Cipro Side Effects: Serious Fluoroquinolone Risks & Lawsuits
Serious Fluoroquinolones and Cipro side effects
The FDA recently issued a drug safety announcement advising that side effects of Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics may include increased risk for ruptures or tears in the aorta. Manufacturers of fluoroquinolones, such as Ciprofloxacin — also marketed as Cipro — must now warn the public of the risk of aortic dissection or aneurysm in certain patients associated with systemic use of these fluoroquinolone antibiotics. This is the latest in a series of warnings related to this class of antibiotics, and our North Carolina personal injury attorneys are actively evaluating these fluoroquinolone and Cipro lawsuit cases.
Other Fluoroquinolone and Cipro side effects
In July 2018, the FDA required manufacturers to update labeling on fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro to include warnings about mental health issues and low blood sugar adverse reactions. Before these warnings were issued, the agency warned of adverse musculoskeletal effects and peripheral neuropathy while taking Ciprofloxacin and other fluoroquinolones. Moreover, the FDA indicated that this class of agents should not be used for uncomplicated infections because of the risk of adverse Cipro and fluroquinolone side effects.
In the statement, the FDA points out that a review of fluoroquinolones showed a link to “an increase in occurrence” of aortic dissections. Considering these findings, the agency advises that fluoroquinolones should not be used in patients at increased risk unless no other treatment options are available.
High risk patients include older patients and those with:
- peripheral atherosclerotic vascular diseases
- genetic conditions such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
Because multiple studies have demonstrated a twofold risk of aortic aneurysm rupture and dissection in those taking fluoroquinolones like Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox, the FDA has determined the warnings were warranted to alert healthcare professionals and patients. If you or a loved one experienced aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection or died while taking a fluoroquinolone or within 60 days of discontinuing a fluoroquinolone, you could be eligible for compensation.
Fluoroquinolone and Cipro side effects lawsuits
Fluoroquinolone drugs that may qualify include:
The fluoroquinolone and Cipro lawsuit attorneys at Riddle & Brantley are here to help. We’ve been representing clients in North Carolina dangerous drug lawsuits for more than 30 years. To learn more about your legal options in North Carolina, contact us today at (800) 525-7111 or simply fill out the form on this page. We have intake staff available to take your call and answer your questions, and we even respond to calls and emails on weekends. Your consultation is free, with no obligation or cost to you. You’ll pay an attorney fee only if we win your case.
Our injury attorneys in Goldsboro, Raleigh, Kinston, and Jacksonville also handle cases throughout greater North Carolina.
Contact us for a 100% confidential, no obligation case review if you have taken Cipro or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics and suffered aortic rupture or other serious side effects.