Lawsuits are being reviewed for people who developed peripheral neuropathy after taking the antibiotic medication Noroxin (generic: norfloxacin). This condition, which can occur just days after beginning a regimen of Noroxin, causes symptoms such as weakness, numbness, nerve pain, and problems with routine physical activities such as walking.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy after taking Noroxin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What is Noroxin Prescribed For?
Noroxin (generic: norfloxacin) belongs to a group of antibiotic medications called fluoroquinolones that are designed to fight bacteria in the body. The drug is prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the prostate and urinary tract, as well as gonorrhea. Noroxin is made by Merck & Co., and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1986.
Noroxin FDA Warnings
In October 2004, the FDA ordered a revision to Noroxin warning labels regarding the risk users face of developing peripheral neuropathy and tendon ruptures. Then on August 15, 2013, the administration issued an updated Drug Safety Communication which stated:
“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.”
Facts About Peripheral Neuropathy (PN)
Peripheral neuropathy is a rare condition that affects the nerves apart from the brain and spinal cord. Individuals with PN may experience symptoms such as tingling, numbness, unusual sensations, weakness, or burning pain in the affected area. In some patients, the symptoms may be symmetrical and involve both the hands and feet. Due to the fact that the characteristic symptoms are often present in areas which are covered by gloves or stockings, PN is often described as having a “glove and stocking” distribution of symptoms.
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
How is Peripheral Neuropathy Diagnosed?
Due to the fact that there are so many different types of peripheral neuropathy (the current medical literature list over 100 varieties), the first step in the diagnostic process typically involves a thorough medical history and physical examination. Certain procedures such as vibration and monofilament testing can be very helpful in diagnosing certain forms of the disease, such as large fiber peripheral neuropathy seen in patients with diabetes. Blood tests to look for toxins and electrodiagnostic studies can also be very useful, although these tests will not help with the diagnosis of small fiber PN. Skin biopsies and quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing (QSART) are also commonly used to help diagnose small fiber neuropathy.
Do I Have a Noroxin 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 Noroxin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently investigating potential settlements in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Noroxin side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.