Antibiotic Nerve Damage
Antibiotic Nerve Damage Lawsuits
Based on 1187 Select Nationwide Reviews
- The Fee Is Free™. Only pay if we win.
- America's Largest Injury Law Firm
- Protecting Families Since 1988
- $15 Billion+ Won
- 800+ Lawyers Nationwide
Free Case Evaluation
Porter Ranch Gas Leak
Jacob T. Rodgers v. City of Gainesville D/B/A Gainesville Regional Utilities
Estate of Frank Townsend v. RJ Reynolds, et al.
Morgan Stanley Data Security Litigation
Stephen Davis v. Levon Clark, Ricardo Williams, Marty Grifka and Derek Pak
McAdams v. Monier Lifetile, LLC
Coleman v. Martinez
Gold v. Lumber Liquidators
Clemmons v. ECORE et. al, Philadelphia County
Brink v. Ruiz
The attorneys featured above are licensed in Florida. For a full list of attorneys in your state please visit our attorney page.
Antibiotic Nerve Damage
People may have developed peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage affecting the arms and legs) after taking Levaquin, Cipro or any other brand-name antibiotic that falls under a class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones.
In 2013, the FDA published a safety announcement stating that the labeling on these drugs would be updated to include clearer warnings that the medications may cause early-onset, potentially permanent nerve damage.
It has been alleged that the makers of the drugs knew for years that patients taking these antibiotics could develop serious nerve damage, yet failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about this risk.
FDA Requests Label Updates Over Fluoroquinolone Nerve Damage Risk
In 2013, the FDA required the labels and medication guides for all fluoroquinolone drugs, including Levaquin and Cipro, to be updated to include clearer warnings about the potential risk of nerve damage in patients taking or being injected with these medications. The FDA made this decision after reviewing dozens of adverse event reports describing the development of peripheral neuropathy in patients taking these antibiotics.
The FDA concluded that that the “potential rapid onset and permanence” of this side effect was not adequately described in the drugs’ labeling and required that statements describing the condition as “rare” be removed. The agency advised that those exhibiting symptoms of peripheral neuropathy should immediately seek the attention of their healthcare providers.
Levaquin, Avelox Manufacturers Face Lawsuits Over Nerve Damage Risk
The manufacturers of several fluoroquinolone drugs are currently facing lawsuits alleging that they knew about a potential link between their medications and peripheral neuropathy for years, but failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about this side effect.
Lawsuits filed against the makers of Levaquin (Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals) and Avelox (Bayer Healthcare and Merck & Co.) allege that:
- As early as 1992, studies linked fluoroquinolone drugs to peripheral neuropathy
- These companies knew or should have known about several studies that linked fluoroquinolone drugs to peripheral neuropathy
- Despite these findings, the companies continued to market their drugs as safe and effective
- The companies failed to disclose that nerve damage could develop quickly and may be permanent
- The companies failed to issue “Dear Doctor” letters related to the label updates in 2013, leaving doctors and patients uninformed about the serious side effects highlighted in the new warning
How it works
It's easy to get started.
The Fee Is Free™. Only pay if we win.
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
With a free case evaluation, submitting your case is easy with Morgan & Morgan.
Our dedicated team gets to work investigating your claim.
If we take on the case, our team fights to get you the results you deserve.
stories that inspire and drive change
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances. Based on Select nationwide reviews
Get answers to commonly asked questions about our legal services and learn how we may assist you with your case.
Antibiotic Nerve Damage Lawsuit FAQs
What Antibiotics Can Cause Peripheral Neuropathy?
The FDA required label changes on the following drugs to better describe the risk of peripheral neuropathy:
- Levaquin (levofloxacin)
- Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
- Avelox (moxifloxacin)
- Noroxin (norfloxacin)
- Floxin (ofloxacin)
- Factive (gemifloxacin)
What Are the Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy may cause the following symptoms in the arms and legs:
- Nerve spasms
- Changes in sensation to light touch, pain or temperature
- Changes in sensation to the body position