Lawsuits Prompted by Dangerous Fluoroquinolones Side Effects
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been linked to serious side effects, including permanent damage to nerves and tendons. If you have suffered the adverse fluoroquinolones side effects, our experienced attorneys in San Diego, CA, can help guide you through the legal process. Despite their widespread popularity for treating common bacterial infections, fluoroquinolones are associated with some serious complications that can result in irreversible damage. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury after being prescribed a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, our attorneys can find out if you are entitled to compensation.
Fluoroquinolones are one of the most popular and most frequently prescribed antibiotics. Part of the reason they are so popular is because they can effectively treat a wide range of bacterial infections, including (but not limited to) urinary tract infections (UTIs), respiratory infections such as pneumonia, bone or joint infections, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and many more. They are even effective in treating dangerous hospital-acquired infections such as staphylococcus (staph). The top fluoroquinolones on the market are manufactured by drug giants Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. In spite of their effectiveness in treating a wide range of infections, fluoroquinolones have been linked to some serious complications.
Despite their widespread popularity for treating common bacterial infections, fluoroquinolones are associated with some serious complications that can result in irreversible damage.
Fluoroquinolone Side Effects and Complications
Common Drug Side Effects
All drugs come with side effects. These unpleasant, yet common, side effects are expected. Fluoroquinolone side effects include nausea and vomiting, headaches, and insomnia. Although such side effects are frustrating, we can expect them to go away once the course of antibiotic treatment is completed. Unfortunately, some patients have experienced more serious health complications.
Serious Health Complications
The FDA has issued several warnings regarding the severe complications associated with these antibiotics. By May 2016, the FDA stated that the complications far outweigh the benefits with these particular drugs. The FDA has discouraged the use of these drugs for less complex infections with other treatment options.
The complications indicated in the FDA’s safety warnings include:
- Tendon ruptures, especially of the Achilles tendon
- Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage
Tendon ruptures and peripheral neuropathy can cause permanent damage that requires extensive surgery and therapy to regain use. An aneurysm, if not treated promptly, can cause a heart attack, stroke, and even death.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are still widely prescribed to treat bacterial infections, even though they ave been linked to permanent nerve damage and other adverse effects.
Claims Filed Against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson
Although several hundred cases have been settled, thousands more are still pending against the drug manufacturers. Johnson & Johnson has already settled hundreds of cases and paid nearly $2 million. Because of the severe and permanently damaging complications associated with these antibiotics, countless more lawsuits are expected. As the knowledge of the dangers of these drugs continues to spread, more and more cases will be filed. Many of these lawsuits allege that the manufacturers were negligent in their testing of the drugs for safety and that they failed to provide sufficient warnings regarding risks. They also allege the companies purposely concealed the risks associated with the antibiotics in their marketing.
It is important to work with an experienced attorney if you have suffered from one of the serious complications associated with these antibiotics. Our attorneys can develop a strong case to secure a settlement or award in your favor. We will ensure you are not only compensated for the financial hardship that resulted from your injury, but also that you are compensated for your physical and emotional trauma.
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Our law firm has helped many victims of defective drugs. If you were prescribed a fluoroquinolone antibiotic and suffered adverse complications as a result, contact our law firm today to schedule your free case assessment.