Potential Levaquin lawsuits, Cipro lawsuits and Avelox lawsuits are now being reviewed by the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. for individuals who have experienced nerve problems or been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy from side effects of the popular antibiotics.
All of these medications are part of the same class of antibiotics, known as fluoroquinolones, which have been linked to reports of peripheral neuropathy for years. However, it appears that inadequate and misleading information about the risk has been provided for consumers and the medical community, failing to adequately warn about the potential for permanent nerve damage that may cause injury for years.
Antibiotic peripheral neuropathy lawsuits are being reviewed on behalf of individuals throughout the United States who used any of the medications from this class, which includes:
- Levaquin (levofloxacin)
- Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
- Factive (gemifloxacin)
- Floxin (ofloxacin)
- Noroxin (norfloxacin)
- Proquin XR (extended release ciprofloxacin)
Nerve damage associated with the antibiotics typically starts with numbness or pain in the hands and feet, but can lead to additional problems in the arms and legs, as well as bowel problems, bladder problems and other ailments.
In August 2013, the FDA forced makers of these antibiotics to change the warning labels, removing prior indications that the antibiotic peripheral neuropathy problems were rare and informing users and the medical community that the symptoms may continue for months or years after the antibiotic is no longer used. This was the first indication that side effects of the antibiotics may cause long-lasting peripheral neuropathy.
The manufacturers knew or should have known about the link between their antibiotics and peripheral neuropathy for decades, with the first independently published reports in 1992. A string of studies over the last 20 years have warned that peripheral neuropathy side effects were a problem with this class of drugs.
After the FDA issued its warning last year, a number of Gulf War veterans came forward, suggesting that the drugs, Cipro specifically, could be related to Gulf War Syndrome, which is often characterized by nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy that is long-lasting or permanent. The soldiers say they were given Cipro during the first Gulf War but were never warned of the risks.
The class has also been plagued by other problems, including blood sugar side effects, kidney problems, and tendon ruptures. A number of fluorquinolones have been recalled over the years due to the severity of their side effects, including Omniflox, Trovan, Raxar, Zagam and Tequin.
Antibiotic Perpheral Neuropathy Lawyers
Financial compensation may be available through an antibiotic peripheral neuropathy lawsuit if you, a friend or family member have suffered nerve damage after taking one of these antibiotics. Symptoms may include:
- Numbness and Pain in Hands and Feet
- Dizziness, and Shortness of Breath
- Bladder and Bowel Control Problems
- Intolerance to Heat
- Pain from even Light Touches
All claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no out of pocket expenses and no fees unless a recovery is obtained. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.