The experienced and dedicated team here at Jones Brown PLLC. are actively investigating the potential link between the antibiotic Levaquin and peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), aortic dissection (tearing) and aortic aneurysm (rupture). These dangerous side effects were unknown to patients and doctors who prescribed the antibiotics to patients.
According to recent studies, a patient who takes Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Avelox or Cipro, are twice as likely to develop peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a type of potentially dangerous nerve damage that can develop after taking Levaquin antibiotic medication. Tendonitis, tendon rupture and other painful and serious side effects have surfaced due to Levaquin.
The use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics has been linked to an aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection, causing deadly brain aneurysms responsible for thousands of deaths every year. In a recent study published by the journals of the American Journal of Medicine (JAMA), patients who taken fluoroquinolone or Levaquin are two and one-half times more likely to develop an aortic dissection or an aortic aneurysm.
What is Levaquin?
Levaquin is in a class of antibiotic drugs known as fluoroquinolones. Levaquin is a commonly used broad-spectrum antibiotic intended to treat bacterial infections. Levaquin may be used to battle bacteria strains from bacterial pneumonia, bacterial chronic bronchitis, and life-threatening bacterial infections such as meningitis. Women are sometimes prescribed Levaquin for routine bacterial urinary tract infections.
Levaquin was the best-selling antibiotic drug in the United States in 2010, with sales of about $1.5 billion.
Levaquin was developed by the Japanese pharmaceutical giant Daiichi Sankyo who licensed the patent to Sanofi-Aventis for use outside of the United States and to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) domestically via its subsidiary Ortho-McNeil. The first patent was granted for Levaquin in Europe in 1987. The FDA approved Levaquin in 1996 for sale within the United States. Generic versions were made available fifteen years later, in 2011.
FDA Warning for Levaquin
The FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication in August of 2013, which stated that patients treated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Levaquin had been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. The FDA issued the statement because earlier warnings did not adequately describe the potential onset of the disorder. The FDA stated:
- “In some patients, the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
Levaquin Side Effects:
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Aortic aneurism
- Aortic dissection
- Collagen disorders
- Muscle weakness
- Tendon ruptures
- Central nervous system disorders
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Life-threatening skin reactions
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)
- Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea
Levaquin and Peripheral Neuropathy
Levaquin and other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class have recently been linked to peripheral neuropathy. There are over 100 separate and distinct forms of peripheral neuropathy known, depending on which nerves have been damaged. In general, however, symptoms of neuropathy may include:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
Why File a Levaquin Lawsuit?
The product Levaquin was originally intended to be prescribed only for those with a life-threatening bacterial infection such as meningitis. Levaquin has been widely prescribed to treat virtually any everyday infection such as sinus infections, or ear infections. Why should you file a Levaquin lawsuit? Cooperate greed and profits were placed over the care and well being of patients, there is your answer. Through manipulative marketing, Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone drugs were over-prescribed. Yes, they also carry a serious risk of peripheral neuropathy, a typically permanent form of nerve damage, but that seemed to be an afterthought to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiary Ortho-McNeil.
By Filing a Levaquin Lawsuit YOU:
- Can help you get the money you need to pay for expensive medical bills, ongoing care medical care and lost income.
- Your Levaquin lawsuit sends a message to the manufacturers of this dangerous drug that what they did was wrong.
- Help prevent more people from suffering the same side effects of Levaquin.
Let Jones Brown PLLC. Help You
The experienced network of lawyers here at Jones Brown PLLC. are actively reviewing cases in which individuals who experienced illness due to Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone drugs. You could be entitled to financial compensation due to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiary Ortho-McNeil’s decision to choose increased sales before the safety of consumers.
Class action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiary Ortho-McNeil, as well as individual injury claims, are being evaluated on behalf of individuals and families throughout the United States.
We would like to help you and your family if you have been impacted by this drug. CLICK HERE and fill out a short questionnaire about your prescription of Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone drugs.
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