Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics that are flouridated. They are big sellers for the top pharmaceutical companies, raking in billions of dollars each year under the following names: Cipro, Avelox, Factive, Noroxin, Floxin and Levaquin. These drugs are typically prescribed as treatments for the most common and mild of infections, and patients are rarely informed of any risk of ill effects from taking them.
However, while all antibiotics have a risk of some side effects, these particular FDA-approved ones carry the highest risk of serious dangers. The central part of this drug is flouride – a known neurotoxin. Drugs with flouride are able to reach your most sensitive tissues – including your brain. This potential brain-barrier breach that results in neurotoxicity is perhaps the most disturbing adverse effect of fluoroquinolones.
Flouride also causes damage to the immune system by depleting your energy reserves and inhibiting the formation of antibodies in your blood. Additionally, it disrupts collagen synthesis in your cells, depletes your magnesium levels, impairing your cellular enzyme function, and messes with your central nervous system GABA receptors.
As far back as even the 1980’s, adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone have been documented in Europe. Below are some of the commonly reported reactions:
Nervous system symptoms – pain, numbness, dizziness, tingling, weakness, headaches, anxiety, panic, memory loss, psychosis.
Musculoskeletal symptoms – tendon ruptures and tendonitis, joint swelling, weakness.
Sensory symptoms – altered sight, smell and hearing functions, tinnitus.
Cardiovascular symptoms – chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath. tachycardia.
Skin reactions – hair loss, rash, sweating, intolerance to heat or cold.
Gastrointestinal symptoms – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.
Reactions typically come on quickly and severely, often disabling otherwise healthy, active and young patients.
Finally, in 2008, the FDA added a warning about severe tendon damage to this product. It would be another 5 years before they would give additional warnings about permanent nerve damage.
This goes to show that just because a substance is FDA approved does not mean it’s perfectly safe. It is our own responsibility to do our own research and make your own informed decisions. The next time you are prescribed flouroquinolone antibiotics by your doctor, you may want to be absolutely certain that your situation warrants the risks presented by these drugs. Use flouroquinolones only as a last resort.
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