For decades, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. Illnesses that were at one time deadly can now be cured with antibiotics. But some antibiotics have dangerous drug side effects that can cause a serious injury. These antibiotics need to be taken with caution and drug manufacturers should be held accountable for any resulting injuries.
Some people in the Houston area may have heard of an antibiotic called Levaquin; it is an antibiotic that has been linked to dangerous side effects. Levaquin is a type of antibiotic called a fluoroquinolone, which is used to treat ailments such as urinary tract infections, sinusitis, and strep throat. Levaquin has been linked to a type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. The nerve damage can come on quickly for patients and some of the damage can be permanent. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include numbness, weakness, sensitivity to cold and hot, burning and pain.
In 2013 the FDA required Levaquin to change their label and warn patients of the risk of nerve damage.
If a patient believes that they suffered an injury from this dangerous drug, they may want to speak with an attorney who has experience in cases involving defective drugs and medical devices. An attorney can review the patient’s medical records and research the medication that they were prescribed. They can help find evidence to determine what caused the injury and hold the drug companies responsible for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
The class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones can cause dangerous side effects for patients. Drug manufacturers need to be held accountable for the injuries they cause so that they take all possible precautions to not harm anyone else in the future.