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This One Goes Out to All of You: Thanks to the Fighters of Fluoroquinolones Spreading the Word
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Avelox and Levaquin are some of the most commonly prescribed types of antibiotics in the country, and millions of fluoroquinolones are prescribed each year to treat an array of infections from urinary tract infections to ear, nose and throat or respiratory infections.
And yet, fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Avelox and Levaquin are such powerful antibiotics that they are in a class of their own — one that was never intended to be used as a first form of treatment, due to their severe side effects such as permanent nerve damage and disability.
To treat patients with life-threatening infections , Avelox and Levaquin are drugs that makes sense. But for such routine infections as ear infections or urinary tract infections, taking fluoroquinolones like Avelox and Levaquin does not make sense — because the drug comes with the dangerous side effect of permanent nerve damage and disability, a risk that no patient should be exposed to without a serious, life-threatening infection.
We’d like to say that all patients and members of the medical community know this information, but they don’t. And that’s because the manufacturers of fluoroquinolones hid that information from them for far too long, failing to inform both patients and doctors of the huge risk of permanent nerve damage and disability that comes with taking fluoroquinolones.
Because the manufacturers of fluoroquinolones did not alert patients and doctors as they should have, what has happened is that the patients themselves have started speaking out. That’s why we are starting to learn just how bad fluoroquinolones can be, because the patients themselves started to stand up, join together and say There Is a BIG Problem with this class of antibiotics.
But this wasn’t just “any” sort of speaking up and doing.
Instead, patients who were injured by fluoroquinolones often spoke up for years, with no one to listen, describing nerve damage and disability, with symptoms such as severe shooting pain or tingling or a loss of sensation in the arms or legs without being recognized.
What’s more, patients were often billed as “problem patients,” and their adverse reactions were not only not recognized as having to do with the fluoroquinolone antibiotic they took but also, sometimes, not even believed to exist at all.
Incredibly, there are up to 100 different symptoms of the nerve damage called “peripheral neuropathy” that may be caused by taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics, and each patient may experience something slightly different than the other… meaning, the ability for patients and doctors to recognize the dangerous side effects of fluoroquinolones and apply them to the next patient with similar symptoms is even more difficult without proper guidance from the manufacturers of fluoroquinolones.
It only takes a few pills, and the adverse reactions of nerve damage and disability may not occur until weeks or even months after taking the antibiotic. Combined, that’s a dangerous cocktail that spells heartache and pain for numerous patients.
Luckily, victims of fluoroquinolones spoke up. And now, we must hear them.