Antibiotics truly are wonder drugs. Today, a child with strep throat misses a day of school. Before antibiotics, children died of strep throat. A routine ear infection could cause brain damage. Even a simple cut on the hand could cause gangrene and the need for amputation.
But some of the best-selling antibiotics in the United States have a dark side. Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics prescribed to treat urinary tract infections, ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other serious illnesses. This class of drugs includes Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), Tequin (gatifloxacin), Noroxin (norfloxacin), and Floxin (ofloxacin). If you are taking an antibiotic that has the word “flox” in its name, you are probably using a fluoroquinolone.
Although Levaquin and Cipro are among the best-selling drugs in the United States, the manufacturers of these antibiotics are facing thousands of drug injury lawsuits from patients who suffered severe reactions after taking fluoroquinolone medications.
Some of the serious adverse reactions linked to fluoroquinolone drugs include:
- Skin rashes
- Vision problems
- Retinal detachment
- Joint pain and osteonecrosis
- Tendinitis or tendon rupture
- Muscle damage
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Nerve damage
- Acute kidney failure
- Liver damage
- Heart arrhythmia
- Blood sugar fluctuations
- Toxic psychosis
In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added a “black box” warning to all fluoroquinolones advising of the risk of tendinitis. Recently, the FDA added a second warning that alerts patients of the risk peripheral neuropathy. But the inserts don’t warn of all the risks associated with the drugs.
Most patients believe that the drugs their doctor prescribes are safe to use as directed. This is a reasonable assumption. Drug companies aren’t supposed to sell medicines that do more harm than good.
Are you one of the thousands who has suffered from fluoroquinolone antibiotic side-effects? Contact our experienced lawyers to discuss your issue. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about Iowa fluoroquinolone injury claims, call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.