Archive for the ‘Flouroquinolone Antibiotics’ Category

Levaquin® can lead to severe tendon injuries!

September 2009

Levoflaxin is available under the brand name Levaquin® and manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical. This is a powerful quinolone antibiotic prescribed in the treatment of bacterial infections of the sinus, skin, kidney, lungs or urinary tract.

Side effects of Levaquin®

Levaquin® is routinely prescribed, but it can lead to severe side effects.

The major side effect of Levaquin® usage is that it can severely affect tendons. This includes tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon which is not restricted to any particular part of the body but can occur anywhere and is extremely painful. The most common are Achilles tendonitis, which affects the heel, and patellar tendonitis, which affects the knee. A torn tendon is another possible side effect, causing extreme levels of pain that may even leave a patient permanently disabled. Tendon side effects may not cease once usage of the drug is stopped, and they can last for months after.

The other side effects that could appear are skin rash, hives, skin allergies, heartbeat irregularities, problems with swallowing or breathing, and swelling of areas like the face, lips, tongue or throat. It can affect the nervous system too, manifesting as nerve pain, numbness, weakness, tingling sensations and so on.

FDA & Levaquin®

The FDA has insisted on a boxed warning. It also released the following health alert in October 2008, “Fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin, are associated with an increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture in all ages. Tendon rupture can occur during or after completion of therapy; cases occurring up to several months after completion of therapy have been reported. Levaquin should be discontinued if the patient experiences pain, swelling, inflammation or rupture of a tendon. Patients should be advised to rest at the first sign of tendonitis or tendon rupture, and to contact their health-care provider regarding changing to a non-quinolone antimicrobial drug.”

Contact Us

If you find that you and your loved ones have had serious tendon injuries linked to the usage of Levaquin®, you could be legally entitled to compensation. Contact Eric W. Gruenwald, Attorney / Lawyer for more information, at 866-529-0001, Extension 245.

Levaquin, Flouroquinolones and Seeing Double: New Research

September 2009

A father and son research team has published an article in this month’s journal Opthamology that examines a possible causal link between flouroquinolone antibiotics and double vision.

Noting a pattern of eye problems associated with the drugs, Dr. Frederick W. Fraufelder and Dr. Frederick T. Fraunfelder compiled ‘spontaneous’ event reports related to the drugs from a variety of sources, including the National Registry of Drug-Induced Ocular Side Effects, the World Health Organization, and the FDA.

171 event reports of diplopia (double vision) were linked to flouroquinolones, drugs widely used to treat infections, and with a list of side effects that gets longer by the day – the most oft-noted one being tendinitis and tendon rupture, linked with the flouroquinolone Levaquin.

At this point the reason why the diplopia occurs is not proven; the researchers said it could be that the drug affects the tendons controlling the eye, interfering with the ability to focus.

However, “According to the World Health Organization criteria, the relationship between flouroquinolone therapy and diplopia is possible.”

The total number of cases may seem small, but in Thomas Maugh’s L.A. Times blog entry he says “…experts note that fewer than 10% of such complications are routinely reported to monitoring bodies.”

Here are the stats on the cases studied: 75 were related to Cipro, 9 to Tequin, 20 to Levaquin, 16 to Avelox, 11 to Noroxin, and 40 to Floxin, with the numbers across the board in proportion to the prescriptions written.

The flouroquinolone drug was stopped in 53 of the cases, and in all of these the double vision stopped and normal vision came back. There were, additionally, five subjects where the patient was given the drug a second time and experienced double vision a second time.

The outcome of all this?

“Doctors need to be aware of this potential reaction when prescribing these antibiotics and consider stopping therapy if diplopia occurs,” Dr. Fraunfelder said.

If you have any questions or concerns about side-effects you or a loved one may have experienced with the flouroquinolone drug Levaquin, contact Eric Gruenwald, Attorney / Lawyer at 866 529 0001, EXT. 245  or by email at help@mulliganlaw.com

Levaquin Tendon Injuries Now Being Evaluated By Texas, California, & Florida Attorneys At The Mulligan Law Firm

July 2009

Levaquin:
 
Levaquin is a brand-name of Levofloxacin, a synthetic chemotherapeutic agent that belongs to a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics called fluroquinolones. Levaquin is a prescription-based drug that can be used by adults in the treatment of pneumonia, skin-infections, sinusitis, bronchitis, kidney infections, bladder infections, prostate infections, and inhaled-anthrax.

Levaquin Side-Effects:
 
A number of serious side-effects have been associated with the use of Levaquin. Those side effects include Achilles tendon ruptures, ruptures to the shoulder, hand, biceps and thumb. In addition, serious tendon damage has also been reported in patients prescribed Levaquin.
 
Levaquin and the FDA:
 
In October 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued an alert that stated: “Fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, in patients taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients with kidney, heart and lung transplants.”
 
The FDA added: “Tendon rupture can occur during or after completion of therapy; cases occurring up to several months after completion of therapy have been reported. Levaquin should be discontinued if the patient experiences pain, swelling, inflammation or rupture of a tendon. Patients should be advised to rest at the first sign of tendinitis or tendon rupture, and to contact their health-care provider regarding changing to a non-quinolone antimicrobial drug.”
 
Levaquin Lawsuits:
 
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured after taking Levaquin, contact us right now. We have experienced lawyers standing by right now to help you. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. We take all cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you do not pay for our services unless you receive an award or compensation. Do not Delay. Your rights and compensation may be lost forever if you wait.  Please contact Eric W. Gruenwald, Attorney / Lawyer for more information at 866-529-0001  Extension 245

Levaquin® Tendon Ruptures: Comments Welcome

March 2009

Levaquin® Lawsuit / Claim:  California, Florida, Texas Attorneys / Lawyers evaluating Nationwide Levaquin Potential Claims for Tendon Rupture, Etc.

Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is a Fluoroquinolone Antimicrobial Antibiotic prescribed by doctors for use in the treatment of infections.

Levaquin® is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical.  On July 8, 2008, the FDA issued a Black Box Warning to inform patients of the risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture.  Cases have been reported of tendinitis and tendon rupture long after the antibiotic was stopped by the patient.

Especially those age 60 or over are at increased risk of tendonitis or tendon rupture.  The concomitant use of steroid therapy further increases the risk. 

Cases of bilateral Achilles tendon ruptures, etc., have been reported in those taking Flouroquinolones including Levaquin®, Avelox®, and Cipro®.

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March 2009
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Names Removed for Privacy:
The following is what happened to my daughter after taking three doses of Avelox in May 2003.  Because of the laws in our state we were unable to litigate her case, but I do want her story to be told.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this tragic and devastating part of my life.
 
My daughter was prescribed a drug called Avelox for a mild respiratory illness.  She passed away one week later from complications resulting from multiple simultaneous severe adverse reactions to the Avelox.  These are documented by the extensive autopsy and toxicology results performed after her death at the University Medical Center.
 
The day she was diagnosed with bronchitis, she read the attached warning literature and also referenced “Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses’ eighth edition to verify dosage and to review potential reactions.  What she was about to suffer from the Avelox was not completely mentioned in either publication and what were mentioned were significantly downplayed –  that there would only be a minor concern in taking this drug.
 
Within eight days we watched in horror as a vibrant, energetic healthy young woman in her twenties went from a mild illness to suffering from severe abdominal pain, hallucinating, incoherent, skin rash to comatose, liver failure, kidney failure, her skin peeling off (toxic epidermal necrosis)  liver transplant, on life support then ultimately death, a direct result of her taking Avelox.  Despite immediately discontinuing taking the medication after the very first signs of a reaction started and seeking medical attention at our local emergency room, no medical personnel, of which there were several called in to see her, could correctly diagnose her condition as an adverse reaction to the Avelox or my many attempts to advise the doctors that she was fine until she started taking the Avelox.  I was told on several occasions that it couldn’t be the Avelox causing her hepatitis like symptoms.
 
My daughter’s passing was not only tragic to our family and friends but to society as well.  She was entering her junior year at the School of Nursing carrying a 4.0 average.  She was the type of person that put others interests ahead of her own.  She felt that a career in nursing was a way for her to contribute to society and the betterment of others.
 
Knowing what we do after researching all fluoroquinolones there is no doubt that these drugs should be used as a last resort course of treatment only.
 
Again, thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that you and all of your litigants are victorious.
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