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In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was updating the warning labels for fluoroquinolone antibiotics to better describe the risk of serious a fluoroquinolone side effect known as peripheral neuropathy. This serious side effect could be permanent and could reportedly occur soon after beginning treatment of the drugs.


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Levaquin Fluoroquinolone

Fluoroquinolone drugs are antibiotic medications used to treat or prevent certain bacterial infections. They include Avelox, Cipro and Levaquin.

The drugs have been linked to an increased risk of peripheral neuropathy, reportedly only seen in fluoroquinolones taken by mouth or injection.

Levaquin and Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder of the arms or legs, marked by pain, burning, tingling, weakness, numbness, sensitivity to touch or changes in pain levels. According to the FDA it can occur any time during fluoroquinolone treatment and can last years after treatment is discontinued. In some patients, the symptoms are permanent.

The FDA recommends that patients who develop symptoms of peripheral neuropathy tell their health care professionals immediately.

The FDA announced the label change after a review of its Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) showed a link between fluoroquinolones and disabling peripheral neuropathy. In its Drug Safety Communication, the FDA noted that because AERS is a spontaneous reporting system it is not possible to calculate the incidence of peripheral neuropathy.

Levaquin and Tendon Rupture

In 2008, the FDA announced that it was adding a boxed warning to the fluoroquinolone labels to include the increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. At the time, the FDA noted that patients should discontinue fluoroquinolone use at the first sign of tendon pain, swelling or inflammation.

Lawsuits have been filed against fluoroquoinolone makers concerning the risks of tendon rupture. Attorneys are investigating possible lawsuits concerning peripheral neuropathy.

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Last updated on Oct-16-14


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