Levaquin Lawsuits - Side Effects Lead to Injury in Many Consumers
Fluoroquinolones like Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox are commonly prescribed to treat a wide variety of infections. While these drugs may be effective against some infections, the side effects of these drugs can be permanent and devastating.
Levaquin Linked to Permanent Nerve Damage
Nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy, has plagued users of fluoroquinolones since the drugs were introduced. The attorneys at Phillips Law Group believe that the makers of Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, and similar drugs downplayed these risks to doctors and patients alike.It was not until the Food and Drug Administration forced the makers of fluoroquinolones to add a strong, black box warning to the labels of these drugs in August of 2013 that the actual side effects of these drugs became widely known.
Fluoroquinolones can cause permanent nerve damage, or neuropathy, after even short-term use in patients of all ages. The FDA found that symptoms of neuropathy can begin at any time during treatment with the drugs like Levaquin, and that the damage to the nerves could last for months or years after the drugs were stopped or worse, the nerve damage could be permanent.
If you are taking Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, Noroxin, Floxin, or Factive and notice any of these symptoms of neuropathy, contact your doctor immediately:
- Tingling sensations
- Changes in the way you feel touch, temperature, or pain.
If you took fluoroquinolones prior to September of 2013 and experienced any of these symptoms, you may have a claim against the makers of these drugs. Contact Phillips Law Group today to learn more about your legal rights.
Tendon Injuries Associated with Fluoroquinolones
In addition to permanent neuropathy, patients have also reported that after using the antibiotics, tendon tears and ruptures are common. While these side effects were somewhat varied in terms of the part of the body affected, there is a tendency for tendons to incur soreness, to be strained or even to rupture. Examples of tendon injuries and side effects after taking drugs like Levaquin include:
- Hand injuries
- Thumb injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Biceps injuries
- Achilles tendon inflammation
- Achilles tendonitis
- Achilles tendon ruptures
While tendonitis may not seem like a serious injury, it is extremely painful, results in a limited range of motion, and can be chronic in nature. In addition, there is no medication or procedure available that cures tendonitis. The only known cure is that which involves sometimes prolonged periods of rest.
The most serious tendon side effect linked to Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox is the Achilles tendon rupture. When the tendon ruptures, it needs to be reconstructed with invasive surgery. Even once the surgical procedure is complete, the patient still faces several months of intensive and sometimes excruciating physical rehabilitation before the patient can regain the full use of the lower leg.
File a Levaquin Lawsuit
The use of fluoroquinolones like Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox can often result in more harm than healing. The side effects of these drugs are extremely dangerous, and can cause permanent, debilitating injuries.
If you used Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox or other fluoroquinolones prior to September of 2013, and developed nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy, or tendon tears, the dangerous drug attorneys at Phillips Law Group can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Act now to obtain the information you need regarding your legal rights and optionsschedule your free initial consultation with the Phillips Law Group today.