Patrick took five Levaquin pills in April to treat a bacterial infection. "After the fourth pill my whole body ached, mostly in the back of my leg," he says. "I took another pill, even though I had a feeling there was something nasty about this drug. On the fifth day, I called my doctor but he advised me to finish the treatment. Then I read the Levaquin tendonitis warning on the box but I took it anyway because I wanted to clear up this infection." The FDA slapped a black box warning on Levaquin and similar flouroquinolones in 2008, due to reports that "suggested" the antibiotic could lead to tendon rupture and other similar injuries.
"Needless to say, I'm not so happy with what's happened to me as a result of taking Levaquin," says Patrick. "This drug has affected my whole body and I'm so depressed, I'm almost suicidal! Getting hit with tendonitis has put me over the edge. Most parts of my body that are hurting are where I sustained injuries in the past: I had a broken ankle, arm and wrist and a herniated disc, and the pain in those areas have been amplified 1,000 percent.
"If I sit down and do nothing, I get weaker, but if I stand for too long it kills me. This morning I woke up so tight from a short bike ride yesterday—I can't just sit around. I also got a massage yesterday because my back is all messed up. The masseuse said, 'Oooh very bad, very tight.'
"After my doctor took x-rays, he sent me to physical therapy but it hurt too much. I go to the gym but all I can do is try to swim a bit, and then I take a steam and sauna. I'm only 44; although I had a lot of injuries in my past, I wasn't in the greatest shape, but I didn't hurt like I do now.
"This Levaquin is the mother of all horror stories because the pain isn't manageable anymore."
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To date, there are about 1,000 Levaquin cases that have been consolidated within the Minneapolis federal court, about 1,500 lawsuits pending in New Jersey and a number of individual suits nationwide. A Levaquin victim was recently awarded nearly $2 million in combined actual and punitive damages in the first trial of the Levaquin MDL (multidistrict litigation).