There have been some additional questions about recent medical papers and the FDA warning about this group of drugs, which the public recognizes by names such as Cipro and Levaquin. Some may have wondered why the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation is raising awareness about this. They may wonder if it has something to do with their heart. It is not the heart, it is the aorta that is getting attention, along with tendons, muscles, and other areas of the body.
The reason the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation is putting so much emphasis on this is because we advocate for a special group within the public at large, those who already are prone to developing aneurysms of the aorta in their chest.
Quite simply, there are important questions that we must ask:
- If it puts the general population at risk of aneurysm and dissection, what about those who already have enlarged aortas or full blown aneurysms?
- Would this group of drugs make already enlarged, bulging aortas even worse, more dangerous, more quickly?
In November 2015, two papers were published in medical journals by doctors in Taiwan and Toronto, Canada. Then in May 2016, the FDA issued a new warning.
Here is the abstract of the paper from Taiwan:
Here is the paper from Toronto:
Fluoroquinolones and collagen associated severe adverse events: a longitudinal cohort study