The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring the drug labels on all fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs, including Levaquin (levofloxacin), to be updated with the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage). This side effect can cause rapid nerve damage within days after Levaquin is taken by mouth or injection, and it may cause permanent disability.
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UPDATE: 1st Levaquin Nerve Damage Lawsuit Filed
What is Levaquin?
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a an antibiotic that is used to treat moderate or severe bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, and prostate caused by specific bacteria. It was created by the drug company Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It was approved by the FDA on December 20, 1996 and it is now available as a generic, oral, or injection doses.
Every year, over 23 million people are prescribed oral antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class, and about 28% receive Levaquin. Millions of people also receive intravenous (IV) Levaquin in the hospital to treat bacterial infections.
FDA Warning for Levaquin and Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
August 15, 2013 — Levaquin Peripheral Neuropathy FDA Warning — The FDA first warned about the risk of nerve damage from Levaquin in 2004. The FDA has issued another warning because the risk of rapid onset and permanent nerve damage was not adequately described.
According to the FDA:
“In some patients the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
What Should I Do?
Talk to your doctor. You should discuss the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and what to do if you develop these symptoms. Realize that nerve damage can occur rapidly — in just a few days on Levaquin — and they may be permanent.
If you take Levaquin, contact a healthcare professional right away if you experience symptoms of nerve damage. Your doctor may tell you to stop taking Levaquin and switch to another drug, but you shouldn’t stop Levaquin without first talking to your doctor.
If you are injured, consider contacting a lawyer. The link between Levaquin and peripheral neuropathy has been known for more than a decade. Inadequate warnings about the risk may have contributed to your injury.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy (PN)?
Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that occurs in the arms and legs. It can cause a general sense of numbness, especially in the hands and feet. Many patients have trouble coordinating complex movements like walking, fastening buttons, or balancing with their eyes closed. Some patients lose the sensation of pain or temperature, which can lead to severe complications, including limb amputation. Other patients develop over-sensitive nerves, which causes severe and chronic pain.
More information: Peripheral Neuropathy Information from the National Institute of Health
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Options
Peripheral nerves can regenerate if the nerve cell has not been killed, and symptoms may improve over time. However, nerves have a limited ability to regenerate, and treatment may only stop nerve damage from getting worse — not reverse the damage.
Treatments for Levaquin peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Adopting healthy habits can improve symptoms. This may include eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol consumption, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and more.
- Medications and supplementsmay include anti-inflammatory drugs, topical anesthetics, antidepressants, and more. Unfortunately, chronic pain caused by nerve damage is often difficult to treat, and may need to be controlled with pain-relieving medications.
- Mobility aids, such as a cane, crutch, wheelchair, or brace may improve walking ability for people with severe peripheral neuropathy.
Is there a Levaquin Class Action?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. However, we are not filing a Levaquin class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits and focusing our efforts on helping people with the most serious injuries and/or disabilities maximize their financial recovery. If you file a lawsuit, we may be able to help you seek compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, decreased quality of life, disability, and more.
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