Levaquin Antibiotic Linked to Aortic Dissection and Aortic Aneurysm

Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics are approved to treat certain types of bacterial infections.(1) Recent studies have demonstrated these antibiotics are linked to aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm and their accompanying life-threatening complications.(2) (3) (4) (5) When the aorta develops an aneurysm, it can rupture or dissect, leading to high death rates.(6) (7) People experiencing either condition may die before ever reaching the hospital.(8)

Levaquin Lawsuits

Weitz & Luxenberg is accepting clients who have taken Levaquin or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics and have experienced severe, life-threatening complications. You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one took Levaquin or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics and experienced either an aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm requiring hospitalization, surgery or resulting in death.

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If you had an aortic aneurysm or dissection after taking Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic, our attorneys can help you understand your legal options. We invite you to contact Weitz & Luxenberg now.

If you were diagnosed with an aortic dissection within one year of last taking Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you may qualify to seek compensation.

In addition, if you were diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm within five years of last taking Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic, we encourage you to contact Weitz & Luxenberg for more information.

Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. We would feel privileged to file any appropriate Levaquin lawsuits, or those regarding other fluoroquinolone antibiotics, on your behalf.

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Levaquin Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Side Effects

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the list of possible Levaquin or other fluoroquinolone side effects is lengthy. In worst-case scenarios, people can die from adverse reactions caused by Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics.(9)

In addition, life-threatening Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotic side effects may include:(10) (11) (12) (13) (14)

  • Seizures
  • Liver damage
  • Serious allergic reactions

Levaquin and Aortic Dissection

The aorta is the major artery that carries blood out of the heart. Aortic dissection refers to a tear in the aortic wall.(15)

A tear can allow blood to flow between the layers of the aortic wall. This dangerous situation can result in aortic rupture, or bursting of the aorta.(16)

Blood may not be able to reach vital organs and other parts of the body due to an aortic dissection. Internal bleeding is also a potential life-threatening complication of aortic dissection. People can die from aortic dissection.(17)

Levaquin and Aortic Aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a bulging weakness occurring in a part of the aorta. The aorta is the major artery that originates at the heart. The aorta is responsible for distributing blood containing oxygen throughout the body.(18)

This weakened, “overstretched” area of the aorta can burst. “If the aorta bursts, it can cause serious bleeding that can quickly lead to death.”(19)

Additional Levaquin Side Effects

As noted by the product labeling, other possible serious Levaquin side effects include:(20) (21)

  • Tendon inflammation, pain, swelling, or rupture
  • Nerve damage
  • Changes in heart rhythm
  • Intestinal infections
  • Joint problems
  • Restlessness, agitation, tremors, or nervousness
  • Confusion, paranoia, or hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts, attempted or completed suicide
  • Photosensitivity, sensitivity to the sun
  • Changes in blood sugar levels
  • Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea or fatal colitis

Less serious side effects may include dizziness and headache as well as digestive tract discomfort. These complications may include constipation, nausea, and diarrhea.(22) (23)

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With aortic dissection, people may experience “sudden, severe chest, back, or abdominal pain that is characterised as ripping or tearing in nature.” (24) In other cases, people may not experience any obvious signs of aortic dissection.

Why You Should File a Levaquin or Other Fluoroquinolone Lawsuit

If you or a loved one took Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic and suffered an aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, you should not have to face the many economic and emotional challenges alone.

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“Hospital visits, emergency care, and extended medical treatment following aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection are costly,” points out Jonathan M. Sedgh, the Weitz & Luxenberg attorney heading up WL’s fluoroquinolone antibiotic cases. “People who took Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic and suffered damage to their aorta should be fully compensated for the harm they have suffered. And the companies involved should be held accountable for not warning of these serious, potentially life-threatening side effects.”

With aortic dissection, people may experience “sudden, severe chest, back, or abdominal pain that is characterised as ripping or tearing in nature.”(24) In other cases, people may not experience any obvious signs of aortic dissection.

With aortic aneurysm, some people may experience chest or back pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing or swallowing. In other cases, people may not feel any signs until the aortic aneurysm bursts.(25)

In either case, the condition may ultimately require a visit to the emergency room as well as numerous tests and treatments, which may include:(26)

  • Physical exams
  • Blood work
  • Diagnostic tools (electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, radiography, angiography)
  • Surgery
  • Physician office visits
  • Medications
  • Follow-up treatment and medical care

Levaquin or Other Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Lawsuits

If you or a loved one took Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic and suffered an aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, we encourage you to consult with our attorneys. Our experienced Weitz & Luxenberg attorneys can advise you of your legal options. Weitz & Luxenberg can file appropriate Levaquin or other fluoroquinolone lawsuits on behalf of our clients. You may be entitled to compensation.

If you or a loved one has experienced a life-threatening injury after taking Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Weitz & Luxenberg may be able to help you. Specifically, our attorneys are taking cases in which people have suffered an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection that required overnight hospitalization or surgery, or resulted in death.

For additional information, we invite you to contact us. We can help you evaluate your specific circumstances and provide you with legal guidance. This initial consultation is absolutely free.

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What Is Levaquin?

Levaquin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic prescription drug. The FDA has approved Levaquin to treat individuals 18 years of age and older who have developed certain types of bacterial infections.

These infections include:(27)

  • Some forms of pneumonia
  • Acute sinus infection
  • Sudden and severe worsening of chronic bronchitis
  • Some skin infections
  • Chronic prostate infection
  • Some urinary tract infections
  • Acute kidney infection

Additional Info on Levaquin and Other Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

The FDA has advised consumers that serious side effects are linked to Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The FDA has said these significant side effects generally outweigh the benefits “for patients with acute bacterial sinusitis, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary tract infections” who have other treatment options.(28) (29)

In addition, an FDA safety review found “that fluoroquinolones when used systemically (i.e. tablets, capsules, and injectable) are associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects that can occur together. These side effects can involve the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system.”(30)

As always, patients should consult with their doctor before stopping any prescribed medication.

Levaquin and Other Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics May Damage Collagen

In 2008, the FDA required for fluoroquinolone manufacturers to add a black box warning to all fluoroquinolone labeling regarding the increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture accompanying use of these drugs.(31) The underlying problem linked with tendon-related injuries may be drug-induced damage to the quantity and quality of collagen in these important structures. For example, type I and type III collagen constitute most of the collagen in the Achilles tendon, a common site of fluoroquinolone-induced tendon rupture.(32) (33) (34)

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Type I and type III collagen also constitute 80% to 90% of the collagen in the aorta. The aorta is the primary artery that carries oxygenated blood away from the heart to other parts of the body.(35) (36)

Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics may damage the structural components of collagen found in tendons throughout the body, as well as the aorta. Although tendon rupture is a severe complication, aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm can lead to life-threatening emergencies, even death.(37) (38)

W&L’s Experience with Defective Drug Lawsuits

Devastating injuries can be caused by Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience handling complex lawsuits involving defective drugs and medical devices. As a national firm, we have the resources and knowledge to stand up to irresponsible pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing corporations nationwide.

Weitz & Luxenberg also has a solid history of winning cases. Over the years, we have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients who have been harmed by defective drugs and medical devices.

In 2015, Weitz & Luxenberg played a key role in helping to secure a settlement worth billions of dollars on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs who had claimed they developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, a diabetes drug. The defendants were Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and its wholly owned subsidiary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

W&L Taking Cases of People Harmed by Levaquin and Other Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

If you or a loved one took Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic and were diagnosed with aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm and required hospitalization or surgery or died following these severe complications, you may be entitled to compensation. We urge you to contact Weitz & Luxenberg as soon as possible.

Our attorneys specializing in defective drugs and medical devices can help you evaluate your circumstances and provide you with information regarding your legal options. We may be able to seek compensation on your behalf.

You can reach us by calling (877) 631-2891 or by filling out the form on this web page. One of our representatives will be in touch with you shortly.

Although a past record does not guarantee future success, Weitz & Luxenberg has the experience and resources necessary to stand up to the large manufacturers of defective medications and medical devices.

  1. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, May 12). Drugs. FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections; warns about disabling side effects that can occur together. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm
  2. Daneman, N., et al. (2015, November 18). Fluoroquinolones and collagen associated severe adverse events: a longitudinal cohort study. Retrieved from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e010077
  3. Lee, C-C., et al. (2015, November). Risk of Aortic Dissection and Aortic Aneurysm in Patients Taking Oral Fluoroquinolone. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2451282
  4. Guzzardi, D., et al. (2017, October) Fluoroquinolone Induces Human Aortic Fibroblast-Mediated Extracellular Matrix Dysregulation. Retrieved from http://www.onlinecjc.ca/article/S0828-282X(17)30468-3/abstract
  5. Wang, D., et al. (2014, February 28). Ciprofloxacin enhances matrix metalloproteinases activity in human aortic smooth muscle cells. Retrieved from https://digitalrepository.aurorahealthcare.org/cardio/32/
  6. Mancini, M. (2017, December 14) Aortic Dissection. Retrieved from https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2062452-overview#a8
  7. Rahimi, S. (2017, August 16). Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Retrieved from https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1979501-overview#a8
  8. Lee, C-C., et al. (2015, November). Risk of Aortic Dissection and Aortic Aneurysm in Patients Taking Oral Fluoroquinolone. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2451282
  9. Highlights of Prescribing Information. (2017, February). Levaquin®. Retrieved from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/020634s068,020635s074,021721s035lbl.pdf
  10. Daneman, N., et al. (2015, November 18). Fluoroquinolones and collagen associated severe adverse events: a longitudinal cohort study. Retrieved from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e010077
  11. Lee, C-C., et al. (2015, November). Risk of Aortic Dissection and Aortic Aneurysm in Patients Taking Oral Fluoroquinolone. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2451282
  12. Guzzardi, D., et al. (2017, October) Fluoroquinolone Induces Human Aortic Fibroblast-Mediated Extracellular Matrix Dysregulation. Retrieved from http://www.onlinecjc.ca/article/S0828-282X(17)30468-3/abstract
  13. Wang, D., et al. (2014, February 28). Ciprofloxacin enhances matrix metalloproteinases activity in human aortic smooth muscle cells. Retrieved from https://digitalrepository.aurorahealthcare.org/cardio/32/
  14. Medication Guide. (2016, July). Levaquin. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088619.pdf
  15. MedlinePlus. (2017, December 5). Aortic dissection. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000181.htm
  16. Ibid.
  17. Ibid.
  18. WebMD. (2017). Aortic Aneurysm – Topic Overview. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/tc/aortic-aneurysm-overview#1
  19. Ibid.
  20. Medication Guide. (2016, July). Levaquin. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088619.pdf
  21. Highlights of Prescribing Information. (2017, February). Levaquin®. Retrieved from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/020634s068,020635s074,021721s035lbl.pdf
  22. Ibid.
  23. Medication Guide. (2016, July). Levaquin. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088619.pdf
  24. Ayrik, C., et al. (2006, March). Seeing the invisible: painless aortic dissection in the emergency setting. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2464426/
  25. WebMD. (2017). What is an Aortic Aneurysm? Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-aortic-aneurysm#1
  26. Ayrik, C., et al. (2006, March). Seeing the invisible: painless aortic dissection in the emergency setting. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2464426/
  27. WebMD (n.d.) Aortic Aneurysm - Medications. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/tc/aortic-aneurysm-medications
  28. Highlights of Prescribing Information. (2017, February). Levaquin®. Retrieved from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/020634s068,020635s074,021721s035lbl.pdf
  29. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, July 26). FDA News Release. FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm513183.htm
  30. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, May 12). Drugs. FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections; warns about disabling side effects that can occur together. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm
  31. Tanne. J.H. (2008, July 19). FDA adds “black box” warning label to fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2483892/
  32. Ibid.
  33. Daneman, N., et al. (2015, November 18). Fluoroquinolones and collagen associated severe adverse events: A longitudinal cohort study. Retrieved from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e010077
  34. Lewis, T. and Cook, J. (2014 May-June) Fluoroquinolones and Tendinopathy: A Guide for Athletes and Sports Clinicians and a Systematic Review of the Literature. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080593/
  35. Daneman, N., et al. (2015, November 18). Fluoroquinolones and collagen associated severe adverse events: A longitudinal cohort study. Retrieved from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e010077
  36. MedlinePlus. (2017, November 6). Aortic dissection. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000181.htm
  37. Daneman, N., et al. (2015, November 18). Fluoroquinolones and collagen associated severe adverse events: A longitudinal cohort study. Retrieved from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e010077
  38. Lee, C-C., et al. (2015, November). Risk of Aortic Dissection and Aortic Aneurysm in Patients Taking Oral Fluoroquinolone. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2451282

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