Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Aortic Aneurysm
While fluoroquinolones were first discovered nearly 50 years ago, most of the major antibiotics used today were introduced to the market in the last 20 years. Since being introduced to the market, these antibiotics have seen prescription rates rise to nearly 20 million per year.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have grown in popularity due to their ability to quickly defeat infections that other drugs would take an extended period of time to accomplish.
While consumers may be unaware that their antibiotic was classified as a fluoroquinolone drug, they are likely familiar with the brand names of Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (Levofloxacin), and Avelox (Moxifloxacin). These brand names have become some of the most highly prescribed antibiotics in recent years, exposing millions to health dangers they may be unaware of.
With studies recently discovering undisclosed dangers of these antibiotics, medical professionals have begun realizing that fluoroquinolones are over-prescribed, as they often present a far greater risk than the benefit they offer.
Are Fluoroquinolones Linked to Aortic Aneurysms?
Fluoroquinolones have been found to have several serious complications, but the most dangerous side effect associated with the fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug class is the development of aortic aneurysms.
As an aortic aneurysm develops, it weakens the walls of the aorta until the artery ruptures. This complication leads to extreme internal bleeding that oftentimes proves fatal due to its fast acting nature.
What Is An Aortic Aneurysm?
An aortic aneurysm is the development of a bulge within the aorta that will stretch and tear the aortic wall if left untreated. With the aorta serving as the largest arty in the body, any issue plaguing it has the ability to wreak havoc on a victims health.
The walls of the aorta are designed to stretch and shrink as needed depending on blood flow. However, a bulging aneurysm keeps the aortic walls stretched out. With aortic walls unable to shrink back, they will weaken until they can no longer contain the bulge and rupture/tear.
An aortic aneurysm can take two forms, abdominal or thoracic. An abdominal aneurysm forms in the belly area while a thoracic aneurysm forms in the victims upper body.
Both types of aneurysms typically grow at a slow rate making them incredibly difficult to detect.
Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms
Due to the slow developing nature of an aortic aneurysm, they usually do not exhibit any symptoms unique to the complication. This often leads to medical professionals being unaware of the danger their patients are being exposed to.
The most common symptoms often become present once an aneurysm has grown to an immense size or has ruptured – leaving little time for the afflicted to seek medical attention.
However, there have been reported instances where victims were able to detect the following as early warning signs of an aortic aneurysm:
- Pain in the chest, abdomen, or lower back
- Pulsating sensation in the abdomen
- Black or blue painful toe
- Weight loss
- Cough or shortness of breath
- Swallowing difficulty
In the event of an aortic aneurysm rupture, those afflicted will experience sudden severe pain, an extreme drop in blood pressure, and signs of shock. If these symptoms are identified it is vital that you seek medical attention without hesitation as an aortic aneurysm rupture is often fatal without the proper and immediate treatment.
Has The FDA Issued Warnings About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Aortic Aneurysms?
Although published studies have indicated that use of fluoroquinolone class antibiotic drugs will frequently expose consumers to a heightened risk of developing an aortic aneurysm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to issue any form of warning or communication regarding this issue.
The latest communication regarding these antibiotics issued from the FDA came in May 2016. The Drug Safety Communication advised medical professionals to avoid prescribing fluoroquinolones to patients until all other antibiotic options have been exhausted due to the health risks fluoroquinolones pose to consumers.
However, while the FDA has remained silent regarding antibiotic triggered aortic aneurysms, studies have continued to publish data indicating a strong connection between aortic aneurysm and use of this antibiotic drug class.
Are There Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Aortic Aneurysm Studies?
These studies reported that users of these antibiotics exposed themselves to a two or three times three greater risk of developing an aortic aneurysm. The BMJ study indicated a standard occurrence rate of .13 per 100 people and an occurrence rate of .35 per 100 people when using fluoroquinolones.
Although still reporting a small risk of aortic aneurysms, a risk increase of nearly 300% has led to many medical professionals and consumers expressing worry over the effects of this dangerous antibiotic class.
Our Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Lawyers Can Help
Our dangerous antibiotic attorneys can help if you or a loved one has suffered an aortic aneurysm due to this medication. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by these dangerous drugs.
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