What are Fluoroquinolones?
Taken orally injected by more than 33 million in the U.S annually, Fluoroquinolones are a member of a large group of broad-spectrum bactericides that are used to treat a number of infections such as raspatory and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Some of the most commonly prescribed fluoroquinolone medications are Levaquin, Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, and Factive.
In July 2018, the FDA revealed that existing warnings for fluoroquinolones were inadequate and now require a black box warning on all labels and guides for fluoroquinolones to better inform the users of the medication’s association with debilitating or permanent side effects, such as the increased risks of aortic aneurysms. These are tears or ruptures of the aorta, which can lead to bleeding or death.
Other potential side-effects of the muscles, tendons, nerves, and joints:
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Tendon rupture
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Swelling or inflammation of tendons
- Tendon rupture
- Numbness in arms or legs
- Joint pain or swelling
Central nervous system side effects:
- Memory Impairment
- Suicidal thoughts
Other side effects include:
- Hypoglycemia and hypoglycemic comas
- Ringing or buzzing in ears
- Vision problems
While the lawsuits against the manufacturer Levaquin have yet to reach class-action status, the number of cases against them continues to grow. These lawsuits are claiming that not only aware were they of the increased risks of aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections but they failed to inform providers and their patients of the increased risks. While concealing these defects from the public, they continued to market their product as a safe bacteria-fighting medication.
If you or a loved one was prescribed and used Fluoroquinolones after 2000 and were hospitalized, underwent surgery, or passed away as a result of aortic dissection or an aortic aneurysm within a year of taking the medication, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the dangerous drug attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm today for a free, confidential legal consultation to learn more about your options. Why today? Every state has maximum time limitations on when a Fluoroquinolone claim must be filed (statutes of limitations). If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer within that time, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the companies who may have caused their injuries. Time is of the essence, so please submit the short form on this page or call us at 214-526-7900 today.