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Cipro, Z-Pack Linked with Acute Kidney Injury In Adult Men

A new study links serious renal side effects in men to antibiotics recognized as fluoroquinolones – more commonly known as Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) published an article in its June 2013 medical journal that warns patients of “the use of fluoroquinolones may lead to acute kidney injury.”

The study compiled men ranging from 40 to 85 years of age who were enrolled in the United States IMS Life Link Health Plan Claims Database to “assess the rate ratio for acute kidney injury with current, recent and past use of fluoroquinolones, with amoxicillin and azithromycin as controls.”

The CMA “found a small, but significant, increased risk of acute kidney injury among men with the use of oral fluoroquinolones, as well as a significant interaction between the concomitant use of fluoroquinolones and renin–angiotensin-system blockers.” Results showed the use of amoxicillin or azithromycin was not associated with acute kidney injury.

You should consult with a doctor if you have any ongoing symptoms or health concerns, and before making any changes in medication. You should also consult with a Lopez McHugh attorney if you or a loved one have injuries connected to a fluoroquinolone.