The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the boxed warnings on fluoroquinolone antibiotics to include information about “disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system” associated with use of the medications.
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What’s the problem?
July 26, 2016 – In addition to the updated boxed warning, FDA is changing other parts of the drugs’ labeling including the Warnings and Precautions and Medication Guides sections. Drugs affected by these labeling changes include:
- Levaquin (levofloxacin)
- Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
- Cipro Extended-Release (ciprofloxacin extended release)
- Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Ofloxacin (generic brand)
- Factive (gemifloxacin)
FDA cautions that these medications should only be used by patients with no other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) because their potential health risks generally outweigh any benefit. The agency is continuing its investigation into the safety of fluoroquinolone antibiotics as part of its ongoing review of the drugs and will issue a press release if additional actions are needed.
Fluoroquinolone Side Effects
Fluoroquinolones already carry a Boxed Warning for tendinitis, tendon rupture, and the worsending of myasthenia gravis. Additionally, the labeling warns about an increased risk for peripheral neuropathy and central nervous system (CNS) complications.
If you are currently taking any of the above-listed fluoroquinolones, you should contact your doctor immediately if you experience unusual joint or tendon pain, muscle weakness, a “pins and needles” tingling or pricking sensation, numbness in the arms or legs, confusion or hallucinations.
Do I Have a Fluoroquinolone Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in fluoroquinolone antibiotic 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 had nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or aortic aneurism after taking a fluoroquinolone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.