FDA Updates Drug Warnings for Common Antibiotics due to Potentially Permanent Adverse Reactions
What Are Fluoroquinolones (FLQs)?
FLQs are some of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the United States. They are prescribed to treat a variety of ailments including sinus and urinary infections. Patients can take them by mouth or injection. Many of these antibiotics have been removed from the market due to proven toxicity, but some are still being prescribed to patients including:
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Gemifloxacin (Factive)
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
- Norfloxacin (Noroxin)
- Ofloxacin (Floxin)
Stern and Serious Warnings from The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issued in May 2016
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved changes to the labels of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs for systemic use (i.e., taken by mouth or by injection). These medicines are associated with disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system that can occur together in the same patient. As a result, we revised the Boxed Warning, FDA’s strongest warning, to address these serious safety issues. We also added a new warning and updated other parts of the drug label, including the patient Medication Guide.”
What are the Potential Side Effects Associated with FLQs?
- Aortic aneurysms (abnormal bulge in an artery wall)
- Aortic dissection (tear in the wall of a major artery)
- Tendon issues including tendonitis and rupture
- Super infections including C.-diff
- Muscle pain and weakness
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Retinal detachment
- Allergic reactions
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Nerve damage which may include pain, numbness, and tingling
- Irregular heart rhythm
What Are My Legal Options?
If you or someone you love was injured after using an FLQ antibiotic, you may be eligible for significant compensation. 1-800-LAW-FIRM has decades of experience obtaining justice for consumers who were injured by dangerous drugs and devices. There are no up-front fees and all consultations are free.
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