Antibiotics can be life savers, but they do have side effects – some of which may be both dangerous and deadly. This is especially true with fluoroquinolones, the class of drugs that includes Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox. Physicians prescribe fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox to more than 26 Million Americans each year, so there is a good chance that you or a family member has taken one of these potentially harmful drugs within the last year.
These drugs treat a wide variety of infections, but they can cause serious injuries to the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. They have been linked to aortic aneurysms (bulges) and dissections (tears). Damage to the aorta can lead to strokes, heart attacks and even death. These drugs may also cause nerve damage and even lead to psychosis.
Levaquin was approved by the FDA and put on the market for sale in 1996. Since then, serious questions have been raised about the safety of these medications, most notably Levaquin. Until recently, the manufacturers of these medications have done little to warn doctors and consumers of the possible deadly side-effects. They also have failed to warn that because of the deadly side-effects, it should be prescribed only for severe life-threatening infections. Thus, many doctors are prescribing fluoroquinolones like Levaquin for non-life threatening conditions such as earaches, bronchitis, sinusitis, and other ailments which could be allowed to resolve on their own or are easily treated with less risky drugs.
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Author: Serena C. Montague
Publication Date: June 29, 2016