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Antibiotic Tequin (gatifloxacin) alleged to cause Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

Health authorities at the FDA recently announced several consumer reports linking severe cases of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia to antibiotic Tequin. Some of these consumer cases were fatal.

Tequin low blood sugarTequin (gatifloxacin) is in a class of antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and sexually-transmitted disease, gonorrhea. Bristol-Myers Squibb launched Tequin in 1999. With recent FDA prompting, Bristol has revised the antibiotic drug's label to indicate an increased risk of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

Patients that have a history of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, hyperglycemia or high blood sugar, diabetes or related health problems should take caution of this drug and inform their doctor of their medical history.

General side effects of Tequin include liver damage, muscle pain, fainting, irregular heartbeats, dizziness, and nausea. As with many drugs, the risk of an allergic reaction can be fatal.

Tequin and Tequin Side Effects in the News

May-11-06: Canadian firm launches class action against Tequin alleging it causes hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. [CNW GROUP]

May-09-06: Canadian man launches lawsuit against Tequin: "It completely took my life away." [ CTV]

May-02-06: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has taken Tequin off the market and confirmed that it plans to stop making and selling the antibiotic plagued by serious blood-sugar complications. [ WASHINGTON POST ]

Apr-27-06: Bristol-Myers will stop production of Tequin, as it has been found to increase the risk of high and low blood-sugar levels, which can be fatal. [THERAPEUTICS DAILY]

Apr-17-06: FDA changes labeling for Tequin as complaints of serious cases of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia continue to be reported. [MEDICINE NEWS]

Mar-02-06: Antibiotic Found to Cause Blood-Sugar Ailments in Seniors [LOS ANGELES TIMES]

Feb-16-06: Federal regulators announce the dangers of Tequin after several cases of severe blood sugar related side effects and death. [MARKET WATCH]

FDA Announcement of Tequin Warning Label Change

Register your Tequin Antibiotic Side Effects Complaint

If you or a loved one has suffered severe side effects while taking Tequin, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible Tequin class action lawsuit. Please click on the link below to submit your Tequin complaint.

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