Antibiotics May Have Serious Side Effects

When you take an antibiotic for an infection, you may be unaware of possible side effects.

Recent studies have suggested that potential life-threatening side effects may exist from taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, such as Cipro, Levaquin or Avelox.

You should seek possible compensation if you have taken an antibiotic and been hospitalized for:

  • Aortic dissection (aortic tear), which can lead to an aortic rupture and hemorrhage
  • Aortic aneurysm (aortic stretching, ballooning or bulging), which can lead to aortic rupture and hemorrhage

In some cases, you may have lost a loved one who suffered from these side effects. You, as a family member, may deserve compensation for the loss of your loved one.

What Are Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics?

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are a type of antibiotics that have been used commonly for decades to treat certain types of bacterial infections. Although most who take them do not suffer from severe side effects, for some, the complications can be fatal.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics that may cause increased risk of an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection include:

  • Cipro
  • Levaquin
  • Avelox
  • Factive
  • Cipro XR
  • Floxin
  • Maxaquin
  • Noroxin
  • Proquin XR
  • Zagam

Why People Take Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Over the years, doctors have prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics to treat a variety of bacterial infections. These infections may cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections, cellulitis, gastroenteritis, bone and joint infections, bronchitis, certain sexually transmitted infections, and sinusitis. Alternative antibiotics that do not cause the severe and potentially fatal aortic dissection or aneurysm effects for which people are at potential increased risk with fluoroquinolone use exist.

Life-Threatening Complications of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Include Aortic Issues

According to recent studies, taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic may increase your risk of experiencing a potentially fatal aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, complications that can result in serious hemorrhage (severe internal bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel). Although the medical community has known for years that fluoroquinolone antibiotics may be associated with tendon rupture, likely due to damage of specific types of collagen, this same damage to collagen appears to affect the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, as well.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotic-damaged collagen may lead to a weakened aortic wall and may result in life-threatening or fatal complications such as:

  • Aortic Dissection: An aortic dissection occurs when a tear develops in the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart. Blood then rushes through the tear, separating the layers of the aorta. If the aorta ruptures completely, resulting in a hemorrhage, a person can die from internal bleeding or from vital organs “downstream” from the dissection being deprived of blood.
  • Aortic Aneurysm: An aortic aneurysm is a bulge or type of ballooning that occurs when the aortic wall weakens. If this severely weakened area bursts, a person can experience severe internal bleeding and may die.

The Manufacturers of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Do Not Warn of this Serious Risk

Pharmaceutical companies are supposed to warn of risks that are known or knowable about their products, especially when the risks are serious. Warnings should be conveyed in the label or package insert, and in some situations, accompany any patient information or direct-to-consumer advertising. Patients and their doctors have not been warned of these serious risks of aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm even though these risks are believed to have been known and knowable for a period of time.

Weitz & Luxenberg — Offering Expertise and Compassion

The attorneys at our firm are more than just experienced, knowledgeable professionals. We know what tragedy and loss feel like. No one wants to see a loved one hurt or injured, and Weitz & Luxenberg wants to help.

For some people, fluoroquinolone antibiotics can have devastating effects. If you or a loved one was hospitalized, required surgery, or died because of aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, we want to seek compensation on your behalf.

Weitz & Luxenberg is now accepting clients who have suffered severe aortic complications after being prescribed Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR, Factive, Levaquin, Avelox, Maxaquin, Zagam, Noroxin or Floxin within one year of taking the medication. Please, call us today so that we can provide you with the assistance and support you deserve.

“Every day it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics can be devastating. People can die from these medications. Patients and their doctors have the right to know of these devastating vascular risks. The drug companies who sell these products need to take responsibility for their actions. Families that have already been hurt should receive compensation for the pain and loss they’ve suffered.”

—Ellen Relkin, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.

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