Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Lawsuits: Nerve Damage & Aortic Aneurysm
Commonly asked questions about Fluoroquinolones:
- What are Fluoroquinolones?
- Why are Fluoroquinolone antibiotic lawsuits being filed?
- Are Fluoroquinolone antibiotics dangerous drugs?
- How can I learn more about Fluoroquinolone antibiotic lawsuits?
- Can I file a Fluoroquinolone lawsuit?
- How do I start a Fluoroquinolone claim?
What Are Fluoroquinolones?
Fluoroquinolone drugs are a synthetic class of antibacterial drugs, or antibiotics, that were originally discovered over fifty years ago. They were first used to treat urinary tract infections but are now widely used to fight other infections and treat various illnesses, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, skin infections, and pneumonia.
Fluoroquinolones are the most widely used class of antibiotics in the U.S. About 26 million prescriptions are written each year. The safety of certain antibiotics, however, has been called into question recently after an important medical study.
Fluoroquinolone drugs are sold as liquids, tablets, and gels by a prescription from a doctor. The most common of these antibiotic drugs sold on the market are under these popular names:
|Avelox||Moxifloxacin||Tablets, IV Solution||Bayer|
|Levaquin||Levofloxacin||Tablets, Oral Solution, IV||Janssen|
Recently, a scientific and medical research team made an important discovery that links these drugs to peripheral neuropathy (PN), a painful and debilitating condition. Peripheral neuropathy refers to the conditions that result when nerves that carry messages to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.
Damage to these nerves interrupts communication between the brain and other parts of the body and can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs, and cause pain. Unfortunately, many patients do not respond to treatment and live in daily pain and discomfort.
The FDA first issued a warning in August 2013 about the risk of peripheral neuropathy posed by fluoroquinolone drugs.
Why Are Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Lawsuits Being Filed?
The development of fluoroquinolones began in 1962 with the discovery of nalidixic acid and the first instance of clinical use in 1967. Fluoroquinolones were initially not held in high regard but over the decades began to gain notoriety as powerful antibiotics.
However, while the strength of the antibiotic allows it to combat infections more effectively than any other drug class, that same strength often leads to the destruction of user health.
The last two decades have seen multiple brand name antibiotic drugs introduced to the market. While these drugs are prescribed to over 20 million patients per year, they have been criticized for the health risks they carry.
More notably, the drug manufacturers have angered consumers for distributing these drugs without properly handling the possible health risks they present. This neglect has led to thousands of patients suffering from major side effects that have led to victims pursuing legal action.
Lawsuits have become the main way a victim can “win” justice from a pharmaceutical company.
Allegations listed on the lawsuits include drug manufacturers:
- Failing to warn the public of the risks of taking the antibiotics in question
- Failing to properly test fluoroquinolone antibiotics for the dangerous side-effects
- Withholding research data from the public about fluoroquinolone antibiotics dangers
- Selling fluoroquinolone antibiotics even though they knew it could be dangerous
- Manufacturing and selling an unsafe product
Are Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Dangerous Drugs?
Although more effective than nearly any other antibiotic drug class, fluoroquinolones pose health risks that no other drug class pose.
These dangers include a heightened risk of tendon damage, peripheral neuropathy, and aortic aneurysms. Depending on the dosage, time of use, and previous medical history of the patient, these side effects can dissipate within a few days of getting off a prescription or become permanent life threatening complications.
Peripheral neuropathy involves damage to nerves in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. It is characterized by various degrees of stabbing and burning pain in addition to being unable to carry out simple tasks that one is required to do throughout the day.
Nerves in the hands and feet tend to be the first affected by numbness and tingling. Peripheral neuropathy can arise at any time while taking fluoroquinolones, including immediately after you start taking them, and can persist for months or years after. The condition can even become permanent.
The most dangerous side effect associated with the fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug class is the development of aortic aneurysms. As an aortic aneurysm develops, it weakens the walls of the aorta until the artery ruptures. This complication leads to extreme internal bleeding that oftentimes proves fatal due to its fast acting nature.
Tendon damage can take the form of tendinitis or tendon rupture. Either of these side effects can severely limit ones mobility and lead to surgery or extended recovery times in which the victim may miss work or accumulated large medical expenses.
Because of these prominent side effects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Drug Safety Communication to notify consumers and medical professionals that these antibiotics should only be used in “those who do not have alternative treatment options.”
How Can I Learn More About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Lawsuits?
With studies being published in large numbers in addition to other FDA and legal news being released to the public with increasing frequency, there is a significant amount of information that potential lawsuit plaintiffs must know.
Useful information for potential plaintiffs or those interested in the development of fluoroquinolone litigation can be found here.
Most antibiotic victims report using Cipro and Levaquin. To reduce research time and allow these victims to move forward with their own lawsuit filing, we have consolidated most of the information you need to know on our respective Cipro and Levaquin pages.
However, contacting an attorney is the most effective way to acquire the most important fluoroquinolone lawsuit information.
Can I file a Fluoroquinolone lawsuit?
If you were diagnosed with irreversible peripheral neuropathy or aortic aneurysm after taking a fluoroquinolone — such as Cipro, Levaquin, or Avelox — you may have a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer.
Our attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Fluoroquinolone use. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by these dangerous drugs.
You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything.
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How Do I Start A Fluoroquinolone Claim?
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- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Fluoroquinolone lawsuit claims.