Attention: Antibiotics Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro may cause serious nerve damage

If a loved one has suffered nerve damage while taking Levaquin, Cipro or Avelox they might be entitled to compensation.

According to a new research study, published in the academic journal Neurology, a popular class of antibiotics has a significantly high risk of causing permanent nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy. Ciprofloxacin, mocifloxacin and levofloxacin, sold under the trade names Cipro, Avelox and Levaquin, have been proven to cause muscle weakness, numbness and pain.

Peripheral neuropathy, which is a serious form of nerve damage, may affect one nerve (mononeuropathy), two or more nerves in different areas (multiple mononeuropathy) or many nerves (polyneuropathy). Peripheral neuropathy starts in the longest nerves, which are the nerves that reach to the toes, causing the feet or hands to go numb and may spread into the arms and legs. The symptoms may vary, depending on which types of nerves are affected.

Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:

  • Gradual numbness and tingling in feet or hands, which may spread to legs and arms
  • Burning pain
  • Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
  • Heat intolerance if autonomic nerves are affected
  • Bowel, bladder or digestive problems if autonomic nerves are affected
  • Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness

The FDA has now ordered a warning to be added to the labeling on all fluoroquinolone drugs to state that these drugs could cause permanent nerve damage.

Each year in the United States, more than 6 million people are prescribed Levaquin. Levaquin is made by Ortho McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals and is prescribed usually to treat respiratory infections, as well as bacteria and skin infections, pneumonia and bubonic plague. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1996 and made available as a generic drug in 2011.

Cipro was approved by the FDA in 1989 and is often used to treat urinary tract infections. Avelox is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections and was approved by the FDA in 1999. The pharmaceutical company Bayer makes both drugs.

 If someone you love has suffered nerve damage while taking Levaquin, Cipro or Avelox they can be entitled to compensation. To learn more about the serious and permanent health risks associated with Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro visit