March 27, 2015 — A woman from North Carolina who is struggling with severe nerve damage says the antibiotic Levaquin caused her condition, and experts are calling for stronger warning labels.
NBC Charlotte highlighted the story of Shannon Myers, a wife and mother with two young children who live in North Carolina.
She says just days after taking Levaquin for a sinus infection, she experienced blurry vision, pain, and burning sensation in her feet and legs. Three months and four doctors later, she was finally diagnosed with two of the most severe side effects of Levaquin: tendinopathy and peripheral neuropathy.
Now, she struggles to walk and must undergo painful physical therapy several times per week to maintain the limited mobility she has left:
“I am very fortunate it has not been a life-threatening thing for me, so I just think about the positive. Hopefully my nerves will regenerate themselves and I can become healthy again.”
The label on Levaquin has carried a “Black Box” warning about tendon injuries since 2008. In 2013, the FDA also warned about the risk of peripheral neuropathy. However, the agency stopped short of adding a “Black Box” for peripheral neuropathy.
Many consumer advocates say the current warnings are inadequate, leaving people like Shannon Myers misdiagnosed and/or unaware of their condition for months or even years. According to NBC Charlotte, Levaquin has been linked to reports of over 1,200 deaths and 100,000 severe injuries.
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