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Prescription Drug Lawsuit Frequently Asked QuestionsCommonly asked questions about Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox:

Is Levaquin A Dangerous Drug?

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is one of the most commonly prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs on the market. The drug, approved in 1996 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is produced by Janssen Pharmaceutica and was designed to be one of the most potent antibiotics available.

Although it boasts an exceptional effective rate when prescribed, studies have discovered that the drugs potency may wreak havoc on an individual’s body as it combats bacterial infections. As Levaquin use has increased, more reports of patients developing nerve damage and aortic aneurysms have been reported to the FDA.

Are Levaquin Side Effects Dangerous?

Patients who were prescribed Levaquin often found themselves developing various health complications as a result of the drug’s overpowering potency. While dozens of minor side effects related to Levaquin use have been reported to the FDA, there have been reports of some side effects that may endanger the lives of consumers.

According to reports, the most prominent of these dangerous side effects are various degrees of nerve damage and aortic aneurysms. What makes both of these conditions exceptionally concerning is that once they have developed during Levaquin use, they often continue to persist long after drug use has halted – sometimes even for an individuals entire life.

Can Levaquin Cause Nerve Damage? 

Those who suffer from any degree of nerve damage often need to adapt to their new limited physical abilities, altering how the previously lived life. This adaption is often focused on decreasing the amount of physically active activities a person undertakes, as nerve damage can cause severe pain or discomfort to sufferers during periods of physical activity.

Depending on the severity and nature of the deterioration, nerve damage may become a chronic condition soon after a Levaquin prescription has begun. At times nerve damage may develop into peripheral neuropathy, a serious form of nerve damage that effects an individual’s extremities.

Sufferers of Levaquin-triggered nerve damage typically report – among other symptoms – suffering from persistent tingling, weakness, burning, and shooting pains throughout their bodies.

Although nerve damage triggered by a Levaquin prescription rarely develops into a fatal condition, it’s ability to limit an individuals capability to pursue basic lifestyle functions can cause the development of other mental and physical health complications.

Can Levaquin Cause Aortic Aneurysms?

Unlike nerve damage caused by Levaquin use, an aortic aneurysm is one of the deadliest side effects a user can develop. The deadly nature of the complication is achieved as the condition does not carry any identifiable symptoms prior to rupture with a person having very little time to seek medical attention once a rupture has occurred.

An aortic aneurysm is the development of a bulge within the aorta – the largest arty in the body – which continues to grow until the aortic walls have been stretched too thin and become unable to contain the bulge.

Once the aortic walls reach their breaking point, tears will begin to form in the artery, eventually leading to a full rupture of the aorta. With the aorta transporting blood directly from the heart to the entire lower body, a rupture will often lead to uncontrollable internal bleeding.

Immediately after the rupture has occurred, an individual will suffer from a rapid deterioration of their health and have limited time to seek out medical attention. The limited ability in time and method to effectively combat an aortic aneurysm-caused rupture leads to the condition carrying a startling fatality rate.

Is Cipro A Dangerous Drug?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is another  drug that controls a a substantial portion of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic market. Manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG, Cipro was heavily promoted by the U.S. government in the early 2000’s as nationwide fears of anthrax attacks reached their peak.

When Cipro use was at its highest, the drug constituted 62% of all fluoroquinolone prescriptions, although that number has since decreased since then.

Are Cipro Side Effects Dangerous?

Like Levaquin and other forms of fluoroquinolones, the potency of Cipro reportedly leads to multiple health complications potentially developing in a user. This potency causing major collateral damage in the body has led to medical professionals describing Cipro and other drugs as “big guns” noting that “the bigger the gun you use, the more damage you can expect as collateral.”

Reports of major Cipro side effects have reached such numbers that the FDA and other entities now warn that the drug and all fluoroquinolones should only be used as a last resort when all other medical avenues have been exhausted.

Can Cipro Cause Aortic Aneurysms?

As the FDA began fielding more reports of aortic aneurysms in those with Cipro prescriptions, medical researchers began putting together studies to determine the relationship between Cipro use and aortic aneurysms.

The data that is now being published from these studies is staggering. Although the studies could not definitively label their findings as proving a causative relationship, two major studies reported that fluoroquinolone users reported an aortic aneurysm rate of nearly three times that of a non-user.

A rate of almost three times that of a non-user has caused major concern in various members of the medical community due to the deadly and unsuspecting nature of aortic aneurysms.

Currently, there is no way for an individual to identify that they are suffering from an aortic aneurysm until the bulging within the artery causes a rupture.  Not only is there no way to identify the condition, but once the artery ruptures an individual is left with little time to seek treatment before the condition has taken an irreversible and fatal development.

With the aorta serving as the largest artery in the human body and primary transporter of blood from the heart throughout the lower body, a rupture leads to immediate internal bleeding signaled by a rapidly deteriorating state of health.

Can Cipro Cause Nerve Damage?

Unlike aortic aneurysms, a relationship between Cipro use and nerve damage has been identified and warned of by the FDA, with the first of these warnings coming in 2001.

In the fifteen years since the initial announcement, the FDA and independent studies have issued several warning escalations with the FDA now warning that due to the potential of nerve damage, fluoroquinolones should only be used when patients “do not have alternative treatment options.”

Nerve damage caused by Cipro is nearly identical to nerve damage caused by Levaquin, due to their similar composition. Cipro-caused nerve damage can be fast acting and long lasting with symptoms occurring within the first few uses of the drug and lasting for years after use has halted.

Those who report suffering from Cipro nerve damage identify tingling, weakness, burning, and shooting pain through the body as some of the condition’s most common symptoms. Some users have reported their nerve damage developing into peripheral neuropathy, a serious form of nerve damage that significantly effects an individual’s ability to use their arms and legs.

Is Avelox A Dangerous Drug?

Avelox (moxifloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug that gained FDA approval in 1999 after being developed by Bayer AG. As one of the oldest approved fluoroquinolone drug brands, Avelox has been prescribed to thousands of patients for conditions that may not have necessitated such a powerful drug.

Moxifloxacin is actually marketed under several different product names including Avelon, Izilox, Actira, and Megaxin. Anyone who uses or has used any of the aforementioned drugs may be susceptible to the same dangers as those who were prescribed Avelox.

Are Avelox Side Effects Dangerous?

Like other drugs within the fluoroquinolone designation, the potency that allows Avelox to effectively destroy almost any bacteria based complication also leads it to wreaking havoc on the person using it.

While most of the health complications that may develop with Avelox use are short-term and do not cause major effects to an individuals long term well-being, there are some that may persist and cause major health problems.

Can Avelox Cause Nerve Damage?

One of the most prominent long term health complications associated with Avelox, and overall fluoroquinolone use, is the development of severe nerve damage. Not only can the nerve damage developed during an Avelox prescription limit an individual’s ability to live life as normal, but the condition may persist long after the drug is no longer used.

Avelox-related nerve damage is especially dangerous because of it’s fast acting developmental process, which can see a consumer go from healthy to devastated by nerve damage within a few weeks. Additionally, there are reports from consumers indicating that nerve damage may develop after very few doses of Avelox.

Reports and studies dating back to the early 2000’s have warned consumers of the immense danger to an individuals nerves that use of drugs like Avelox presents.

Once the condition has developed, consumers have reported suffering from continuous tingling, weakness, burning, and shooting pains throughout the body. This is especially common if the condition develops into peripheral neuropathy, a nerve condition that takes aim at the arms and legs of an individual.

Can Avelox Cause Aortic Aneurysms?

More dangerous in terms of the fatality risk, Avelox-caused aortic aneurysms pose a major health risk to consumers as it can develop unbeknownst to an individual and give little warning before a rupture develops into an irreparable fatal condition.

As it’s name suggests, an aortic aneurysm develops in the aorta – the largest artery in the body and primary transporter of blood from the heart to the lower body. An aneurysms develops as a bulging mass within an area of the aorta.

As the bulge develops, it will increase in size until the aortic wall is unable to contain the pressure and subsequently ruptures. With the aorta transporting such a large amount of blood, a rupture will lead to immense internal bleeding that poses an immediate health risk.

The health of an individual will rapidly deteriorate once the rupture has occurred, leaving them little time to seek out medical attention for treatment. With the condition itself being so deadly, Avelox’s ability to increase the rate of development by over 300% is worrisome to members of the medical community.

View Sources

  1. Peripheral Neuropathy – Cleveland Clinic
  2. Aortic Aneurysm – Web MD
  3. Aortic Aneurysm Fatalities – Lahey Hospital 
  4. Information On Cipro – FDA

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