popular antibiotics avelox and levaquin cause increased risk of life threatening side effect
Taken by more than 20 million people each year, fluoroquinolone antibiotics notably Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin) have a serious side effect that is rarely talked about: aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. While nerve damage and ruptured tendons are known side effects of these fluoroquinolone drugs or FLQ drugs, two new studies show that patients taking FLQs have a significant increase risk of developing an aortic dissection or an aortic aneurysm.
The studies showed that patients taking an FLQ drug, such as Avelox and Levaquin, have between a 124-143 percent increased risk of developing an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection. Patients who had taken the drugs more than 60 days before had a 48 percent risk of experiencing one of these aortic events.
FLQs are commonly prescribed for a variety of community and hospital infections. In August 2013, the FDA Drug Safety Communication issued the following warning: “FDA requires label changes to warn of risk for possibly permanent nerve damage from fluoroquinolone drugs taken by mouth or by injection.” However, there is no mention on the current warning labels of these aortic or AA events occurring.
It is believed the same way a FLQ weakens tendons in the legs and arms, it can weaken the muscles of the heart causing serious, life- threatening damage for possibly tens of thousands of patients.
Meyers & Flowers is ready to help those injured by the FLQs Levaquin and Avelox. We have extensive experience holding medical device and pharmaceutical companies accountable for putting profit above patient safety. If you or a loved one has suspected FLQ-induced aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection, contact us at 877-221-2511 or at .