How Consumers Can Protect Themselves from Dangerous Drugs Like Levaquin in 3 Simple Steps

September 24, 2014  |  Dangerous Drugs & Devices, FLQ, Pharmaceuticals

Recently, one of our Levaquin clients sent us an article in the Arizona Republic titled “Critics Demand Strong Warnings for Potent Antibiotics.” The article discussed fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro and Levaquin and mentioned just how bad and expansive the adverse side effects from taking fluoroquinolones like Levaquin and Cipro can be (to learn more about the side effects please click here). Then it covered the petitions and advocacy groups talking about the dangers of fluoroquinolone to try to spread awareness (to learn more about these heroes please click here).

But then the article got truly interesting.

Here’s a quote:

“‘There is a lack of education among consumers and physicians, coupled with widespread marketing of drugs. Although the FDA regulates drugs, and attorneys have taken legal actions against large pharmaceutical companies, antibiotics are far more frequently prescribed and their use grows so quickly that government can’t keep up,’ Woosley said. ‘That means the onus falls on consumers to research drug side effects.'”

We are highlighting this quote because of the sad fact that it’s a BIG reality. While the government keeps trying to do the best they can with the FDA, and while lawyers like us are doing the best we can by way of representing our clients who have been injured and fighting for justice… there is still more to be done to keep all consumers and patients safe in the meantime.

And that responsibility falls on you.

Here’s what we would advise to keep you and your family safe from dangerous drugs and antibiotics like Levaquin:

  1. Stay Up-to-Date. You can follow the FDA’s safety alerts and drug-safety announcements by checking in with the consumer section of the FDA website whenever you can. You can even sign up for an FDA consumer update by clicking here! Of course, we’d also recommend you sign up for our email alerts, which we try to make as easy-to-understand and useful as possible: just click here, type in your email address and click submit!

  2. Notice The Symptoms. We love and trust our doctors… but good patient care is a two-way street. That means you need to be aware of your symptoms. Is a new medication making you feel more sluggish than usual? How about that headache, constipation, dry mouth, dizzy spells — or worse? Tell your doctor. Remember there is no “wrong answer” when alerting your doctor of your symptoms or adverse reactions. The only wrong answer would be not speaking up!

  3. File A Lawsuit. There are some times when your adverse reactions and side effects are telling you DANGER. The clients we represent who were seriously hurt by taking Levaquin would be the first to tell you: Their adverse side effects were so debilitating, they required something big. First might come talking to your doctor in depth to discuss your symptoms and perhaps finding a way to get off the medicine that was hurting you. And if your dangerous side effects were so bad they seriously hurt you and your day-to-day life… well, the next might be fighting back even more by filing a lawsuit.

Were these three steps helpful? Let us know on the comments section below or on our Facebook page here.

If you developed nerve damage by taking the popular antibiotic Levaquin, Avelox or Cipro, contact one of our lawyers immediately for a free and completely confidential consult at 866-520-2755 or email us here.

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