In July 2016 the FDA released a serious new health warning for a group of antibiotics due to their "disabling side effects". In this episode Angela uncovers for us the potential dangers and irreversible side effects this popular class of antibiotics - Fluoroquinolone's. In 2010 Levaquin, an antibiotic in this category, was the best selling antibiotic in the USA. We now know that this group of drugs carries a hefty risk of damaging side effects such as: Tendon rupture, blood clots, wide spread muscle & joint pain (fibromyalgia and arthritis), retinal detachment and other vision issues, depression, neurological conditions and much more!
Listen in to learn more and get educated on other options which should be considered first before ever using this class of antibiotics, so you can make informed decisions for you and your family.
Shownotes & Resources:
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics - also sold under the following brand and generic names: Cipro, ciprofloxacin, Cipro XR, Proquin XR, gemifloxacin, Factive, levofloxacin, Levaquin, moxifloxacin, Avelox, norfloxacin, Noroxin, and ofloxacin, Floxin. Make sure to keep this list of antitibiotics with you next time you go to the doctor and if they want to prescribe one of these, ask them to use a different antibiotic first. In 99% of cases there ARE other options, so don't allow yourself to be pressured into taking this class of antibiotics.
Links discussed in the show:
FDA - Health & Safety Warning released in July 2016 https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm
FDA - list of generic and brand names of the fluoroquinalone group of drugs and additional side effects https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm126085.htm
New York Times news article referenced in the show - this also has some additional links in the article. https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/popular-antibiotics-may-carry-serious-side-effects/?_r=2