Certain antibiotics might increase aortic aneurysm risk, FDA warns. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration said that several types of antibiotics may cause fatal damage to the body’s main artery.
Fluoroquinolone drugs can cause aortic dissection. The agency announced that fluoroquinolone drugs will soon be labeled with new risk guidance and prescribing information. The FDA has already suggested that people should avoid unnecessary use of such powerful drugs as they can cause other side effects including muscles, nerves, tendons, and the central nervous system. Those are already at risk of an aortic aneurysm should be careful about consuming these antibiotics.
The FDA said that symptoms of aortic dissection include severe and continuous pain the chest, stomach, or back. If anyone feels such symptoms just dial 911. people with heart disease or high blood pressure should inform their health consultants before taking antibiotics.
Fluoroquinolones drugs are very commonly used and prescribed to treat urinary tract infections and upper respiratory infections. These antibiotics include levofloxacin, or Levaquin; moxifloxacin, or Avelox; ciprofloxacin, or Cipro; and gemifloxacin, or Factive.
“Health care professionals should avoid prescribing fluoroquinolone antibiotics to patients who have an aortic aneurysm or are at risk for an aortic aneurysm, such as patients with peripheral atherosclerotic vascular diseases, hypertension, certain genetic conditions such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and elderly patients. Prescribe fluoroquinolones to these patients only when no other treatment options are available,” the FDA notes.
People with a history of blockages or aneurysms of the aorta as well as high blood pressure and blood vessel changes’ disorders are at increased risk of aortic dissection.