If you’re a consumer, and even if you’re using a fluorquinolone antibiotic, you may not be familiar with this class of drug, as it’s generally information that’s limited to the pharmaceutical and medical industries. As a result, and given the link that’s been drawn between these medications and one serious side effect, below you’ll find some basic information regarding fluorquinolone antibiotics and how they could affect you.
Fluorquinolones are drugs that are known by professionals as a group of antibiotics, and they are used to treat and defeat infections that are generally caused by microorganisms, or more commonly known as bacterial infections. Some examples of these infections include those of the skin, urinary tract, prostate, ear, bronchitis and many others.
Basically, these drugs work by locating the bacteria in the system that are causing the outward infection and killing them on contact. After the initial removal of these bacteria, the additional medication is taken to prevent these organisms from reemerging within the body and causing a relapse of the infection.
Below are some of the most common brand names of fluorquinolone drugs and
their respective manufacturers:
- Cipro – Bayer Corp.
- Levaquin – Ortho-McNeil
- Tequin – Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Penetrex – Rhone Poulenic Rorer
- Factive – Oscient Pharmaceuticals
- Maxaquin – Searle
- Avelox – Bayer Corp.
- Noroxin – Merck & Co., Inc.
- Floxin – Ortho McNeil
- Trovan – Pfizer
Fluorquinolones have been associated with ruptured tendons in the body, and these tendons can include the achilles tendon, which can take years to fully recover from and to get back into your lifestyle you enjoyed before your injury.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have suffered damages from taking Fluorquinolones?
Possibly. While all medications have certain, anticipated side effects, a drug manufacturer has a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the known risks associated with its drugs. If a manufacturer fails to do so, it can be held responsible to patients who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems while taking Fluorquinolones, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Fluorquinolones lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.