Two recent studies have found that people who use fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Noroxin could be up to 3-times more likely to develop aortic aneurysm, a life-threatening condition that can cause massive internal bleeding when the aorta suddenly bursts open.
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What is the problem?
Noroxin (norfloxacin) belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. All of these drugs are associated with side effects involving connective tissue, such as tendonitis and retinal detachment. There is growing evidence that they can also damage collagen in the wall of the aorta, which could increase the risk of aortic aneurysm.
What is an Aortic Aneurysm?
The aorta is a massive blood vessel that originates in the left ventricle of the heart and extends downward into the abdomen, supplying the body with oxygen-rich blood. Aortic aneurysms occur when a weak spot in the wall of the aorta allows it to bulge or “balloon” outward.
Studies Linking Antibiotics and Aortic Aneurysms
Two recent studies have found that current and past users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Noroxin are more likely to experience aortic aneurysms. In October 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study in which past users of quinolone antibiotics were 50% more likely to develop aneurysms, and current users (within 60 days) were 2.4-times more likely.
In November 2015, the British Medical Journal published a study linking the use of quinolone antibiotics with a 3-fold increased risk of aortic aneurysms. Conclusions were based on data from 650,000 adults in Canada who took quinolone antibiotics between 1997-2012, including nearly 18,400 (1.1%) people who had an aneurysm.
Early Symptoms of an Aortic Aneurysm
Not all aneurysms cause symptoms, but they are all dangerous. The condition rarely produces symptoms in its early stages. When early symptoms do occur, they may involve aortic dissection, in which the inner wall of the aorta tears and blood leaks into the vessel itself. Other early warning signs may include:
- Abdominal pain that may come and go or stay constant
- Pain in the lower back that may radiate to the groin, buttocks, or legs
- Feeling a heartbeat or pulse in the stomach area
Symptoms of a Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
Many people are only diagnosed after the aorta has ripped open and caused massive internal bleeding. The symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm include shock — a sudden drop in blood pressure and body temperature that cuts off circulation to vital organs and causes them to shut down. Other symptoms may include:
- Severe abdominal or back pain that occurs suddenly
- Pale skin
- Dry mouth and skin
- Extreme thirst
- Nausea, vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Rapid heartbeat
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