Recent studies have shown that the use of a popular, yet increasingly over-prescribed, class of antibiotics may be leading to serious side effects like liver damage and blindness.
Fluoroquinolones is the class of powerful antibiotics in question and includes widely prescribed drugs like Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox. According to The New York Times, Levaquin was the best-selling antibiotic in the U.S. in 2010.
While these antibiotics can certainly cure illnesses and save lives, Dr. Mahyar Etminam, a researcher from the University of British Columbia, charges that these potent drugs have been increasingly – and improperly – prescribed “by lazy doctors who are trying to kill a fly with an automatic weapon.”
According to Dr. Etminam, these potent antibiotics should not to be treated trivially and should only be given to patients who need to combat serious, possibly life-threatening infections. He cited a study he led that was published in the journal of the American Medical Association showing that patients who use fluoroquinolones are nearly five times more likely to suffer retinal detachment – a potentially blinding condition. In another study he submitted for publication, he documented an increased risk of acute kidney failure for those who use fluoroquinolones.
Other studies have cited increased risk of liver failure among the elderly, heart palpitations, and central nervous damage associated with fluoroquinolones.
The Times reports that to date there have been over 2,000 lawsuits filed by patients who have suffered severe reactions after taking Levaquin.
If you’ve suffered from serious side effects due to Levaquin or any other prescription drug, contact the Florida prescription drug injury attorneys at Farah & Farah. We will review your case and can map out a plan of action to pursue your legal rights. Call us at (800) 533-3555 for a free and confidential consultation today.