The government’s highest safety warning has been imposed by the Food and Drug Administration on the prescription drugs, Avelox, Levaquin and Cipro and other flouroquinolone antibiotics. A prominent “black box warning” has been ordered emphasizing the risks of taking these medications. Avelox is an antibiotic that is very effective in the treatment of many various bacteria, including the ones that are most liable to contribute to acute bacterial sinusitis, acute exacerbations of prolonged bronchitis, and community-acquired pneumonia. Unfortunately, as with many prescription medications, serious side effects have recently come to light. These side effects include:
- Tendon, ligament, joint and muscle damage such as tendonitis and tendon rupture;
- Insomnia, anxiety attacks, nightmares;
- Gastrointestinal damage;
- Hearing loss, vision damage;
- Tingling and burning known as peripheral neuropathy;
- Brain, heart, liver, pancreas, blood and endocrine disorders; and
- Psychotic reactions including suicidal thought or actions.
There are also increased injury risks when these drugs are taken in combination with other corticosteroids such as Prenisone and Flovent and NSAID’s such as Motrin and Aleve. If you have been taking any of these drugs and experience pain or swelling in your joints, muscles or tendons, you should stop exercising and seek medical treatment immediately. Your next call should be to a personal injury attorney who deals with pharmaceutical claims. This is a highly specialized area and not all attorneys handle these types of cases. I have been practicing law for over thirty years. During that time, I have had the privilege of working with some of the finest pharmaceutical attorneys in this country. I would be honored to assist you with your search for the best personal injury lawyer in your area. I will find an attorney for you who is knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive who will fight for your rights and obtain the best settlement or verdict possible. You deserve an advocate who has your best interests at heart. I invite you to fill out the online consultation form here on my website. It is quick and easy. If you would prefer, please feel free to call me on my toll-free line at 1-800-603-6833. There is no charge for the consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.