I am very grateful for the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation that contacted me yesterday whose director wrote a lovely note in the comments field on the first blog I wrote on Cipro and the drugs falling into the same class, called Quinolones.
Because this drug class is so often prescribed, it is likely that you had in the past taken drugs belonging to this category. If you did AND if you had adverse side effect(s) from the drug–immediately or later–see the 43-page warning label of what kind of adverse effects you may have experienced–you have options. There is information for you at the website of the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation where you can even find contact information to attorneys who specialize in cases relevant to this drug class.
As a victim you have rights. Proving the connection to the drug class itself–if your adverse effects were not immediate–may be harder than if you had an immediate reaction. Please contact the attorney(s) listed and find out your options! Please do take your options seriously! One of the best ways to get a drug or drug class off the market is by having lots of complaints about the drugs.
I also strongly advise everyone who had an adverse reaction to any of the drugs in the Fluoroquinolones family to file a complaint about the drug at the FDA – you need to download the form I linked here, fill it out and fax it or mail it to the fax/address listed on the form. The link under the word “complaints” takes you straight to where you should complain about non-life threatening adverse reactions from drugs or foods if you got sick from something! Save this link! It is important that you complain!