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Was prescribed levofloxacin and prednisone. I walk and bus everywhere I am concerned about tendon rupture. Am I worrying to much?

Was prescribed levofloxacin and prednisone. I walk and bus everywhere I am concerned about tendon rupture. Am I worrying to much?

Perhaps but be aware: Tendonitis and rupture have been reported with levofloxacin and other anitbiotics of the same class ( highest for ciprofloxacin). Risk factors for tendon disorders include age greater than 60 years, corticosteroid therapy, renal failure, diabetes mellitus, and a history of musculoskeletal disorders. Seek medical attention immediately if symptoms (redness, stiffness, swelling) develop. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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Can prednisone weakened tendons?

Can prednisone weakened tendons?

Typically no: There was some initial research about Anabolic steroids causing weak tendons, but this has been tough to prove again. We also use steroid injections to treat tendinopathies. As such, i highly doubt Prednisone is causing any tendon weakening. ...Read more

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Could prednisone cause tendon weakness?

Yes it can: Historically, chronic steroid use including the use of Prednisone is implicated in tendon weakness and rupturesthis is seen more commonly w/injections of cortisone meds. In or around tendons..Check w/ a rheumatologist concerning the risks and side effects of chronic steroid use.Best of luck! ...Read more

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Does prednisone promote tendon healing?

Does prednisone promote tendon healing?

Yes and NO!: If you have inflammatory tendinitis, more likely yes. If the tendinitis is mechanical-more likely not, but it may relieve pain! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with overuse injuries in several tendon. After my 10 day dose of prednisone, will my injuries heal, or is this just masking the pain?

I was diagnosed with overuse injuries in several tendon.  After my 10 day dose of prednisone, will my injuries heal, or is this just masking the pain?

Will heal: The Prednisone course is useful for the acute period of inflammation and pain reduction. It does not cure the problem and should not be used for anything more than a short course. Rest and physical therapy are the mainstay therapies of overuse/underuse syndromes and healing can take many months to a year. Resume physical activities slowly and consistently, with a plan to build up gradually. ...Read more

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Prednisone was prescribed for ruptured eardrum caused by infection. What are possible side effects from taking prednisone?

Minor stuff: Most people on short courses if steroids don't have many side effects and there are no long term effects to worry about. For use of less than 2 weeks here's what generally happens 1. Increased appetite 2. Heartburn 3. Possible trouble sleeping (usually mild) 4. Hot flashes or a flushed feeling if you are a diabetic it can increase blood sugar. ...Read more

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Ruptured tendon shoveling?

Ruptured tendon shoveling?

Yes: The proximal or distal biceps or the rotator cuff are the most common tendons injured when shoveling. ...Read more

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more