Antibiotic Peripheral Neuropathy

November 12, 2014 Last Updated on 11/11/2015

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects:
Individuals who developed nerve damage after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.
Which Antibiotics Are Considered Fluoroquinolones?
Levaquin (levofloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), Noroxin (norfloxacin), Floxin (ofloxacin) and Factive (gemifloxacin) all belong to the class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can be taken orally, injected or used topically and are often prescribed for lung, sinus, skin and urinary tract infections.
What's Going On?
It has been alleged that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause a serious type of nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy, which can develop at any time during treatment and may be permanent. Manufacturers of these drugs have been accused of failing to adequately warn patients and doctors about this side effect.
What Are the Symptoms of Nerve Damage?
Numbness; pain; weakness; tingling or burning sensations; changes in sensation to touch, pain or temperature; and changes in sense of body position. Specifically, peripheral neuropathy produces these symptoms in the hands or feet, and may spread to the arms or legs.
Companies:
Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Corp., Merck & Co., Daiichi Sankyo and LG Life Sciences
Case Type:
Mass Tort