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Levaquin User Concerned about Joint Pain

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San Clemente, CA: "I have been prescribed Levaquin 14 times for sinus problems, including pneumonia," says Charlene, "but the last treatment put me over the edge. I have terrible joint pains and my doctor believes I had a reaction to Levaquin, so he told me to stop taking it."

Levaquin User Concerned about Joint PainJoint pain is a common Levaquin side effect, and for Levaquin users like Charlene, a serious concern. She is afraid that her symptoms may lead to more adverse Levaquin side effects, such as ruptured tendons and tendonitis. Charlene should be concerned given the fact that she has likely been over-medicated with this antibiotic.

A number of doctors believe that Levaquin and other fluroquinolones should only be used for life-threatening illness. On his Web site, Dr Jay Cohen says he "strongly believes that all people placed on these antibiotics should be warned about infrequent yet serious reactions that may cause joint, muscle, or tendon pain or rupture…" He has been warning people since 2001 on National Public Radio about serious Levaquin side effects, and says that "Doctors, for their part, must recognize that these symptoms can lead to severe, long-term pain or dysfunction, and should stop the antibiotics immediately if at all possible."

Dr Cohen also says that "Because adverse reactions may increase in severity and duration with each exposure, patients with these reactions should not receive fluoroquinolones again." Charlene was prescribed Levaquin 14 times!

Charlene was shocked to discover that Levaquin is to blame for her body "aching all over." "When my doctor explained it to me, it made sense because all this time I couldn't understand why I suddenly had these symptoms. There are days when I have pain in every joint; my knees and ankles are so swollen that I can barely walk."

She is also suffering from a "frozen shoulder" and is going to physical therapy—Levaquin's serious side effects aren't limited to ankles and Achilles heel ruptures. "I know that Levaquin lawsuits are focusing on ruptured tendons, but a lot of people are having joint pain and where will that lead to? I don't have a medical background nor am I qualified to make a judgment, but I believe that the manufacturer has to take responsibility. Now something is going on with my ankles. My doctor is referring me to a rheumatologist so right now I am in limbo."

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