Levaquin Side Effects. Levaquin Drug Warning
I feel that I have a moral obligation to try and warn the public about the dangers of Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. This blog is a small attempt to try and make a difference in the lives of others. I don’t want anyone to suffer the fate that thousands of us have gone through with fluoroquinolone toxicity. Ironically, I used to be a pharmaceutical sales representative for approximately eight years. I spent my days selling medications and never knew that something as simple as a commonly prescribed antibiotic could cause such long term devastation. No one thinks that this kind of thing will happen to them.
Levaquin is a synthetically produced antibiotic which is prescribed millions of times each year by doctors around the world. But few people taking it realize Levaquin’s side effects which can include everything from nausea and vomiting, to serious long term neurological disorders and crippling pain. The potential Levaquin adverse reaction list in the physician’s desk reference is a mile long. Since pharmaceutical sales reps downplay and minimize the negative effects of their drugs, most doctors never realize the true safety profile of Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
As a former drug company employee, I can attest to how profit-driven companies operate. Levaquin side effects are minimized, distorted, and trivialized by the manufacturer. Levaquin adverse reactions are often misdiagnosed by doctors as some other illness.
Shouldn’t the government step in? Unfortunately, the very organizations that were created to look out for public safety are now in the pockets of the drug companies. The FDA gets almost half of its funding for the review of drugs directly from pharmaceutical companies. A fact that seems to have escaped many americans is that the FDA doesn’t conduct its own studies on the safety of drugs. It relies on studies submitted by the drug companies.
Since Levaquin side effects may be delayed by weeks or months after the drug is taken, many patients may not always be able to connect the damage from the antibiotic with their current physical and neurological problems. But thousands of cases of serious Levaquin adverse reactions have been documented. I am grateful to have the opportunity to have spoken to so many other victims of these toxic and defective antibiotics.
Levaquin side effects have ruined many lives. Levaquin toxicity affects the entire family. Many victims have lost their jobs, homes, and family due to the deception and fraud committed by the FDA and the drug companies.
Over four years ago I was prescribed Levaquin and my life has been dramatically altered. I have lost over $200,000 in lost wages and another $30,000 in medical and insurance costs. The financial loss pales in comparison to the physical and neurological suffering that I have endured. I was healthy and active prior to taking Levaquin. Now I require multiple pain medications. We need to engage in advocacy and activism to help minimize the number of victims that will be affected in the future. I can’t change what happened to me but I can try to help prevent other people from suffering my fate.