Fluoroquinolone medications drugs are antibiotics typically used to treat urinary tract infections and respiratory infections. Fluorquinolone drugs have come under scrutiny in recent years because many users were experiencing one or more of the following complications:
- Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
- Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
- Bowel, bladder or digestive problems if autonomic nerves are affected
- Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness, if autonomic nerves are affected
The most common side effect has been Achilles tendon ruptures. Although this injury has been linked to all Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, Levaquin is the most closely associated with this side effect. The FDA finally ordered that the labeling of the antibiotic be changed to warn about the tendon damage in 2008.
Injuries associated with taking the above mentioned drugs can occur any time during or after treatment and can last for months and even years after the drug is stopped. Injuries can often time be permanent.
Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin) are under review by the FDA for not properly warning consumers of the risk of serious side effects. Lawsuits are now being filed to compensate victims for their complications.
The manufacturers of several fluoroquinolone drugs are currently facing lawsuits alleging that they knew about a potential link between their medications and peripheral neuropathy for years, but failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about this side effect.
Lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of Levaquin, (Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals) and Avelox (Bayer Healthcare and Merck & Co.) assert that as early as 1992, studies linked fluoroquinolone drugs to peripheral neuropathy and that the manufacturers knew or should have known about the studies.
The lawsuit contends that despite the reports of complications and the relevant studies, the companies still chose to market the drugs as safe and effective. Further, these manufacturers failed to warn both doctors and their patients that nerve complications could quickly develop and be permanent in nature.
By filing a lawsuit with the help of the Coppola Law Group, you may be able to hold the manufacturer of the fluoroquinolone drugs accountable for your current and future condition. If you took fluoroquinonlone drugs such as Levaquin and Avelox and experienced any complications, you may be entitled to compensation, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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