Common antibiotics may lead to condition that causes heart failure
UPI Health News (Business)
Some of the most common antibiotics may cause heart problems, a new study says.
People who use Ciprofloxacin, marketed as Cipro, and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics have a 2.4 higher risk of developing aortic and mitral regurgitation due to blood backflow into the heart, according to new research published in the September edition of the
If untreated, severe blood backflow can lead to heart failure, according to the
"You can send patients home with a once-a-day pill,"
For the study, the researchers included 12,505 patients with valvular regurgitation and 125,020 control patients from a random sample of more than nine million people.
They looked at active fluoroquinolone users who've taken the drug in the last 30 days. They also examined those with recent exposure between 31 and 60 days and past exposure between 61 and 365 days.
The researchers compared patients who used fluoroquinolone with those who took amoxicillin and azithromycin.
The findings revealed aortic and mitral regurgitation risk was highest among current users, then recent users. Past users, however, had no elevated risk.
Etiminan hopes this study will spur further research to confirm these findings, to bring more awareness to physicians about the potential dangers of antibiotics.
"One of the key objectives of the Therapeutic Evaluation Unit is to evaluate different drugs and health technologies to determine whether they enhance the quality of care delivered by our programs or improve patient outcomes," said