Do doctors know what antibiotics they shouldn’t prescribe for simple infection?
It appears that most doctors don’t follow FDA regulations and especially don’t read updated regulations. There is an extended black box warning on all fluoroquinolone class antibiotics, which are:
- levofloxacin (Levaquin),
- ciprofloxacin (Cipro),
- ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets,
- moxifloxacin (Avelox),
- ofloxacin (Ocuflox)
- gemifloxacin (Factive)
- delafloxacin (Baxdela).
There are more than 60 generic versions of these antibiotics and so it is your job–the sick person–to check what you are getting! It is your health and your doctor is too busy to see patients to read FDA regulations… after all, it’s the FDA. Right? (‘nough politics!)
Over the past decade I wrote many articles on this topic: here, here, here, and then I also wrote a petition against their use for everything, see here, here. The black box was finally released, see here. Additional warnings on quinolones came forth, see here. Four years after my initial petition, the FDA sent a letter to me, see here, Lots more articles were published on this blog on this by me and then bang, a lawsuit decorated the quinolone class drugs, see here. One more article to share with you here.
What’s In the Name
Keep an eye on the word “floxa” somewhere in the generic name.
ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets,
Initial Discovery And What Happened Later
When the black box first appeared, it only stated potential damage to the tendons–especially the Achilles tendons–and tendonitis. The latest updated black box, as of 2018, contains a lot more warnings: risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions!
These drugs have been known to cause serious damage to many people. In fact, I have opened a Facebook group many years ago for people who have been hurt by these drugs. The damaged are called “floxed” and so the group name is Floxed on Facebook as well. We try to help but solutions are limited at this point. The damage appears to be to the mitochondria and no one seems to take it seriously enough to start research on what can help overcome mitochondrial damage.
Lately I see many doctors prescribing these drugs and I see many people getting hurt! Some of the injuries may be permanent!
What You Can Do!
Be sure to add all these drugs on the list of drugs that you are allergic to at your doctors’ offices. Also buy an allergy bracelet or card and list these antibiotics on your card as allergies. This way the doctors cannot just casually prescribe them to you for a simple UTI or a cold!
If you have serious pneumonia and your life is on the line, take it by all means! But if there are alternate treatments, be sure to have the FDA warning with you to remind your doctor that this drug can cause more harm than good!
I fought for passing this black box with all my might and the black box was passed! I was very happy to have been part of this effort! But I am very sad that doctors aren’t reading the FDA regulations, and hurt many people unnecessarily! Take your health into your hands! Print the FDA article out and take it with you to every doctor visit in the future!
Can You Rebuild Mitochondria?
Great question, no solid answers. Mitochondria are our energy factories in our cells, and when they die, so do we. The options are very limited. However, understanding how nutrition affects the health of our cells, how fasting, for example, can initiate autophagy, the state in which cells (and their mitochondria) get to be replaced, I think there is hope. I strongly recommend to move to a very low carbohydrate and high protein and fat diet because glucose metabolism is very hard on our body and our mitochondria. Fat and protein metabolism is much easier and produce much less reactive oxygen species, which are harmful for the mitochondria. So I recommend the ketogenic diet and lots of 2-3-day long fasting.
Comments are welcome, as always, and are moderated for appropriateness.