There have been many lawsuits against the makers of Levaquin, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson. Plaintiffs all over the United States have alleged that the fluoroquinolone antibiotic caused harmful side effects. Some of the cases got combined into a multi-district litigation (MDL), and others are going forward as individual lawsuits in different states.
Who Can Sue for Harm from Levaquin
If you experienced an adverse reaction to Levaquin, you might be able to pursue a claim for damages. Some of the known side effects Levaquin can cause include severe harm like coma, death, aneurysm, nerve damage, and mental health issues.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause peripheral neuropathy (PN). The Mayo Clinic says that PN can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness. The problems usually show up in the hands and feet, but PN can affect other areas. The nerve condition happens when something damages nerves that are peripheral; in other words, nerves that are not the brain or spinal cord.
Signs of PN can include:
- Sharp pain that can feel like burning, stabbing, or throbbing
- Muscle weakness
- Extraordinary sensitivity to touch
- Numbness that starts gradually in the hands or feet and can go up into your arms or legs. Also, the sensation can feel like tingling or prickling
- A feeling that you are wearing socks or gloves when you are not
- Loss of coordination, which can cause falls
- If motor nerves get damaged, you could develop paralysis.
Peripheral nerves include the nerves that control the autonomic system. You could become heat intolerant, lose the ability to sweat, or begin sweating profusely if your autonomic nerves get damaged. Also, you could experience blood pressure changes, resulting in lightheadedness or dizziness. You could also develop bladder, bowel, or digestive issues.
Signs of Aortic Dissection or Aortic Aneurysm
The FDA warns that Levaquin can cause aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm. Because of this potentially fatal outcome, the FDA said that “fluoroquinolones should not be used in patients at increased risk unless there are no other treatment options available.”
People at higher-than-average risk of these adverse cardiac reactions include:
- The elderly
- People with high blood pressure
- Patients with a history of blockages or aneurysms
- People with specific genetic conditions that can involve blood vessel changes
An aortic dissection happens when a tear develops in the lining of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. The blood flow then splits (dissects) into two streams. The blood flow going through the tear can build up and burst through the outer wall of the aorta. This result is usually fatal.
An aneurysm is when a blood vessel “balloons” in an area. That part of the blood vessel is at high risk of rupturing from the walls of the blood vessel getting stretched beyond capacity. When an aneurysm bursts, the outcome is often death.
You might have an aortic dissection or aneurysm if you have symptoms of other heart problems, like:
- Severe pain in your chest or upper back, coming on suddenly and radiating to your neck or down your back.
- Sudden, intense pain in your abdomen.
- Signs of a stroke, like having paralysis on one side of your body or having a hard time seeing or speaking.
- Leg paralysis, leg pain, or difficulty walking.
- Shortness of breath or loss of consciousness.
- Your pulse is weaker on one side of the body than on the other.
If you experience any of these symptoms, whether you took Levaquin or not, call 911 immediately. Cardiovascular signs constitute a medical emergency.
Symptoms of Blood Sugar Issues
The elderly and diabetics who take medication like insulin to control their blood sugar levels are at higher-than-average risk of severe blood sugar disturbances from Levaquin, to the point of possible coma or death. Levaquin can cause the patient’s blood sugar to plummet. You might be experiencing low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) if you have any of these signs:
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Pale skin
- Anxiety or irritability
If not addressed promptly, hypoglycemia can worsen, leading to:
- Visual problems, like blurred vision
- Abnormal behavior
- Slurred speech
- Clumsy movements
- Loss of consciousness
Mental Health Issues from Levaquin
According to the FDA, a person can experience severe psychiatric disorders from taking Levaquin, even after only one dose. Some of the mental health reactions to Levaquin include:
- Memory impairment
- Disruption of mental abilities and attention
- Other psychiatric side effects
Getting Legal Help for an Adverse Reaction to Levaquin
If you experienced one of the side effects of Levaquin, you might be eligible to go after compensation for your losses. A Levaquin lawsuit lawyer can help.
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