Unfortunately, at this time we are only able to accept patients who took the brand name drug Cipro, not the generic Ciprofloxacin.
Do You Qualify?
You may be eligible to participate in a Cipro lawsuit if you suffered from peripheral neuropathy after taking Cipro. Contact a Cipro lawyer at Baron & Budd for a free confidential review of your potential peripheral neuropathy lawsuit.866-520-2755 Request Your Free Case Review
Do You Qualify for a Cipro Lawsuit?
Our Cipro lawyers are currently accepting cases where people took the drug Cipro and then were diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a usually permanent (and terrible) form of nerve damage. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Neck pain
Tingling sensation that begins in the toes and spreads upwards
- Acute/Shooting pains or otherwise severe pain
Muscle weakness or loss of muscle coordination
Abnormal or sudden changes in the sense of temperature, texture or body position and/or balance or the extreme sensitivity to touch
- Loss of motor skills, diminished reflexes or difficulty walking
f you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy after taking Cipro, you may be eligible to file a Cipro lawsuit. Contact our Cipro lawyers at 866-520-2755 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation.
Why File a Cipro Lawsuit?
When you are harmed by a pharmaceutical product, you may not have very many options, but filing a lawsuit against Cipro manufacturers can help you obtain money that you need to help pay for costly medical bills, ongoing medical needs or loss of income. Filing a lawsuit can also give you the opportunity to fight back against these large pharmaceutical companies for their negligence and help prevent others from also suffering from the same problems from Cipro or other fluoroquinolones such as Levaquin and Avelox.
Cipro is a powerful antibiotic known as a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Along with Levaquin, Cipro is the most prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotic. In 2011, over 16 million Americans were prescribed Cipro and millions more were given Cipro intravenously in hospitals.
Fluoroquinolones like Cipro are used to treat different bacterial infections affecting the urinary tract, abdomen, gastrointestinal system, lungs and skin such pneumonia, bacterial bronchitis or bacterial urinary tract infections. Cipro will not work for virus infections such as the flu or common cold; likewise, overuse or misuse of Cipro will result in decreased effectiveness.
Cipro was made to treat life-threatening bacterial infections such as meningitis, symptoms caused by multiple, concurrent bacterial infections and bacterial infections that are resistant to other antibiotics.
However, that is not always the case: Women are often prescribed fluoroquinolones like Cipro for even routine urinary tract infections (UTIs).
While Cipro will work to treat most bacterial infections, it is recommended by medical experts that Cipro only be prescribed to treat serious and life-threatening infections. This is for two reasons:
- Cipro is a powerful antibiotic that is unnecessary to treat minor infections like bacterial ear aches or bacterial urinary tract infections, for instance.
- Cipro has major risks associated with its use, risks that have no reason to be taken on when one’s life is not being threatened.
Some of you may remember the anthrax scare of 2001 that involved the NBC offices. When an NBC employee tested positive with the skin-based form of anthrax, other employees who worked in the office took Cipro as a precautionary measure. That is because Cipro is one of the top antibiotics used to treat anthrax — that’s right, anthrax, not urinary tract infections.
After NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw looked at the camera holding a prescription bottle of Cipro, he sparked a rush of interest in the antibiotic. Everyone, it seemed, wanted access to the prescription drug known as Cipro. Sales went up — a big win for Bayer, the manufacturer of Cipro, who already enjoyed $1 billion in sales within the United States the year before.
Tom Brokaw looked to the camera and said, “In Cipro we trust.”
But not so fast — because, as it turns out, taking Cipro can entail serious consequences.
The FDA advises that patients taking Cipro stop taking the medication immediately and contact their doctor should symptoms of pain, numbness, burning, itching, weakness in the arms and legs or changes in senses like pain, body position, vibration or temperature occur.
Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can affect people in different ways; in fact, there are at least 100 different symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy. However, there are some common features of peripheral neuropathy that patients taking Cipro should lookout for.
These symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Tingling sensation that begins in the toes and spreads upwards
- Shooting pains or otherwise severe pain
- Muscle weakness or loss of muscle coordination
- Abnormal or sudden changes in the sense of temperature, texture or body position and/or balance or the extreme sensitivity to touch
- Loss of motor skills or difficulty walking
These symptoms may occur because peripheral neuropathy is a disease of the peripheral nervous system, which is that system in charge of carrying signals between the brain, spinal cord and body. When our bodies’ nerves are damaged, abnormal sensations like burning, tinging or pricking may occur. In addition, severe cases of peripheral neuropathy can lead to problems with vital organs such as the intestines, blood vessels, bladder or heart.
There is no cure for peripheral neuropathy however symptoms may improve with treatment. Some people benefit from taking medications to relieve symptoms of pain while other people benefit from the use of mobility aids like braces, canes and wheelchairs.
In addition, nerves do have some ability to regenerate, offering hope to many people with peripheral neuropathy. However, the symptoms and prognosis of peripheral neuropathy depend on how the patient developed the disease. For those who developed peripheral neuropathy from fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Cipro, the symptoms may go away once the patient stops taking the medication, or the damage may last for many months or years, or, unfortunately, the damage may be permanent.
Over 23 million patients received a prescription for a fluoroquinolone antibiotic in 2011 alone. Of these antibiotics prescribed, Cipro was prescribed the most. However, that does not mean that Cipro, or any other fluoroquinolone, is safe.
Instead, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on August 15, 2013, that all fluoroquinolone antibiotics taken orally or by injection pose a risk for permanent peripheral neuropathy. In the announcement, the FDA said that they were requiring all fluoroquinolone drug labels and Medication Guides to be updated to better explain both the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy, a disease that may be permanent in some patients, and also how quickly peripheral neuropathy can begin once a patient starts taking the drug.
The announcement also encouraged doctors who prescribed their patients fluoroquinolones to change their patient’s medications immediately should symptoms of peripheral neuropathy occur in the patient, unless the threat of peripheral neuropathy outweighed the risk of discontinuing the medication.
The FDA announcement also warned that, “In some patients the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
This was not the first time the FDA warned of the association between fluoroquinolones and peripheral neuropathy. In fact, in 2004, the FDA had listed peripheral neuropathy as a side effect. The FDA’s Drug Safety Communication in 2013 was in fact an update to this previous warning, making sure that all patients would better understand that the risk between fluoroquinolone and peripheral neuropathy was one that could be permanent and that could occur quickly after starting to take the drug.
Along with peripheral neuropathy, the FDA also required the most serious type of warning, a boxed warning, for Cipro in 2008 to warn patients of the drug’s risk of tendon damage and rupture.
Cipro was developed by Bayer AG, a German chemical and pharmaceutical company, and approved by the FDA for sale within the United States in 1987.
Within just fifteen years, problems started to appear and by 2001 researchers reported the risk between fluoroquinolones like Cipro and peripheral neuropathy. In the Annals of Pharmacotherapy evidence of severe, sudden and long-term nerve damage was noted. After three months, 71 percent of patients still had symptoms and after one year 58 percent of patients still had symptoms. Likewise, the onset of peripheral neuropathy was quick: within the first 24 hours in 33 percent of patients, 72 hours in 58 percent of patients and within one week in 84 percent of patients.
While over ten years have passed since we have known of the risks associated with fluoroquinolones, there has been no known recall of Cipro and the FDA is not actively conducting further research into the side effects involved in Cipro.
Another severe – and possibly even deadly – side effect associated with Cipro is an aortic injury such as bulging (known as an aneurysm) or tearing, also known as dissection. The aorta is the largest blood vessel, carrying blood to all parts of the body. Its walls are composed largely of collagen, or connective tissue. Researchers believe that Cipro and other fluoroquinolones break down collagen, which can lead to severe aortic damage.
The British Medical Journal published the results of a study performed by Canadian researchers that showed a patient treated with Cipro or another fluoroquinolone could be as much as three times as likely to suffer an aortic injury. According to the researchers, reducing the unnecessary administration of fluoroquinolones could have prevented hundreds of aortic aneurysms in the patients they studied.
Treatment for an aortic aneurysm typically includes blood pressure medication in order to help relax blood vessels. However, in some instances, extensive surgery will be needed to remove the weakened area of the aorta and replace it with a graft.
Free Cipro Nerve Damage Lawsuit Case Review
You may be eligible to participate in a Cipro lawsuit if you suffered from peripheral neuropathy nerve damage after taking Cipro. Contact our Cipro lawyers for a free confidential review of your potential peripheral neuropathy nerve damage lawsuit claim.