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Avelox Liver Disease Association Prompts Canadian Health Warning

March 24, 2010

Avelox Liver Disease Association Prompts Canadian Health Warning

Healthcare professionals in Canada recently released a warning that the prescription medication Avelox may be associated with the rare but potentially life-threatening possibility of liver injury. Many times doctors will begin treating with Avelox before it has been determined through tests which antibiotics will work best for that person’s particular infection. If the test results indicate another antibiotic will work then the physician may switch to that one.

Avelox is an antibiotic used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. It is considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic that can be effective against many different types of infections. It falls in the class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. Bacteria need essential proteins to survive. Avelox works to stop the production of those proteins.

Avelox is available in tablet form or through injections. It is prescribed to treat bacterial infections in adults. Some of the more commonly used treatments include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, abdominal infections, and skin infections.

Prescribed users of Avelox may be experiencing liver disease if any of the following symptoms are present: appetite loss, abdominal pain, severe itching, darkened urine, pale-colored stool, yellowing of the eyes and skin. Some of the side effects that can occur with Avelox that would require contacting a doctor or seeking emergency medical help include:

• Allergic reaction (hives; swelling of the face, throat, lips or tongue; breathing difficulties)
• Rapid heartbeat, fainting or dizziness
• Sudden swelling or pain in the joints
• Watery or bloody diarrhea
• Unusual thoughts or behavior, depression, hallucinations or confusion
• Convulsions (seizures)
• Fever, weakness
• Unable to urinate or doing so less than usual
• Easy bleeding or bruising
• Unusual pain, tingling or numbness in the body
• Fever, headache and sore throat along with severe peeling or blistering of skin; red skin rash

More basic and common side effects associated with Avelox include drowsiness, vomiting or nausea, blurred vision, feelings of agitation, anxiety or nervousness, insomnia, and mild skin itching.

If you or a loved one has experienced health complications caused while taking Avelox or similar medications, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with prescription drugs. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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