Reports of nerve damage have been linked to the use of Avelox (generic: moxifloxacin), a widely-prescribed antibiotic medication. Studies have shown that this side effect can develop rapidly (within 72 hours of beginning treatment), and that more half of patients continue to have symptoms after one year. In August 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the nerve damage risk associated with Avelox.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed nerve damage after taking Avelox, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
FDA Warning on Avelox
The Avelox Medication Guide was updated in October 2004 with verbiage regarding peripheral neuropathy, a severe form of nerve damage that has been linked to fluoroquinolone antibiotic medications. Then in August of 2013, the FDA revised this information because “the potential rapid onset and risk of permanence were not adequately described.”
The Avelox nerve damage warning states:
“The onset of peripheral neuropathy after starting fluoroquinolone therapy was rapid, often within a few days. In some patients the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a disease of the peripheral nerves, the nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. Neuropathy typically affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain. The course of the disorder tends to vary on a patient to patient basis: it can come and go, progressing over a period of months or even years, or it can become severe and debilitating extremely rapidly. However, if diagnosed early, peripheral neuropathy can often be treated effectively.
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
Fluoroquinolone Nerve Damage Studies
A 2001 study published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy was the first to identify a link between fluoroquinolone antibiotics and severe, long-term nerve damage involving the peripheral nervous system. The study’s authors determined that the side effect can develop quickly – within 24 hours of beginning treatment in 33% of cases, 72 hours in 58% of cases, and one week in 84% of cases. Over 70% of patients had symptoms that persisted for three months, and 58% reported symptoms one year later.
Do I Have an Avelox Nerve Damage Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Avelox lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new nerve damage cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you suffered nerve damage from Avelox, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.