SILVER SPRING, Md. — The media has been covering the nerve damage risks that have become associated with Fluoroquinolones over the past 5 decades, but what about the other side effects? The nerve damage linked to Fluoroquinolone has been reported to cause the reduction of sensation in the limbs, muscle control impairment and severe pain. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a requirement that all Fluoroquinolone products have their labels updated to include a warning about the nerve damage risks.
Unfortunately, a new study has now linked the popular class of drugs with even deadlier side effects – aortic complications. According to new research published online earlier this month via JAMA Internal Medicine (also known as the Journal of American Medical Association), Fluoroquinolone drugs may also cause aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection, both of which can cause death by resulting in blood vessels rupturing and the patient bleeding out.
What Drugs Have This Risk?
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics were first developed about 50 years ago and have been popularly prescribed since then for various infections and illnesses, particularly urinary tract infections. Since they come in many forms and under many names, many people may not even know if they have taken any much less if their nerve damage or other complications are the result of Fluoroquinolone. Fluoroquinolone comes in the form of gels, tablets and liquids, and some types are also injected. Some of the most popular names for Fluoroquinolone drugs include Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Factive (gemifloxacin), Floxin (ofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Noroxin (norfloxacin).
How Will This Research Affect the Fluoroquinolone Lawsuits?
There are currently multiple lawsuits pending across the United States against the various manufacturers of Fluoroquinolone products including Johnson & Johnson, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Schering Corp., Merck & Company Inc., and McKesson Corp.. The lawsuits largely allege that the plaintiffs suffered severe nerve damage as the result of taking Fluoroquinolone and that the defendants knew or should have known about the serious risks associated with their drugs but that they failed to adequately notify the patients about these risks. The new research showing additional troubling complications may result in even more lawsuits being filed against Fluoroquinolone manufacturers.
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