Avelox Nerve Damage

Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been linked to painful and debilitating nerve injuries, including peripheral neuropathy. Avelox-related nerve damage may be permanent, and can occur shortly after treatment is initiated and continue long after the drug is stopped.

What is Avelox?

Avelox is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat serious bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, lungs, or stomach. It is also used to treat and prevent plague.

Avelox and other antibiotics in its class are prescribed to millions of people every year, raising concerns that they are being overused. In 2016, the labels of all fluoroquinolone medications were modified to include a new boxed warning stating that the risks associated with the antibiotics generally outweigh the benefits for patients with certain uncomplicated infections, including sinusitis, bronchitis and urinary tract infections, who have other treatment options. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the label update after a review confirmed that the drugs could cause serious complications involving the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and central nervous system. Read More

Some of the serious side effects noted on the Avelox label include tendon injuries, such as ruptures of the Achilles tendon, as well as peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage.

Avelox Peripheral Neuropathy

Since the early 1990s, there have been reports of nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy occurring in patients treated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics. In 2001, a paper published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy detailed 45 cases of peripheral neuropathy that coincided with the use of fluoroquinolones. More than 80% of these events were characterized as “severe,” while more than half persisted a year or longer. However, it wasn’t until 2004 that mention of the disorder was included on fluoroquinolone labels.

In 2013, the FDA   determined that peripheral neuropathy warnings included on the Avelox label didn’t adequately describe the possible rapid onset of nerve damage symptoms or warn patients that the disorder could be permanent. As such, the manufacturers of Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics were required to modify their prescribing information.

Symptoms of Avelox Nerve Damage

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system, which relays messages from the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the rest of the body. Symptoms of Avelox-related nerve damage may include:

  • Numbness in extremities
  • Burning or sharp pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Changes in skin, hair or nails
  • Loss of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness

Anyone experiencing these issues while using Avelox should contact their doctor immediately.

Did You Experience Nerve Damage? Learn More About Your Legal Options.

Victims of Avelox nerve damage may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy following treatment with Avelox, please call (888) 994-5118 to arrange for a free legal review of your case.

Last Modified: June 21, 2016

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