ANTIBACTERIAL LINKED TO SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS
Avelox (moxifloxacin hydrochloride) is a synthetic fluoroquinolone antibacterial agent prescribed to treat acute bacterial sinusitis, pneumonia, skin infections, intra-abdominal infections, and plague. The drug was first patented by Bayer in 1991 and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 to treat specific bacterial infections (approved usage was later expanded).
Avelox comes in tablet form for oral use as well as an injection for intravenous use. Common side effects associated with Avelox treatment include:
Fluoroquinolones, like Avelox, have been associated with severe, life-altering side effects that can cause irreversible and serious health issues.
AVELOX, FLUOROQUINOLONES LINKED TO IRREVERSIBLE TENDON DAMAGE
In 2016, the FDA updated a warning regarding the safety of fluoroquinolone antibacterial medications like Avelox. The warning pertained to disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system. The agency mandated that a black box warning be added to every fluoroquinolone medication label, warning of the risks associated with the drug.
Patients taking Avelox are at an increased risk of developing tendinitis and tendon rupture, most frequently involving the Achilles tendon, rotator cuff, hand, biceps, and thumb. These severe side effects can occur within hours of starting treatment. The risk is higher in patients over the age of 60.
Peripheral neuropathy, or weakness, numbness, or pain from nerve damage, can occur when taking Avelox. In some patients, symptoms occurred soon after starting treatment and was irreversible in some people. Patients are urged to stop using Avelox if they suffer from:
- Other alterations of sensation (light touch, pain, temperature)
Severe central nervous system disorders may occur when taking Avelox, including:
- Convulsions and increased intracranial pressure
- Toxic psychosis
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Avelox can cause these severe symptoms after just the first dose. The FDA has determined that fluoroquinolones should be reserved for use in patients who have no other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis, acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections because the risk outweighs the benefit in these patients.
AVELOX MAY EXACERBATE MYASTHENIA GRAVIS SYMPTOMS
Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of muscles under voluntary control. Signs of myasthenia gravis include weakness of the arm and leg muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing, and breathing. Avelox may exacerbate muscle weakness in patients with myasthenia gravis, which in some postmarketing serious adverse reactions lead to death and ventilator support. Patients with the disease are urged not to take Avelox or drugs like it.
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