Antibiotic medications like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levaquin (levofloxacin) are under fire for causing severe side effects and secondary health problems. These drugs are both fluoroquinolones, a class of strong antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and other systems. Cipro and Levaquin are often prescribed to patients with pneumonia or bronchitis.
Some of the adverse side effects individuals who have taken fluoroquinolones have reported are:
In May 2016, an FDA safety review indicated that systematically-used fluoroquinolones are associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects.
The statement also advised that the side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections — essentially any case where other treatment options exist.
New labels and warnings have been included on boxes as of July 2016, but for many patients, it was too late. The manufacturers of Cipro and Levaquin are facing thousands of lawsuits.
If you or a loved one suffered from an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection after taking either Cipro or Levaquin, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Ward Black Law can speak with you at no cost and help determine the viability of your claim. If you choose to file a lawsuit, we will serve as your voice through every step of the process, working diligently to help you recover from the pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages you incurred. Ward Black Law is located in Greensboro, NC, but can help investigate possible settlements in any state.