The Dangers of Fluoroquinolones
Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox are the most commonly used fluoroquinolones, a powerful antibiotic used to treat serious bacterial infections. Cipro, approved in 1987, was the first of the three to be made available for use by doctors, soon followed by Levaquin in 1996 and Avelox in 1999. According to an IMS Health, National Prescription Audit from 2010 to 2014, over 30 million people were prescribed fluoroquinolones each year.
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Since they were first introduced to the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has needed to issue one black box warning updating the list of side effects, and two studies published in 2015 indicate that, “The use of fluoroquinolones was associated with an approximately two-fold increase in risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection within 60 days of exposure.” Common signs of side effects of fluoroquinolones include:
- Tendon ruptures, sudden pain, bruising
- Aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections
- Nerve numbness, burning pain, tingling
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Retinal detatchment
- Hallucinations and headaches
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Unusual behavior
- Cramps and inflammation
- Severe mood changes
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Our team at BCH believes that patients prescribed Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox should be aware of the lasting impact of side effects. When patients are not informed of these or the antibiotic causes a serious and debilitating condition in the patient, they should be able to take legal action. The manufacturer should warn of all potential dangers associated with their drug. It is their duty to make sure the care of the patients is put above all else and their drug is tested for its safety.
If you or someone you love has developed one of these side effects after taking Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox, contact our lawyers at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC today for a free case evaluation. We are investigating potential claims against the manufacturers to help our clients seek the compensation they need. You can also call us at (888) 367-7160 to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys.