You have most likely found this website because you are suffering from an adverse drug reaction ("ADR") to a fluoroquinolone ("FQ") antibiotic. The fluoroquinolones include the brand names, Cipro, Levaquin, Tequin, Maxaquin, Avelox, Factive, Floxin, Noroxin, Penetrex, Zagam, as well as any other antibiotic that contains the words "flox" or "ox" in the generic name, such as ciprofloxacin, levefloxacin and gatifloxacin.
Some ophthalmic and otic (ear) drops solutions contain FQ's such as: Chibroxin(norfloxacin), Ocuflox(ofloxacin), Quixin(levofloxacin), Zymar(gatifloxacin), Ciloxan(ciprofloxacin), Floxin Otic (ofloxacin), Cipro Otic (ciprofloxacin).
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY TAKING A FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTIC AND ARE SUFFERING FROM ONE OR MORE OF THE ADR'S LISTED BELOW, PLEASE STOP TAKING IT IMMEDIATELY, REPORT YOUR ADR'S TO YOUR DOCTOR AND DEMAND THAT HE/SHE PRESCRIBE A NON-FLUOROQUINOLONE ALTERNATIVE.
If you have finished your course of FQ'S and you are suffering from one or more of the ADR's listed below, YOU MUST NEVER TAKE ANOTHER FQ ANTIBIOTIC AGAIN.
TYPICAL FQ ADR'S
PLEASE BE WARNED some FQ ADR's can be permanent, crippling and even fatal. There are numerous tell-tail symptoms that many FQ victims commonly experience including, but not limited to:
Central Nervous System:
- toxic psychosis
Peripheral Nervous System:
- joint pain
- tendon pain
- tendon rupture
- muscle pain (rhabdomyolysis - a potentially fatal, rapid muscle wasting ADR which may include dark or pink urine)
- torsedes de pointes (a fatal arrhythmia)
- heart attack
- palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
- bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
- tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
- anaphylactic reaction (potentially fatal allergic reaction)
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome (potentially fatal autoimmune reaction where the immune system attacks the skin)
renal (kidney) failure
liver failure (potentially fatal)
Drug Interactions - FQ's should not be taken together with:
- Corticosteroids (ie: prednisone)
- NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ie: Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- theophylline (asthma medication)
This is only a partial list of known FQ ADR's. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER POTENTIALLY FATAL ADR'S ASSOCIATED WITH FQ ANTIBIOTICS. See the manufacturer's package insert for more complete (but, thanks to the FDA, not necessarily totally complete) list of ADR's.
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