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Levaquin Aortic Aneurysm Lawsuit

Levaquin Aortic Aneurysm Lawsuit

An aortic aneurysm (or aortic dissection) is one of the most severe side effects of the antibiotic Levaquin. The largest blood vessel in the body suddenly rips open, causing severe internal bleeding and death.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin 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.

Levaquin and Aortic Aneurysms

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that is known to destroy collagen and connective tissues. In 2008, the FDA added a warning label about tendonitis and tendon ruptures. Unfortunately, the same type of connective tissues in tendons are also found in the aorta (the largest blood vessel in the body), which is why Levaquin is linked to aortic aneurysms. Levaquin has also been linked to other collagen-related side effects in the heart, such as heart failure.

FDA Warns of Aortic Aneurysm Risk From Levaquin

In December 2018, the FDA ordered drug-makers to update the label on Levaquin to warn about aortic aneurysms (also called “aortic dissections”). This severe and often deadly side effect that occurs when the aorta suddenly rips open, often causing massive internal bleeding and death. Aortic aneurysms are more likely for patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain genetic conditions, according to the FDA.

Studies: Levaquin May Triple Risk of Aortic Aneurysm

In November 2015, the British Medical Journal published a study linking fluoroquinolone antibiotics with a tripled increased risk of aortic aneurysms. The conclusions of the study were based on data from over 18,000 people who had an aortic aneurysm out of 650,000 adults in Canada who took a quinolone antibiotic between 1997 and 2012.

In October 2015, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that past and current use of Levaquin were associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm. Patients who were currently on quinolones were 2.4-times more likely to have an aortic aneurysm, according to researchers.

What is an Aortic Aneurysm?

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. It is responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart into the body. Aortic aneurysms occur when weak spots in the aortic wall cause it to bulge or “balloon” outward. In severe cases, the aorta can rupture and cause severe internal bleeding and death.

Warning Signs of an Aneurysm

Aortic aneurysms may not cause any symptoms until they become quite large. In many cases, patients have no idea they are developing this side effect until their aorta suddenly rips open. It is extremely painful when the aorta bursts open. The symptoms also vary depending on whether it is located in the chest (thoracic aneurysm) or abdomen. In either case, a ruptured aneurysm can cause shock, a condition in which blood pressure plummets and vital organs stop working.

Abdominal Aneurysm Symptoms

  • Throbbing feeling in the abdomen
  • Deep pain in the back or the side of the abdomen
  • Steady pain in the abdomen that lasts for hours or days

Thoracic Aneurysm Symptoms

  • Pain in the jaw, neck, back, or chest
  • Coughing or hoarsenessShortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Sudden and severe pain in the upper back or abdomen

Treatment

People who are diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm will probably need to take medications to reduce blood pressure and relax blood vessels, which reduces the risk of rupture. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the weakened part of the aortic wall and implant a graft.

Do I have a Levaquin Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Levaquin 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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