One Life Less Because of Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)! In Honor of One Who Died!

I never thought I had to come face to face with a drug that hurts so many in such a terrible way! I certainly have not thought that I will learn from the family of a member who took his life because it was destroyed by antibiotics! This is  the drugs in the quinolone family. He was prescribed two kinds: Ciprofloxacin and Ofloxacin.

Those of us who have come face to face with the dangers and side effects of quinolone family of drugs, most commonly Cipro (brand name) or Ciprofloxacin (generic) in prescriptions (almost 70% of prescribed oral quinolones is represented by Ciprofloxacin or Cipro per the FDA database), understand why Dick Decent committed suicide after these drugs have destroyed his life. His sister posted her comment on one of my previous blog posts. Dick left behind two children. And all he did was take two antibiotics, both in the quinolone family of dangerous drugs that for some reason the FDA continues to permit to be prescribed for simple infections that can be treated by other antibiotics equally well in most cases.

I decided to honor Dick with this blog post to share his family’s pain and to let you all know that these drugs are serious damaging drugs and apparently killers as well. I list again the drugs here for you–some have already been pulled from the market but many the FDA continues to permit. Cipro itself has a 43-page warning of adverse effects that apparently no doctor or pharmacist will tell you about. I post here the generic first and brand names (many since they are under different names in different countries). The information is from Wikipedia, where you can read up on each drug at your convenience.

Please make sure that if you had an adverse reaction or know someone who had–even if that adverse reaction is listed on the package insert as expected–report it to the FDA on their online submission form. They need to hear your voice! They need to hear it happened to you too so that it does not take more lives and it does not have to happen to others!

The list of drugs for human use–I crossed out those already removed from the market and highlighted in bold those causing the most well-known problems so far:

First-generation:

Second-generation

The second-generation class is sometimes subdivided into “Class 1” and “Class 2”

Third-generation

Unlike the first- and second-generations, the third-generation is active against streptococci.

Fourth-generation

Fourth-generation fluoroquinolones act at DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV. This dual action slows development of resistance.

In development

Please check to make sure you are not taking any of these drugs for simple infections that other drugs can treat equally well. These drugs should remain to be used and possible to be prescribed to only those in life and death situations when there are no alternatives!

Comments are welcome!

Angela

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About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain, electrolyte homeostasis, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage gated channels that modulate electrolytes and voltage in the brain, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other related variants, such as the MTHFR variants of the B vitamin methylation process and many others. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings after treating over 4000 migraineurs world wide, all ages and both genders, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know and also hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide". Due out in the summer of 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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5 Responses to One Life Less Because of Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)! In Honor of One Who Died!

  1. Doodaa2 says:

    So sorry for the family, this drug is criminal. How it continues to be used is beyond me. So so unnecessary and cruel.

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  3. Oh Ms. A. I have not even got to read that! The human part is so hard. I will have to finish that one first. I received a letter from the FDA legal team that I need to modify my petition to comment on precisely what sentence I want removed, added, amended, etc., of the current regulation.. I am looking at 1000 pages of regulations.. Not even sure where to start. 😦 Unfortunately the veterinary section will have to wait. Or perhaps that will be automatic…

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  4. Ms. A says:

    You should also post the eye and ear drops and the ones given to our pets!

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