Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that are commonly used as antibacterial drugs to treat a variety of illnesses such as respiratory and urinary tract infections. These medications include Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Factive (gemifloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), Noroxin (norfloxacin), and Floxin (ofloxacin). Fluoroquinolones are among the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the United States.
Fluoroquinolone drugs have fluoride as a main ingredient. Fluoroquinolones with an attached fluoride can penetrate into very sensitive tissues.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FLQ) have the unique ability to penetrate a blood-brain barrier, entering the brain and damaging the central nervous system. Many of these drugs have already been removed from the market due to their toxicity, and those that remain are riddled with black box warnings required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
When your doctor gives you a prescription for a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, which could be Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox or a generic version, make sure that your condition warrants the risks that come with taking these drugs.
In 2013, the FDA released a Safety Communication warning with required label changes for several fluoroquinolone drugs including Cipro, Avelox, Factive, Levaquin and Noroxin to warn of risk for possibly permanent nerve damage from antibacterial fluoroquinolone drugs taken by mouth or by injection. The FDA stated that current fluoroquinolone warnings were not clear enough. Specifically, the agency said “the potential rapid onset and risk of permanence were not adequately described,” and the “permanent damage among patients exposed to these medications cannot be calculated.”
Researchers say fluoroquinolones are over-prescribed for minor issues like earaches and sinusitis. Dr. Mahyar Etminan, from the University of British Columbia, during his interview with The New York Times said that overusing these drugs is like “trying to kill a fly with an automatic weapon.”
In 2016 the FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections.
Aortic dissection is a serious condition in which there is a tear in the wall of the major artery carrying blood out of the heart (aorta). As the tear extends along the wall of the aorta, blood can flow in between the layers of the blood vessel wall (dissection). This can lead to aortic rupture or decreased blood flow (ischemia) to organs.
If you have seen a doctor due to experiencing any of these symptoms after taking fluoroquinolone medications, please contact us immediately.
An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the wall of an artery. Normally, the walls of arteries are thick and muscular, allowing them to withstand a large amount of pressure. Occasionally, a weak area develops in the wall of an artery. This allows the pressure within the artery to push outwards, creating a bulge or ballooned area called an “aneurysm.” Aneurysms can form in any blood vessel, but they occur most commonly in the aorta (aortic aneurysm).
Unlike dissection, aortic aneurysms sometimes have no symptoms. When the thoracic aneurysm ruptures, people may have difficulty breathing, experience severe chest and back pain or may lose consciousness. A ruptured aneurysm is an emergency situation and must be treated immediately. Surgery or an aortic stent may be prescribed.
Painful peripheral neuropathy is a common neurological disorder characterized by numbness, weakness, tingling and pain, often starting in the hands or feet. Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to one or more of your peripheral nerves. The damage means that the messages that travel between your central and peripheral nervous system are disrupted.
The study “Peripheral Neuropathy Associated with Fluoroquinolones” revealed the association between severe nerve damage conditions and Fluoroquinolones.
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“If you or a loved one took the antibiotic Levaquin or Avelox prior to March 1, 2014, and then suffered an Aortic Dissection, Aortic Aneurusm, or Peripheral Neuropathy, call the Relion Group now. You will be connected with an attorney for a free consultation to see if you qualify for substantial financial compensation!
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Using fluoroquinolones can lead to severe complications including aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm. If you or your loved one suffered from injuries after using one of these antibiotics, you may have legal options. Tell our attorneys about your experience and they will provide you with a free case evaluation.
If you or a loved one experienced any of these potentially serious side effects and are interested in more information regarding filing a Fluoroquinolone drugs lawsuit, please fill out and submit the “Free Evaluation” form.
Once submitted, and if your circumstances meet the required criteria, the Relion Group will match you with a fluoroquinolone attorney who can determine whether filing a Levaquin or Avelox claim is right for you.
CIPRO® is a registered is a registered trademark of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft and is used under license by Schering Corporation.
LEVAQUIN® is a registered trademark of Daiichi Sankyo Company.
FACTIVE is a registered trademark of LG Life Sciences., LG Life Sciences, Ltd. Seoul 150-721 KOREA.
AVELOX is a registered is a registered trademark of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft and is used under license by Schering Corporation.
NOROXIN is a registered trademark of MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP.
FLOXIN® is a registered trademark of Daiichi Sankyo Company.