Studies Associate Aortic Aneurysms, Dissections With Medications Such as Avelox, Cipro and Levaquin

DALLAS (June 1, 2016) – Patients taking powerful fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Avelox, Cipro and Levaquin may be at a significantly higher risk of suffering aortic injuries such as aneurysms and dissections, the national law firm of Baron & Budd reports. Two studies highlighting the link between the medications and aortic complications appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) respectively.

Fluoroquinolones, which are routinely prescribed for problems such as urinary tract and sinus infections, have been linked to many serious health issues such as tendon and nerve damage. The JAMA and BMJ studies, however, suggest that use of fluoroquinolones could lead to potentially life-threatening complications.

An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of a section of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Aneurysms are sometimes treated with blood pressure medication, but often require extensive surgery to remove the weakened section of aorta and replace it with a graft. If an aneurysm bursts, or dissects, that can lead to severe internal bleeding and a significant risk of a heart attack or stroke. An aortic dissection is often times fatal.

The JAMA study, which was published in 2015, highlighted the work of Taiwanese researchers who analyzed the medical records of approximately 1,500 patients who had suffered either an aortic aneurysm or dissection. According to the research, patients who had taken fluoroquinolones within 60 days of being hospitalized were at twice the risk of a dissection.

The BMJ study was conducted by a team of Canadian researchers who examined records of nearly 2 million adults over a 15-year period. According to the researchers, patients taking fluoroquinolones faced an up to three times higher risk of developing an aortic aneurysm.

“We have known that fluoroquinolone drugs could lead to severe health problems, but these recent findings are even more troubling,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “Tendon and nerve damage are bad enough – now we are looking at the possibility of life-threatening complications.”

If you suffered health complications after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as Avelox, Cipro or Levaquin, please get in touch with Baron & Budd immediately. Call 866-700-8994 for a confidential consultation.

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