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LegalView Reveals Details of the FDA Mandated Black Box Warning For Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Such as Cipro and Levaquin
Date:7/12/2008

al attorney to learn about the potential for developing a Levaquin lawsuit.

Cipro, known as ciprofloaxacin, is manufactured and sold by Bayer A.G. and is used to treat bacterial infections, although it is not recommended for victims of the common cold or flu. A study published in the Clinical Rheumatology December 2003 issue, noted the relationship of the drug's consumption compared to patients with Achilles' tendon rupture and reported that there may be cause for a Cipro warning that links the drug's use to the risk of tendonitis. In addition to this risk, other Cipro side effects can include seizure, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, depression, blacking out, chest pain, suicidal thoughts and numbness.

Another one of the more commonly used drugs that is part of the fluoroquinolones group is Factive. Factive, gemifloxacin mesylate, is an oral prescription drug that has also been linked to the tendon rupture as the most serious risk, although some other Factive side effects can be considered just as serious, including phototoxicity, abnormal heartbeats and central nervous system conditions. The drug was released for market in April 2003 from Oscient Pharmaceuticals with the tendonitis Factive warning printed on an informational pamphlet issued by the company, although it was not at that time marketed with a black box warning even though the risks of Achilles&
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