I have taken it before for pneumonia and was on it for 30 days with no problem. I only have three more days but my arms and shoulders are killing me. Will this go away when I finish the Medicine?
7 Mar 2012
Levaquin is known for causing joint pain. Of course not everyone will experience this. I, however did. I would call your doctor and tell him/her what's going on. With three days left they may have you just stop it, so as not to cause further damage. In my case it took several months for my joint pain and swelling to subside. During that time my pain varied quite a bit. Sometimes it wouldn't be that bad and other times were terrible. I'm sorry you are going through this. Sincerely-Taller
16 Jul 2012
I had no idea why I could not turn onto my right shoulder until I realized that it was not just my achilles that was due to the levaquin poisoning. It is my right thumb, hand, wrist, elbow, collarbone and shoulder! I also have a problem with my left knee and my neck on both sides! I haven't taken it since Jan and some of these problems are just now getting to be severe! This is insane! I am going to a new doc on Wed and I will not leave until I have someone taking this seriously. I am now walking my dogs with a hiking pole to alleviate the pain in my left ankle and knee but it is blowing out my right shoulder more due to holding the leashes in that hand so now I had to switch to the other side. This is just nuts!
17 Jul 2012
I feel that taking the Levaquin and Predsinone together was the cause of both of my rotator cuffs to tear. I was thinking of having surgery but I have polymysitis and that causes the muscles to be weak and tear. My wife, my nurse and I feel it my not be worth the pain and rehab time.
in God Speed
2 Aug 2013
My shoulder pain started yesterday, within 24 hours of taking the last pill of a 10 day regimen. First, the right shoulder, then within a few hours the left one also. It hurt to lift my arms. Still sore today, but a little less. Still some tightness in muscles in both arms.
2 Mar 2015
I got shoulder pain from Levofloxacin, which is the same as Levaquin, I think. Boy, I wish I had read up on this drug before taking it. A doctor at an urgent care center gave it to me for bronchitis. 10 days, 500mg per day. On the 9th day, I got really bad shoulder pain. It's about 8 days later and it's not as bad as it was, but it still hurts when I move the shoulder, especially when I try to do things like put on my seat belt. I asked my doc for an MRI, just to make sure nothing is torn. Still, I told my doctor to add this drug to my list of allergies so that I never have to take it again. I hope this pain doesn't last, but I've read in other places where people have pain for weeks, months, even years. It's supposedly a rare side effect.
- Levaquin Information for Consumers
- Levaquin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levaquin (detailed)
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