What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that results from damage to the peripheral nervous system, which allows your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to communicate with the rest of your body. Symptoms can range from mild and moderate (tingling sensations, numbness and muscle weakness) to severe, which may include:
- Burning pain
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle wasting
- Organ or gland dysfunction
- Digestive problems
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Difficulty breathing
- Organ failure
This devastating nerve damage may be the result of side effects from the use of a type of prescription drug called a fluoroquinolone, which is a subset of the quinolone family of antibacterial drugs. Quinolones, and specifically fluoroquinolones, are among the most widely used antibiotics in clinical practice. They are prescribed to treat a broad spectrum of serious bacterial infections, including pneumonia, urinary infections, ear infections, hospital-acquired infections and other community-acquired infections.
Name-brand fluoroquinolones include:
In addition to peripheral neuropathy, side effects from the use of fluoroquinolones may include tendinitis, tendon rupture, nausea, diarrhea, headache, insomnia, seizure, convulsions and psychosis.
Drug Maker And Marketer Responsibility
Peripheral neuropathy can be permanent, debilitating and life-altering, yet mention of its risk has been required on drug warning labels only since August 2013 — this despite the drugs being prescribed to patients since the 1960s. Evidence of serious adverse side effects of fluoroquinolone use and the risk of peripheral neuropathy has existed for years.
Your injuries may have been preventable with proper drug warnings and use of an alternative medication. Had your medication been changed to a different antibiotic when symptoms of nerve damage first appeared, peripheral neuropathy may have been prevented along with the costs of pain, trauma and disability.
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At Reich & Binstock LLP in Houston, we handle cases for clients in Texas and throughout the United States. Pharmaceutical drug companies can be held accountable through individual lawsuits and class-action claims. Our attorneys will fully evaluate your case of peripheral neuropathy and all associated costs, including past, present and future losses.
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You may be able to recover significant compensation for medical complications, lost wages and income, emotional distress, disability and other long-term damages. Please call us at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free or fill out our online form to discuss your legal options with one of our experienced lawyers. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and handle the costs of litigation. We get paid only if you receive a recovery on your claim.