“Neuropathy pain can feel like pins and needles, or burning.”
Avelox (moxifloxacin) use has been linked to peripheral neuropathy, a serious type of nerve damage that can cause weakness, numbness, and pain. In August 2013, the FDA published new warnings regarding the drug Avelox to emphasize the dangers of peripheral neuropathy, stating that symptoms could occur soon after initiation of the drug and that the injuries may be permanent. For more information, see http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm365050.htm
What is Avelox®?
Avelox is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic medicine. It is an anti-bacterial drug used in people for various bacterial infections. It is only FDA approved in patients over the age of 18. It is not known if Avelox is safe and works in people under 18 years of age. Children have a higher chance of getting bone, joint, and tendon (musculoskeletal) problems while taking fluoroquinolone antibiotic medicines.
Sometimes infections are caused by viruses rather than by bacteria. Examples include viral infections in the sinuses and lungs, such as the common cold or flu. Antibiotics, including Avelox, do not kill viruses. It was manufactured by Bayer Healthcare and marketed by Merck &Co. Both drug companies have main locations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The drug was approved for sale in the U.S. in 1999.
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What are the Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy, is due to damage to your peripheral nerves, and often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body.
People with peripheral neuropathy often describe their pain as stabbing or burning. Many time there is tingling. Sometimes symptoms improve, especially if caused by a treatable underlying condition. Medications can reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy.
Damage to the nerves in arms, hands, legs, or feet can happen in people taking fluoroquinolones, including Avelox. If you were prescribed Avelox, or are currently taking it, pay attention to whether or not you have experienced any of the following symptoms:
• Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your hands or feet, which may spread upward into your arms or legs
• Sharp, jabbing, or burning pain
• Extreme sensitivity to touch
• Lack of coordination and falling
• Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
There have also been reports that Avelox® has been linked to hearing loss.
“The nerve damage may be permanent.”
FDA Warning Regarding Avelox and Peripheral Neuropathy
The FDA initially warned about the risk of peripheral neuropathy from Avelox in 2004. In August 2013, the organization published an updated Safety Warning for Avelox and Peripheral Neuropathy. The updated warnings specifically told doctors to discontinue treatment with Avelox if patients developed symptoms of nerve damage. More specifically, the FDA cautioned:
“The onset of peripheral neuropathy after starting fluoroquinolone therapy was rapid,often within a few days. In some patients the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone. Several patients were continued on the fluoroquinolone drug despite the occurrence of neuropathic symptoms.”
Do I Have an Avelox® Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has suffered from peripheral neuropathy as a result of taking Avelox, contact the CQH Firm at 1-844-677-4276 (1-844-MSPHARMA) or at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation. If you need help figuring out your legal options, our firm can help.