January 2, 2019

FDA: Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase risk of aortic ruptures

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 20 announced that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the occurrence of ruptures or tears in the aorta.

The FDA recommends that healthcare professionals:

  • Avoid prescribing fluoroquinolone antibiotics to patients who have or are at risk for having an aortic aneurysm, and use them only when no other treatment option is available for these patients.
  • Advise patients to seek immediate treatment for any symptoms of aortic aneurysm.
  • Stop fluoroquinolone immediately if a patient reports symptoms of an aortic aneurysm or dissection.


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