Levaquin 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 Levaquin 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.
What Is Levaquin?
Levaquin is an antibiotic that can be taken either orally (by mouth) or intravenously (IV). Antibiotics kill germs that cause infections, but they do not work against viruses like the common cold or flu. Levaquin is a member of the fluoroquinolone class of drugs, like Avelox and Cipro. It was approved by the FDA in 1996, and the first generic versions of the drug were introduced to the market in 2011. It is used to treat infections in the lungs, urinary tract, heart, and digestive system, among multiple other uses.
Have You Suffered Any Side Effect After a Taking
The Antibiotic Levaquin?
Read Below Why You May Have a Claim.
Who Makes Levaquin?
Johnson & Johnson, an international medical device and drug manufacturer, makes Levaquin. Because of its success as a powerful antibiotic, Levaquin has brought Johnson & Johnson sales of over $1 billion annually.
Why Are There Levaquin Lawsuits?
Levaquin lawsuits allege that the drug causes peripheral neuropathy. The lawsuits claim that Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known about the link between Levaquin and peripheral neuropathy, but did not warn consumers or doctors about the potential dangerous side effect. Experienced Levaquin lawyers around the country are evaluating potential cases now.
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a term which refers to any damage of nerves in the body. There are several different kinds of peripheral neuropathy depending on the types of nerves which are affected: mononeuropathy, polyneuropathy, and autonomic neuropathy.
According to the Mayo clinic, some 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 very serious and even life-threatening. For example, autonomic neuropathy affects nerves which control automatic functions of the body such as breathing, digestion and heart rate. Without treatment, these symptoms could result in apnea, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeats, or heart attacks. If you have experienced any of these symptoms after using Levaquin, you should contact an experienced Levaquin lawyer right away.
Are There Levaquin Medical Studies?
- A 2001 study published by the Annals of Pharmacotherapy acknowledged that peripheral neuropathy caused by fluoroquinolones was much more serious than previously believed. Over half of the patients studied were prescribed Levaquin.
- 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 Levaquin 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 Events:
- December, 1996 — Levaquin is approved by the FDA.
- December, 2001 — One of the earliest studies linking Levaquin to peripheral neuropathy is released.
- July, 2008 — The FDA put a “Black Box” warning on Levaquin, stating that people who take Levaquin are at a much higher risk for tendonitis and tendon rupture. Many people taking Levaquin suffered serious injuries of their Achilles Tendon.
- December, 2010 — A Minnesota jury awarded $1.8 Million to an 82 year old man who suffered serious Levaquin side effects.
- October, 2012 — Johnson & Johnson settles 845 Levaquin lawsuits for an undisclosed amount of money.
- August, 2013 — The FDA issues a warning for all fluoroquinolone drugs, including Levaquin, stating that nerve damage may occur soon after they are taken, and that the nerve damage may be permanent.
- April, 2015 — Over 1,900 Levaquin lawsuits have been resolved, and dozens still remain.
Why Contact Us?
If you or a loved one have suffered from peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin, you should consider hiring a Levaquin lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with some experienced Levaquin lawyers, who can file a lawsuit for you and who do not charge a fee unless you get money. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call out toll free number 24/7, or online.