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Levaquin Lawyer & Lawsuit

Levaquin Lawyer & Lawsuit

The antibiotic Levaquin has been linked to many severe side effects, including heart failure and other heart problems, aortic aneurysms, nerve damage, tendon ruptures, and more.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin induced injury claims in all 50 states.If you or somebody you know has been hospitalized for heart problems within 60 days of taking Levaquin, 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 toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Levaquin?

Levaquin (levofloxacin) belongs to a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. These drugs kill bacteria by interfering with DNA inside cells. Unfortunately, this may also have adverse effects in the human body.

Levaquin and Heart Failure

Levaquin is known to damage collagen and connective tissue, which is why tendon ruptures are so common. In a recent study of 9 million people in the U.S., researchers in Canada found that Levaquin can also damage collagen in the heart valves, specifically in the delicate flaps that open and close in the heart valves.

When the heart valves stop working properly, blood leaks backward when the heart pumps, forcing the heart to work harder. Over time, valve problems can lead to heart failure, in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to the body. Levaquin may also increase the risk of heart attacks and hospitalization for other heart problems.

Levaquin and Aortic Aneurysms

Aortic aneurysms occur when the wall of the aorta weakens and “balloons” outward. In severe cases, the aorta can rupture and cause deadly internal bleeding. Experts believe Levaquin increases the risk of this side effect by damaging collagen and connective tissues in the aorta. The risk is especially serious for patients with high blood pressure.

Levaquin and Nerve Damage

Another serious side effect of Levaquin is peripheral neuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage that interferes with signals between the brain and peripheral nerves in the arms and legs. People who develop this condition often have pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, burning, or problems sensing texture and temperature of objects.

Levaquin and Peripheral Neuropathy

In August 2013, the FDA published new warnings about the risk of peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) from Levaquin. This side effect was first identified in 2004. The updated warnings emphasize that this side effect can occur rapidly (within 72 hours) and it may be permanent.

FDA Warning: Levaquin Risks Outweigh Benefits

In July 2016, the FDA updated labels on Levaquin to warn that the risk of disabling side effects outweighs its benefit for treating minor infections. “Some signs and symptoms of serious side effects include tendon, joint and muscle pain, a “pins and needles” tingling or pricking sensation, confusion, and hallucinations.”

Levaquin Class Action Lawsuit

Hundreds of people have been injured by Levaquin, but our lawyers are not filing a Levaquin class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits on behalf of people with severe side effects, such as:

  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve problems
  • Heart attack
  • Hospitalization for heart problems
  • Aortic aneurysm (aortic dissection)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Nerve damage
  • Death

Do I Have a Levaquin Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin induced injury claims in all 50 states.If you or somebody you know has been hospitalized for heart problems within 60 days of taking Levaquin, 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 toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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