Created to help treat and/or prevent certain bacterial infections, the prescription drug Levaquin© has been linked to instances of Peripheral Neuropathy – a type of nerve disorder that is known to affect the arms and legs of an individual.
Have you or someone that you love taken this medication and suffered serious side effects?
At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani and Levy, our team of highly trained defective medication attorneys are investigating a link between the antibacterial medication Levaquin© (levofloxacin) and serious side effects of peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage.
If you believe that you or someone you know has been affected by peripheral neuropathy as a result of taking Levaquin©, then you should contact a Cincinnati Levaquin© lawyer immediately for a free consultation.
WHAT IS LEVAQUIN©?
Levaquin© is an antibacterial medication which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. Levaquin© is for use in treating or preventing certain bacterial infections.
A doctor may prescribe Levaquin© for conditions such as:
- Infections of the skin
- Kidney infections
- Sinus infections
According to the FDA, Levaquin© belongs to a class of antibacterial drugs known as fluoroquinolones. Approximately 23.1 million patients received a prescription for oral fluoroquinolones n 2011. Of these prescriptions, about 28% (over 6 million) were for Levaquin©. Approximately 3.8 million additional patients received a fluoroquinolone injection. 63% (over 2 million) of these prescriptions were for Levaquin©.
In 2013, the FDA warned of a link between fluroquinolones- such as Levaquin©– and a risk of peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage. The risk of peripheral neuropathy only occurs when taken orally or through injection.
Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder. It is essentially nerve damage that affects the arms and legs. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Pain in the hands or feet (or sometimes other areas of the body)
- A change in the sensation to light touch, pain or temperature
- A change in the sense of your body’s position
Peripheral neuropathy may occur at any point during treatment. The nerve damage linked to side effects of Levaquin© may last for months. In some cases, these effects may be permanent.
DID LEVAQUIN© LABEL FAIL TO WARN OF THE RISK?
On August 15, 2013, the FDA released a drug safety communication regarding all fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin©. The communication required that the drug labels and medical guides for these antibacterial drugs be updated to better describe the risk of the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy.
A lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that the company ignored information about the link between Levaquin© and peripheral neuropathy for years. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson is alleged to have failed to adequately warn consumers about the risk of permanent or long-lasting nerve damage.
IF YOU HAVE TAKEN OR ARE TAKING LEVAQUIN©
If you have received a prescription for Levaquin©, then it is important that you follow the steps below to protect yourself:
Talk to your Doctor: If your doctor prescribed Levaquin©, then make sure that you are familiar with the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms of nerve damage can appear within a matter of days, and may potentially be permanent.
Seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms: Since the effects of peripheral neuropathy may be permanent, its important to seek medical attention if you experience the symptoms of nerve damage. A doctor may switch you to another antibacterial medication. However, you should not stop taking Levaquin© until you’ve talked to a doctor.
Contact a Lawyer if you have been injured: The attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy are investigating the allegations that the makers of Levaquin© did not adequately warn consumers about the risks of peripheral neuropathy. If you believe that you or someone you know has been injured by the side effects of Levaquin©, then you should immediately contact our attorneys for a free consultation by calling or by filling out our case evaluation form on the right of the page.