

  15. STACY Reply

    Injured 5 yrs ago on disablity now near died and have horrible ptsd from the horrific burning and insomnia and anxiety from what it does to the nervous system sypathetic and autonomic had vibrating nerves in hands legs feet for long time couldnt walk for a period of time and im talking yrs and im still suffering swellin in intestines which cause pain in chest underarms i had to have all my teeth pulled due to it kilin my tissues in gums. no one should ever go unanswered for compensation and to have real medical help to heal the tissues and tendons where is JUSTICE and its going to stop being given i willl make sure of this

  16. Michael Reply

    I have all of the above . I have been put on Levaquin on and off for the last ten year . I have had surgery on my arms for nerve damage and tendencies. I have loss of hearing and ringing in the ears caused by nerve damage. I am losing my vision and have been for the last 8 years . When I was put on it I got black spots on my skin they appeared over night .

  17. Alison Reply

    I took Levaquin the winter of 2014, for lung issues. The dose was 500 mg for 10 days. I experienced sudden, severe pain in my legs. I felt like my bones were going to snap. After several days, with no relief, my family doc ran a vitamin D level. It was low. The D made no difference in the pain. The leg pain faded to an awareness, then the muscle and connective tissue in my legs and knee area started. This has now lasted months. I have constant pain. My life as it had been, nolongerexists. When I ask my doctor if this is related to the Cipro and or Levaquin I was given, their answer is ” could be “. has anyone found anything to help this pain???? PLEASE. I feel like I am losing my mind.

  18. Brandie Reply

    I was given 750 mg levaquin when I was hospitalized for pneumonia. It worked for curing the illness but I have has the worst feet and hip pain since then. I talked to my Dr. About the pain and she stated that it’s a side effect to the medicine and should subside when I finish the antibiotics. Week two weeks later I’m still in the worst pain ever and can barely walk around… I’m 29 years old walking around like I should by 80… I don’t know what to do to make it better or how this is going to be around for

  19. Cherri Reply

    I was given Leviquin for bronchitis in February this year. I got sicker and sicker and finally went to drs office in what appeared to be a seizure. The shaking was uncontrollable.

    The dr decided I was having a nervous breakdown! No I wasn’t. I decided to stop the Leviquin and began to get better, but now have night time blood pressure problems and panic attacks which no doctor wants to treat.

    This did not happen until I took Leviquin and now I am suffering from these attacks which are disabling!


  20. enrique Reply

    9/2012 been suffering from levaquin (pains: both achilles and both rotator cuffs and nerve pains). before i suffered more:double vision,headaches,I ended up in crutches,etc…

  21. Donecia Reply

    I really do not know where to turn or begin but, Feb. 2015 I went to the ER here in my town and was diagnosed with a Kidney Infection. They gave me medicine in the hospital as well as sent me home with it. Levoquin 750mg. IMMEDIATELY symptoms hit me before I left the hospital but I figured it would subside. I dealt with Diarrhea, severe stomach pain, confusion, hallucinations, pain iin my hands wrist knees and ankle, skin on my nose red and peeling, high blood pressure, always feeling hot, depressed, i have this twitch thing going on, my vision is worse, hands go numb sometimes and feel weird, drooping eyelids, i sweat badly, my hair falls out constantly… now I am having extreme nerve problems and was told by an attorny they couldn’t help me because I took it after 2013. I had no warning of what this medicine would do, they put it in my i.v. and sent me home with more. these are things I still deal with and it’s been months later. I stopped taking the medicine after 3 days I’m only 31 and feel like I’m 60

  22. Barbara R Reply

    I too was given Levaquin earlier this month because I had been having bronchitis/pneumonia for over 6 weeks and two prior rounds of antibiotics (z-packs) hadn’t helped. I now can’t reach my arms above my shoulders and there was no reason for it. I didn’t do any heavy lifting or anything else to cause severe pain in both arms. It started when I was taking the Levaquin. I thought that maybe while I was in the hospital they might have hit the wrong nerves when they gave me IVs and took many blood symptoms, but now after reading this article I am wondering if my arm issues are actually related to this medicine? I guess according to the article the damage/pain will subside after time amd is not permanent, if I interpreted it correctly??? Does anyone else have similar problems, and is the pain going away over time?

  23. jean Reply

    I took 5 levo pills foe lung infection in Jan has been misserable ever since!! Could not drive for 4 months,because of stiff neck. I have tingling in thr back of my head ,anxiety,, tendons that are too short all over my body!
    i am tired all the time .
    bout 6 years ago had my cataracts out. I told the dr. There was something wrong with my eyes.that made him mad,had a second opinion.sanme story but now that
    i have trouble from the levoflaican i researched and found kut that a ntibiotic they give you for after cataract surgery is the same family as levo.
    so my vision is always blurry and semm to be looking through a curtain.
    i am also tired all the time

  24. Janet Reply

    Stacey could you contact me.
    I am suicical. I was given over 60 pills for mere broncihitis. It has been 4 years and I sting all over lie a billion bees. I cant breathe.. I am in screaming pain all over hysterical. my arms go dead, some days I can walk other days I cant. no pain meds touch it. no one can helpme. I have spent my life savings. My bowels have shut down, I am dying.. No one I knows is stinging all over.. I am so scared. All I had was bronchits..
    Can someone that has severe stinging al lover call me.. Now my system is so damagd I have morgellans. I did not even know it exsisted.. it damaged my immune system and this cAME ON.. THEY KILLED ME..

  25. valerie Reply

    in 2005 I began a 5yr battle of cronic sinus issues I learned that my workplace was full of mold & asbestos, the sinus specialiest had me on Levaquin and predisone in combination on/off for approx 5yrs at times I was on 750 mg for 45days strait and then for shorter times-I finally had sinus surgery-although sinus issues continue but less severe,as I was starting to feel better on the sinus issues I knew something else wasnt right-I was experiencing weird syptoms, my eyes doing odd things, legs giving out on me-side aches-then came the nerve pain-went to primary Dr-he farmed me out to neurologist, rheumatologist, cardio-etc everyone came up with a condition but then recanted when certain tests wouldnt confirm-they continued to put me on more medications-nothing works-EMG showed nerve damage left leg and right arm-I looked up all the drugs I was on and Levaquin came up-I told DR what I found-they told me to stop playing DR-I was dismissed-reviewing my medical records it appears the Dr’s never did take me serious-I’m now 57 struggling to work -except work I have no life-I’m in so much pain that I spend my days off in bed-I can barely walk-doing laundry is painful enough -I dont sleep well-and things are getting worse-I give up on DR’s -I’m not a sue happy person-I would prefer to find a cure-but I need to be whole again-I wouldnt be upset with the DR’s if they just stated they didnt know what was wrong but they did more harm by putting me on other harmful drugs-and dismissed me-didnt treat me with respect and dignity. AT this time, I dont think I can continue to work til retirement age-and I’m afraid I could be homeless if I dont work -I really dont know if I have a case-but I’d really like someone to review my medical files. If nothing else I’d like an apology from each Dr who didnt believe in me to listen to my syptoms and my finding over 4yrs ago about the relationship to levaquin.

  26. Ro Reply

    Not sure of the exact year but I was given Levaquin 500mg repeatedly starting maybe around the year 2000 for recurring chronic sinusitis. I never thought it was the medicine but I starting getting a lot of different symptoms with my nervous system. I developed severe fatigue. I had problems with my eyes jumping, and an increase in eye floaters, problems with dizziness and balance. Constantly feeling like l was going to fall down. I used to be very physically active and now I have to have a cane with me all the time. I started feeling a lot of electric shocks when I touched things. I became very sensitive to loud noises, like sirens, which make me feel like I am going to fall down.Of course I went to the doctor when the symptoms appeared and was sent to many, many specialists. No one could find what was wrong with me. I didn’t find out about the Levaquin side effects until recently. I think this medicine is the cause of my problems. Now it’s very hard for me to walk around and to do much of anything. My life is not the same.

  27. Jay Reply

    I took Levaquin in 2008 for a sinus problem.
    I developed a pain in the left ankle which I thought that I may have twisted my ankle.
    After time, the pain got worse and went to a Foot and Ankle Doctor. He old me that I had ruptured my Achilles. He put me in a hard cast for 3 weeks and a soft cast for 6 weeks.
    After that he told me that was the best he could do.
    I tried to fle a claim but was told that I waited too long and he time element expired.that was 2009.

    Now, 2015, I again developed a pain in the left ankle. Off I go again to the Foot and Ankle Doctor who told me that I have an inflamed Achilles and that she was putting me in a Soft cast. That was April 2015. After several weeks, the Doctor put me in a hard cast for 3 weeks.
    After that I went back into a soft cast for the rest of the summer. She then wanted me to go for surgery. I went for a second opinion. During the last month before this I developed numbness and pins and needles in my foot and lower leg. The second Doctor told me to get the soft cast off and that surgery of the Achilles is my only choice. I told him of the numbness.
    He referred me for a EMG which showed the neuropathy. Apparently the neuropathy has to be taken care if prior to the surgery. In the mean time, I have been going to Physical Therapy which really does not work. I also had additional tests to rule out diabetes etc.
    Life must go on.

  28. O Perry Reply

    I took Levaquin December 2015 for a sinus infection prescription was given to me in the emergency roo. The pill made me feel terrible after 3 days I threw them away. I am now have to wearing a boot for six weeks because my achilles tendon might be ruptured, the Podiatrist says I might need surgery. I also have a large increase in floaters in my eyes, curtain affect and flashes the Optomotrist is watching for retina detachment. I don’t undertand why doctors would prescribe something that can be so harmful. I would like to join a class action suit or any suit for that matter. I am 68 and was looking forward to an active retirement, I enjoyed walking the most, not it’s painful just to stand in the morning.

  29. Linda Reply

    I took Levaquin for 6 days along with Prednisone. Three days after going off them I got up to got up to go to work and within 1/2 HR the pain went from my feet up my whole body. This happened in 2011 and have been a lab rat ever since. I actually went to a Neurologist that never heard of it. My physician last June told me I couldn’t work anymore. The pain was too much. Still waiting for disability.

  30. Susan Reply

    My experience with Levaquin started in 2014 when after taking three pills for a sinus infection, a burning smell in my nose took over and then I subsequently lost my sense of smell and taste. After extensive testing, an allergist told me she thought the Levaquin I had taken had damaged my olfactory nerve as that is one of the side effects. Over the next several months, tendonitis in my foot, numbness and tingling, and my balance is affected which results in not walking normally and not being able to climb steps. I pass all the neurological tests and the doctor put his hands out and said, “it must be the Levaquin you took”. Physical Therapy is not helping.

  31. Laura Reply

    I would love to know why there are no longer lawsuits for ruptured tendons. I took levaquin for a sinus infection, 4 days later I could barely raise my shoulders. I have ruptured tendons in both shoulders, had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders this year and am now having reverse shoulder replacement Dec 29th and will most likely have it also done on the other shoulder in 2017. I was a spa owner, a massage therapist and esthetician…now on permanent disability.

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