Over 33 million Americans take one or more fluoroquinolone antibiotics (i.e., Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox) each year. Afterall, antibiotics are life savers. But like all drugs, they have side effects, and some may be dangerous and deadly. This is especially true with a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones that includes Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox. These are very powerful drugs that have helped countless individuals, and there is a good chance you, a family member or a friend have taken one of these drugs over the last year.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are often used to treat respiratory infections like pneumonia, bronchitis, and even sinus infections and ear infections. They are also often prescribed to patients after they undergo a surgical procedure to prevent post-surgical infections.
In 2010 Levaquin was the bestselling antibiotic in the country. However, serious questions have been raised about the safety of fluoroquinolones, most notably Levaquin. Until recently, the FDA did little to warn doctors and consumers of the possible deadly side-effects. In 2006, the Public Citizen Research Group petitioned the FDA to add a black box warning to the label. In 2008, the FDA agreed to add the black box warning for the high risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture.
Recent studies have concluded that use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics raises the risk for suffering an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection:
• The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported in 2015 a two-fold increase in risk of aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm within 60 days of using fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
• The British Medical Journal (BMJ) also published a comprehensive study of 1.7 million patients in 2015 that chillingly found a three-fold increase in aortic aneurysms with fluoroquinolone antibiotic users.
Last May (2016) the FDA issued a new safety warning urging physicians to restrict the use of fluoroquinolones to more severe conditions based on the troubling issues that have been observed with Levaquin.
If you or someone you know have experienced an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection after taking Levaquin, Cipro, or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic in the past, you may be eligible to receive legal compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call us at 1-866-252-3535.