The antibiotic Avelox can cause many severe, life-threatening side effects. There are reports of patients who died from a rare skin reaction called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS).
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What is Avelox?
Avelox (moxifloxacin) is an antibiotic in the fluoroquinolone class that is manufactured by Bayer. The oral version of Avelox was prescribed to over 2 million Americans in 2011. It is also one of the most popular injection antibiotics in hospitals. It has been approved by the FDA since the 1990s.
What Infections Can Avelox Treat?
- Community acquired pneumonia
- Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis
- Acute bacterial sinusitis
- Mild to moderate pelvic inflammatory disease
- Community acquired pneumonia
- Complicated skin and skin structure infections
- Complicated intra-abdominal infections
Common Avelox Side Effects
Between 1-10% of people on Avelox suffer from complications, including nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, abdominal or gastrointestinal pain, mycotic superinfection, QT interval prolongation in patients with hypokalemia, elevated transaminase levels in the liver, and more.
Avelox and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
The Prescribing Information (PDF) for Avelox warns that patients have died from severe allergic skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Patients should stop taking Avelox and seek medical attention at the first sign of a skin rash. In one report from 2004, a 23 year-old woman died from TEN after taking Avelox for just 3 days. She developed a rash over 40% of her body and died from kidney and liver failure. In another report from 2009, a 44 year-old man developed TEN after taking Avelox for about 7 days.
FDA Strengthens Warnings for Avelox
In July 2016, the FDA updated labels on Avelox to warn that the risk of disabling side effects outweighs its benefit for treating minor infections. These side effects include tendon problems, muscle and joint pain, nerve damage, confusion, hallucinations, skin reactions, and more. The FDA believes Avelox should not be prescribed to people with minor sinus infections, bronchitis, or uncomplicated urinary tract infections when they have other options.
Avelox and Aortic Aneurysm
Aortic aneurysms occur when a weakened section in the wall of the aorta causes it to bulge outward. As blood flows through the aorta, it can “balloon” outward and rip open, causing severe internal bleeding. In October 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study linking the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics with a doubled increased risk of aortic aneurysm. One month later, the British Medical Journal. published a study finding a tripled increased risk. Experts believe Avelox may increase the risk of aneurysms by damaging collagen in connective tissue. This is also why Avelox is associated with tendon ruptures and retinal detachments.
Avelox and Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a rare but serious side effect of all antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class, including Avelox. The label on Avelox has carried warnings about this side effect since 2004. However, manufacturers reassured doctors that nerve damage would improve when the patient stopped taking Aveox. In August 2013, the FDA warned that patients on Avelox can rapidly develop nerve damage and the side effects may be permanent. Some studies have found that 80% of cases occur within one week, and 60% of cases persist for at least one year.
In August 2015, dozens of lawsuits involving Avelox-induced nerve damage were centralized into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2642) in Minnesota. By the end of 2016, there were over 700 lawsuits pending in the MDL involving Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Lawsuits have also been filed in state court in Pennsylvania and California.
Side Effects of Avelox
According to the Prescribing Information (PDF) for Avelox, side effects include:
- Nerve damage
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
- Aortic aneurysm
- Tendon damage or ruptures
- Worsening of myasthensia gavis (disease that causes muscle weakness and breathing problems)
- Children have a higher risk of bone, joint, and tendon problems
- Central Nervous System (CNS) side effects — contact a doctor if you develop seizures, dizziness, changes in mood or behavior, hallucinations, restlessness, anxiety, tremors, depression, problems sleeping, paranoia, suicidal thoughts or actions, or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
- Allergic reaction – may be life-threatening
- Skin rash
- Heart rhythm disturbances (QT interval prolongation, torsades de pointes)
- Gastrointestinal infections
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- And more
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