*Please note that in order to file a lawsuit against Bayer AG and their product Cipro, you or your loved ones must have been prescribed as well as taken the name brand form of the drug. If you took the generic form of the drug Cipro, unfortunately, you will not qualify.*
The antibiotic medication Cipro (ciprofloxacin) has been linked to a severe form of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy, tendon ruptures, and aortic aneurysm.
Fluoroquinolones are the most widely used antibiotics. About 33 million Americans take the extremely strong medicine to kill bacterial infections each year. The FDA warns that fluoroquinolones, such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin), can cause disabling and potentially irreversible side effects. The drugs’ label includes a black box warning — the FDA’s strongest warning — for tendon problems and permanent nerve damage. Patients must understand the approved uses, ingredients and risks associated with fluoroquinolones before deciding to take these potentially dangerous drugs.
The antibiotic medication Cipro belongs to a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, which are designed to fight bacterial infections of the skin, abdomen, respiratory/urinary tract, and gastrointestinal system. Cipro is manufactured by Bayer AG and was approved by United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987. Cipro is available in an oral, intravenous, and topical formulation designed to treat and fight bacterial infections.
Cipro and Peripheral Neuropathy:
A Drug Safety Communication was issued by the FDA in ASugust 2013 which stated that that it, the FDA, was requiring that the drug Cipro and other antibiotics containing fluoroquinolone have their labeling updated to include information about peripheral neuropathy, a potentially irreversible type of nerve damage that can appear rapidly after a patient begins treatment with the drug. The FDA stated:
“The risk of peripheral neuropathy occurs only with fluoroquinolones that are taken by mouth or by injection…The topical formulations of fluoroquinolones, applied to the ears or eyes, are not known to be associated with this risk.”
The body’s nervous system is made up of two parts. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system (PNS) connects the nerves running from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body…the arms and hands, legs and feet, internal organs, joints and even the mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and skin. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs, and feet. When damage occurs, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. Peripheral neuropathy can affect multiple nerves (polyneuropathy) or only one nerve or nerve group (mononeuropathy) at a time.
Symptoms of Peripheral neuropathy
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
The cause of an individual’s peripheral neuropathy disorder may affect the manner in which it is treated. If the peripheral neuropathy is to be determined to be the caused by Cipro, discontinuing use of the drug may lessen symptoms and even reverse the nerve damage. However, one should NEVER stop taking a prescribed medication without consulting one’s physician before doing so.
Due to the fact that peripheral nerves have a limited capacity to regenerate and treatment may only slow the progression of the disease versus curing it, early diagnosis is important. For severely impaired patients, physical therapy may be required to help that patient regain their strength and avoid severe muscle cramping and/or muscle spasms.
In October of 2015, there was a study that appeared in the JAMA Internal Medicine that found fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro may increase users’ risks of developing an aortic aneurysm and/or aortic dissection. Researchers involved in the study noted that fluoroquinolones have previously been found to damage collagen, a structural protein that makes up the aorta. For the study, the researchers looked at data from 1,477 patients who were hospitalized with an aortic aneurysm or dissection between January 2000 and December 2011 and compared them to 147,700 controls.
“After propensity score adjustment, current use of fluoroquinolones was found to be associated with increased risk for aortic aneurysm or dissection (rate ratio [RR], 2.43; 95% CI, 1.83-3.22), as was past use, although this risk was attenuated (RR, 1.48; 95% CI, 1.18-1.86),” the researchers said. “Sensitivity analysis focusing on aortic aneurysm and dissection requiring surgery also demonstrated an increased risk associated with current fluoroquinolone use, but the increase was not statistically significant (propensity score–adjusted RR, 2.15; 95% CI, 0.97-4.60)… While these were rare events, physicians should be aware of this possible drug safety risk associated with fluoroquinolone therapy.”
Cipro Side Effects
- Nerve Damage
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Muscle Weakness
- Tendon Ruptures
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Hypersensitivity Reactions
- Loss of Consciousness
- Cardiovascular Collapse
- Life-Threatening Skin Reactions
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Clostridium Difficile Associated Diarrhea
A group of four United Stated Postal Workers filed a lawsuit against Bayer in 2003. The four postal workers alleged that they were prescribed Cipro during the nationwide 2001 anthrax scare that was associated with the 9/11 attacks. Shortly after being prescribed, and taking Cipro the four alleged that they started to experience severe side effects. The complaint filed by the workers stated that Bayer failed to disclose information regarding the drugs potential to cause nerve and tendon damage, as well as other serious injuries. As awareness about the link between Cipro and serious side effects continues to grow, lawyers expect the number of lawsuits filed over the drug will also continue to rise. Patients directly affected by Cipro, as well as relatives of people who have died after taking Cipro, may be eligible to file a claim.
FDA Strengthens Warning on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
May 12, 2016 – FDA announced today that unless they lack other treatment options, patients with uncomplicated infections should not be treated with Cipro or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics, given their risk for disabling and potentially life-threatening side effects. Fluoroquinolone warning labels already caution about the risks for tendonitis, tendon rupture, central nervous system (CNS) effects, peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia gravis exacerbation, QT prolongation/torsades de pointes, phototoxicity and hypersensitivity. The agency will update the drugs’ labeling to state that the risks of fluoroquinolones typically outweigh their benefits for patients with sinusitis, bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) that are treatable by other means.
FDA Updates Boxed Warnings on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
July 26, 2016 – For the second time in less than 3 months, the FDA has upgraded warnings on fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs, saying they’re too strong to be used for sinus infections, bronchitis and simple urinary tract infections (UTIs). “While these drugs are effective in treating serious bacterial infections, an FDA safety review found that both oral and injectable fluoroquinolones are associated with disabling side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system,” the agency said in a Drug Safety Communication issued today.
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