Joint pain and levaquin

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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The quinolone antibiotics including Cipro and Levaquin have been known to cause inflammation of ligaments and tendons, usually when these antibiotics are taken for extended periods of time.

It is an uncommon side effect. In very rare cases, though, actual tendon and ligament tears have been reported. The mechanism by which these antibiotics cause these problems is


Levaquin and the other quinolone antibiotics such as Cipro can cause a tendinitis and other soft tissue problems but do not cause a true arthritis. Most cases of tendinitis occur after taking levaquin for prolonged periods of time and generally resolve a few weeks after stopping the medications.

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