Interesting Information: Wait! Read This Information Before Taking A Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic

Interesting Information:  June 18, 2015

Common antibiotic linked to serious, potentially-deadly side effects

A family member recently sent me this information.  THANKS!

The family member wrote:  “My friend…took just one pill and his Achilles tendon ruptured. He has been dealing with pain and muscle atrophy for months…”

BEFORE you take a fluoroquinilone antibiotic, READ THIS INFORMATION!

Here are some product names for this drug:

  • Noroxin® (norfloxacin)—Merck and Co.
  • Cirpo® Cipro XR® (ciprofloxacin)—Bayer HealthCare
  • Levaquin® (levofloxacin)—Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • Avelox® (moxifloxican)—Bayer HealthCare
  • Factive® (gemifloxican)—Cornerstone Therapeutics
  • Ofloxacin—generic

Here’s some info from the article below:

Charles Bennett, M.D. is a leading researcher on fluoroquinolones.  He spoke with KOB 4 from his office at the University of South Carolina.

“You’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people with a side effect,” Dr. Bennett said.

Dr. Bennett’s work in 2004 led the FDA to add a black box warning to fluoroquinolones.  A black box warning is the highest level of a warning the FDA can add to a drug to encourage doctors and consumers to read the potential side effects. 

Dr. Bennett is now petitioning the FDA to add another warning regarding possible mitochondrial toxicity.  In short, mitochondrial toxicity is a breakdown of your body’s cells.

In April, 2013, the FDA released its own research findings that showed a link of fluoroquinolone usage to mitochondrial toxicity.  The same report shows the toxicity could lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS. 

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