What antibiotics cause joints pain in the shoulders?
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Hello Ms. Proctor,
I'm sorry you had this problem. While there is the potential for unusual side effects with any medication, I am wondering if what you took may have been in the antibiotic family called fluoroquinolones. Examples of this class of antibiotic are Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levaquin (levofloxacin). Another is Avelox (moxifloxacin). Do any of those sound familiar?
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It's hard to say. Some people do have lasting tendon or musculoskeletal problems after Cipro. The musculoskeletal problem that are most associated with fluoroquinolones are tendinopathies - problems with the tendons. It may be related to the rotator cuff problem though.
I recommend going in to be seen and examined. A physical therapist can be particularly good at sorting that out. An MRI can show in detail what is going on with the soft tissues.
Many doctors are not fully aware of the risks for tendinitis from flouroquinolones although the medications are now required to have a "black box warning" on the packaging.
To confirm what medication it was, if you can remember when the pain started after the antibiotic in the past, you can call your pharmacist and ask what antibiotic was prescribed around that time.
That sounds like a good plan, but if the pain is severe or you now have a new limitation in movement or have increased weakness, then please don't wait - go in to be seen right away.
Ask your doctor to put flouroquinolone antibiotics in your problem list and drug side effects/allergies. While it isn't an allergy, if possible you will want to avoid this class of antibiotics (Cipro, Levaquin, ofloxacin, Avelox).
Good luck to you.
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