Factive, an antibiotic medication, has recently been linked to a severe form of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Although rare, neuropathy can occur rapidly (within one day of beginning treatment with Factive), and it can cause irreversible muscle weakness, numbness and nerve pain. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the risk of nerve damage caused by antibiotic drugs like Factive in 2004, and then again in 2013.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed nerve damage after taking Factive, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Factive and we can help.
What Kind of Nerve Damage Has Factive Been Linked to?
Factive has been linked to peripheral neuropathy, a disorder of the peripheral nervous system, which relays information between the brain and body. Neuropathy presents differently in each patient, but in general causes varying degrees of:
- Sensory Nerve Damage – Problems with feeling textures and temperatures – like wearing a glove or sock.
- Motor Nerve Damage – Problems with muscle weakness / atrophy, motor coordination, Walking & balance.
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
Nerve Damage Treatment
Factive users diagnosed with nerve damage may need to switch to another antibiotic with fewer potential side effects. However, never stop taking a prescription drug without talking to your doctor first. Replacing a vitamin or making other dietary changes may help. If you have low levels of B12 or other vitamins, your doctor may recommend supplements or injections. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove pressure from a nerve.
What’s the Difference Between Peripheral Neuropathy and Spinal Stenosis?
In some cases, peripheral neuropathy is misdiagnosed as spinal stenosis due to the similarity of their symptoms. The difference between the two is this: neuropathy usually begins in the toes, moving up the limbs in a circumferential distribution. Spinal stenosis symptoms typically start at the back/buttock, radiating down the limb in a band-like pattern, worsening with extension of the spine.
Do I Have an Factive Nerve Damage Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Factive 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 or a loved one suffered nerve damage from Factive, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.