Recent studies have suggested that fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro may be associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm. If an aortic aneurysm bursts, patients have only a 50% chance of survival.
Fluoroquinolones like Cipro are some of the most widely-used drugs in the world, and currently make up about 16.6 percent of the world market for antibiotics. However, it’s become obvious that these medications are frequently over-prescribed for minor issues like earaches and sinusitis, even though they are indicated only for serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia.
Fluoroquinolones are powerful medications. But they are also associated with some very serious side effects, including tendon ruptures, peripheral neuropathy and heart rhythm problems. In 2016, the labels for Cipro and other fluoroquinolones were updated with a new Black Box Warning stating that their risks outweighed their benefits for patients suffering from certain uncomplicated infections when other treatment options were available. The label update followed a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) review that raised concern about debilitating, and often permanent, side effects associated with the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Read More
In 2015, two studies linked the use of fluoroquinolones like Cipro to aortic aneurysm.
An aortic aneurysm occurs when the wall of the aorta stretches or bulges. The aorta is the body’s main artery, and carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Excessive bleeding will occur if the aneurysm bursts, potentially leading to death.
An aortic aneurysm can be either abdominal (in the stomach area), or thoracic (In the upper body). Abdominal aortic aneurysms are the most common.
It’s not unusual for an aortic aneurysm to be asymptomatic. Sometimes, they are detected during medical tests. In patients with symptoms, the signs of an aortic aneurysm can be vague, and may include belly, chest, or back pain and discomfort. These symptoms may be intermittent or constant.
Symptoms associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm may include:
The symptoms of a thoracic aneurysm might consist of:
If an aneurysm ruptures, a patient will suffer:
Cipro users who suffered an aortic aneurysm while using this antibiotic may be eligible for compensation. To learn more about filing a Cipro lawsuit, please call (888) 994-5118 to discuss your case with an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP.
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