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New Labelling Warns of Nerve Damage Dangers of FLQ Antibiotics

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

New Labelling Warns of Nerve Damage Dangers of FLQ Antibiotics

We have been warning for some time about the dangerous nature of FLQ antibiotics. These drugs have serious side effects and taking them for a common infection can be like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved beefed up warnings on these antibiotics. They should only be taken when there is no alternative.

FLQ antibiotics are fluoroquinolones. The FDA published new labeling changes for the drugs. You can read the FDA’s strongest warning to date on these antibiotics here.

The updated warnings on the boxes advise of the serious potential side effects of FLQs. These side effects “generally outweigh the benefits” for patients suffering from acute bacterial sinusitis (ABS), uncomplicated urinary tract infections, and the symptoms of chronic bronchitis if they have other options.

Powerful FLQs should only be prescribed to patients who have no alternatives.

The FDA warned fluoroquinolones are associated with disabling and potentially permanent side-effects. This damage can affect the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and central nervous system.

Serious Conditions Linked to FLQ Antibiotics

Nerve Damage

Some medical studies and patient accounts link FLQs to peripheral neuropathy, a form of permanent nerve damage linked to pain, numbness, and weakness. The hands and feet are particularly vulnerable. Lawsuits are currently making their way through the courts.

Aortic Dissection

Aortic dissection is caused when the walls of the aorta, body’s main artery, break down, allowing blood to enter tissue. It’s a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening conditions including stroke, heart attack and paralysis.

Aortic Aneurysms

Aneurysms afflict the victim with little warning and can be deadly. Typically, they show no symptoms until they burst causing a loss of consciousness and severe pain in a patient. Your chances of survival are about 50 percent. If you do make it, you will require immediate surgery, medications, and costly medical monitoring for the rest of your life.

The FDA’s warning is welcome but comes too late for thousands of people who were prescribed these drugs and suffered life-threatening side effects or even died.

Lawsuits are currently flooding in against manufacturers such as Bayer.

Here are some common FLQs.

  • Avelox (moxifloxacin hydrochloride)
  • Cipro XR (ciprofloxacin)
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
  • Noroxin (norfloxacin
  • Levaquin (levofloxacin)

For more information see our dangerous drugs section about these antibiotics on our website. If you have been harmed by a dangerous drug, it’s important to get in on a class action against the manufacturer.

Our experienced Virginia dangerous drugs team can help you. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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