Many patients who have taken Levaquin have experienced peripheral neuropathy which causes numbness and pain in the hands and feet sometimes resulting in the inability to walk.
Anyone who has taken Levaquin may experience lifelong side effects
Debilitating pain, tingling, or losing the ability to walk should not be an acceptable consequence of taking an antibiotic. If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by this prescription medication it’s important to explore your options.
Johnson & Johnson is the manufacturer of Levaquin, an antibiotic that is in the class of flororquinolones. It is designed to fight bacterial infections of the skin, kidneys, bladder, and other areas of the body. It has been on the market since being approved by the FDA in 1996.
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning about the prescription, which warned of the risk of nerve damage. Symptoms continued for more than a year, even after patients discontinued use of the medication and there was an occurrence of neuropathic symptoms. Some people have even been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy can vary from person to person. Some patients have experienced mild tingling and numbness while others have lost the ability to walk entirely.
It has been estimated that 23 million people are prescribed oral antibiotics in the class of fluoroquinolones every year and more than a quarter of them are being prescribed Levaquin. Millions are given the medication via IV within the hospital to treat the infections bacterial in nature and this can lead to many symptoms being experienced.
While many of the symptoms experienced are minor, patients have reported burning, weakness, tingling, pain, and temperature changes after taking Levaquin and these are all symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. The nerve disorder can have a rapid onset and start in as little as a few days after your first use of Levaquin. It can lead to serious long-term effects and people need to be aware of the signs to be on the lookout for them.
It has been alleged that adequate warnings have not been fully disclosed by the makers of Levaquin and while warnings have been issued from the FDA, patients may not be aware of the complete dangers of taking this medication.
Having your doctor look at your symptoms is the first step. From there, you can have your case reviewed by a lawyer who can work to build a case for you. Lawsuits in the past have had positive results because the evidence has shown that the health problems are as a direct result of taking Levaquin.
It is important to talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Nerve damage can and has occurred amongst patients who were prescribed Levaquin and if you or a loved one is one of them, there may be help out there for you. Your case can be reviewed and it may be possible to file a lawsuit and receive financial compensation.
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