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My Life Was Ruined by an Antibiotic
A Little-Known Story About Avelox and Levaquin
Hear the word antibiotic and you’re bound to think about an end to bacteria, lots of coughing and days in bed.
Too bad the real story may just well be a beginning to numbness, paralysis, burning and extreme pain.
The following includes some of the most severe symptoms that may come with two of the most popular antibiotics currently on the market: Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin):
- Jabbing or sharp, shooting pain.
- Numbness or tingling sensations that may spread from your extremities into your arms and legs.
- Severe sensitivity to touch, temperature
- Pain or a burning sensation
- Loss of coordination
- Muscle weakness
- Nerve spasms or “twitches”
And you thought antibiotics were the pharmaceutical world’s gift to humankind!
Unfortunately, these side effects are not entirely random or unexpected by the pharmaceutical companies.
In fact, there is evidence that the manufacturers of Avelox (Bayer) and Levaquin (Johnson & Johnson) both knew of the above risks, thanks to studies that linked fluoroquinolone antibiotics to nerve damage beginning in the early 1990’s, and yet chose to do much less than everything in their power to alert both the patient public and medical community.
“Dear Doctors” letters should have been issued to alert both patients and doctors about the serious risk. But those letters were not issued. Instead, our Avelox and Levaquin lawyers believe that the two pharmaceutical companies both downplayed their drug’s risks, meaning their potentially very high-risk antibiotics coasted by as medium to low-risk drugs for far too long.
Because of that misconduct, far too many people today are victims of Avelox and Levaquin — victims, even, when they could have been prescribed another antibiotic to do the job and avoid their potential risk for nerve damage entirely.
The victims of Avelox and Levaquin often lose their jobs, lose their hobbies and volunteer activities, their ability to play with their children or grandchildren — that life they once knew, gone — or so it seemed — as quick as it took to swallow a pill.
The FDA has been more than forthcoming with the fact that Avelox and Levaquin may cause long-term nerve damage (they call it “peripheral neuropathy,” the medical term for the specific kind of damage these antibiotics may cause). They’ve also been forthright about the fact that this damage may begin very quickly after a patient first starts taking the medication; and that, even if an affected patient contacts their doctor quickly and stops treatment with the fluoroquinolone antibiotic, the nerve damage may still be permanent.
These alerts have been issued by the FDA and been put on drug labeling materials in the past few years.
But for far too many people whose lives were ruined by Levaquin or Avelox, it was far too late.
Time Limits for Filing an Antibiotic Lawsuit
If you’ve been hurt by Avelox or Levaquin, you need to know that there may be time limits on how much time you have to file a lawsuit.
We’re here to help you understand your legal rights, what to expect and how a lawsuit could help you — and, we’re always free and confidential.
Our pharmaceutical lawyers are some of the most recognized in the nation and we’ve been on the front lines of fighting dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices for decades.
One day, we hope pharmaceutical lawsuits will be so effective in building a safe pharmaceutical world that we’re put out of business.