The US Food and Drug Administration states that particular antibiotics can lead to severe damage of the nerves. The fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that are often used for the treatment of numerous diseases. They are most commonly used for the treatment of urinary tract infections and respiratory infections. According to statistics, these medications have been prescribed to over 23 million patients only in 2011.
- Gemifloxacin (Factive)
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Ofloxacin (Floxin)
- Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
- Norfloxacin (Noroxin)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has demanded for all the fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs to be labeled better and also to write all the negative effects of the peripheral neuropathy. Fluoroquinolones can cause this severe nerve damages and they can happen immediately after these types of drugs are used and the consequences can be permanent.
These types of antibiotics are beneficent in eliminating the bacteria and also stopping it to grow further and later cause many diseases. At first it seems to be very helpful, but it is actually very harmful, because the risks are higher than the benefits, given the fact that these antibiotics are connected with peripheral neuropathy.
When the spinal cord, the nerves that pass the information from and toward the brain are severely damaged – this is when the peripheral neuropathy happens. This damage can interfere with this link with the nerves. Burning or shooting pain in the legs and arms, numbness can be symptoms of peripherl neuropathy. And people who have taken these antibiotics have experiences long-lasting nerve damages as it has been reported, and it also led to disability.
The fluoroquinolones also have the power to get into the blood-brain barrier. They have fluoride molecules connected to these quinolones. They can cause damage to the nervous system when they get into the brain, and this is because they can penetrate into the tissues that are the sensitive ones. In the United Stated, the top sold antibiotic was Levaquin, in 2010. And in 2011, there were more than 2000 lawsuits from people who have experienced serious damages from using these antibiotics.
Symptoms and Side-Effects
The usage of fluoroquinolones can give negative effects very fast, just after a couple of days. So in case you are starting to notice any symptoms and you are using these antibiotics, you should consult and seek professional help as soon as possible. The damage that they cause can be permanent or it last for several months. Here are some of the side effects and negative symptoms that the fluoronoquines cause:
Tendon damage and rupture
Joint and muscle pain
The fluoroquinolones are usually used in order to cure urinary tract infections and also sinus infections. Fortunately there are some natural treatments for these issues that you can use, without having to take fluoroquinolones and put your health in danger.
In case of sinusitis, the remedy is to just consume hot tea, clean broth and also drink a lot of water. Consuming these fluids can treat the irritation in the sinuses and also are helpful in thinning the mucus. Another alternative is to consume spicy food like horseradish or cayenne pepper. To prepare a powerful natural remedy that is efficient in thinning out the mucus, you can make a mixture with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
In order to eliminate all the bacteria you should consume and also consume a lot of water, and it will treat a UTI. Kombucha, sauerkraut, probiotic yogurt, kimchi and kefir contain probiotics. Also another alternative to treat UTI’s is with consummation of cranberry juice.
Here is one video that will give you more information about the side-effects of fluoroquionolones:
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