Anyone ever got hurt (floxed) by Levaquin, Cipro, or Avelox, here is a lawsuit you can join.
How do you know if you were floxed?
Not everyone has the same symptoms but what these drugs share in common is that they destroy bacterial DNA. Great for the bacteria you want to get rid of but not so good for the bacteria that actually keeps you alive. One particular bacteria that we cannot survive without is the mitochondria in our cells. Every human cell has mitochondria. Their job is to convert whatever comes into the body to energy so we can function. Without mitochondria we are not alive.
These antibiotics, collectively fluoroquinolones or quinolones, all destroy bacterial DNA and they have caused damage to human mitochondrial DNA. Since mitochondria reproduces on its own in each cell, repair of the DNA is only possible by accidental mutation in synchronous mode in all damaged cells. Not likely… Not everyone got hurt from these drugs equally. The differences are not understood. But the primary adverse reactions of these antibiotics are:
- Torn Achilles tendon — these can also become what I call “jumping tendons” that is tendons that are looser than should be and pop left or right on your joints (painful!)
- Damage to the nerves of the eye that can cause blindness — partial or full
- Peripheral neuropathy — most common and most devastating. This is the case when your mitochondrial DNA is so damaged that the damage is irreversible. People with this version of the damage have committed suicide, here is one example for you but of course there are thousands more. We now also know that the Gulf War Syndrome is also peripheral neuropathy. This is nothing new by the way.
- There may even be a connection to these antibiotics causing type 2 diabetes.
I am one of the floxed ones with the torn Achilles and the jumping tendons so far but who knows, I may later come down with other problems. One of the biggest problems with taking these medicines is that any or all of the problems can hit you months after you stopped taking the medicine because the damage has to reach a threshold before it shows up.
At the same time, these medicines are held in high esteem by many doctors because as broad spectrum antibiotics, they can treat some illnesses that others cannot–I should say could, because bacterial resistance now made them quite useless in most cases!
I have a citizen petition against these drugs for almost a year now that the FDA responded to saying they cannot make a decision! Well lets help the FDA make a decision! Either post a comment on my petition (click on “comment now“) and/or apply to be part of the lawsuit. In either case the goal is the same: get these drugs off the market for common everyday prescription possibility! They can keep them for emergency use of life and death but for heaven’s sake, do not prescribe it for a urinary tract infection or a sinus infection! There are safer antibiotics for that!
Comments are welcomed, as always!