Antibiotic Health Risks

by Staff Blogger | May 30th, 2017

For decades, antibiotics have been a one-two punch for combating infection. These miracle drugs have saved thousands of lives over the years and continue to be an important tool in the medical profession’s arsenal. Levaquin, Avelox, and Cipro are antibiotics that are used to treat sinus infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. In recent years, their effectiveness has been overshadowed by the risk of serious health complications for patients who take them, including aortic dissection, aortic aneurism, and peripheral neuropathy.

All three of these drugs belong to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated the warnings on these drugs to include the risk of peripheral neuropathy and nervous system damage. Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Slower reflexes
  • Weakness
  • Change in sensation to:
    • Light touch
    • Pain
    • Temperature
    • Body position

If you or someone you love suffered from peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin, Avelox, or Cipro, you may be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer. Give the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough a call today for a free, no obligation consultation. You’ve been through a lot already, and we want to help. Contact us today.