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Levaquin Side Effect Lawsuit

Levaquin Side Effect Lawsuit

Lawsuits have been filed by people who took Levaquin and developed aortic aneurysms, nerve damage, tendonitis, heart problems, and other severe side effects. Drug-makers are accused of failing to adequately warn about these severe side effects.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a severe side effect, 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.

Study Links Levaquin and Aortic Aneurysms

In October 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study linking Levaquin with a higher risk of aortic aneurysms. Researchers analyzed data on 150,000 people from Taiwan who took antibiotics. Past use of a quinolone antibiotic was linked to a 50% increased risk of aortic aneurysm, and current use was linked to a 2.4-fold increased risk.

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. Aortic aneurysms occur when the wall of the aorta weakens and bulges outward. Mild cases may cause no symptoms in the early stages. If the aorta ruptures, it causes severe pain and massive internal bleeding. Patients can rapidly go into shock, a condition in which blood pressure drops and vital organs shut down.

FDA Warning for Side Effects of Levaquin

Nerve damage is one of the most severe side effects of Levaquin. The FDA originally ordered the manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, to add nerve damage to the list of Levaquin side effects in 2004. In 2013, the FDA updated the label to emphasize rapid onset and long-term side effects.

Levaquin Lawsuits

In 2014, the first lawsuits were filed by people who took Levaquin and developed nerve damage. These lawsuits accuse Janssen of misleading doctors and patients by stating that nerve damage was “rare” and completely omitting information about severe, debilitating complications. In addition, lawyers allege that the label incorrectly stated that nerve damage could be avoided by discontinuing Levaquin when symptom appeared. Click here to read more.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
  • Change in sense of body position
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Paresthesia
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis

What are the most common side effects of Levaquin?

In clinical trials, at least 3% of patients developed side effects like nausea, headache, diarrhea, insomnia, constipation, or dizziness.

What are the most serious side effects of Levaquin?

The label on Levaquin contains a “Black Box” warning about tendon ruptures and tendon inflammation (tendinitis). You should contact your doctor if you develop any serious side effect, which may include:

  • Tendon injury
  • Allergic reaction, hypersensitivity, anaphylaxis
  • Liver toxicity (hepatotoxicity)
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) side effects, such as convulsions, toxic psychoses, increased intracranial pressure, light-headedness, confusion, hallucination, paranoia, anxiety, nightmares, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile
  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Heart rhythm disorders (QT interval prolongation, torsades de pointes)
  • Musculoskeletal disorders in pediatric patients
  • Changes in blood-sugar levels
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Development of drug-resistant bacteria
  • And more

Do I have a Levaquin Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a severe side effect, 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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