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Two Antibiotics Linked to Liver Injury in Elderly
But while serious, these cases are relatively rare, study saysAugust 13, 2012
MONDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that two antibiotics commonly used to treat respiratory and sinus infections -- moxifloxacin (Avelox) and levofloxacin (Levaquin) -- may boost the risk of severe liver injury in seniors.
The two drugs belong to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones.
For the study, published Aug. 13 in CMAJ (the Canadian Medical Association Journal), Canadian researchers examined the medical records of 144 patients in Ontario who were over 65 and admitted to the hospital to treat liver injury within a month of receiving moxifloxacin or other antibiotics commonly used to treat respiratory infections. The patients had no history of liver disease, and 88 of them died.
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