Cipro / Levaquin
The FDA says to "Stop using Cipro, Levaquin and other Fluoroquinolones related products..."
What symptoms do Cirpo, Levaquin and other Fluoroquinolones based products have:
The following are a list of symptoms that you may be experiencing:
Other tendon disorders
If you have taken any of the following products and have any of the symptoms above, please fill out the form to the right or call us at 1.800.387.4262.
Any Fluoroquinolones product
If you have you been prescribed Levaquin or Cipro and sustained any type of Tendon Injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Please fill out the form for a free evaluation of your claim or call us at 1.800.387.4262. Nationwide claims now pending!! No fee, unless we collect for you.
Cipro, Levaquin and other antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones have long been known to cause serious side effect, including tendon damage. Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is trying to force the FDA to act, and has taken it to court in attempt to compel the agency to add black box warnings about tendon problems to the labels of these antibiotics.
Fluoroquinolones are used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. They work by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. From November 1997 through December 2005, the FDA received 262 reports of tendon ruptures, mainly of the Achilles tendon, 258 cases of tendinitis and 274 cases of other tendon disorders in patients using fluoroquinolone antibiotics. An additional 74 tendon ruptures have subsequently been reported to the FDA for a total of 336. But Public Citizen contends that only a small fraction of cases are typically reported to the FDA, so the actual number of ruptures and other tendon injuries attributable to the antibiotic is probably much higher.
Public Citizen announced that it had sued the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over the issue of floroquinolone antibiotics and tendon damage. Public Citizen wants the court to force the FDA to act upon a petition the consumer group filed with the agency years ago. So far, the FDA has failed to respond to the petition, which asked the agency to put a “black box” warning on fluoroquinolone antibiotics to make doctors and patients are more aware of the risk of serious tendon injury before tendons actually rupture. The "black box" however, contains no more than the old warnings.
The Public Citizen petition also urged the FDA to send a warning letter to physicians, as well as require an FDA-approved medication guide to be dispensed when prescriptions are filled. In a press release announcing the antibiotic lawsuit, Public Citizen asserted that stronger warnings could lead to earlier intervention and prevent needless injuries by allowing doctors to switch patients to other antibiotics. “While the FDA sits idly by and ignores the problem, more people will suffer serious tendon ruptures that could have been prevented,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “The current warning is buried in a long list of possible adverse reactions and is far too easy to miss.”
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