Levaquin Linked to Irreversible Nerve Damage
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from Levaquin, Cipro or Avelox, you may be able to pursue legal action.
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a powerful antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. It has been linked to serious and permanent side effects, including damage to patients’ nerves and a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. These harmful effects are irreversible and
can be deadly.
Levaquin is in a company of other fluoroquinolones. Levaquin was approved for sale in the U.S. in 1996 for the treatment of serious, life-threatening infections, such as meningitis. However, there has been growing evidence since 1992 that the drug causes permanent nerve damage in some patients. Still, drug manufacturers have pushed for the drug’s everyday use through heavy marketing to doctors. Relying on this information, physicians have increasingly prescribed Levquin for minor infections instead of other, safer antibiotics. Unsurprisingly, Levaquin became one of the most profitable pharmaceuticals in the country with $1.5 billion in sales in 2010.
This widespread prescribing practice continues. As a result, patients all over the country are suffering unnecessarily from serious peripheral neuropathy, a nerve disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system and is felt in the arms and legs. Victims of this adverse reaction may feel muscle weakness, numbness, tingling or burning sensations, paralysis, impaired motor functions, and permanent blindness.
Thankfully, drug manufacturers now face a growing number of lawsuits for their pharmaceutical negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered complications from Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. You may be able to explore legal options to hold those who harmed you accountable. Note that delaying this action may result in unknowingly missing the legal time limit to bring your case.