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Levaquin Lawyer & Lawsuit

Levaquin Lawyer & Lawsuit

The antibiotic Levaquin has been linked to many debilitating or life-threatening side effects, including nerve damage, heart problems, tendon ruptures, and aortic aneurysms.

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 diagnosed with nerve damage or an aneurysm, 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.

UPDATE: FDA Strengthens Warnings on Levaquin

July 26, 2016 — The FDA has updated labels on Levaquin 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. Click here to read more.

FDA: Risks Outweigh Benefits for Common Infections

May 12, 2016 — The FDA is warning that the risk of disabling side effects  from Levaquin outweighs its benefit for some of the most common infections. The agency is also asking patients to seek immediate medical attention if they develop side effects:

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.”

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 Aortic Aneurysm

In October 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study linking past and current use of Levaquin with an increased risk of aortic aneurysms. Patients currently on quinolone antibiotics were 2.4-times more likely to develop an aortic aneurysm, and past use was associated with a 50% increased risk.

In November 2015, the British Medical Journal published a study linking fluoroquinolone antibiotics with a tripled increased risk of aortic aneurysms. The conclusions of the study were based on data from 650,000 adults in Canada who took antibiotics between 1997-2012, including 18,391 people (1.1%) who had an aortic aneurysm.

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:

“Not only is tendon composed of collagen, collagen is also a major extracellular matrix component of the aortic wall. … As fluoroquinolones may induce degradation of collagen causing tendinopathy, this raises the concern that fluoroquinolones may cause or aggravate aortic aneurysm and dissection by a similar mechanism.”

Levaquin and Nerve Damage

One serious side effect is peripheral neuropathy, 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.

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.

Studies Link Levaquin and Nerve Damage

In August 2014, a study published in Neurology found a doubled increased risk of peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) from the use of antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

Experts have known about this risk since at least 2001, when one study of 45 cases of peripheral neuropathy found that 36 were “severe events that typically involved multiple organ systems.” The study also found that 71% of cases lasted more than three months and 56% lasted more than one year. Over half of cases occurred within 72 hours. Levaquin was prescribed in 33 cases of peripheral neuropathy.

FDA Strengthens Warnings About Nerve Damage

In 2004, the FDA required drug-makers to add warnings about peripheral neuropathy to the label on Levaquin. In August 2013, the FDA published a Safety Communication to emphasize that it could occur rapidly and cause permanent side effects.

Levaquin Nerve Damage Lawsuits

Lawyers representing hundreds of people who experienced nerve damage after taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Levaquin have filed lawsuits. In August 2015, lawsuits were centralized into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2642) in Minnesota.

In July 2015,  a woman from Texas who was disabled by nerve damage after taking the antibiotic Levaquin filed a lawsuit (PDF) accusing drug-makers for failing to adequately warn about the side effect. Other lawsuits (PDF) have been filed by victims in Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and other states.

Experts Ask For Stronger Warnings About Side Effects

In November 2015, an advisory panel to the FDA discovered nearly 200 cases of Fluoroquinolone-Associated Disability (FQAD) and recommended stronger warnings about side effects of Levaquin. Experts are also calling for stronger warnings about mitochondrial toxicity and psychiatric side effects.

Study Links Levaquin and Heart Problems

In March 2014, the Annals of Family Medicine published a study of over 1.6 million people on antibiotics, concluding that people on Levaquin have a 2.4-fold increased risk of cardiac arrhythmia, and a 2.5-fold increased risk of death in the first 5 days of treatment. During days 6-10, statistically significant increased risks remained.

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 aortic aneurysm and peripheral neuropathy.

Levaquin Class Action Filed in Pennsylvania

In August 2016, a proposed class action (PDF) was filed by a woman from North Carolina who was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin. The case is Rowell v. Johnson & Johnson et al, Case No. 2:16-CV-04369 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Click here to read more.

Side Effects of Levaquin

  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Tendonitis and tendon rupture
  • 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
  • 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 claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with nerve damage or an aneurysm, 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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