Certain antibiotics can cause permanent nerve damage

Dangerous drugs

Certain antibiotics can cause nerve damage and, according to the U.S. food and Drug Administration (FDA), the damage can be permanent. The dangerous antibiotics are those in class called fluoroquinolone. The type of nerve damage is called peripheral neuropathy, and it can affect your arms, legs, hands, and feet. Stopping the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics is recommended for those who experience symptoms, but for some peripheral neuropathy persists for months or years and may be permanent.

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

A safety warning issued by the FDA in August 2013, named the following fluoroquinolone antibiotics:

  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

  • Levaquin (levofloxacin)

  • Avelox (moxifloxacin)

  • Noroxin (norfloxacin)

  • Floxin (ofloxacin)

  • Factive (gemifloxacin)


Fluoroquinolones are prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the:


  • Respiratory tract

  • Sinuses

  • Urinary tract

  • Skin

  • Gastrointestinal system

Peripheral Neuropathy


Peripheral neuropathy causes pain, numbness and weakness. It typically affects the hands and feet, but can also affect the arms and legs, and sometimes other parts of the body. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:


  • Tingling or numbness that starts in the fingers or toes and spreads

  • Stabbing, shooting, or burning pain

  • Weakness or lack of coordination

  • Falling or difficulty walking, as a result of weakness or lack of coordination

  • Oversensitivity to touch

  • Difficulty feeling hot or cold, textures, or body position

  • Heat intolerance

  • Bladder, bowel, or digestive problems

  • Changes in blood pressure


In severe cases victims may also experience:


  • Muscle wasting

  • Organ dysfunction

  • Gland dysfunction

  • Paralysis

  • Organ failure


If you believe that you have been harmed by taking antibiotics, or if someone you love died from the side effects of a medication, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a lawyer near you.


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