Levaquin Neuropathy Injury May Cause Severe Pain and Disability
Although inaccurate and misleading information has been provided to consumers and the medical community, one of the potential side effects of Levaquin involves the development of peripheral neuropathy. This nerve damage may result in long-lasting or even permanent pain and disability, which has a significant impact on an individual’s overall quality of life.
Levaquin neuropathy attacks the users nervous system, and can cause symptoms like:
- Muscle Weakness
- Loss of Motor Control
- Bone Degeneration
- Sensory Nerve Damage
- Autonomic Nerve Damage
- Gastrointestinal Problems
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Levaquin neuropathy lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who have experienced any of these nerve problems after taking the popular antibiotic. Potential Cipro lawsuits and Avelox lawsuits are also being reviewed for individuals who have suffered a similar neuropathy injury after use of these related antibiotics.
To find out whether you, a friend or family member may have a case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Levaquin Neuropathy Problems
Peripheral neuropathy from Levaquin causes damage to nerves that impact a wide number of bodily functions. The peripheral nervous system transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to all parts of the body. They tell the brain when a limb has been injured, or whether you are too cold or too hot, among many other basic functions.
Because of the complexity of the nervous system, there have been more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy identified. Some of the most life-altering occur when the neuropathy affects the sensory nerves and the autonomic nerves.
Sensory nerve damage on Levaquin may impact how, or even whether, an individual feels vibrations, light touch and position sensing. It can cause loss of reflexes and position sense. This can make it nearly impossible to make small motor control motions, such as fastening buttons.
A Levaquin neuropathy injury can even affect your ability to walk or simply feel different shapes with your fingers, which may impact nearly all different daily activities.
It can also cause balance issues when your eyes are closed, and can result in pain that seriously impacts quality of life. The pain is often worse at night, resulting in a loss of sleep and degrading overall health and emotional well-being.
Autonomic nerve damage linked to neuropathy can have even worse effects and can result in hospitalization, the need for medical care and death. It can cause problems sweating, and thus regulating temperature, and can cause loss of bladder control. In more severe cases, it can affect blood pressure, heart rhythm and even the ability to breathe.
Damage to the autonomic nerves can also result in debilitating gastrointestinal problems such as incontinence, diarrhea, constipation, and can inhibit eating and swallowing.
Levaquin Neuropathy Warnings
For years, Levaquin and similar antibiotics, known as fluorquinolones, contained inadequate warnings about the risk of peripheral neuropathy side effects. The drug makers incorrectly suggested that peripheral neuropathy from Levaquin was a rare side effect and that the nerve damage was temporary, which is incorrect. In reality, the manufacturer has been aware that a large number of users were experiencing peripheral nerve injury and that the neuropathy symptoms typically continue long after the antibiotic is discontinued.
In August 2013, the FDA acknowledged that the existing label warnings were insufficient and failed to adequately warn the medical community or consumers about the potential neuropathy risk with Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
The FDA required drug makers to update the warning label to include information about the likely permanent nature of Levaquin neuropathy problems, and removed indications that the side effects were rare.
It appears that the drug makers knew or should have know that the prior warning labels were inadequate for years, yet placed their desire for profits before consumers safety by withholding information from patients and doctors.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing peripheral neuropathy lawsuits for users of Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro or other related antibiotics. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire a lawyer. Attorney fees and reimbursed expenses are only paid if a recovery is obtained.