Fluoroquinolones, a family of synthetic antibiotics, are commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder or prostate. These drugs are also prescribed to kill a bacterium that leads to bronchitis and pneumonia. The most common fluoroquinolones include Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox. Common side effects of taking fluoroquinolones include chest pain, stomach irritation, headache, and skin reaction.
According to Drugwatch.com, approximately 26 million people are annually prescribed fluoroquinolones in the United States to treat inflammatory diseases, skin infections, and bronchitis; however, serious side effects have been reported in some patients. Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), tendon ruptures, and psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia have been known to appear in some patients. Users of fluoroquiolones have also shown potential for heart damage, specifically in the aorta. MedPage Today reported in 2015 that, “Adults who had recently taken a fluoroquinolone had a roughly two-fold adjusted increased risk for aortic aneurysm or dissection hospitalization in the nested, case-control analysis of data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database.”
Between 2001 and 2006, the damaging effects of fluoroquinolones on the heart and tendons were noted by doctors and patients, and distributors of the drugs were accused of improperly warning patients of the potential damages. In 2008, the FDA issued a black box warning for tendon damage in users of Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox; however it may have been too late for many patients. Despite the known dangers, the drug is still available on the market and is prescribed frequently for bacterial infections.
Since 2013 thousands of cases have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and other fluoroquinolone manufacturers for nerve and tendon damage caused by medication and, as of 2015, nearly 100 cases were still being disputed in court.
Settlements of undisclosed amounts have been reached for many adversely affected patients. It is important to understand that in pharmaceutical cases the plaintiff’s personal doctor is not held responsible for damages. Jones Brown Attorneys is committed to helping those damaged by defective prescription medications reach a settlement. Find out of you are eligible to file a case for damage caused by Levaquin, Cipro, or Avelox by filling out our brief questionnaire.