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Levaquin Aortic Aneurysm Lawsuit

Levaquin Aortic Aneurysm Lawsuit

A recent study has found that patients on Levaquin are twice as likely to experience aortic aneurysm, a life-threatening condition in which the aorta bulges and ruptures, causing severe internal bleeding.

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.

Overview

Levaquin (levofloxacin) belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. In 2008, the FDA added a Black Box warning label about tendonitis and tendon ruptures. Levaquin has also been linked to other collagen-related side effects, such as retinal detachment and aortic aneurysms.

Levaquin and Aortic Aneurysms

Past and current use of Levaquin was associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm in a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in October 2015.

The researchers analyzed data on 1,477 people who had an aortic aneurysm, out of nearly 150,000 people who took fluoroquinolone antibiotics between January 2000 and December 2011.

Individuals who had ever used quinolone antibiotics were 50% more likely to be diagnosed with aortic aneurysm. Those who were currently on quinolones were 2.4-times more likely to have an aortic aneurysm.

About 15,000 people in the United States die from aortic aneurysms every year. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are known to damage collagen in connective tissue, which increases the risk of tendinitis and aortic aneurysms. According to the researchers:

“As fluoroquinolones may induce degradation of collagen causing tendinopathy, this raises the concern that fluoroquinolones may cause or aggravate aortic aneurysm and dissection by a similar mechanism.”

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.

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.

Warning Signs of an Aneurysm

Aortic aneurysms may not cause any symptoms until they become quite large. However, severe pain occurs when they burst 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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