The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that a popular class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones can cause severe, potentially permanent damage to muscles, nerves and more.
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What’s the Problem?
July 26, 2016 – FDA is calling for an updated boxed warning regarding “disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system” associated with the following fluoroquinolone antibiotics:
- Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
- Cipro extended-release (ciprofloxacin extended-release)
- Factive (gemifloxacin)
- Levaquin (levofloxacin)
- Ofloxacin (generic brand)
According to the FDA, the risk of side effects from these medications generally outweighs any potential benefits in patients with sinusitis, bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs). The drugs should only be used by patients with no other treatment options, the agency said.
The upgraded warnings follow a 2013 study by FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology which concluded that “We continue to find an association between fluoroquinolone antibiotic use and disabling peripheral neuropathy.”
The cases evaluated in that study included reports of weakness, numbness, pain, discomfort, burning and tingling in patients treated with fluoroquinolones, including a man who allegedly died after suffering a severe hypersensitivity reaction while using levaquin. Another FDA review found an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and tendon rupture with fluoroquinolones.
The agency in August 2013 issued a Drug Safety Communication which concluded that a variety of seemingly random health problems can occur in patients taking the medications. It then convened a safety panel which recommended that the FDA issue stronger warnings on the drugs.
Do I Have a Fluoroquinolone Lawsuit?
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Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you had nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or aortic aneurism after taking an antibiotic, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.