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Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics May Cause Fatal Heart Damage: FDA Warning

Prescription medications commonly used to treat upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infections (UTIs) can cause painful and sometimes life-threatening damage to the body’s main artery, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning.

December 26, 2018 – Fluoroquinolone antibiotics (Cipro, Avelox, Noroxin) could raise the risk of an aortic dissection, and people who are already at risk should be cautious about taking these medications, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Drug Safety Communication issued on Thursday.

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What’s the problem?

“A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review found that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the occurrence of rare but serious events of ruptures or tears in the main artery of the body, called the aorta,” the agency said. “These tears, called aortic dissections, or ruptures of an aortic aneurysm can lead to dangerous bleeding or even death.”

Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics approved to treat or prevent certain bacterial infections, FDA said. The drugs work by targeting 2 bacterial enzymes responsible for notching, coiling, and sealing DNA during replication: DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics include:

FDA said fluoroquinolones should be avoided in patients with an increased risk of heart damage, unless all other options have been exhausted. Patients at risk “… include those with a history of blockages or aneurysms (abnormal bulges) of the aorta or other blood vessels, high blood pressure, certain genetic disorders that involve blood vessel changes, and the elderly,” the agency said.

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