Cipro lawsuits are currently being filed because the drug allegedly causes serious nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy. You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced Cipro lawyers, who do not charge a fee unless you get a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form.
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Due to the Antibiotic Cipro?
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What is Cipro?
Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a drug in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, which is used to treat bacterial infections. It is similar to the drugs Levaquin and Avelox. Cipro is effective at treating infections, especially in the urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract. As an antibiotic, it works by selectively targeting and killing harmful bacteria in the body. Cipro is available as a tablet or can be given with in IV.
Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, first made and marketed Cipro. The drug was approved for use in the United States since 1987. In the year 2000, Bayer made nearly 2 Billion Euro from sales of Cipro worldwide and it was the most popular antibiotic of the fluoroquinolone class, comprising about 70% of the class’s prescriptions.
Why are there Cipro Lawsuits?
The FDA has known that fluoroquinolones, like Cipro, cause Peripheral Neuropathy since at least 2013. Cipro lawsuits allege that drug makers, like Bayer, knew about the link many years ago, but intentionally did not provide adequate warning to doctors and patients. If the doctors and patients knew about the potentially serious side effects, they may not have taken Cipro and instead opted to choose a drug from a different, less dangerous class of antibiotics.
What are Cipro Side Effects?
Less serious side effects include:
- Stomach pain and discomfort
Serious side effects of Cipro are:
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Ruptured tendons
- Peripheral neuropathy
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage of nerves in the body. There are three different kinds of peripheral neuropathy: mononeuropathy, polyneuropathy, and autonomic neuropathy.
According to the Mayo clinic, symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
- Sharp or burning pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- Clumsiness or lack of coordination and falling
- Muscle weakness
- Sensitivity to heat
- Bowel, bladder or digestive problems
- Blood pressure changes
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
If left untreated, symptoms from peripheral neuropathy can be serious and life-threatening. Without treatment, these symptoms could result in apnea, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeats, or heart attacks. If you have experienced these symptoms after taking Cipro, you should speak with an experienced Cipro lawyer right away.
Are There Medical Studies About Cipro?
- A 2001 study of 45 patients, published by the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, acknowledged that peripheral neuropathy caused by fluoroquinolones was much more serious than previously believed. Several of the patients were taking Cipro.
- A 2013 study published by the Annals of Epidemiology suggests that doctors should consider prescribing other kinds of antibiotics due to the potential risks of Cipro and other drugs like it.
- A 2014 study published by the journal Neurology stated that patients taking fluoroquinolones were at a significantly higher risk of developing peripheral neuropathy.
Timeline of Cipro Events:
- In 1987 – The FDA approved Cipro.
- December, 2001 – One of the earliest studies linking Cipro to peripheral neuropathy is released.
- August, 2013 – The FDA issues a warning for all fluoroquinolone drugs, including Cipro, stating that nerve damage may occur soon after they are taken, and that the nerve damage may be permanent.
- September, 2013 – Bayer settled a Cipro class action lawsuit for $74 Million. The lawsuit found that Bayer had violated antitrust laws by keeping less expensive generic versions of Cipro off the market.
Why Hire Us?
If you or a loved one have suffered from peripheral neuropathy after taking Cipro, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Cipro lawyers, who charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. Contact us toll free 24/7 or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.