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Avelox Aortic Aneurysm Lawsuit

Avelox Aortic Aneurysm Lawsuit

Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics may triple the risk of aortic aneurisms, according to a recent study. This life-threatening medical condition occurs when the aorta bulges and bursts open, caused severe internal bleeding.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Avelox induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is the problem?

Avelox (moxifloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that can damage collagen in connective tissue. It carries a “Black Box” warning about tendonitis and tendon ruptures. Avelox has also been linked to retinal detachments and aortic aneurysm.

Studies Link Avelox and Aortic Aneurysm

In 2015, two studies suggested that Avelox could also damage collagen in the aorta and increase the risk of an aneurysm. The first study was published by JAMA Internal Medicine in October.

Researchers in Taiwan analyzed data on 1,477 people who took fluoroquinolone antibiotics and had an aortic aneurysm between January 2000 and December 2011. They found a 2.4-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysm within 60 days, as well as a 50% increased risk associated with past use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

Avelox May Triple Risk of Aortic Aneurysm

In November 2015, fluoroquinolone antibiotics were linked to a tripled increased risk of aortic aneurysm in a study publishes by the British Medical Journal. Conclusions were based on data from 650,000 adults in Canada who used fluoroquinolone antibiotics between 1997 and 2012, including 1.1% (18,391) who had an aortic aneurysm.

What is an Aortic Aneurysm?

The aorta is a blood vessel that originates in the heart and extends into the abdomen, supplying the body with oxygen-rich blood. An aortic aneurysm occurs when a weak spot develops in the wall of an artery and allows it to bulge or “balloon” outward. Aneurysms can lead to dissection, which is a tear in the wall of the aorta that can lead to aortic rupture, massive internal bleeding, or decreased blood-flow to organs.

Early Warning Signs

About 15,000 people die from aortic aneurysms every year, often as a complication of uncontrolled high blood pressure. They are sometimes called “silent killers” because most people do not know they have an aneurysm until it ruptures. Early warning signs may include:

  • Abdominal pain (may be constant or come and go)
  • Lower back pain that may radiate to groin, buttocks, or legs
  • Feeling a “heartbeat” or pulse in the abdomen

Symptoms of a Ruptured Aneurysm

When aneurysms rupture, severe bleeding can lead to shock — blood pressure plummets and vital organs start shutting down. Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm may include:

  • Severe back or abdominal pain that begins suddenly
  • Paleness
  • Dry mouth or skin and excessive thirst
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness or unconsciousness
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Do I have an Avelox Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Avelox induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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