More Information on Tendon Problems With Floxin

Who Is at Risk?

Some people may be at an increased risk for tendon problems with Floxin, including people who:
 
  • Are over 60 years of age
  • Take corticosteroid medications (see Floxin Drug Interactions)
  • Have had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant
  • Engage in strenuous physical activity
  • Have kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Have a history of tendon problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
     
Keep in mind, however, that tendon problems have been reported in people who do not have any of these risks.
 

Signs of Tendon Problems With Floxin

If you are taking Floxin, or any other quinolone, watch for any signs of tendonitis or tendon rupture, such as:
 
  • Tendon pain, swelling, or inflammation
  • A snapping or popping sound, followed by sharp pain in a tendon area
  • Immediate bruising after an injury to a tendon area
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty moving the joints or walking.
     
Most tendon problems usually occur about eight days after starting treatment. However, problems can happen as early as within two hours after the first dose or as late as six months after treatment has stopped.
 

Talking to Your Healthcare Provider

Talk to your healthcare provider about possible tendon problems before you begin Floxin treatment, especially if you have any of the risks listed in this article. If you develop signs of tendon problems, or if you experience a ruptured tendon while taking it, immediately stop the medication and contact your healthcare provider. Do not exercise or use the affected area until your healthcare provider tells you it is okay to do so.
 

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