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Avelox Lawsuit

Avelox Lawsuit

Avelox is an popular antibiotic for routine infections. In rare cases, it cause severe side effects like Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), peripheral neuropathy, tendon ruptures, aortic aneurysms, nerve damage, and more.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Avelox induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with SJS, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Avelox?

Avelox (moxifloxacin) is one of the most popular antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class. In 2011, about 2 million unique patients received an outpatient prescription for Avelox. Tens of thousands of people have also received injections of Avelox in a hospital setting. Avelox is manufactured by Bayer and it has been on the market since the 1990s. Avelox is a broad-spectrum antibiotic approved to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.

What Infections Does Avelox Treat?

  • Community acquired pneumonia
  • Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis
  • Acute bacterial sinusitis
  • Mild to moderate pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Community acquired pneumonia
  • Complicated skin and skin structure infections
  • Complicated intra-abdominal infections

FDA Updates Avelox Side Effect Warnings

In July 2016, the FDA updated labels on Avelox to warn that the risk of disabling side effects outweighs its benefit for treating minor infections. Risks include tendon problems, muscle and joint pain, nerve damage, confusion, hallucinations, and more. The FDA is also asking patients to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms of these side effects.

Steven-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)

The Prescribing Information (PDF) for Avelox warns about reports of “severe dermatologic reactions (for example, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome).” Merck recommends that patients immediately stop using Avelox at the first appearance of a skin rash, or any other sign of hypersensitivity, and seek medical attention. There have been several case reports of patients who developed SJS after taking Avelox for just a few days, including one 23 year-old woman who died. SJS causes a painful rash that spreads rapidly and causes the outer layer of skin to peel off.

Avelox and Aortic Aneurysms

Avelox has been associated with side effects involving connective tissues, such as tendonitis and retinal detachment. Recent studies suggest it may also damage connective tissue in the wall of major blood vessels, which could lead to an aortic aneurysm. They occur when a weak spot in the wall of the aorta causes it to bulge or “balloon” outward. In severe cases, the artery tears or bursts open and causes severe internal bleeding. Victims can rapidly go into shock and die without emergency surgery. In October 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study linking the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics with a 2.4-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysm. One month later, the British Medical Journal found a tripled increased risk.

Avelox and Nerve Damage

One of the rarest but most serious side effects of Avelox is peripheral neuropathy. This syndrome interferes with nerve signals between the brain and body, producing symptoms like muscle weakness, chronic pain, numbness, tingling, and more. In 2014, the journal Neurology published a study linking the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics with a doubled risk of peripheral neuropathy. The conclusions of the study were based on more than one million patients between 45 and 80 years old between 2001 and 2011.

FDA Warnings for Peripheral Neuropathy

The FDA has also warned about nerve damage from fluoroquinolone antibiotics. In 2004, the FDA ordered manufacturers to place warnings about nerve damage on the label. Manufacturers reassured doctors that the symptoms would resolve if the antibiotic was discontinued. Unfortunately, these warnings were not strong enough. In 2013, the FDA published stronger safety warnings and stated that nerve damage could occur rapidly (over 80% of cases occur within one week) and complications may be permanent. The risk is particularly serious for people with type-2 diabetes, which is another risk-factor for neuropathy.

Avelox and Eye Inflammation

In October 2014, JAMA Ophthalmology published a study by researchers who found an association between the antibiotic Avelox and a tripled increased risk of uveitis, a serious eye disease that causes swelling and irritation. Click here to read more.

Avelox Lawsuits

By the end of 2016, there were over 700 lawsuits involving antibiotic-induced nerve damage. These cases are not part of a class action lawsuit. Instead, they are individual lawsuits that have been centralized into Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2642) in Minnesota under U.S. District Judge John R. Turnheim. All of the plaintiffs were diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. They accuse drug-makers of inadequately warning about the side effect. Lawsuits have been filed in state court in Pennsylvania and federal court in California.

Side Effects of Avelox

  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Tendon damage or ruptures
  • Worsening of myasthensia gavis (disease that causes muscle weakness and breathing problems)
  • Children have a higher risk of bone, joint, and tendon problems
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) side effects — contact a doctor if you develop seizures, dizziness, changes in mood or behavior, hallucinations, restlessness, anxiety, tremors, depression, problems sleeping, paranoia, suicidal thoughts or actions, or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
  • Allergic reaction – may be life-threatening
  • Skin rash
  • Heart rhythm disturbances (QT interval prolongation, torsades de pointes)
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • And more

Do I have an Avelox Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Avelox induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with SJS, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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