Side Effects

Fluoroquinolone antibiotic ( Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox ) Side effects:

Fluoroquinolone adverse reactions can be severe, disabling, and sometimes even permanent. The insidious part of this toxicity is that many of these adverse reactions are delayed. Adverse reactions can start weeks to months after cessation of the antibiotic. Hence, many people never associate their health problems back to the antibiotic. These latent adverse reactions often become long term health conditions. There are numerous symptoms that many fluoroquinolone victims commonly experience including, but not limited to:

Central Nervous System:
- toxic psychosis
- panic/anxiety
- insomnia
- seizures
- tremors
- dizziness
- confusion
- depression

Peripheral Nervous System:
- numbness
- pain
- burning
- tingling
- stinging
- weakness

Musculoskeletal System:
- joint pain
- tendon pain
- tendon rupture
- muscle pain (rhabdomyolysis – a potentially fatal, rapid muscle wasting ADR which may include dark or pink urine)

Cardiovascular System:
- torsedes de pointes (a fatal arrhythmia)
- heart attack
- palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
- bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
- tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)

Immune System:
- anaphylactic reaction (potentially fatal allergic reaction)
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome (potentially fatal autoimmune reaction where the immune system attacks the skin)

Additional ADR’s:
- renal (kidney) failure
- liver failure (potentially fatal)

Drug Interactions – Fluoroquinolones should not be taken together with:
- Corticosteroids (ie: prednisone)
- NSAID’s, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ie: Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- caffeine
- theophylline (asthma medication)

This is only a partial list of known adverse events. There are numerous other potentially fatal adverse reactions associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
See the manufacturer’s package insert for more complete list of adverse reactions

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