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Cipro and Levaquin are similar drugs. They both belong to a family of antibiotics known as Fluoroquinolone antibiotics. These drugs are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections such as certain types of pneumonia, bronchitis, urinary tract infections and skin infections in adults. Cipro has also been approved by the FDA to treat certain infections in children. Both medications may be taken orally or intravenously. Cipro is manufactured by Bayer and Levaquin is manufactured by Ortho-McNeill-Janssen a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Both drugs were approved by the FDA during the 1990s.
Do Cipro and Levaquin Have Similar Side Effects?
Cipro and Levaquin are similar drugs that produce similar side effects. The drugs are so similar, in fact, that the FDA required the manufacturers of both drugs to include a black box warning and medication guide insert in order to warn patients about the danger of tendon ruptures associated with both drugs. The FDA estimates that taking a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as Cipro or Levaquin triples or quadruples a personís risk of suffering a spontaneous tendon rupture.
Tendon rupture can happen to any patient who is taking or who has taken a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic. However, the risk is increased for people over age 60, people on corticosteroid drugs and people who have had kidney, lung or heart transplants. The Achilles tendon in the heel is the most commonly affected tendon but patients should be aware that a tendon rupture or tendonitis can occur in any tendon in the body.
A tendon rupture can be serious and result in extensive bleeding and permanent disability. It is, therefore, important for both Cipro and Levaquin patients, to seek immediate medical attention if they experience pain or swelling at the site of a tendon. They should talk to their physicians about possible treatments and discuss whether they should be switched to an antibiotic that is not a Fluoroquinolone.
What Should Patients Who Have Been Hurt by Cipro and Levaquin Do?
After seeking medical attention to treat the tendon rupture and underlying infection, patients who have suffered significant side effects from Cipro, Levaquin or any other Fluoroquinolone should seek the advice of an experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorney. An attorney can offer a free consultation to review your case and to determine whether you may have a cause of action against Bayer or Johnson & Johnson as the manufacturers of Cipro and Levaquin.