Fluoroquinolone - Side Effects, Injuries & Lawsuit Information
In 1986, the FDA gave its first approval of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic in the United States called norfloxacin (Noroxin). Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria that cause infections such as pneumonia, cystitis, prostatitis, and sinusitis.
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
Despite the benefits of fluoroquinolones, the potential side effects can be very serious. Fluoroquinolones have all been documented to cause tendon and nerve damage.
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.
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
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Unusual thoughts or behavior
- Stomach pain
- Low fever
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden pain or swelling near joints
Speak With A Defective Drug Lawyer
If you or a family member has suffered from side effects associated with a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, contact us to speak with a lawyer regarding your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for damages.