Avelox Lawsuit

Published on July 21, 2015 by Sandy Liebhard

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Avelox and other antibiotics called fluoroquinolones have been linked to peripheral neuropathy, a horrible form of nerve damage that can result in long-lasting pain and disability. Because the consequences of this side effect are so devastating, dozens of people have filed Avelox lawsuits and other product liability claims that seek compensation from the manufacturers of fluoroquinolone medications. You may be entitled to take similar legal action if you or a loved one were diagnosed with permanent nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy following treatment with this prescription drug.

Pursuing an Avelox peripheral neuropathy claim is a complex undertaking, and requires the assistance of a lawyer with extensive experience litigating drug injury lawsuits. At Bernstein Liebhard LLP, our attorneys have been fighting on behalf of injured people for more than two decades, and our efforts have recovered billions of dollars for our clients. If you want to hold the manufacturer of Avelox accountable for your pain and suffering, please call to learn more about your available legal options.

Avelox and Peripheral Neuropathy

Avelox (moxifloxacin) is approved to treat a broad spectrum of bacterial skin, lung, sinus, and stomach infections. Because Avelox and other fluoroquinolones are so powerful, it is recommended that their use be reserved for only the most serious infections in order to avoid antibiotic resistance and other problematic outcomes. Despite this, the drugs are among the most-frequently prescribed antibiotics in the U.S.

Plaintiffs who have filed Avelox lawsuits claim the association between serious nerve damage and fluoroquinolones was identified as early as the mid-1990s. However, the drugs’ labels did not even mention this possible side effect until 2004. Then in 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) determined that the label information regarding peripheral neuropathy did not go far enough, and ordered the addition of stronger warnings.

Symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Shooting pain in the extremities
  • Burning or tingling sensation in the extremities
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in the arms and legs
  • Lack of coordination and muscle weakness
  • Digestive issues, as well as bladder or bowel problems
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or changes in blood pressure
  • Vision problems or blurry vision
  • Sweating or intolerance to heat

Patients taking Avelox should be aware that the symptoms of nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy can appear within just a few days after treatment has been initiated. Such patients should talk with their doctor immediately if they experience any issues that could be signal a nerve injury.

Avelox Litigation

Avelox is one of a number of fluoroquinolone antibiotics at the center of dozens of peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage lawsuits currently making their way through U.S. courts. All of the claims accuse fluoroquinolone manufacturers of placing profits ahead of consumer safety by falsely suggesting that reports of peripheral neuropathy were rare and that nerve problems resolved when treatment with the antibiotics was stopped.

If you’ve experienced similar complications while using this medication, filing an Avelox lawsuit could allow you to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To arrange for a free, no-obligation review of your case, please call .

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