Tendon and ligament injuries and tendonitis are often symptoms of conditions or diseases such as, or caused by lifestyle or workplace activities, but could also be side effects associated with certain medications, such as Levaquin. Below is a list of diseases and conditions associated with symptoms like Tendon and Ligament Injuries and Tendonitis, as well as a list of medications related to similar side effects. We are not medical professionals, and these may not be comprehensive lists. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or side effects, or similar health issues.
Tendon and Ligament Injuries and Tendonitis are Symptoms of:
Rotator Cuff Injury: The rotator cuff us the group of muscles and tendons that attach you upper arm bone to your shoulder blade. Rotator cuff injury is irritation of or damage to these muscles and tendons, including tendonitis and tendon injuries in the rotator cuff. Common causes include falling, poor posture, age, and improper lifting.
Group O Blood Type: People with type O blood can only receive transfusions of type O blood, but they can safely donate to people with the other blood types. There is a higher incidence of tendon rupture in people with group O blood than other blood types.
Decreased Blood Supply: Decrease blood supply to the tendons and ligaments means inadequate oxygen and nutrient delivery to the area. This makes injuries more likely to occur and is believed to be a contributing factor to higher rates of these types of injuries in older people. It also makes the injuries slower to heal.
Sports Injury: The high forces involved in sports can cause overuse injuries to the tendons and ligaments as well as acute injuries from accidents while playing. Ligaments and tendons can become stretched, resulting in a sprain or strain. Tendonitis, or irritation of the tendon, is also common in athletes.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the joints and sometimes the surrounding tissue including tendons, ligaments, and muscles. These surrounding tissues are weakened leading to tendon and ligament injuries.
Tendon and Ligament Injuries and Tendonitis are Side Effects Associated with:
Levaquin: Levaquin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, sinus infections, acute kidney infections, chronic prostrate infections, and skin infections. Side effects of fluoroquinolones include an increased risk of tendonitis, tendon injury, and ligament injury, as well as life threatening side effects including renal failure, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and more.
Cipro: Cipro is another fluoroquinolone antibiotic. It is used to treat infections caused by E. coli, typhoid fever, anthrax, urinary tract infections and other bacterial infections. Cipro side effects can include tendon and ligament injuries, tendonitis, hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, and severe allergic reactions.
Statin Drugs: Statin drugs, such as Lescol, Pravachol, Crestor, and Zocor, are used to lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver that is necessary for cholesterol production. Statins have been associated with an increased incidence of tendon and ligament injuries and tendonitis, as well as many other side effects including numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, muscle weakness, pain in the fingers and toes, and loss of balance.