Noroxin (norfloxacin) has been associated with a rare but serious type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. In August 2013, the FDA updated Noroxin drug labels and the Medication Guide to better describe the risk of Noroxin and peripheral neuropathy — including the rapid onset of nerve damage and the risk of permanent complications.
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What is Noroxin?
Noroxin (norfloxacin) is an antibiotic medication in the fluoroquinolone class that was developed by Merck and approved by the FDA in 1986. It is not prescribed very often. It is primarily used to treat urinary tract infections and prostate infections. It is usually taken by mouth twice a day for 3 to 28 days, depending on the type of infection.
Medication Guide on Noroxin Updated to Include Peripheral Neuropathy
The Noroxin Label (PDF) includes the following warning about peripheral neuropathy:
“Symptoms may occur soon after initiation of norfloxacin and may be irreversible. Norfloxacin should be discontinued immediately if the patient experiences symptoms of peripheral neuropathy including pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness, or other alterations in sensations including light touch, pain, temperature, position sense and vibratory sensation.”
FDA Warning for Noroxin and Peripheral Neuropathy
August 15, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has known about the risk of nerve damage from all fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including Noroxin, for more than a decade. The Medication Guide for Noroxin has had information about this side effect since 2004. In 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication with information about about the rapid onset and irreversible nature of some complications.
New warnings from the FDA include:
“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?
If you take Noroxin, talk to your doctor about the risk of nerve damage. Although peripheral neuropathy is a rare side effect of Noroxin, you should be aware of the symptoms of nerve damage and what to do if you experience symptoms.
If you develop muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, or other symptoms of nerve damage, seek emergency medical attention. Peripheral neuropathy can occur within a few days, and it can get progressively worse the longer you take Noroxin. You may need to stop taking Noroxin, but you should not stop taking it without first talking to a doctor.
Discuss your Noroxin injuries with a lawyer. Our lawyers are concerned because researchers have known about the risk of peripheral neuropathy from antibiotics for over a decade, and yet patients have been continued on these drugs despite developing nerve damage. It is possible that inadequate warnings about this risk may have contributed to your injury.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) is a disease of the peripheral nerves, which carry signals from the brain to the spinal cord and the rest of the body. It often causes numbness, weakness, and pain in the hands and feet, but can also affect other areas of the body.
Noroxin is associated with peripheral neuropathy affecting sensory nerves and large axons, which can cause problems with muscle coordination, balancing, fine-motor skills, fastening buttons, walking, and more.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
Is there a Noroxin Class Action?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but we are not currently filing a Noroxin class action. Instead, we are focusing our efforts on individual lawsuits for people with the most serious injuries and/or disabilities. Individuals who file lawsuits could receive compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, decreased quality of life, disability, and more. If you were injured, contact us today for more information.
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