In 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a label change regarding the risk of peripheral neuropathy, a severe form of nerve damage, linked to the use of Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The agency determined that although the risk of nerve damage has been noted in these drugs’ inserts and labeling for years, now — the (1) potential rapid onset and (2) risk of permanence aspects of this serious and potentially irreversible side effect were not adequately described.
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FDA Warns About Nerve Damage from Cipro
On August 15, 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Alert warning that Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics had been linked to severe nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). The warning states that doctors should discontinue Cipro if patients begins exhibiting symptoms of neuropathy. According to the FDA:
“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.”
Nerve Damage Symptoms
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
Can Peripheral Neuropathy be Treated?
Once Cipro-induced nerve damage has developed, it is difficult to be fully cured, but can be successfully treated with early intervention. Peripheral nerve fibers can re-generate over time if the nerve cell itself is still alive. Eliminating the underlying cause can prevent future nerve damage. In patients treated with Cipro, discontinuing use of the drug in favor of another therapy with fewer potential side effects may help greatly in reducing the complications of nerve damage. However, never stop taking a prescription medication without talking to your doctor first.
Do I Have a Cipro Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical 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 investigating potential settlements in all 50 states.
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