Antibiotics Linked to Liver Damage

Doctors and medical researchers continue to study the link between antibiotic medicines and liver damage

Various antibiotic families, each containing a multitude of antimicrobial types and brands, have been known to distress the liver in many recipients, often causing severe liver damage and, in some cases, death.

While researchers know that antibiotics adversely affect the liver more frequently than any other prescription drugs, they continue to study the frequency and intensity of Drug-Induced Liver Injury (DILI) while looking for ways to determine which patients are most at risk.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has created the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network to amass and evaluate data pertaining to severe liver injury caused by prescription antibiotics and other drugs. The network, which focuses on both retrospective and prospective cases, promises to throw more light on the clinical, genetic, environmental, and immunological risk factors most commonly associated with drug-induced liver injury.

According to Dr. Naga P. Chalasani, the lead author of a study examining antibiotics and Drug-Induced Liver Damage, “DILI is a serious health problem that impacts patients, physicians, government regulators and the pharmaceutical industry. Further efforts are needed in defining its pathogenesis and developing means for the early detection, accurate diagnosis, prevention and treatment.”

One commonly prescribed antibiotic, which is believed to be four times more harmful to the liver than other antibiotic types, has been used frequently to treat children with earaches. Because of the especially harmful side-effects of that drug, many consumer advocates, legislators and medical experts accuse the Food and Drug Administration of “turning a blind eye to serious safety concerns” in the approval of certain antibiotics.

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If you or a loved one have suffered serious liver damage or liver failure while taking antibiotics, or if a loved one has died as a result of liver failure connected to antibiotic use, you may have a claim.

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