Can levaquin (levofloxacin) use really cause you to need an artificial knee.?

No. Levaquin (levofloxacin) has the potential for many side effects among them tendinitis and tendon rupture up to 6 months after discontinuation. Sever arthritis is not one of them. There is no reported association between this drug and the need for a tkra.

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Is it normal to have leg and knee pain while taking levaquin (levofloxacin)? Especially in the shins?

Possible. Levaquin (levofloxacin) can increase the risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. It is possible that you leg pain - depending upon location, could be a symptom of medication induced tendinitis. Read more...
Possibly. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic from the type called quinilones which have been associated with tendon irritation and known cases of achilles tendon rupture. Tendons/ligaments in the leg/shin could be affected. I typically do not see a significant amount of true joint pain with the medications, but i would never rule anything out 100%. Read more...

After using levaquin, (levofloxacin) my Achilles tendon and knees have started paining suddenly. I have minor psoriasis; I want to rule out psoriatic arthritis. I don't have any swelling and my nails are healthy. What should I do?

Tendon tear. The quinolone class of antibiotic (of which Levaquin (levofloxacin) is one) has been reported to have caused weakened tendon and even achilles tear. Avoid doing anything which may strain your knees or ankles. Stop the Levaquin (levofloxacin) immediately. Call your doctor re. Management. You don't ever want to end up with an achilles tear. Read more...
Rheumatologist eval. Psoriasis is associated with joint inflammation and tendon problems. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is associated with tendonopathy particularly of the achilles tendon but other tendons can be involved including the knee but not classically. Rheumatologist specilize in the diagnosis and treatment of the about aided at time by orthopedic surgeons if damage is severe. Diagnosis based on history, labs and clinical judge. Read more...
Arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a an inflammatory arthritis affecting multiple joints including sacroiliac joints and spine .It is a clinical diagnosis as thee are no characteristic blood tests to confirm it . Usually inflammatory markers like ESR and CRP are elevated indicating severity of disease and help monitor treatment response . See a rheumatologist fir further evaluation. Read more...
This . Class of antibiotics have shown that they can rupture tendons. Discuss with your dr asap about changing medication. Read more...

Post appendectomy tightness in left knee cap, pain when I move it. I spent most of the day after surgery walking around, then all of a sudden this began. On Levaquin, (levofloxacin) but have only had 1 dose.

Side effect. Levaquin (levofloxacin) can cause tendonitis, but only one dose is unlikely to be reason, but not impossible. Another thought would be that you favored the left leg while walking around post surgery and it is slightly inflamed? If it continues, ask your MD about switching antibiotics. Read more...