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A 52-year-old female asked:

What antibiotic causes a tear in the achillies tendon?

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Dr. Daniel McGee
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Possibly Levaquin (levofloxacin): There have been reports of a very small percentage of people taking Levaquin (levofloxacin) who have developed tendonitis and Achilles tendon tears or rupture.
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Ciprofloxasin (cipro) is in the same family (fluoroquinalones) and also has caused tendon rupture
Feb 2, 2012
Dr. Nicole Bressler
Dr. Nicole Bressleranswered
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
Fluoroquinolones: Fluoroquinolones are a group of antibiotics associated with tendon tears, especially Achilles tendon rupture.Common brand names include cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Avelox & levoquin. This risk increases in older people and in patients who are taking a corticosteroid such as prednisone. Achilles tendon rupture is more common in patients with arthritis and diabetes.
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