Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox Aortic Aneurysm Lawyers
Aortic aneurysm is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that may be caused by the side effects of Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro and other antibiotics that are part of a class of medications known as fluoroquinolones.
As a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn users and the medical community about the potential risk of aortic aneurysm, settlements may be available through a:
- Levaquin Lawsuit
- Avelox Lawsuit
- Cipro Lawsuit
- or Other Claim Involving Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic (Noroxin, Floxin, Factive)
All cases are being pursued by our aortic aneurysm lawyers under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Aortic Aneurysm Side Effects of Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro
Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro are part of a class of medications known as fluoroquinolones, which have been among the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the United States for years, with more than 26 million patients annually receiving a prescription for the drugs either as pills or injections.
It appears that side effects of Avelox, Cipro and Levaquin cause aortic aneurysm for similar reasons, as the antibiotics degrade the collagen in the body.
The aorta is the main artery in the human body, traveling from the left ventricle of the heart to the abdomen.
An aortic aneurysm occurs when the walls of the artery weaken, resulting in an abnormal bulge as the pressure in the aorta causes the weakened area to balloon outward. This can result in severe pain, internal injuries, bleeding and death.
While the manufacturers knew or should have known about the risk of aortic aneurysm problems, warnings were not provided. Potential aortic dissection lawsuits are also being pursued for individuals who experienced this similar, and potentially more dangerous condition.
Studies Highlights Antibiotic Aortic Aneurysm Risk
Research suggests that fluoroquinolone antibiotics decrease the strength of the structural integrity of extracellular matrix proteins. These proteins are regulated by proteolytic enzymes, including metalloproteinases (MMPs). It appears that the drugs may decrease production of MMPs and lead to extracellular matrix degradation, which not only cause problems with tendon damage and retinal detachment, but also may cause users to face a great risk of problems involving the aorta.
In October 2015, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine highlighted the link between Cipro, Avelox, Levaquin and aortic aneurysm.
Some of the key findings of this research include:
- Users may face a two-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysm or dissection while taking Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic ;
- The risk of problems increased the longer the antibiotics were used;
- Individuals over 70 years old and females face the greatest aortic aneurysm risk from the antibiotics;
A follow up study was published in the medical journal The BMJ in March 2018, concluding that fluoroquinolones were associated with an increased risk of acute aortic disease, which was largely driven by cases of aortic aneurysm.
Researchers indicated at that time that drug regulators should scrutinize the collective data on the antibiotic aortic aneurysm problems, together with other safety issues linked to drugs in the class, weighing the risks against benefits of treatment.
According to allegations raised in aortic aneurysm lawsuits being investigated by our lawyers, the makers of these popular antibiotics placed their desire for profits before consumer safety by failing to provide important safety warnings for consumers and doctors.
Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox Aortic Aneurysm Problems
As a result of the failure to warn, individuals and doctors were prevented from making an informed decision about whether to use the antibiotics. In addition, many serious aortic aneurysm problems may have been avoided if users were aware of the risk and potential symptoms.
While small aortic aneurysms are generally not considered life-threatening and are often observed and left untreated, it is important that doctors are aware the condition exists and closely monitor patients. Larger aneurysms can cause severe pain and may even burst, which can lead to severe internal bleeding and death.
Symptoms of aortic aneurysms from Levaquin, Avelox or Cipro may include:
- Severe Chest Pain
- Severe Back Pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Trouble Speaking or Hoarseness, Coughing
- Problems Swallowing
In cases where the aorta ruptures, the results can be devastating, including:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Heart Attack
- Sudden Death
When an aortic rupture becomes a risk, patients must typically undergo invasive open chest or open abdomen surgery and have the bulged and weakened section removed and replaced with a graft. They must then be placed on an often restrictive and lifestyle-altering diet generally prescribed to heart surgery and heart disease patients.
Aortic Aneurysm Class Action Lawyers
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox aortic aneurysm class action lawsuits and individual injury claims for individuals throughout the United States.
If the manufacturers had conducted proper studies to better determine the risks associated with these drugs, many users may have been able to avoid severe pain, injury or even death by using another antibiotic or by their doctors being aware of the increased risks.
To review a potential case with the aortic aneurysm lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A., request a free consultation and case evaluation. There are no out-of-pocket costs to hire our law firm and we receive no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.