Commonly prescribed antibiotic causes nerve damage

Fluoroquinolones are some of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the United States and are used to treat a variety of illnesses caused by bacterial infections and new research suggests that people who use fluoroquinolone antibiotics may be twice as likely to develop severe nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics include the popularly prescribed levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), and gemifloxacin (Factive).

Avelox, Cipro, Levaquin, Noroxin or Factive may result in the following antibiotic side effects:

  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Uveitis
  • Pigment dispersion syndrome
  • Retinal detachment
  • Vision Loss and/or Blindness
  • Other eye injuries