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Review: could Levaquin cause Pulmonary embolism?

We study 27,823 people who have side effects while taking Levaquin from FDA and social media. Among them, 849 have Pulmonary embolism. Find out below who they are, when they have Pulmonary embolism and more.

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Levaquin (latest outcomes from 28,765 users) has active ingredients of levofloxacin. It is often used in sinusitis.

Pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lung) (latest reports from 339,841 patients) has been reported by people with birth control, pain, high blood pressure, premenstrual syndrome, acne.

On Sep, 19, 2014: 27,823 people reported to have side effects when taking Levaquin. Among them, 849 people (3.05%) have Pulmonary Embolism.

Trend of Pulmonary embolism in Levaquin reports

Time on Levaquin when people have Pulmonary embolism * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Pulmonary embolism84.44%8.89%0.00%2.22%0.00%4.44%0.00%

Age of people who have Pulmonary embolism when taking Levaquin * :

Pulmonary embolism0.00%0.00%4.20%15.54%24.46%18.98%13.50%23.31%

Severity of Pulmonary embolism when taking Levaquin ** :


How people recovered from Pulmonary embolism ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Contraception (135 people, 15.90%)
  2. Pain (99 people, 11.66%)
  3. Premenstrual syndrome (61 people, 7.18%)
  4. Pneumonia (58 people, 6.83%)
  5. Nausea (54 people, 6.36%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Yaz (214 people, 25.21%)
  2. Yasmin (203 people, 23.91%)
  3. Zometa (158 people, 18.61%)
  4. Coumadin (147 people, 17.31%)
  5. Ambien (145 people, 17.08%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • After taking Levaquin in 2001 i developed wide spread pain and a multitude of chronic issues.


  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • Adrienne on Aug, 12, 2014:

    Hi R,
    I'm responding to your letter in eHealthMe. I was taking Escitalopram - the generic name for Lexapro for about 3 months. In Sept. I slowly took myself off this med. In Dec. 2013 I was admitted to the hospital because of chest pain. A ct scan showed I had developed a Pulmonary Embolism. I was shocked because I was always so healthy. The Hematologist put me on Warfarin since he does not know where the PE came from. The last blood work showed the PE is gone. The Ultra Sound of my legs was negative. I know where the PE came from-taking the generic for Lexapro. I still have to be on Warfarin indefinitely. Thanks for hearing me out. I hope this helps.


    Adrienne on Aug, 12, 2014:

    Hi Gary,
    Just read your letter in eHealthMe. Sounds like me. I was taking Escitalopram-the generic for Lexapro for about three months. I didn't like the way it made me feel. So in Sept. or Oct I slowly took myself off this med. On Dec 23, 2013 I was admitted to the hospital because of chest pain. a ct scan showed I developed a Pulmonary Embolism. An Ultra Sound of my legs came back negative. I am on Warfarin for the PE. My last blood work showed the PE is gone. Since the hematologist does not know where the PE came from I have to be on Warfarin indefinitely. I know where it came from, the drug Lexapro. Thanks for hearing me out. I hope this helps.


    Gary Crockett on Nov, 3, 2011:

    I slowly took myself off Lexapro 10mg over 2 months after 2 months of being off it I have had a pulmonary embolism. I went back to the page of side effects for Lexapro and found pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis listed as a side effect of Lexapro. I am now looking for any others who have had this experience. So far I have survived the embolism but am still in severe pain and looking for answers. I am in Australia.


    R on Sep, 2, 2012:

    I have been taking Lexapro for a little over a year. I was/am anemic but otherwise healthy. June of this year, I started blacking out and found out I had to small blood clots in my lung. My hormones are not right, and have to be on Coumadin. No Doctor mentioned it being a possible side effect of the drug. They still do not have an answer as to what caused it.


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