The antibiotic drug Levaquin (generic: levofloxacin) may cause some users to develop a rare type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms of the disorder include pain, burning, numbness and paralysis in the fingers and toes. Unfortunately, in some patients, Levaquin-induced nerve damage may be permanent and irreversible.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed nerve damage after taking Levaquin, 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.
Update: Levaquin Nerve Damage Lawsuits Filed in New Jersey
August 15, 2016 – Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a new round of lawsuits filed in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, alleging that Levaquin caused users to develop severe nerve damage. At least 13 complaints involving 18 plaintiffs have been filed against the company and its Janssen subsidiary in the District of New Jersey this month alone. The cases may ultimately be consolidated into the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the District of Minnesota for complaints alleging peripheral neuropathy from Levaquin and 2 other similar antibiotics, Avelox (moxifloxacin) and Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
What is Levaquin?
Levaquin is used for the treatment of bacterial infections in different parts of the body. It may also be used to prevent an infection after a person has been exposed to anthrax, as well as to treat and prevent plague (including pneumonic and septicemic plague). Levofloxacin belongs to a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics that work by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. Levaquin is available by prescription only.
FDA Warning: Quinolone Antibiotics Linked to Neuropathy
In August 2013, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that quinolone antibiotic medications including Levaquin could increase the risk of peripheral neuropathy. The warning states that Levaquin should be discontinued if the patient begins experiencing symptoms of nerve damage. 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
Additional Resources & Information
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Fluoroquinolone Antibacterial Drugs: Drug Safety Communication
- U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – Peripheral Neuropathy Associated with Fluoroquinolones
Do I Have a Levaquin Nerve Damage Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Levaquin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new nerve damage cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you suffered nerve damage after using Levaquin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a lawsuit and we can help.