Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved was injured by Cipro, 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.
What is Cipro?
Cipro is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the abdomen, bones, urinary tract, skin and lower respiratory system. The drug may also be used for the treatment of bronchial infections, typhoid fever, prostate gland infections and tuberculosis. Ciprofloxacin was first patented by Bayer A.G. in 1983, and subsequently approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987.
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Linked to Aortic Aneurysm
In October 2015, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that fluoroquinolone antibiotic medications like Cipro may increase users’ risk of developing aortic aneurysm and/or aortic dissection. Aneurysms occur when the aorta — the main artery exiting the heart — becomes weak and balloons out, which can tear the artery apart (aortic dissection). Taking a fluoroquinolone doubles the risk of suffering one of these injuries, according to the study.
Cipro and Tendon Ruptures
In some patients, fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro may be toxic and decrease blood supply to tendon fibers. In 2005, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to add a “black box warning” to Cipro and other fluoroquinolones. According to the group, about 1 in 250 Cipro users will suffer tendon ruptures after beginning treatment with the drug. At the time of the petition, at least 262 cases of tendon ruptures, 259 cases of tendonitis, and 274 cases of other tendon disorders had been reported to the FDA, with 23% of those being caused by Cipro. These figures are likely much higher now.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have also recently been linked to peripheral neuropathy, a condition that occurs when the peripheral nervous system and the communications network that transmits information throughout the body becomes severely damaged. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral neuropathy distorts and interrupts messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms of the disorder may include:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
FDA Warning on Cipro
On August 27, 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that all fluoroquinolone antibiotics which are administered orally or by injection may increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy. As a result of these problems, the agency required fluoroquinolone manufacturers to update their products’ labeling and Medication Guides to better explain the side effects of the drug, and to highlight how quickly the disorder can develop once a person begins treatment (in some cases as little as one week).
The FDA also warned that, “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.”
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed over injuries allegedly caused by Cipro or any other fluoroquinolone antibiotic medication. Instead, our lawyers are accepting potential individual claims on behalf of people who have been harmed by the drug. If you’ve been injured by Cipro and our lawyers determine that you have a legitimate claim against the manufacturers, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I have a Cipro Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Cipro lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were harmed by Cipro side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.