Levaquin (generic: levofloxacin), a widely-prescribed antibiotic drug, has been linked to a severe form of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. In August 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about this side effect being reported in patients who took the drug.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy 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: Pennsylvania Woman Alleges Peripheral Neuropathy from Levaquin
July 19, 2016 – A woman who allegedly developed irreversible peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin has filed a products liability lawsuit against Janssen and J&J. Plaintiff Louise holds the companies responsible for her injuries because they allegedly had knowledge about the potential risk of neuropathy from Levaquin, yet failed to warn about the side effect on the drug’s labeling. The complaint was filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under case number 2:16-cv-03841-WB.
Manufactured and marketed by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson), Levaquin is used to treat a wide variety of conditions including bacterial and skin infections, pneumonia, and the bubonic plague. The drug was cleared for sale on the U.S. market in 1996, and became available as a generic in 2011. Each year, over six million prescriptions are written for oral Levaquin, and more than one million patients are administered the drug intravenously in a hospital setting.
Levaquin & Peripheral Neuropathy (PN)
Unfortunately, despite demonstrating considerable effectiveness at treating the above-listed conditions, Levaquin has recently been linked to peripheral neuropathy (PN). This condition occurs when nerves between the brain and body become severely damaged. There are more than 100 separate and distinct forms of PN recognized by the medical community, depending on which nerves are damaged. In general, however, signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature
- Change in sense of body position
- Loss of reflexes
- Muscle wasting
On August 15, 2013, the FDA issued a warning stating that some Levaquin users had been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. The administration issued the press release because the original warnings did not adequately describe the potential rapid onset of PN. According to the FDA:
“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.”
Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
The course of treatment for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy depends on the origin of the nerve damage. If the condition is caused by a vitamin deficiency, PN can often be halted or reversed with vitamin therapy and dietary changes. Likewise, nerve damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption can often be improved by discontinuing use of alcohol. Peripheral neuropathies caused by harmful medications like Levaquin can often be corrected in much the same way, by quitting the drug and seeking alternative methods of treatment.
Need More Info?
Click on the links below if you’d like more information on these topics:
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – Levaquin Medication Guide
- RxList – Levaquin Warnings and Precautions
Do I Have a Levaquin Peripheral Neuropathy 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 peripheral neuropathy cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a lawsuit and we can help.