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Aortic Aneurysm Risk Triples After Taking Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Studies show that fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Factive, Noroxin, Levaquin and Cipro can double or even triple the chances of aortic aneurysm occurring. It’s a life-threatening side effect that can cause the aorta to burst, causing severe internal bleeding that’s often fatal.

What’s the Problem?

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can damage collagen in the body’s connective tissue, and are frequently linked to aortic aneurysm, tendonitis and retinal detachments. Two studies recently confirmed the association between fluoroquinolone antibiotics and aortic aneurysms. The side effect is rare but incredibly serious, as most people don’t exhibit symptoms until the aorta bursts.

What is an aortic aneurysm?

A ballooning bulge in aorta, an aortic aneurysm can occur behind the heart or in the abdominal area. The aorta carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. When aneurysms occur, they cause complications including dissection (the forced pumping through the aorta, causing a tear in the inner wall) and rupture (in which the aneurysm bursts, causing fatal internal bleeding).

Studies Linking Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Aortic Aneurysms

Researchers published a study in 2015 that found current use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics was linked to a 2.4 fold risk increase. Previous use of the antibiotics was associated with a 50 percent increase risk of aortic aneurysm.

In November 2015, the British Medical Journal found that fluoroquinolone antibiotics tripled the risk of aortic aneurysm. The results were gathered from 650,000 patients treated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics from 1997-2012. More than 18,500 of the patients experienced aortic aneurysm.

Symptoms and Warning Signs

Aortic aneurysms can lie dormant for years, not showing any kind of symptoms or hints of its existence. When symptoms do appear, they can manifest as pain in the abdomen or lower back. Some patients also experience the feeling of their heart beating in their stomach.

When the aortic aneurysm ruptures, it can feel like a heart attack. Symptoms are often sudden, sending the body into shock. Symptoms include dry mouth, sweating, nausea, pale skin and severe abdominal pain.

Do You Have A Case?

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating potential claims for anyone who has suffered an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. We are also investigating claims related to the loss of a loved one due to these side effects. Contact our office to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.