Fluoroquinolones are the most used type of antibiotics in the United States. Popular brands include Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox. Over 26 million people received prescriptions each year. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotic medicines that work by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria that can cause illness. They are FDA-approved to prevent or treat certain serious bacterial infections. But recent studies link these drugs to aortic dissection and aneurysm. Both conditions weaken the walls of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, and may lead to a rupture, or leak, which can be life threatening.
WHAT ARE SOME FLUOROQUINOLONES (CIPRO-LEVAQUIN-AVELOX) SIDE EFFECTS OR POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?
The quinolones are a family of synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs. Quinolones, and derivatives, have also been isolated from natural sources and can act as natural antimicrobials and/or signalling molecules. Over the years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings about this drug.
According to Merck Manual, Fluoroquinolones exhibit concentration-dependent bactericidal activity by inhibiting the activity of DNA gyrase and topoisomerase, enzymes essential for bacterial DNA replication.
Fluoroquinolones are divided into 2 groups, based on antimicrobial spectrum and pharmacology:
- Older group: Ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin
- Newer group: Gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, and moxifloxacin
Many newer fluoroquinolones have been withdrawn because of toxicity; they include trovafloxacin (because of severe hepatic toxicity), gatifloxacin (because of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia), grepafloxacin (because of cardiac toxicity), temafloxacin (because of acute renal failure, hepatotoxicity, hemolytic anemia, coagulopathy, and hypoglycemia), and lomefloxacin, sparfloxacin, and enoxacin.
FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections; warns about disabling side effects that can occur together issued on May 12, 2016
Patients must contact your health care professional immediately if you experience any serious side effects while taking your fluoroquinolone medicine. Some signs and symptoms of serious side effects include unusual joint or tendon pain, muscle weakness, a “pins and needles” tingling or pricking sensation, numbness in the arms or legs, confusion, and hallucinations. Talk with your health care professional if you have any questions or concerns (see List of Serious Side Effects from Fluoroquinolones).
IF SOMEONE SUFFERS SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS OR COMPLICATIONS FROM FLUOROQUINOLONES (CIPRO-LEVAQUIN-AVELOX), IS ANOTHER PARTY LIABLE?
It’s important to note that drug companies don’t believe Fluoroquinolones (Cipro-Levaquin-Avelox) are to blame for many of the complications mentioned above. They suggest that age and other underlying health problems are the root cause of the dangers linked to this drug.
But if you or a loved one took Fluoroquinolones (Cipro-Levaquin-Avelox) and suffered one of these adverse events, talk to an attorney today. Pharmaceutical manufacturer liability may apply when its product causes serious injury. Sometimes it’s later learned a drug company knew of the risks but didn’t disclose them. Another way of showing liability is when a manufacturer failed to include warnings on the drug.
It’s also possible to file a claim against the doctor who prescribed the drug. Evidence of negligence is needed, like prescribing a drug that interferes with another drug the patient is taking. Other examples of negligence might include prescribing it for too long or too high of a dose. Again, you need to contact an attorney to learn if you have a legitimate case.
WHAT TYPES OF DAMAGES ARE RECOVERABLE IN A CASE INVOLVING A FLUOROQUINOLONES (CIPRO-LEVAQUIN-AVELOX)?
This depends on the losses suffered. Damages could include medical costs to treat the Fluoroquinolones (Cipro-Levaquin-Avelox) side effects or complications. If the person was unable to work during recovery, they may include lost wages. Sometimes compensation addresses losses such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
The only way to know if you have a case is to seek legal advice. Filing a claim against a drug company or doctor is challenging. Call an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates to set up your consultation and review your case as well as legal options. Call us at 800-550-0000 or use our online contact form to set up your appointment.