antibiotics side effects

Antibiotic Side Effects Can Be Serious

by Staff Blogger | July 21st, 2015

Antibiotics are commonly used to treat bacterial and fungal infections. However, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough point out that certain antibiotics can put patients at risk of serious injury.

There are several different classes of antibiotics, and each presents a unique risk. The drug Diflucan® has been linked to physical abnormalities in children born to mothers who take the drug while pregnant. Levaquin® has been associated with tendonitis and tendon ruptures, and Zithromax® has been known to result in cardiovascular complications.

Perhaps one of the most recently discovered antibiotic side effect is the risk of a drug-induced liver injuries associated with a class of drugs known as a cephalosporin.

According to Healio, patients using cephalosporin medications can develop a drug-induced liver injury in as little as one dose.

Researchers from The Johns Hopkins University examined the cases of more than 1,200 patients who had suffered drug-induced liver injuries, and they found 41 of the injuries were linked with taking cephalosporin. A total of 19 of those individuals developed the condition after just one dose.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough encourages you to discuss the risks of any medication with your doctor or pharmacist prior to taking your first dose. Taking this step can save your life!

Common Antibiotic Side Effects

by Staff Blogger | June 9th, 2015

Taking certain antibiotic medications can cause serious complications and side effects. That’s why the attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to let you know about some of the most common cases of antibiotics side effects we see today.

Azithromycin is marketed under the name Zithromax® and is often a first line antibiotic for those who are allergic to penicillin. While the drug boasts of a short, easy regimen, it has also been linked to cardiac abnormalities. Researchers have found that the drug can cause prolonged QT intervals, which can result in death. One study showed Zithromax users faced a two and a half times higher risk of a fatality caused by irregular heart rhythms than those who used other antibiotic treatments.

Levaquin® is another antibiotic that can cause serious side effects. While the drug is effective in eliminating serious infections from the body, it can also cause patients to experience Levaquin nervous system injuries. A story from WPXI News highlighted a few of these risks, including ruptured tendons, tendonitis, and changes in sensation.

While Zithromax and Levaquin are used to treat bacterial infections, Diflucan® is used to rid the body of fungal infections. However, studies have linked the drug to birth defects in children whose mothers take the drug during pregnancy. Our Diflucan injury lawyers discuss some of the birth defects in detail on our website.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we want to provide you with the legal help you need if you’ve been harmed by a prescription drug. Give us a call anytime at (800) 210-8503 to discuss your case.