Cipro Tendon Rupture Injury

Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), a powerful antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, ears, airways, bones, and joints. Cipro has been linked to tendonitis, tendon damage and ruptures in the Achilles tendon, the rotator cuff, the biceps, the hand, and thumb. Serious surgery could be need for a Cipro tendon rupture injury.

On July 8, 2008, drug safety officials with the FDA imposed the government’s most urgent safety warning on Cipro, Levaquin, and similar antibiotics, citing evidence that they might lead to serious tendon rupture injuries that could leave patients incapacitated and needing extensive surgery. This warning extended to the class of Flouroquinone antibiotics. Which include the following drugs:

  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)
  • Cipro XR and Proquin XR (Ciprofloxacin extended release)
  • Levaquin (Levofloxacin)
  • Factive (Gemifloxacin)
  • Avelox (Moxifloxacin)
  • Noroxin (Norfloxacin)
  • Floxin (Ofloxacin)

The consumer group Public Citizen revealed 262 cases of tendon rupture among patients who were given fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Levaquin (Levofloxacin) was associated with 61 percent of the ruptures and Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) with 23 percent.

The FDA currently warns that the risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture injury is increased in patients older than 65, especially those who are also taking corticosteroids.

Anyone who has been given Cipro or Levaquin and experiences pain, swelling or inflammation in the area of a tendon should stop taking the drug and contact his or her physician. Patients who experience a snapping or popping sensation in the area of a tendon, note bruising right after an injury in the area of a tendon or are unable to move or bear weight after taking the drug should also contact a doctor immediately.

Cipro Injury Lawyer

Our Cipro Injury Lawyers are currently investigating cases from all across the country for torn a damaged tendons due to the prescription drugs Cipro and Levaquin. Our personal injury attorneys have discovered that scientists have been aware of Cipro’s ability to cause ligament and tendon (tendinitis) ruptures and injuries since 2003. More concerning is the ruptures continued to occur even after they were no longer given Cipro or Levaquin. This suggests that the drugs harmful effects may continue even after its use is discontinued.

Our Cipro Injury Lawyers are investigating these common side effects:

  • Ruptured Achilles Tendon
  • Ruptured Patellar Tendon (knee)
  • Ruptured Rotator Cuff (shoulder)
  • Ruptured Bicep Tendon
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis (knee)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis (shoulder)
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Torn Ligament

The Stenger Law Firm, LLC is no longer accepting Cipro tendon injury cases.