Other Fluoroquinolones

Perhaps you took a fluoroquinolone other than Cipro, such as Levaquin or Avelox. Does this website apply to you? Yes! In fact, a lot of the information on this website can be useful in treating a myriad of “incurable” or “irreversible” conditions. There is only ONE remedy I know of that is specific to Cipro Toxicity and it is homeopathic. Please regard the majority of my statements (but not all) about Cipro to apply to other fluoroquinolones. Not sure if you took a fluoroquinolone?

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia, here is a list of fluoroquinolones as was published 11-17-10, please refer to the website for the complete article and footnotes and please notice how many of these drugs have safety issues:

“The first generation is rarely used today. Nalidixic acid was added to the OEHHA Prop 65 list as a

9 thoughts on “Other Fluoroquinolones

  1. After being diagnosed with an E.Coli infection of the blood (apparently quite dangerous/life threatening), though feeling quite normal most of the time, except for periodic fever/chills & loss of appetite, I was prescribed Levaquin for a 14 day period. That was after receiving IV anti-biotics while in the hospital. I took the Levaquin for the 14 days exactly as instructed and found that, on the first day, my shoulders and knees became quite painful, necessitating some support if I tried to kneel down or raise my arms above shoulder height. The very day that I was finished with the prescription the pain began to subside substantially, eventually disappearing altogether. I had the sense at the time that this was a potentially dangerous drug because of its unrelenting effect on me for those 14 days. I am a 76 year old woman with an absolutely dynamite immune system, by the way, which may explain why I managed to fight off that infection (if, in fact, that was the case) for around 6 months without any medicine at all. I would not advise any person to take the above mentioned drug, even though I came through it without permanent effects, because it seems clear that this is a dangerous substance at best and perhaps life-threatening at worst.

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    Fluoroquinolones (Cipro being the most commonly known), are among the most dangerous drugs on the market and should be avoided unless, LITERALLY, your life depends on it. Despite the extreme danger of these antibiotics, they’re the most commonly prescribed in the United States… In 2010, Bayer’s top two fluoroquinolones (Cipro and Avalox) increased the wealth of Bayer by over $1 billion in sales. That same year, Johnson & Johnson sold OVER $1.3 billion-worth of its drug, under the trade name “Levaquin”. NOTE: ALL antibiotics carry some risk of ‘side effects’, but the fluoroquinolones are in a class by themselves when it comes to potential long term health risks. None of the other antibiotics carry even close to the potential as the fluoroquinolone class to cause serious, permanent injuries, and even death. Despite their known high risk, doctors frequently prescribe them as a first line of treatment, even for mild infections. You are responsible for your own health, so ALWAYS ask your doctor if there is a safer alternative if he/she writes a prescription for any of the fluoroquinolones..

    And, adding insult to injury, the victims say that they were never warned that there are dire adverse effects associated with these antibiotics. I strongly advise you to educate yourself about the risks of fluoroquinolones, and refuse any prescription for these drugs unless absolutely necessary.

    What Makes Fluoroquinolones So Dangerous?

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    Fluoroquinolones have fluoride as the main ingredient. Fluoride has been a known neurotoxin for many years, and drugs with an attached fluoride molecule are able to penetrate into the deepest and most vulnerable tissues, including crossing the blood-brain barrier, and into your brain. It would appear that the drug manufacturers are using fluoride as a “carrier” to take the anti-biotic into every part of the body.

    The ability to cross the blood-brain barrier is what makes fluoride such a deadly neurotoxin. Fluoride also disrupts collagen synthesis, and can damage your immune system by depleting energy reserves and inhibiting antibody formation in your blood actually leaving your body unable to fight infections.

    According to Todd R. Plumb, M.D.1–a physician and fluoroquinolone victim—fluoroquinolone neurotoxicity appears to be functional, not structural, as structural abnormalities are not typically seen on the radiological studies of patients with fluoroquinolone toxicity. Based on the available research, he cites the following four possible mechanisms of harm by fluoroquinolones:

    Inhibition or disruption of the central nervous system GABA receptors
    Depletion of magnesium and disruption of cellular enzyme function
    Disruption of mitochondrial function and energy production
    Oxidative injury and progressive cellular death
    Bitter Pill features three victims whose lives have been shattered by the long-term health effects of fluoroquinolones. Placing the blame squarely on the drug maker, one of them says: “[These side effects are] not something they’re just finding out now. These people are criminals. They belong in prison for the rest of their lives.”

    Dr. Terence Young, MD, also featured in this video, lost his 15-year old daughter to a lethal drug effect in 2000.

    Channeling his grief into finding out how that could happen, he says he discovered “corrupt practices that prevented doctors and patients learning what the true risks of prescription drugs were. And the reason that’s happened is because of this incredible marketing power of the pharmaceutical industry.”

    Beware the Serious Life Altering Effects of Fluoroquinolones

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    Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally issued a warning that fluoroquinolone antibiotics, taken by mouth or injection, carry a risk for permanent peripheral neuropathy.2

    Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in the arms and/or legs, characterized by “pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness, or a change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature, or sense of body position.”

    But the risk for peripheral neuropathy was noted way back in 2001, when Dr. Jay Cohen published documentation showing the following fluoroquinolone-related reactions.3 And every more disturbing, the adverse reactions of fluoroquinolones were documented in Europe as far back as the 1980s:

    Nervous system symptoms occurred in 91 percent of patients taking fluoroquinolones (pain, tingling and numbness, dizziness, malaise, weakness, headaches, anxiety and panic, loss of memory, and psychosis)
    Musculoskeletal symptoms in 73 percent of patients (tendon ruptures, tendonitis, weakness, and joint swelling)
    Sensory symptoms in 42 percent of patients (tinnitus, altered visual, olfactory, and auditory function)
    Cardiovascular symptoms in 36 percent of patients (tachycardia, shortness of breath, chest pain, and palpitations)
    Skin reactions in 29 percent of patients (rashes, hair loss, sweating, and intolerance to heat or cold)
    Gastrointestinal symptoms in 18 percent of patients (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain)
    In a letter to his Congressman, Dr. Cohen wrote:4

    “These severe reactions are occurring in patients who are healthy, active, and young. Most often, the antibiotics are prescribed for mild infections such as sinusitis, urinary or prostate infections. Most reactions occur very quickly, sometimes with just a few doses of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Reactions are acute, severe, frightening, and frequently disabling.”

    Despite persistent warning signs, the FDA didn’t take action until 2008, at which point they added a “black box warning” about severe tendon damage. They waited another five years before issuing a warning about the high risk of permanent neuropathy.

    This is yet another sad example demonstrating that just because a drug is FDA approved does NOT mean it is safe to take. Beyond what the FDA was willing to make public, Fluoroquinolones have also been associated with the following health problems and adverse effects:5

    Retinal detachment, which can cause blindness Disruption of collagen synthesis and collagen degradation,6 causing muscle, tendon, cartilage, and/or ligament damage Nausea and diarrhea
    Acute kidney failure Hallucinations and/or psychotic reactions. (About one-third of patients tend to experience some sort of negative psychiatric effect, such as anxiety, personality changes, or confusion) Hearing problems
    Brain fog Painful rashes Disruptions to blood sugar metabolism7
    Depression Phototoxicity Peripheral neuropathy
    Seizures Heart damage Acute liver toxicity8, 9
    PLEASE—Only Use Fluoroquinolones (Cipro is the most commonly prescribed)… as a Last Resort

    Dr. Cohen’s documentation differs drastically with the drug makers’ own data. The drug companies claim that less than one percent of subjects in clinical trials suffered any serious adverse reactions. That’s a far cry from Dr. Cohen’s data showing a majority of patients taking the drugs experience serious symptoms.

    According to Bitter Pill, about 100 Canadian deaths have been attributed to fluoroquinolones since 1985. (There are likely many more that remained unconnected to the cause.) Freedom of Information documents obtained from the US FDA show more than 50,000 reports of adverse reactions and over 3,000 deaths. Dr. Young believes the complete picture is undoubtedly far worse than what is admitted by any agency, simply because most doctors never report suspected drug side effects and/or deaths. Patients also rarely report side effects of drugs they’re taking, usually because they do not make the connection. Previous research suggests that actual reports represent about one percent of the reality.

    If your doctor prescribes a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, please be certain that your condition is life threatening enough to justify the risks. Fluoroquinolones should really be reserved for treating only the most serious life threatening bacterial infections, and only to those that remain unresponsive to other treatments. While several drugs in this class have been removed from the market because of their deadly adverse effects, six remain FDA-approved for use in the US:

    Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
    Gemifloxacin (Factive) Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
    Norfloxacin (Noroxin) Ofloxacin (Floxin)

  3. You truly shone a 500 watt bulb on this reality! My mother suffered everything you just stated minus the severe tendon damage. She did have problems with them but they were not torn. She had the psychosis and abdominal pain and phototoxity and hearing problems including severe tinnitus. She had peripheral neuropathy to an extent, but not severe. Like an idiot I took some of her antibiotics. I have suffered as a result. I have milder symptoms of what she had. I may have been given these drugs when I was pregnant, as I had a vaginal yeast infection. I suffered from depression for over 25 years. It’s a long story. Nevertheless, thank you for sharing this info. It has helped me greatly to figure out why my mom lost her mind and died. My job is to help myself now, and my daughter…who has likely been floxed, due to recurrent treatment for UTI’s.

  4. Just a footnote the comment above, I believe it was a mild bladder infection that I had when I was pregnant. That was 1986. I asked the doctor if it was safe to take the antibiotic while pregnant and she said that the risks were justified. Some cranberry juice would have sufficed:(

  5. I have sleeping disability for already 5 months since I take Cipro 500mg x 2 x two weeks. Now I a m bed ridden dying from not sleep 24/7 beside from other adverse, bit by bit I am dying

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