Fluoroquinolones Linked to Severe Aortic Complications

January 3, 2017  |  Dangerous Drugs & Devices, FLQ, Pharmaceuticals

Fluoroquinolones, a group of powerful antibiotics, have long been linked to severe tendon and ligament damage. Now these drugs are being associated with often-fatal dissections and aneurysms affecting the aorta.

Commonly Used, Often Over-prescribed

Tens of millions of people in the United States use fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Avelox and Levaquin each year. While they are meant to fight more serious infections, fluoroquinolones are commonly prescribed for relatively minor problems such as urinary tract and sinus infections as well as bronchitis. Many people taking these drugs have reported problems such as tendon ruptures and peripheral neuropathy – two conditions that can often be debilitating.

An Even Worse Problem

But recent studies suggest that fluoroquinolones can do serious damage to the body’s largest blood vessel, the aorta. Tears, or dissections of the aorta, as well as bulges, or aneurysms, have been reported. Both of these can lead to significant weakening of the aorta that can result in a potentially fatal rupture.

The aorta transports blood from the heart to all of the body’s organs with the exception for the lungs. While a rupture can lead to nearly instantaneous death, other complications associated with damage to the aorta include organ failure, heart attacks and strokes. Researchers believe that fluoroquinolones can break down collagen, a substance not only found in tendons but also in the lining of the blood vessel. When this happens, the risk of a rupture or other damage increases.

If you have taken a fluoroquinolone antibiotic and have suffered a health complication, the pharmaceutical attorneys with Baron & Budd may be able to help. Many people have filed fluoroquinolone lawsuits, alleging that the manufacturers of the drugs failed to warn either patients or healthcare providers about the risks. Give us a call at 866-508-7081 or complete our contact form to learn if you may be eligible to file a lawsuit as well.

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