Fluoroquinolone (Antibiotics) & Nerve Damage, Side Effects
Medical studies have discovered a link between fluoroquinolone drugs and peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage. According to the FDA, the risk of nerve damage occurs only with fluoroquinolones that are taken by mouth or by injection. The topical formulations of applied to the ears or eyes, are not known to be associated with this risk.
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:
- Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
- Factive (gemifloxacin)
- Floxin (ofloxacin)
- Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Levaquin (levofloxacin)
- Noroxin (norfloxacin)
Fluoroquinolones & Peripheral Neuropathy
The FDA first issued a warning in August 2013 about the risk of peripheral neuropathy posed by fluoroquinolone drugs.
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.
There are several classifications of peripheral neuropathy. These nerve damage classifications are based upon the symptoms and problems and also the cause of the condition. The main types are mononeuropathy and polyneuropathy. Each type can be both painful and debilitating.
Mononeuropathy is damage to a single nerve. This is often caused by either a physical injury, like trauma, prolonged pressure on a nerve, or continuous and repetitive motions. Symptoms of mononeuropathy can include numbness and tingling in the fingers or toes, extreme touch sensitivity, paresthesia (nerves feel like they are tingling, burning, or prickling). Types of mononeuropathy include carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve palsy, and peroneal nerve palsy.
Polyneuropathy occurs when there is a malfunction in a number of peripheral nerves throughout the body at the same time. Polyneuropathy can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to certain toxins such as with alcohol abuse, poor nutrition (particularly vitamin B deficiency), and complications from diseases such as cancer or kidney failure. Diabetic neuropathy and Guillain-Barre syndrome are types of polyneuropathy.
Fluoroquinolones & Aortic Aneurysm
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.
File Your Fluoroquinolone (Antibiotic) 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. Dangerous drug lawsuits are being filed against the large pharmaceutical companies that manufacture, market, and distribute these drugs.
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