Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Side Effects
Fluoroquinolone antibiotic side effects can be very serious, even permanent. Fluoroquinolones—Noroxin®, Floxin®, Cipro®, Levaquin®, and Avelox®—have all been documented to have side effects such as tendon and nerve damage. In 1986, the FDA gave its first approval of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic in the United States ─ norfloxacin (Noroxin), and reports of severe side effects started cropping up soon thereafter.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria that cause infections such as pneumonia, cystitis, prostatitis, and sinusitis. Despite the benefits of fluoroquinolones, the potential side effects are serious and should not be overlooked.
Many Fluoroquinolones Prescribed
Many fluoroquinolone antibiotics were approved and released on the U.S. market, including:
· ciprofloxacin / Cipro® in 1987
· ofloxacin / Floxin® in 1990
· enoxacin / Penetrex® in 1991
· lomefloxacin / Maxaquin® in 1992
· levofloxacin / Levaquin® in 1996
· trovafloxacin /Trovan® in 1997
· gatifloxacin / Tequin® in 1999
· moxifloxacin / Avelox® in 1999
Tendon Damage Is Prevalent
As the use of fluoroquinolones increased in the late 1990s, more reports of their damaging side effects accumulated in the FDA's database. Finally, in 2004, the FDA required updated warnings on the packaging for all of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics used in the U.S. The revised labeling cited nerve damage and tendon rupture as possible side effects of the drugs.
Other Side Effects of Fluoroquinolones
Tendon damage and nerve injuries are not the only possible side effects of the fluoroquinolones; other potential adverse events following treatment with these medications are:
· heart problems
· Stevens-Johnson syndrome
· kidney stones
· confusion, hallucinations
· easy bruising or bleeding
· unusual thoughts or behavior
· nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite
· sudden pain or swelling near joints
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you have suffered from fluoroquinolone antibiotic side effects, contact a law firm that represents the victims of defective drugs and learn about your options.