Loncar Lyon Jenkins Is Now Investigating Levaquin and Avelox Aortic Aneurysms and Dissection Lawsuits
Popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin) have been linked to an increased risk for aortic aneurysms and dissection. These conditions weaken the walls of the aorta and may lead to leaks or ruptures which can be fatal. Fluoroquinolones are the most widely used type of antibiotic in the United States, as more than 26 million Americans are prescribed every year. Fluoroquinolones are indicated for treatment of many bacterial infections including: bacterial bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, urinary tract infections, septicemia and intra-abdominal infections, joint and bone infections, soft tissue and skin infections, typhoid fever, bacterial gastroenteritis, urethral and gynecological infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and various other infectious conditions.
If you or someone you love were among those who experienced aortic aneurysms or dissection as a result of taking Levaquin or Avelox, please contact us immediately. Loncar Lyon Jenkins is investigating cases in all 50 states. We will prove you with a free, confidential case evaluation using the form on the side or by calling toll free at 800.285.4878. Levaquin and Avelox aortic aneurysms and dissection lawsuits are being evaluated on a confidential, contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless a recovery is obtained.
Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections
The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body and carries blood from the heart to all the organs in the body except the lungs. Damage to the aorta can cause numerous problems including strokes, heart attacks, organ failure and even death. The two types of aortic damage linked to fluoroquinolone use are: aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm. An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate (dissect). If the blood-filled channel ruptures through the outside aortic wall, aortic dissection is often fatal. An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in a section of the aorta. Often the section with the aneurysm is overstretched and weak, causing it to burst. If the aorta bursts, it can cause serious bleeding that can quickly lead to death. Both conditions are on the rise in the U.S., and about 15,000 Americans die each year from aneurysms alone.
Studies Linking Flouroquinolones to Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections
Scientists have suspected that fluoroquinolones break down collagen in the body which makes up the lining of the aorta. Two studies published in 2015 reinforced a connection between this class of antibiotics and collagen deterioration that may lead to aortic dissections and aneurysms.
In a study published October 5, 2015 by medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers warned that fluoroquinolones may cause the main artery in the human body to become enlarged. Researchers compared 1,477 case patients against a control group of 147,700 from January 2000 through December 2011. The findings suggest that current use of Levaquin and similar antibiotics increased the risk for aortic aneurysm by more than double.
“Conclusions and Relevance Use of fluoroquinolones was associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection. While these were rare events, physicians should be aware of this possible drug safety risk associated with fluoroquinolone therapy”.
In a study published November 18, 2015 by medical journal BMJ, researchers studied 1.7 million older patients of which one third were prescribed fluoroquinolone. These patients were 3.13 times more likely to experience a tendon rupture and 2.72 times more likely to suffer an aortic aneurysm than those who did not take fluoroquinolones. Excerpts from the study give alarming insight into the link between Levaquin and Avelox and aortic aneurysms and dissection.
“Overall, fluoroquinolones were associated with almost a tripling of the risk of tendon ruptures—a recognised collagen-associated adverse event induced by these medications. Fluoroquinolones were associated with a similar increase in the risk of aortic aneurysms—a more ominous complication that has not been previously described”.
“Reducing unnecessary fluoroquinolone treatments or prolonged treatment courses, might have possibly prevented more than 200 aortic aneurysms in this population”.
“Our study confirms a doubling of the risk of tendon ruptures during fluoroquinolone treatment, checks the risk of retinal detachments with these medications, and identifies a novel association with aortic aneurysms. The findings suggest that patients receiving fluoroquinolone treatment could be warned about a rare but potentially lethal risk to the aorta“.
Do You Have a Levaquin or Avelox Aortic Aneurysms or Dissection Lawsuit?
With mounting evidence of causation between Levaquin or Avelox and aortic injury, those who experienced aortic aneurysms or dissection as a result of taking Levaquin or Avelox may be eligible for monetary compensation. Loncar Lyon Jenkins wants to provide you a free, confidential case evaluation. We will investigate your claim at no cost. Please use the form on the side or call us toll free at 800.285.4878. Levaquin and Avelox lawsuits are being evaluated on a confidential, contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless a recovery is obtained.