Fluoroquinolones Back in the News
I have written many times about the fluoroquinolones family of antibiotics, referred to as quinolones on the run and often by the condition they so far were the most well-known for: causing major neurological damage–often permanent–leading to a condition termed FLOXED. I spent quite a bit of time fighting for blackboxing quinolones, which was finally achieved in 2016. There were many lawsuits on the part of those injured by quinolones as well. I wrote many articles about the trouble they cause, health stories, even about a suicide, and general information. See some here, here, here, here, here, and here.
The Drugs in the Fluoroquinolones Class:
- ciprofloxacin (CIPRO, CILOXAN)
- enoxacin (PENETREX)
- levofloxacin (LEVAQUIN)
- moxifloxacin (AVELOX)
- norfloxacin (NOROXIN, CHIBROXIN)
- ofloxacin (FLOXIN, OCUFLOX)
Why in the News Again
Latest report by the FDA states that quinolones are responsible for aneurysm for a large group of patients, particularly the elderly and those who have predisposition to aneurysm.
The US Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday that the benefits of fluoroquinolone antibiotics do not outweigh the risks — which include aortic aneurysm — for certain patients, according to the latest research. The research is based on reports of patient problems and on studies published between 2015 and 2018. (See here) (emphasis mine)
In addition, earlier this year the FDA released an announcement about the possibility of serious blood glucose drop and mental health effects in certain patients:
FDA reinforces safety information about serious low blood sugar levels and mental health side effects with fluoroquinolone antibiotics; requires label changes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening the current warnings in the prescribing information that fluoroquinolone antibiotics may cause significant decreases in blood sugar and certain mental health side effects. The low blood sugar levels can result in serious problems, including coma, particularly in older people and patients with diabetes who are taking medicines to reduce blood sugar. (see here)
What Should You Do?
The one thing you most certainly must do is avoid all fluoroquinolones from ever being possible to be prescribed to you. Don’t trust your doctor to remember that the FDA regulated its non-use and don’t trust your doctor about knowing which antibiotics are fluoroquinolones. The thing to do is to copy out the names I wrote above, print them out, take the list to your medical office and have all–I mean every single medicine in that class–placed on your medical record as “ALLERGIC“. I did that several years ago and it pops into my doctor’s face when he wants to prescribe a fluoroquinolones family of antibiotic for me. There are plenty of alternatives!
Other Things to Do
Luckily I have not needed any antibiotics since I have been on the ketogenic and now the carnivore diet (almost 5 years)–I seem to be pretty well protected from all pathogens–no illnesses, not even the cold! This is also something you may consider: A diet that improves your immune system by reducing all inflammation and allows your body to be its healthiest. A body in a state of complete health is also going to be a state in which you can prevent and easily cure health conditions that are pathogenic.
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