We have been warning for some time about the dangerous nature of FLQ antibiotics. These drugs have serious side effects and taking them for a common infection can be like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved beefed up warnings on these antibiotics. They should only be taken when there is no alternative.
FLQ antibiotics are fluoroquinolones. The FDA published new labeling changes for the drugs. You can read the FDA’s strongest warning to date on these antibiotics here.
The updated warnings on the boxes advise of the serious potential side effects of FLQs. These side effects “generally outweigh the benefits” for patients suffering from acute bacterial sinusitis (ABS), uncomplicated urinary tract infections, and the symptoms of chronic bronchitis if they have other options.
Powerful FLQs should only be prescribed to patients who have no alternatives.
The FDA warned fluoroquinolones are associated with disabling and potentially permanent side-effects. This damage can affect the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and central nervous system.
Serious Conditions Linked to FLQ Antibiotics
Some medical studies and patient accounts link FLQs to peripheral neuropathy, a form of permanent nerve damage linked to pain, numbness, and weakness. The hands and feet are particularly vulnerable. Lawsuits are currently making their way through the courts.
Aortic dissection is caused when the walls of the aorta, body’s main artery, break down, allowing blood to enter tissue. It’s a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening conditions including stroke, heart attack and paralysis.
Aneurysms afflict the victim with little warning and can be deadly. Typically, they show no symptoms until they burst causing a loss of consciousness and severe pain in a patient. Your chances of survival are about 50 percent. If you do make it, you will require immediate surgery, medications, and costly medical monitoring for the rest of your life.
The FDA’s warning is welcome but comes too late for thousands of people who were prescribed these drugs and suffered life-threatening side effects or even died.
Lawsuits are currently flooding in against manufacturers such as Bayer.
Here are some common FLQs.
Avelox (moxifloxacin hydrochloride)
Cipro XR (ciprofloxacin)
For more information see our dangerous drugs section about these antibiotics on our website. If you have been harmed by a dangerous drug, it’s important to get in on a class action against the manufacturer.
Our experienced Virginia dangerous drugs team can help you. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.