After taking levofloxacin, the reader experiences painful side effects

Dr. Keith Roach

Dear Dr. Roach:I am writing to warn readers of a possible side effect of an antibiotic known as levofloxacin. I was recently treated with this medication for a sinus infection that would not clear up with amoxicillin. After five days of taking the medication, my joints became very inflamed, especially my ankles, and I was in pain. I stopped the medication, but almost three weeks later I still have joint pain.

My doctor never told me about this horrible possible side effect. Levofloxacin is the generic form of Levaquin, which was pulled from the market years ago because of these problems. Why wasn’t the generic form taken off the market as well? The articles state that the symptoms may be permanent. I hope they eventually tone it down because it’s miserable.

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