A new study suggests that use of the antibiotic medication Noroxin (generic: norfloxacin) may increase the risk of aortic aneurysm, a life-threatening condition that occurs when a bulge develops in the aorta, the body’s main artery.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you experienced internal bleeding or an aortic aneurysm after taking Noroxin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
Noroxin belongs to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones that are used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), E. coli, salmonella and staph. Unfortunately, fluoroquinolones have been linked to a number of serious side effects including nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy, tendon damage and, most recently, aortic aneurysms. In addition to Noroxin, other fluoroquinolone antibiotics include Levaquin (levofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin) and Factive (gemifloxacin).
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Increase Risk of Aortic Aneurysm: JAMA Study
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in October 2015 found that patients who use fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Noroxin may face an increased risk of developing aortic aneurysm and/or aortic dissection. For the study, researchers looked at data on 1,477 patients hospitalized for these conditions from 2000 through 2011, all of whom were identified from 1 million patients in Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). Each case was then compared to 100 controls who were not hospitalized for these complications.
The analysis determined that fluoroquinolone use was associated with an approximately doubled risk for aortic aneurysm and dissection within 60 days of beginning treatment. Past use increased the risk by nearly 50%.
“Use of fluoroquinolones was associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm and dissection,” the researchers concluded. “While these were rare events, physicians should be aware of this possible drug safety risk associated with fluoroquinolone therapy.”
Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, aortic aneurysms often grow slowly without symptoms, making them hard to diagnose. When they do present, however, symptoms may include:
- A pulsating feeling near the navel
- Deep, constant pain in your abdomen or on the side of your abdomen
- Back pain
If you are a Noroxin user who is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult a physician immediately. However, you should never switch or quit a prescription medication without talking to your doctor first.
Fluoroquinolone Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
A number of state and federal lawsuits filed over fluoroquinolone nerve damage are currently pending in the U.S. At one time, over 2,000 Levaquin lawsuits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling before U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim in Minnesota. Several were settled out of court for confidential amounts. As of March 2015, about 100 were still pending in the MDL.
Do I Have a Noroxin Aortic Aneurysm Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Noroxin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new aneurysm cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered internal bleeding or an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) from Noroxin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.