Investigators found reports of over 3,000 deaths and 200,000 complications linked to Levaquin and other antibiotics in its class in an FDA database of adverse events.
Although the label carries a “Black Box” warning about tendon injuries, it does not carry any warnings about mitochondrial toxicity. In 2013, an FDA study found a possible link between Levaquin and this side effect.
Dr. Charles Bennett, a drug researcher at the University of South Carolina, expressed concern about the lack of warnings last year and petitioned the FDA to update the label on Levaquin. He compared mitochondria to the “gas tank” of the body and warned that “your body cannot function” without them.
People who suffer from mitochondrial toxicity may have muscle weakness (myopathy), lactic acidosis (high levels of lactic acid in the blood). Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, severe fatigue, weight-loss, rapid breathing, muscle aches, and more.
Mitochondrial toxicity can also lead to peripheral neuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage that primarily affects the arms and legs. In August 2013, the FDA updated the label on Levaquin to warn that peripheral neuropathy could occur after taking just a few doses and cause permanent side effects.
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