If you’ve not heard of the class of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones,” you want to. Trust me. After taking a round of Cipro in 2010, for a UTI, Amy Moser’s life was forever changed and she’s now writing in the hopes that someone, anyone, will read her story and be saved from the hell this class of drugs has wrecked on her body.
She writes that after taking that round in 2010 she experienced, “Multiple spontaneous tendon and ligament ruptures, spinal degeneration, and arthritis that is widespread. We are talking multiple joint dislocations and surgeries to most of my large joints and spine. Twenty surgeries in the last 7 years if you wanna count.”
But just what are these drugs? They go by many names, Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, basically every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,” or ”ox.” While the FDA has now updated their warning on these antibiotics (July 2016) siting, “multiple system damage that may be irreversible,” people are still taking them and though the info is there, no one is warning us. So, as I always say, you MUST educate yourself: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm.
Fluoroquinolones were intended to be a last resort type of drug when all other options failed. That means if you had a UTI and you were allergic to penicillin- they still would have found something else to give you. But as we all know, it’s so, so easy to just write a script. Trying to figure out the underlying cause takes more time and doesn’t pay as well.