What is Avelox?
Avelox, also known as fluoroquinolones and produced by Bayer, is used to combat bacterial infections and symptoms related to bacterial sinusitis, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia. Avelox has also been linked to a variety of side effects, with the most common being serious tendon ruptures and tears.
Though Avelox is mainly used to combat the above mentioned symptoms, the tendon tear is the most common side effect. A tare usually involves the shoulder, bicep, hand, Achilles heel or thumbs and presents a greater risk to patients older in age. Research has shown that patients above 60 years of age who have gone through transplant procedures (kidney, heart, lung, etc.) Swelling of the tendons, as well as ruptures, can also occur in patients who have not previously been exposed to any transplant procedures.
While ruptures and tears are the most common issue reported, there also is a rare, but life-threatening side effect which involves the liver. Avelox has shown the capability of attacking the liver with serious cases resulting in serious liver injury or complete liver failure. With an estimated 109 million individuals taking Avelox, even “rare” serious or fatal side effects appear in a large number of people.
While liver failure in association with Avelox is uncommon, it does occur. Some symptoms of liver failure to look out for include abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin and eyes, loss of appetite, itching, light-pale colored stool and dark urine. If you are taking Avelox and are, or have, experienced any of these symptoms we urge you to speak to your doctor.
Avelox was given a “black box” warning by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The black box warning label is the highest warning given out by the FDA, and warns potential patients of the increased risk of both tendon rupture and tendonitis.
Avelox Side Effects
- Tendon Rupture
- Tendon Tear
- Liver Damage
- Liver Failure
Due to the serious side effects associated with the drug many consumers were exposed to risks they were unaware of.
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate injuries resulting from exposure to Avelox. Patients across Massachusetts and America have realized some of the potential harmful consequences of using Avelox. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Avelox, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog