Levaquin Lawyer reviews antibiotics injuries and aortic aneurysms for plaintiffs nationwide
Use of antibiotics like Levaquin (levofloxacin) appears to be associated with an increased risk for the severe aortic events, even years after exposure. Recent studies, published by the American Medical Association suggest the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, like Levaquin, may be associated with an increased risk for life-threatening aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections.
The researchers note that the incidence of aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm in America has risen over the last several decades, with an estimated 15,000 Americans dying each year. The studies, published in the Pharmaceutical Journal, say they have identified a “novel association” between Levaquin use and emergency aortic issues.
Aortic dissection occurs when the walls of the aorta break down, allowing blood to seep into the layers of tissue. The condition may lead to serious complications like stroke, heart attack or paralysis. In some scenarios, patients only have a 50 percent chance of survival.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Levaquin Lawyer and Ohio pharmaceutical injury attorney, representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of wrongful death and injury claims.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are useful in treating various infections; however, they are also linked to dangerous side effects like permanent nerve damage and aortic aneurysms and dissections.
Newer research builds on prior studies that concerned health professionals as far back as 2008, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would require a boxed warning about the risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture on fluoroquinolone packaging. Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin were the specific drugs listed in the FDA warning.
In 2013, the FDA went one step further and issued an additional warning about permanent nerve damage as a possible side effect of Levaquin and other drugs of the same class. The agency said the effects could be “disabling” and recommended their use be restricted.
The more recent studies, published by the American College of Cardiology, are consistent with past findings that the drugs aggravate aortic aneurysm and dissection in the same way they damages the collagen in tendons. The research explained: “Not only is tendon composed of collagen, collagen is also a major extracellular matrix component of the aortic wall.”
• Achilles tendon rupture
• Retinal detachment
• Nerve damage
• Depression and anxiety
• Vision problems
• Cardiac issues
• Muscle aches
• Joint pain
An FDA adverse reaction database involving Levaquin shows tens of thousands of complaints from 1997 to present date. Contact a Levaquin Lawyer to discuss your specific injury.
Any patient taking like Levaquin could be at risk of developing cardiac issues like aortic dissection. Evidence suggests the duration of drug therapy may be a factor, but adverse side effects have been reported even after the first dose.
In 2015, a study of 1.7 million patients, published in the BMJ Open medical journal, found that within 30 days of finishing a course of treatment, patients who received fluoroquinolones like Levaquin were more than two times more likely to experience aortic aneurysm than other patients.
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic commonly used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including the following:
• Skin infection
• Sinus infection
• Prostate infection
• Kidney infection
• Bladder infection
• Anthrax exposure
Research from the University of Toronto, which found that fluoroquinolone use is associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm, suggests more prudent use of the antibiotics could avoid countless aortic aneurysms.
The research team concluded: “Our data suggest that fluoroquinolone prescriptions can contribute acutely to aneurysm progression and rupture.”
It is essential that aortic aneurysms and dissections are diagnosed quickly. Please seek medical attention if you experience related symptoms such as the following:
• Severe pain in chest or back
• A sudden increase or decrease in blood pressure
• Shortness of breath
• Sudden difficulty speaking
• Loss of vision
• Weakness on one side of the body
More than 26 million Americans receive a prescription for a fluoroquinolone antibiotic like Levaquin, Cipro, Noroxin or Avelox each year. Public health officials note that the increased use of the drugs makes them a significant concern.
Although fluoroquinolones like Levaquin are effective treatments for common bacterial infections, alternate drugs or shorter courses could be considered. Patients receiving Levaquin treatment should be warned about a potentially lethal risk to the aorta. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say overprescribing is a widespread problem, and warn up to 50 percent of these prescriptions may be “inappropriate.”
If you or a loved one suffered an aortic dissection or medication-related injury after taking Levaquin, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a Levaquin Lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.