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Levaquin victims face the fact that their lives have been ruined or greatly damaged. Levaquin is being sold under the name Levofloxacin toxicity has affected me for over five long years. I write this blog in the hopes of preventing others from suffering my fate.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotic ( Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox ) Side effects:

Fluoroquinolone adverse reactions can be severe, disabling, and sometimes even permanent. The insidious part of this toxicity is that many of these adverse reactions are delayed. Adverse reactions can start weeks to months after cessation of the antibiotic. Hence, many people never associate their health problems back to the antibiotic. These latent adverse reactions often become long term health conditions. 

Levaquin is in a class of antibiotics known as Fluoroquinolones, or Quinolones for short. Cipro and Avelox are other Quinolone antibiotics that cause long term injuries. Quinolone antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics in the world. They are prescribed for common infections such as urinary tract, sinus, and respiratory tract infections. Because of their potency and toxicity, they are meant to be prescribed as a last line of defense for severe and life threatening infections. They are not meant for routine infections, which is how they are often promoted today. What differentiates this class of antibiotics from others is that Quinolones can cause permanent disability. Many of these side effects can even occur weeks to months after taking the antibiotic. Hence, many people never associate their injuries or health problems back to the antibiotic. Aproximately half of the Quinolone antibiotics that were once on the market have now been removed. Examples include Tequin, Omniflox, Trovan, and Zagam. Being that Levaquin is in the same family of antibiotics, it should be no surprise that it has similar severe toxicities. Levaquin is marketed by Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. In July of 2008, the FDA mandated that all Quinolone antibiotics carry a “Black Box” warning for tendon rupture and tendonitis. A “Black Box” warning is the strongest warning label a drug can have before it is removed from the market. Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, sued the FDA demanding Quinolones carry a Black Box warning. On behalf of Quinolone victims in the state of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office also petitioned the FDA on this matter. Most people do not realize that the FDA gets over 50 percent of their funding for the review of drugs directly from the pharmaceutical companies in what is called prescription drug user fees. This is a conflict of interest that has made the FDA very slow and often reluctant to react to certain drug toxicities. The FDA does not do their own rigorous studies on the safety of prescription drugs. Instead, they rely on studies submitted to them from the drug companies. Even the FDA admits that 90 percent of all adverse drug reactions go unreported to their agency through the FDA Medwatch program. Sadly, the FDA has turned a blind eye to the Quinolone tragedy.

Some people have immediate reactions to Quinolones, others have delayed reactions. The delayed toxicity in which symptoms manifest many weeks to months after taking the Quinolone antibiotic is what has helped conceal the high number of people affected. The true number of people adversely affected by this class of antibiotics each year is astounding. Unfortunately, many physicians are undereducated and misinformed about the dangers of Quinolone antibiotics. Pharmaceutical sales reps skillfully downplay and minimize these severe adverse reactions. Drug reps are paid a bonus on the volume of prescriptions written by doctors. Because of this, they often do not provide a balanced viewpoint on the risk/benefit ratio regarding these antibiotics.

Johnson & Johnson has marketed Levaquin in a reckless manner in order to maximize profits. According to the FDA Freedom of Information Report for Levaquin, the drug has been associated with the following adverse events: Death, Renal Failure, Encephalopathy, Liver Disorder, Multi-Organ Failure, Blindness, Tendon Rupture, Fibromyalgia, Rhabdomyolysis, Nervous System Disorder, Polyneuropathy, and Deafness to name a few. Johnson & Johnson has long been aware of the devastating and crippling injuries from Levaquin. Unfortunately, the current leadership at Johnson & Johnson is morally bankrupt. The appalling level of greed by the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors has resulted in long term suffering that could have been prevented or greatly reduced.