Levaquin Overview

Levaquin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic in the quinolone family of drugs, which includes Cipro, Avelox, Factive, Floxin and Noroxin. Unfortunately, these drugs have been linked to several devastating side effects, including peripheral neuropathy.

Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, began selling Levaquin in 1996 despite the known risks of peripheral neuropathy and other adverse side effects. Ortho-McNeil failed to properly warn patients and doctors about the risk of nerve damage associated with Levaquin.

A Drug With Dangerous Side Effects

Levaquin is a specific kind of quinolone antibiotic known as a fluoroquinolone, which works by preventing bacterial DNA from replicating. In 2010, it was the most widely prescribed antibiotic in the United States. However, Levaquin causes severe reactions in some patients, including:

  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Paralysis
  • Tendinitis and tendon rupture
  • Tingling sensations, numbness and muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Seizure
  • Convulsions
  • Psychosis
  • Skin reactions
  • Hair loss
  • Cardiovascular symptoms

As many as one-third of patients taking the drug experienced a negative psychiatric effect. More than 90 percent experienced nervous system symptoms. Many of the side effects of Levaquin are debilitating and last for months or years after the patient stops taking the drug. Some patients experience side effects for the rest of their lives, as is often the case with peripheral neuropathy.

Why Are Levaquin Lawsuits Being Filed?

Marketing of the medication was misleading and inaccurate, and the warning label on the medication was not updated with information about the risk of peripheral nerve damage until 2004. Even then, however, the warning was buried within other information, and doctors and patients alike were not warned as they should have been with concern of such a serious side effect and its long-lasting impact.

Johnson & Johnson has made billions from the sales of Levaquin. Injured patients and their families stand to recover millions in damages.

What Should I Do If I Am Taking Levaquin?

If you are taking Levaquin, consult a doctor as soon as possible. A doctor can help you understand how to responsibly stop taking the medication and get treatment for the side effects you have experienced.

How Do I Know If I Am Experiencing Peripheral Neuropathy As A Reaction To Levaquin?

Peripheral neuropathy typically is first felt as numbness in the extremities. The loss of sensation then moves up the limbs. If you are taking Levaquin and notice weakness, pain, tingling sensations or a loss of mobility in your extremities or limbs, you may be suffering serious side effects of the drug.

Are There Any Alternatives To Levaquin?

Levaquin is a branded name for a class of prescription drugs known as fluoroquinolones. Other brand names include Cipro, Avelox, Factive, Floxin and Noroxin. All of these drugs can potentially cause serious side effects like those mentioned above.

How Can Filing A Levaquin Lawsuit Help Me?

Filing a lawsuit can help you recover the costs of medical treatments you have needed as a result of the serious side effects you have experienced. If these side effects have affected your ability to work and earn income, you may also have a case for lost wages or lost income compensation.

How Long Do I Have To File A Levaquin Lawsuit?

Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires adequately updated warning labels on Levaquin and warns that nerve damage and other problems may result from fluoroquinolone treatment, you and your family can still join Levaquin litigation or file an individual lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for just compensation.

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