Levaquin, Avelox & Cipro

Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro are some of the most common types of fluoroquinolone antibiotics prescribed in the United States. More than 26 million Americans use these drugs in some form each year, yet many are unaware of the life-changing side effects. Studies show that these drugs damage the lining of the aorta – the largest blood vessel in the body. This damage is can result in aortic dissection (tear) and aortic aneurysm (rupture).

A tear can interrupt the blood flow to other organs by blocking the blood vessels that feed them. The can result in many problems including stroke, paralysis and kidney failure. Symptoms include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Back pain
  • Paralysis or loss of pulse in arm or leg
  • Appearance of stroke or heart attack

A rupture occurs when the aortic wall bulges or enlarges, which causes the wall to weaken and potentially burst. Occurring in the abdomen or chest, these weak areas are very dangerous and susceptible to ruptures, which can be fatal.