While I was sick with the flu and a sinus infection, my doc prescribed Levaquin. I was not familiar with this antibiotic, but I read the patient info sheet that came with the prescription and thought I had all needed info about it. I did note that joint pain was one of the possible side effects, but it was far down on the list.
After 5 days worth (1 pill per day), I began to experience joint pain, in my shoulders, wrists, hands, back and hips. It got worse as the days wore on. After the 10 day run of the prescription, I expected the joint pain to subside. I have not had any of that medication since March 19th, but the pain lingers.
I just Googled that medication, only to find hundreds of complaints about it, chief among which is the severe joint pain. What have I learned about this episode? The next time a doc prescribes medication for me, I will Google it before I purchase the prescription!
Addendum: I should say that I was able to tolerate this Rx better than any other I have had in the past 6-8 years; there was no abdominal upset (caused by the Rx) as there usually is for me.