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Perilous Prescriptions: Nexium, Levaquin and Invokana

Perilous Prescriptions: Nexium, Levaquin and Invokana

Perilous Prescriptions: Nexium, Levaquin and Invokana 150 150 CMZ Law Lufkin/Houston

What can I do if I am injured by a prescription medication?

Today, due to advances in medicine, more individuals rely on prescription medications to alleviate the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions. While these drugs are often touted as being highly effective and advertised as such, a number of medications have caused injuries that have resulted in lawsuits. In light of this, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with any medication.

Which prescriptions drugs are leading to lawsuits in the U.S.?


For individuals suffering with acid reflux or peptic ulcer disease, Prilosec was the first treatment to hit the market in 1998. This proton pump inhibitor was ultimately replaced by many doctors in favor of Nexium, which is designed to block the release of acid to the stomach. Now, the drug has been linked to an increase in the risk of chronic kidney disease. In addition, proton pump inhibitors generally may also lead to an increased risk of heart attack, bone fracture and magnesium deficiency. Nexium in particular has also been associated with higher risk factors for liver toxicity and birth defects.

Avelox and Levaquin

Currently, new classes of antibiotics, known as fluroquinolones, have also been introduced to treat infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. The drugs, while known to be effective, have also been linked to serious side effects, particularly the drugs Avelox and Levaquin. The issue here is that the side effects can take years to present and then are manifested in aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm, and nerve damage.


Invokana is designed to help individuals suffering from diabetes by improving kidney function and removing sugar from the body. The drug is intended to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Presently, lawsuits have been brought against manufacturers who failed to warn physicians and patients that the drug could lead to increased risk of kidney failure and heart attacks. The drug has also been linked to ketoacidosis, or insufficient insulin in the body which allows ketones to enter the blood stream.

The Takeaway

Nexium, Levaquin and Invokana are only a few of the prescription medications that have caused injuries that are the basis for lawsuits. Regardless of the medical condition you are suffering, it is crucial to have as much information about the side effects and other risks so that you can make an informed decision about your medical care. Moreover, when pharmaceutical companies bring medications to the market, they have a responsibility to make sure these drugs are safe. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective drug, a personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.