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Antibiotics – Levaquin and Cipro are Dangerous!

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Antibiotics – Levaquin and Cipro are Dangerous

Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox are a common class of antibiotics known as Fluoroquinolones.
Fluoroquinolones are the most used type of antibiotic in the United States. Over 26 million people receive prescriptions each year, but recent studies linked these drugs to aortic dissection and aneurysm. Both conditions weaken the walls of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, and may lead to a rupture or leaking which can be life threatening.
I have been handling cases where many victims were diagnosed with these heart conditions up to a year after taking Levaquin and/or Cipro.
Although the link between Fluoroquinolones and heart problems is new, these antibiotics have also been linked to numerous other serious side effects. Previously, the manufacturers of Levaquin and Cipro settled thousands of lawsuits where victims suffered tendon tears. The claim was that, shortly after a victim ingested Levaquin or Cipro, they suffered a tendon tear (usually an Achilles tendon tear).
Not only did the manufacturers of Levaquin or Cipro settle thousands of cases for tendon tears, there is also a substantial litigation with thousands of other cases pending, where it is claimed victims suffered “Peripheral Neuropathy”. We are actively pursuing claims for people who have suffered this debilitating condition shortly after taking Levaquin or Cipro. The Levaquin-Cipro “Peripheral Neuropathy” litigation has been pending for approximately one year.
Now with these recent studies, we are also finding that victims suffer severe life altering heart conditions up to one year after taking these antibiotics. Further, the thousands of claims that are pending and have been settled, do not even include many people who suffered these same conditions when they took a generic version of Levaquin or Cipro. There are probably tens of thousands of victims who can’t sue because they have been injured by a generic product as opposed to the name brand of Levaquin and Cipro.

There is a place for Fluoroquinolones – Should they be marketed and advertised as the antibiotic of choice?

No. Antibiotics need to be prescribed and used carefully. There are so many other antibiotics that will resolve basic medical conditions that do not have these type of significant
and varied side effects.
The over marketing and use of this class of antibiotics is dangerous. Fluoroquinolones should be the antibiotic of last resort, not choice.
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