Levaquin Class Action And Personal Injury Lawsuits Are To Begin In 2010
Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, and several other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolones class have recently come under scientific and legal scrutiny for some debilitating and extremely painful side effects in a small percentage of patients that have received prescriptions for the drugs. Although all drugs carry some risk of complications, this specific class of antibiotics has been identified as having a greater potential for life-altering problems. Of all the products in this category, the drug levofloxacin, generally marketed under the brand name of Levaquin, has gained the most notoriety for adverse effects on individuals. Fortunately, a Levaquin law firm may be able to help those who have suffered harm from these drugs.
This class of medication is typically used to treat internal bodily infections, although they are not specific enough to target individual organs or bacteria. Many people begin treatment in order to address some of the following issues:
• Pneumonia and other respiratory infections
• Urinary tract infections
• Various kinds of skin infections
The potentially life-threatening prescription medication is manufactured and sold by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is a pharmaceutical division of the chemical and health care giant Johnson & Johnson. As victims of their supposedly safe and effective treatment for bacterial infections pop up all across the country, and lawyers begin the process of representing these victims in various personal and class action lawsuits, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also requiring more prominent labeling on the packaging. Victims assert that the real potential for painful adverse effects was not made clear by the old packaging.
Consider the following symptoms to determine if you should contact a doctor:
• Restlessness, anxiousness, and depression
• Headache and dizziness
• Muscle pain
• Sleep problems from insomnia or nightmares
• Mild skin itching
• Sore throat
Of course, the severity of cases varied widely. Some people develop only mild cases of the problems outlined above. On the other hand, many victims suffer from far more dangerous problems. In fact, some victims require surgery to deal with rupturing tendons brought about by the very product that was supposed to cure their infections. Tendon rupture is caused by a collection of fluid around tendons. Although any tendon in the body is at risk, there are a few places that seem to be most affected by the drug.
• Achilles tendon
• Rotator cuffs (shoulders)
While not all ruptured tendons will require surgery, it is quite painful and requires immediate medical attention. However, some have torn their tendons, particularly the Achilles tendon. This situation frequently requires surgery, and months if not years of physical therapy to completely heal.
Attorneys are currently assembling a wide variety of personal and class action lawsuits against the drug manufacturers. If your doctor has diagnosed painful levofloxacin side effects, and you feel that Levaquin caused them, contact an attorney immediately to ensure that you receive any recompose that you are due. They will be able to evaluate whether the specifics of your case are appropriate for litigation.