Antibiotic Peripheral Neuropathy Lawyers Reviewing Lawsuits for Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted September 22, 2014

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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.

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15 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Rickey says:

    I have several of the listed symptoms, after being prescribed levaquin, several times in the past few years. I was never informed of possible nerve damage or other side affects.

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 4:48 am

  • jim says:

    I was given cipro intervieniosly and about a week later I came down with peripheral neuropathy and now it is effecting my body from my neck down. I am sure mine is permeant because they have been doctoring me for a year now and haven’t had any success . in fact it is getting worse. my legs feel like they are on fire and I cant wear pants of no kind with out pain .That makes it hard to have any kind of life other than staying in my house. I was not worned about what the problem was going to be at all.

    Posted on October 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm

  • Kk says:

    I have taken Cipro for years and I have had numbness and tingling in my hands and feet at the present it keeps getting worse and I cant feel my feet at all they are ice cold and I have just noticed that lately I have been having a problem with my bloodsugar, Im homebound now and have home health checking on me one to two times a week, I try and stand or walk and the pain is just excruciating and I get no relief from pain medications from the ER. I try and force myself to walk and stand as much as possible but the pain get really bad I can usually only get some relief if I can find a completely neutral position which is rare. Ive not been able to sleep and if I do its usually around two hours a night and then Im irritated because I want to sleep and I cant because I am hurting so bad. Im tired of this and I wish I could have my life back, I am depressed because of this.

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 8:05 am

  • Clark says:

    I was given the drug Cipro and Levaquin for a cronic prostate infection. I now have neropaathy in my feet. I have a very painful disease in my bladder called interstitual cystitus,and my arms and hands go numb.

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

  • Aaron says:

    Been on many courses of cipro over the years. Along with the neuropathy. Problem is Ive also been a diabetic for nearly 31 years. So i really do not know if i have any legal recourse.

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  • Alan says:

    I took two 500 mg pills of cipro for ten days. Roughly two weeks after the last day, I developed very intense tingling in my hands, and a tingling/burning sensation in my left foot which has gone up to my thigh. I also feel dizziness at times and have trouble falling and remaining asleep.

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm

  • Doreen says:

    A couple of years ago I had been given Levaquin while I was “under” for a procedure for my stomach/intestines. When I “came to”, the doctors told me that they gave me this drug to keep me from getting any infections due to the procedure, and that I was to take two more pills for the next day after I went home, also to keep me from getting any possible infections due to the procedure. I was not told at the time that there could be any problems associated with the drug such as neuropathy or nerve pain/damage. Still, I was very upset that they gave me this drug while I was
    “out” for the procedure, and never told me BEFORE the procedure that they were going to do that. (So, I don’t know how much they gave me interveiniously during the procedure.) After I went home, I was so upset, so I looked it up online and only them did I find out that there could be those terrible side-affects, but by then it was too late since they already had given it to me. A few days late I thought I was having some feet pain because of it, so I ordered some special ointment for the pain, and that really helped. Now, about three years later, I’m having really bad pain in both feet, and both wrists. HELP! I know from what I’ve read that this can happen months to years after taking the drug, and that the side affects can stay for life and even get worse, and it was even cause retinal detachment! WHY would hospitals and doctors give this damaging drug to people when they know all that?????

    Posted on March 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  • Eva says:

    I’m 49. I have burning and pain in both feet. I can no longer go barefoot. If I just lightly bang or just touch my feet the pain is unbelievable. My endocrinologist says it’s not diabetic nerve pain, because it’s not numbness and I can feel the pin test. My feet are hyper sensitive. I also have pain, hyper sensitivity and burning in both of my outer thighs. It started out in my right thigh and was about the size of my hand. Now it’s the whole side on both thighs. Sometimes I get stabbing pain in both my feet and thighs. The pain in my feet is worse when I sit down at night or whenever I raise my feet, like when going to sleep. It keeps me up at night. Sometimes both sites get itchy, but scratching does’t alleviate the sensation – it’s like it’s deep inside. So far no doctor has been able to tell me why this is happening to me or why it’s getting worse.

    Posted on March 23, 2015 at 11:42 pm

  • Marne says:

    I too have had these symptoms. My feet burn and feel cold and clammy at the same time. Itching that doesn’t help at all. Hypersensitive is correct, I cant tolerate sticking my feet in the ocean without extreme pain. i have been on Cipro several times for UTI”s. I have been battling these symptoms for three years or more. my feet will feel ice cold one minute, and then burning hot the next on occasions. Especially at night. When i go to bed they are like frozen popsicles, and then burning hot to the point i can’t sleep. I have been tested for diabetes, and i am not a diabetic. I have no medical problems. I am 46 years old. this shouldn’t be happening to me at my age.

    Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

  • Nancy says:

    I have just recently learned about problems with certain antibiotics and peripheral neuropathy. I started having problems in the mid 1990’s and wasn’t given a diagnosis until around 2005. It was still a mystery since I wasn’t diabetic but I was finally given Gabapentin because the pain and the electrical shocks were almost unbearable. I was born with chronic bronchitis and have been on many different drugs for the past 59 years and they probably are every one on the list. I know that I have been on Cipro also Levaquin and many others but I really can’t remember the ones from before the problem started.

    I’ve already been screwed by Astra Zenica for taking Seroquil for sleep problems even though it is not approved for that. It messed up my pancreas and now I am a Type 2 diabetic. Finding out that I’ve been screwed yet again by a drug company is almost more than I can take. Thank you for letting me vent..

    Posted on December 12, 2015 at 2:45 am

  • Gwendolyn says:

    I started taking Cipro and Levaquin in 1999.I took it for problems I had from my bladder being punctured during surgery.I had surgery again in 2000 to restructure my bladder when I was told I had a bladder reflux.Each time I was given Cipro and Levaquin to help with the constant infections.Since then I have been told I had hypothyroidism which seemingly just dissapeared,and I have numbness,pain tingling,and sensitivity to touch,in my left hand and into my elbow.

    Posted on February 1, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  • Georgia says:

    I was hospitalized 01/08/2012 for diverticulitis, was given levaquin, cipro floxacin, flagyl, fluconazole, & metronidazole for a week. I had no food or water during that time. Most antibotics were given introveiniously. Levaquin was 750 mg.,given 7 times, flagyl 14 times. I can provide amounts for other drugs. I had severe back and leg and arm pain while in hosp. I was given prescripts when I went home, after 2 days, I was unable to get out of bed. Stopped taking everything and after a couple of days was able to walk again. Since then I have been having severe peripheral neuropathy. I have been to Dr.s but cannot get anyone to discuss this problem. I have had 2 spinal injections for pain in legs, and am due to have more. I don’t know what to do. I am also having pain in wrists and hands. My quality of life has gone down to “0”.

    Posted on April 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

  • Benita says:

    I was given Levaquin for kidney infection ..I got really sick , this happen like 5yrs ago but. I currently have the symptoms.
    Am I a good candidate for this?

    Posted on October 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm

  • Donna says:

    I have taken Cipro several times for UTIs.I have neuropathy so bad in my feet and numbness in my hands. All my doctor can do is give me pain medicine. Its especially bad at night. I can’t even stand for the sheets to touch my toes. I don’t know what to do but keep taking the pain medicine which doesn’t help sometimes.

    Posted on January 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm

  • Katherine says:

    I have had and neuropathy since March of 1992 about a month after having my son which is cause me one thing wrong after another I know I have chronic arthritis now I have diabetes I used to take 16 pills a day steroid pills big huge pills but I still struggle with pain daily but of course my records only go back to about two thousand and one and medication only go back to about 95 I was told by the doctor that they didn’t know anybody had been through what I was going through did no antibodies could be so dangerous

    Posted on February 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm

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