Fluoroquinolones are a powerful type of broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs widely used to treat bacterial infections, antibiotic-resistant infections, and hospital-acquired infections. Common hospital-acquired infections treated with fluoroquinolone (FQ) drugs include hospital-acquired pneumonia (nosocomial pneumonia), staph infections, methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) Klebsiella pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and urinary tract infections. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are commonly used in the United States, but in other parts of the world their use is more limited.
Recent studies have shown that taking fluoroquinolones, like Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox, will increase the risk of aortic injuries including aortic aneurysm, dissection, and rupture.
We are currently investigating lawsuits against the manufacturers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FQ) responsible for the pain and suffering of many who took these prescriptions. If you suffered an aortic aneurysm or tear in your aortic valve after taking a fluoroquinolone, contact us to schedule a case review. Contact a fluoroquinolone lawyer at Baron & Budd at 866-723-1890 or contact us online to see if you qualify for a lawsuit.
What Side Effects Have Been Reported by the Makers of FQ Drugs?
Common side effects reported by the manufacturers of FQ drugs include:
- Gastrointestinal Discomfort
- Difficulty Sleeping or Insomnia
In September 2014, the Journal of American Medicine published the findings of a study assessing the link between aortic injuries and the use of FQ antibiotics. According to the study, people who take fluoroquinolone are twice as likely to have an aortic aneurysm, dissection or rupture.
Do I Qualify for a Fluoroquinolone Lawsuit?
At this time, our firm is investigating cases where patients took the drug Cipro, Levaquin or Avelox, and were subsequently diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, dissection or rupture.
Though there have been previous lawsuits filed regarding the connection between fluoroquinolone antibiotics and other injuries (such as tendon rupture and peripheral neuropathy,) our firm is only investigating aortic aneurysm, dissection or rupture issues at this time.
Here is a list of the most common generic fluoroquinolones:
- Ciprofloxacin (generic Cipro)
- Levofloxacin (generic Levaquin)
- Moxifloxacin (generic Avelox)
Our lawyers are currently accepting cases where people took fluoroquinolones and then developed an aortic aneurysm, dissection or rupture.
According to a study published by Dr. Chien-Chang Lee of the Department of Emergency Medicine at National Taiwan University in 2015, use of fluoroquinolones was associated with an approximately 2-fold increase in the risk of an aortic aneurysm and dissection within 60 days of exposure.
What’s So Dangerous About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics?
Today, fluoroquinolone antibiotics are prescribed to treat virtually any everyday problem, including sinus infections or ear infections. Why? Answer: lots and lots of marketing. Not only were Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone drugs over-prescribed, but they also carry a serious risk of an aortic aneurysm, dissection or rupture.
What is an Aortic Aneurysm?
An aortic aneurysm occurs when the aortic valve expands like a balloon. The immense pressure on the aorta can cause it to burst, causing stroke, catastrophic injuries, and/or death. People with degraded collagen side effects from FQ antibiotics are at an increased risk of abdominal, cerebral, and thoracic aneurysm.
What is an Aortic Dissection?
Aortic dissection occurs when the lining of the aorta ruptures, causing fluids to leak outside of the valve. This condition can sometimes be repaired if caught early, but time is of the essence. That is why you should discuss any chest discomfort with your doctor immediately if you have taken Levaquin, Cipro, or Avelox because they are all prescription FQ drugs.
How Do FQ Antibiotics Cause Aneurysms?
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics cause collagen degradation, compromising the integrity of the aortic valve and making them more susceptible to rupture and breakage. People with existing collagen disorders, such as Ehler Danlos Syndrome (EDS), or Marfa Syndrome, are at an increased risk of experiencing catastrophic collagen degradation.
What Will It Cost to File a Lawsuit for Injuries from Antibiotics?
Our law firm offers a free initial review of your potential fluoroquinolone case. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we are paid a percentage of the final result of your case when (and if) we achieve a successful result for you. We cover all of the costs associated with your cases, such as filing fees or fees to obtain medical records. Once your case is completed, we receive reimbursement for these costs from the result.
Do You Qualify?
If you or a loved one suffered an aortic aneurysm, rupture, or dissection after taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics, you should consider taking legal action. Find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit right here on our website. Consultations are free.