Levaquin Peripheral Neuropathy Side Effects
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for users of Levaquin who have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a painful and potentially permanent form of nerve damage associated with use of the popular antibiotic.
Lawsuits allege that the drug maker has known for years that side effects of Levaquin may cause peripheral neuropathy, yet inaccurate and misleading warnings were provided for consumers and the medical community about the risk that users may be left with nerve problems that impact them for the rest of their lives.
Financial compensation may be available through a Levaquin lawsuit for individuals who have suffered:
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Nerve Damage
- Persistent Pain, Numbness, Tingling, Weakness or Sensitivity
- Impaired Sensation, Movement or Other Health Problems
All cases are reviewed by the Levaquin peripheral neuropathy lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless a settlement or other recovery is obtained. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Levaquin Nerve Damage Problems
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is one of the most widely used antibiotics in the United States, often prescribed to prevent bacteria from rapidly reproducing and causing infection.
The medication was introduced by Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-McNeil subsidiary in 1996, and within ten years it grew to account for roughly 6.5% of the global pharmaceutical company’s total revenue, with $1.6 billion in annual revenue by 2007.
Part of a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, which also includes the popular antibiotics Cipro and Avelox.
Information about a potential link between Levaquin and peripheral neuropathy has been known for decades. However, inadequate warnings have been provided with the medication, suggesting that the nerve damage problems are rare and failing to disclose the permanent and long-lasting problems Levaquin users may experience.
Peripheral neuropathy from Levaquin involves damage to the peripheral nervous system. It can cause weakness, numbmess and pain. It usually first occurs as numbness or pain in the hands and feet, but often continues to move up the limbs.
Potential symptoms of Levaquin nerve problems may include:
- Numbness in extremities
- Burning pain
- Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Changes in skin, hair or nails
- Loss of coordination
- Muscle weakness
- Heat intolerance
- Bowel and bladder problems
- Dizziness, lightheadedness
Levaquin Peripheral Neuropathy Warnings
In September 2004, the Levaquin warning label was updated for the first time to add information concerning the potential risk of peripheral nerve damage. However, the information was buried deep in the prescribing information and failed to adequately warn about the potential Levaquin risks.
In addition, the drug makers failed to send a “Dear Doctor” letter or other notification to healthcare providers about the label update, causing many doctors to also remain unaware of the potential link between peripheral neuropathy and Levaquin.
According to allegations raised in Levaquin nerve damage lawsuits now being pursued on behalf of individuals throughout the United States, the manufacturers should have disclosed that problems associated with peripheral neuropathy from Levaquin side effects may be permanent, impacting individuals long after they stop taking the drug.
In August 2013, the FDA required a new warning update for Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. In a drug safety communication (PDF), the federal regulatory agency warned that the nerve problems may arise any time during treatment with the antibiotic and may last for months, or even years.
Levaquin Class Action Lawyers for Nerve Damage
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing perhipheral neuropathy injury claims and potential Levaquin class action lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States.
If proper warnings had been provided about the potential risk of Levaquin nerve damage, users may have avoided painful and debilitating injuries associated with peripheral neuropathy by switching to another antibiotic after the first signs of problems appeared.
Prior Levaquin lawsuits have been handled by Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. as a result of inadequate warnings provided about the risk of Achilles tendon ruptures associated with the medication provided prior to 2008. While new tendon damage lawsuits are no longer being accepted at this stage of the litigation, our law firm has the resources and experience to make sure users diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy receive adequate compensation as a result of the drug makers apparent decision to place their desire for profits before consumer safety.
All Levaquin cases for peripheral neuropathy are handled by our law firm under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to pursue a lawsuit. Attorney fees and reimbursement for expenses are only paid out of any recovery obtained in the case, meaning that you pay nothing unless you win.