An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Tequin (gatifloxacin) is a fourth-generation antibiotic that was formerly prescribed in the US for oral use in the treatment of respiratory tract infections. It belongs to a class of popular broad-spectrum antibiotics called fluoroquinolones.
This drug has been used to treat many different bacterial infections, including pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and certain sexually transmitted diseases. Other antibiotics in the same class include ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin.
However, there were major concerns about its side effects and it was eventually taken off the market. It has been linked to fluctuations in blood sugar severe enough to require hospitalization. Other adverse effects, including kidney failure and liver problems, have led to the withdrawal or restriction of several other drugs from the same class of antibiotics. Gatifloxacin is now only available in eye drop form, where it has not been shown to cause the same harmful side effects.
If you or a loved one has taken Tequin and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you might have a personal injury claim.