The antibiotic medication Cipro (generic: ciprofloxacin) has been linked to peripheral neuropathy, a severe form of nerve damage that causes weakness, numbness and pain in the hands and/or feet.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy after taking 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 an antibiotic that belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of medications. Drugs from this class are designed to fight bacterial infections of the skin, respiratory and urinary tract, abdomen, and gastrointestinal system. First created by Bayer AG, Cipro was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987, and is currently available in oral, intravenous, and topical formulations.
Cipro and Peripheral Neuropathy (PN)
In recent years, Cipro and other drugs from the fluoroquinolone have been linked to peripheral neuropathy (PN), a condition characterized by damage to the peripheral nervous system and the communications network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of body. Like static on a telephone line, PN distorts and interrupts messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Signs and symptoms of Cipro-induced peripheral neuropathy include:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
Cipro Peripheral Neuropathy FDA Warning
In August 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication stating that patients treated with Cipro had developed peripheral neuropathy. The warning specifically states that regimens of Cipro be discontinued if symptoms of nerve damage appear. 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.”
Over 100 different forms of peripheral neuropathy have been identified in the medical literature, each with its own characteristic symptoms, development, and long-term outlook. Symptoms typically depend on the type of nerves that have suffered damage. Motor nerves control conscious muscle movements, such as those used for walking, talking, and grabbing things. Sensory nerves transmit data regarding sensory experiences, such as being touched or the pain resulting from an injury. Autonomic nerves regulate unconscious biological activities, such as breathing, digesting food, heart and gland functions. Although some forms of PN may affect all three types of nerves, most tend to affect one or two types.
Do I Have a Cipro Peripheral Neuropathy 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 accepting new peripheral neuropathy cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed peripheral neuropathy from Cipro, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.