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The popular antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin) has been linked to peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage in the arms and legs, and inflamed or ruptured tendons. Although drug manufacturers have known about these risks for some time, they did not adequately warn doctors or consumers.
People who have experienced serious reactions from taking Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible. Although a Levaquin lawsuit cannot ease the pain of your injuries or the loss of a loved one, it can help compensate for losses in income, quality of life and suffering. An experienced Levaquin attorney with Janet, Janet & Suggs will review your situation and advise you. Consultations are offered free of charge.
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Levaquin is a member of a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which are used to prevent bacteria from reproducing in the body and causing infection. Other drugs in this class that could also be associated with these risks include:
- Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
- Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Noroxin (norfloxacin)
- Floxin (Ofloxacin)
- Factive (gemifloxacin)
- Penetrex (enoxacin)
- Tequin (gatifloxacin)
- Trovan (trovafloxacin)
- Maxaquin (lomefloxacin)
As early as 1992, studies have linked fluoroquinolones like Levaquin to peripheral neuropathy, yet drug manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and consumers about the dangers associated with these drugs.
It wasn’t until 2013, however, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required a black box warning – the highest warning possible – on these drugs more clearly detailing the side effects of the medications.
This warning was required two years after a national consumer group began raising red flags about the drugs’ serious side effects. Manufacturers themselves had been aware for at least a decade of reports of users suffering from nerve damage.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Nerve spasms
- Changes in touch sensations
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately.
You should also contact an experienced defective drug lawyer to find out about your options for filing a Levaquin lawsuit and recovering compensation for your pain and suffering.
Tendon ruptures are a serious and debilitating injury that can require weeks of casting, extensive therapy and possible surgery. Reports of Levaquin-related tendon injuries have usually involved the hand, shoulder or Achilles tendon. Levaquin patients with the highest risk of tendon ruptures include:
- Any athletes or workers who put a lot of pressure and strain on their joints
An Achilles tendon rupture is the most common type of tendon rupture caused by Levaquin. Such a tear could limit a person’s ability to walk, run, jump or do anything that requires the foot. Symptoms include:
- Swelling and severe pain toward the heel
- Inability to walk normally
- Inability to walk without pain
- Inability to place the entire foot downward
- Inability to raise toes on the injured leg
Anyone taking one of these drugs should tell their doctor immediately if they begin to experience muscle soreness or pain. Prolonged exposure to the drug could worsen tendon inflammation to the point of rupturing. You may be entitled to file a Levaquin lawsuit.
Learn About Filing a Levaquin Lawsuit
If you or a loved one was treated with Levaquin or a related drug and suffered any of the above injuries, you may be entitled to file a Levaquin lawsuit. The experienced class action lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs can help you determine if you have a case.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation with someone from our team. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we charge no legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.