Dangouers Antibiotics News & Info

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have made headlines this year for their dangerous side effects – we’ve detailed these effects many times on our site. But now the Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and antibiotic users of a new side effect: the degradation of collagen in tendons.

What does this mean in laymen’s terms? In short, fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause the tissue that makes up your tendons to weaken. This can cause serious injury, including the rupture of the Achilles tendons. For anyone who has ever competed as an athlete – or even watched sports before – they know how serious an injury like this is.

Rupturing tendons is just the latest in a long line of dangerous side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Aortic aneurysms, aortic dissection, peripheral neuropathy and cardiac valvulopathy have all been associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotic use. These life-threatening side effects are often not mentioned to patients when doctors prescribe the drugs.

The FDA says they will update the fluoroquinolone antibiotic black box labels to include the degradation of collagen in tendons side effects. They also recommend that patients who use the drugs warn their doctor of any symptoms like muscle weakness, joint or tendon pain, pins and needles feelings or numbness in the arms and legs. Of course, fluoroquinolone antibiotics are important medications that can be incredibly helpful for some patients – but everyone using them deserves to know the risks associated with taking such medication. Considering that the Centers for Disease Control recently found that half of all prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary, there could be a lot of people putting their health at risk for no reason.

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.

Antibiotic Resistant Illnesses

Two million people die from antibiotic resistant illnesses each year, resulting in 23,000 deaths annually, the Centers for Disease Control reported recently.

Why is this happening? The answer isn’t simple.

Some believe pressure on doctors from patients explains some of the overprescribing. Anxious parents eager to get their child healthy again argue for their right to antibiotics. After all, if it worked once, why not prescribe it again this time?

Others say the tendency to overprescribe antibiotics stems from a lack of knowledge about what illnesses antibiotics can actually treat. There’s a notion that prescribing antibiotics can’t hurt, and that traditionally, they’ve nearly always helped sick patients. But antibiotic overprescribing is a real problem, and one that has a domino effect on patients nationwide.

Consequences of Over Prescribing Antibiotics

When antibiotics are overprescribed, they can have devastating consequences. They contribute to the rise of “superbugs” and decrease the overall effectiveness of the drug. Antibiotics can wipe out healthy bacteria and cause allergic reactions and side effects like yeast infections.

There’s no easy way to combat this issue. Raising awareness of the dangers of overprescribing antibiotics to doctors and patients alike has proven to be only somewhat effective. After all, doctors theoretically know that antibiotics can only do so much to help with minor illnesses like bronchitis or urinary tract infections.

Researchers are working to understand how best to combat this problem before it becomes a full blown epidemic. Using social pressure and psychology to prevent overprescribing is one strategy used by researchers studying the problem. One approach centered on peer pressure between doctors. The researchers sent doctors emails each month comparing their rate of prescribing antibiotics to that of their peers. This method saw an 81 percent decrease in the rate of antibiotic prescription.

However this problem is addressed, the effects are already being felt.

When you’re sick, a prescription for an antibiotic can seem like a life saver. In many cases, though, antibiotics do more harm than good. In 2011, the United States’ antibiotic use reached a fever pitch, with more than 23 million fluoroquinolone antibiotics prescribed. Not coincidentally, thousands of antibiotic lawsuits were also filed that year.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics

These antibacterial drugs inhibit the enzymes that are necessary for DNA replication. Typically taken orally, the medicines metabolize in the liver and are excreted in the urine or bile. Commonly prescribed versions include gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, and moxifloxacin.

Why take fluoroquinolone antibiotics?

Everything from anthrax exposure to diarrhea is treated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which doctors say could explain why there have been so many negative reactions to the drug. Instead of being reserved for only the most serious health problems, prescriptions are written for every minor problem a patient might have. And while the antibiotic may help in the short run, long-term effects can be devastating. Illnesses like bronchitis or ear aches might heal on their own in due course. One expert likened the scenario to killing a house fly with a machine gun, rather than a fly swatter.

Serious Side Effects

Gastrointestinal irritation is the most common side effect when using these antibiotics. Mild central nervous system issues have also been reported, including headache, insomnia, dizziness and drowsiness. The FDA reports that there have been nearly 3,000 deaths and 20,000 serious affects associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics. This number is likely on the conservative end, since the FDA typically records just 10 percent of actual incidents.

Recently, studies have linked fluoroquinoline antibiotics to aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. Both of these aortic risks can be life-threatening. 

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics lawsuits

There are several pending fluoroquinolone antibiotics lawsuits. 225 lawsuits in one multidistrict litigation, or MDL, are currently underway. The plaintiffs all experienced nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy while taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

In 2012, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson settled 845 fluoroquinolone antibiotics cases after their drug Levaquin caused tendon damage. Because the settlements occurred out of court, no one knows exactly what each plaintiff was compensated. In 2010, the company was ordered to pay $1.8 million after a fluoroquinolone antibiotics courtroom loss.

Did You Suffer an Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection?

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.

Studies show that fluoroquinolone antibiotics place patients at increased risk for aortic dissection. Patients may not have been warned about this potentially life-threatening side effect when they were prescribed these antibiotics. An aortic dissection is defined as a separation or tear in the layers of the aorta. Aortic dissection can be fatal.

What’s the Problem?

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are very commonly prescribed. They treat everything from urinary tract infections to bronchitis and more. Most people, however, don’t realize that the drug has potentially life-threatening side effects. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause both aortic dissection and aortic aneurysms. Both conditions can cause severe internal bleeding.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that patients taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics are twice as likely to experience aortic dissection than those not taking the drug.

What is an aortic dissection?

A serious condition, aortic dissections occur when there is a tear in the aortic layers. When tears extend around the wall of the aorta, blood can flow between the layers of the aorta. This can ultimately lead to aortic rupture or decreased blood flow to organs.

Aortic dissection doesn’t present many warning signs. Sudden, excruciating pain is the most common symptom to show up first in patients experiencing an aortic dissection. Symptoms include: sharp pains in the chest, shoulders and back, swallowing difficulties, nausea and sweating, anxiety, fainting, and rapid, weak pulse.

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.

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.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been linked to potentially life-threatening side effects. Medpagetoday reports that use of the antibiotics increased the risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection twofold. Past use of the drug also increased the chances of serious heart problems.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are incredibly common. They are used to treat everything from bronchitis to sexually transmitted diseases. And though some side effects are listed on the label – headaches, stomachaches and skin rashes – the most dangerous ones are left off. In fact, many doctors are still in the dark about the potential for serious damage associated with these drugs.

Most of us have taken an antibiotic at one time or another. Though all medicines carry some form of risk, they’re all required to disclose their potential dangers to physicians and their patients. It’s one thing to opt into taking a drug while understanding the drawbacks, it’s another to be blinded on the risks.

There are 15,000 aortic aneurysm deaths each year in the U.S. The rate has been steadily rising through the years.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics include:

Did You Suffer An Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection?

We are currently investigating potential claims for anyone who has suffered an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection around the time they were taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Contact us for a free consultation 877-544-5323.

It’s not unusual for medicines to have serious side effects. In fact, it’s virtually impossible to see a pharmaceutical advertisement without hearing a laundry list of potential risks and warnings. But those warnings are necessary – when a drug company fails to properly inform people about side effects, they put both their customer’s health and their own reputation on the line.

Unfortunately, a common medicine we’ve all likely used at one time or another has recently come under fire. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are used to treat everything from bronchitis and pneumonia to gastroenteritis and urinary tract infections. But experts say pharmaceutical companies aren’t doing enough to warn patients about the potential for deadly side effects. Neither patients nor their doctors have been warned about the increased chance of aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection. Both conditions can result in severe internal bleeding.

Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the Levaquin antibiotic, is currently facing a lawsuit because of the way they downplayed risks. The plaintiff is seeking more than $800 million in damages.

Did You Suffer An Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection?

We are currently investigating potential claims for anyone who has suffered an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection around the time they were taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. As well, if you’ve lost a loved one who suffered from these serious side effects we may be able to help.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation 877-544-5323.