The most serious side effects of Avelox include permanent nerve damage, tendon injuries, and a rare but life-threatening skin rash called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS).
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Avelox (moxifloxacin) is a prescription medication that is used to treat bacterial infections. It is a fluoroquinolone, which is a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Avelox and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
The Prescribing Information (PDF) recommends discontinuing Avelox and seeking emergency medical attention at the first sign of a skin rash, unless the rash is clearly not drug-related. The label warns that patients have died from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) after taking just a few doses of Avelox. SJS and TEN cause a painful skin rash, blisters, and large sections of skin peel off the body. Complications include infections, blindness, organ damage, and death. In one report from 2004, a 23 year-old woman died from TEN after taking Avelox for 3 days. In another report from 2009, a 44 year-old man developed SJS after taking Avelox for about a week
Avelox and Nerve Damage
Avelox is associated with an increased risk of peripheral neuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage that affects the arms and legs. The symptoms are usually severe, they occur within a few days, and most cases last for at least one year, according to recent studies. The FDA added warnings about peripheral neuropathy to the label on Avelox in 2004, but these warnings were not strong enough. In 2013, the FDA updated the warnings to emphasize the rapid onset of symptoms and the risk of permanent complications.
Avelox and Aortic Aneurysms
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Avelox can damage collagen in connective tissue, which is why they are associated with tendon injuries and retinal detachments. Collagen is also found in the wall of the aorta, which suggests it could increase the risk of aortic aneurysms. Antibiotics were linked to aneurysms in two studies published in 2015. One study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found a doubled increased risk. Another study published by the British Medical Journal found a tripled increased risk.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm and we specialize in helping victims of defective drugs. However, our attorneys are not filing an Avelox class action at this time. Instead, we are focusing our efforts on individual lawsuits for people with severe injuries, such as:
- Steven Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Nerve damage
- Aortic aneurysm
- And more
About Class Actions
When a large number of people have a similar legal claim, class action are ideal. Each person’s claim is consolidated into one claim, and one member is chosen to be the “class representative.” Lawyers use that person’s case to argue for compensation, either through a settlement or trial.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to an Avelox Class Action
The problem with class action lawsuits is that they can have disadvantages for individual plaintiffs with very serious injuries. Other potential problems include higher attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball” settlement offer. Our attorneys file individual lawsuits because we believe each person who was injured deserves a personal legal representative.
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