By 2010 Levaquin (Levofloxacin) was the most common type of fluoroquinolone antibiotics prescribed to people in the United States. People who suffered urinary tract infections, and other bacterial infections between 1996 and 2017, would have more than likely been taking Levaquin. Unfortunately, many people who had previously taken fluoroquinolone drugs, Levaquin in particular, are now suffering serious side effects. These fluoroquinolone drugs have ruptured tendons and have caused peripheral neuropathy nerve damage in some cases. Peripheral neuropathy nerve damage can prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs, cause pain, and impair muscle movement.
If you have taken fluoroquinolone drugs and are now suffering the side effects, you need to contact a reputable law firm immediately. At The Law Place, we have a personal injury lawyer who can help you. You should not have to suffer in pain because pharmaceutical companies did not fairly warn you of the risk of peripheral neuropathy by taking their fluoroquinolone antibiotics. We have helped many people who have suffered the side effects of Levaquin (Levofloxacin), and we can help you too.
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Can Levaquin Cause Nerve Damage?
These drugs can cause nerve damage. Patients who take these antibiotics may feel changes in sensation in their arms and legs and suffer nerve damage that does not go away once they have completed their antibiotics. These side effects are incredibly serious. If you or a loved one have ever experienced peripheral neuropathy, you must tell your doctor immediately.
These drugs have now been discontinued. You should not have to suffer pain because you were not fully aware of the risk of taking these fluoroquinolones. Our personal injury lawyers have helped many patients file lawsuits after suffering from the side effects of fluoroquinolone drugs. If your nerves have been damaged, we can help you.
Who Produces Levaquin?
The antibiotic drug Levaquin is produced by a Johnson & Johnson company called Ortho-McNeill-Janssen Pharmaceuticals. They are well aware that their antibiotic drug could cause peripheral neuropathy. There are even reports of the drugs causing nerve damage before they received approval from the Food and Drugs Association (FDA) in 1996.
In 2013, the FDA published a report of all fluoroquinolone antibiotics in which they suggested that Levaquin should be substituted for other drugs where possible because of their potential to cause nerve damage. Despite the dangers of permanent nerve damage, the drug was only discontinued in 2017 and was still available in pharmacies across the United States until 2020.
Shockingly, manufacturers decided to ignore these serious side effects as they were deemed to be rare occurrences. If you have taken fluoroquinolones and are now suffering from a side effect, you need to contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation.
Is Levaquin Still Prescribed Today?
These drugs were discontinued in 2017. However, they were still available in pharmacies in 2020. If you are suffering from urinary tract infections or other bacterial infections, you should read up on the side effects of your fluoroquinolone drugs to see whether there is a risk that they may cause permanent nerve damage.
If you are ever unsure about the side effects of fluoroquinolones, you should discuss your concerns with a medical professional.
Peripheral neuropathy refers to the damage caused to the nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. By damaging these nerves, a person may feel pain or numbness, shooting pains, and burning. This is most frequently felt in the legs and arms. This can be long-lasting, and this damage can even cause permanent disability.
Nerve damage is incredibly serious and can affect a person’s life drastically. If you or a loved one has experienced nerve damage, you should get in contact with our law firm. We have helped many patients file lawsuits for their suffering, and our lawyers will be able to help you too.
Taking Levaquin can increase the risk of you suffering tendinitis (swelling of a fibrous tissue that connects a bone to a muscle), and this can rupture tendons. This can potentially risk your hands, ankles, shoulders, and much more. Although this side effect is far less common than peripheral neuropathy, if you suffer any kind of swelling after taking fluoroquinolone drugs, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Does Antibiotic Neuropathy Go Away?
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy typically appear within a few days of a person who starts to take fluoroquinolone antibiotics. As soon as a person stops taking the drug, the side effects may begin to subside, and the damage will likely be reversible. Sometimes, however, the symptoms can last for months or even be permanent. Therefore, antibiotic neuropathy does not always go away. If you are suffering permanent nerve damage, you need to contact a law firm as soon as possible. Nerve damage can greatly affect your life. Let us help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to. No amount of money can ever take away your trauma, but it can help ease any financial burdens you may be facing.
Contact The Law Place Today!
If you have ever taken antibiotics to help with bacterial infections and have suffered severe side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. If you were not fairly warned about the dangers of the drug, we could help you. Our attorneys have helped many patients file lawsuits and claims after suffering negative side effects after taking antibiotics in St. Petersburg, and we can help you too.
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