• One-Third of All Prescription Drugs Still Contain Toxic Ingredient Despite Black Box Warnings

    One third of all the drugs that doctors write prescriptions for in treating common maladies, especially infections of any kind where antibiotics are so routinely prescribed, contain a toxic ingredient that has unusual and debilitating side effects. A 2013 lawsuit prompted the FDA to issue black box warnings, but physicians are still prescribing these deadly drugs.

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    It took awhile for me to figure out what caused my decline into a painful world after an active life, including a summer trip out west, hiking through our national and state parks... and also coming down with a UTI. I was so grateful to have a vial of Cipro that my doctor gave me in advance of the trip. Bam. Tendons, muscles, all ached. I will never take a fluoroquinolone again.

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    Sad for those of us suffering. Its real and its painful and criminal.

  • One-Third of All Prescription Drugs Still Contain Toxic Ingredient Despite Black Box Warnings

    Hello all, if you aren't a believer in the fact that fluoroquinolone anti-biotics, can cause extremely bad, disabling side effects, then I would like to share my story. I was 36 yrs old when I took my first anti-biotic in almost 20 yrs (besides one amox shot when I had mastitis), when I had pertussis, pneumonia and a collapsed lung. I took it for 10 days, and I recovered from the lung infection, but now have several disabling side effects over the last 18 months. I have sever hand pain, foot pain, elimination issues (I take probiotics, always have), digestion completely stopped, I gained 25 lbs, sleep 12 hours a day, STILL 18 months later, get shaky, have severe weakness, have suicidal thoughts, depression, no desire to do anything outside the house. I have 4 kids, used to play softball 6 times a week for 30 yrs, and have been to one game since. I used to build furniture, work on cars, clean the house, etc. I cannot do most of those things at all now, or very well. So, I would like to bring to light the fact that these anti-biotics are indeed disabling people who are not elderly. It was very easy for me to pinpoint what is was, as I was on NO OTHER medication before this at all. So, please, please understand this is very real and does happen all the time!! Way more than it should.

    Lani Lawson

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    Paul Fassa, you are to be commended not only for issuing a warning about these drugs but also presenting an accurate picture of what we 'floxies' go through. Many articles are vague and whitewashed. Those of us in the trenches know the pain, the horror, the despair of going from a healthy, functioning person contributing to society, to a disabled, dependent person far too young. It's like waking up one day in a nightmare, with myriads of symptoms out of nowhere. In my case, I had tremors, weakness, slept 2 or 3 hours a night, anxiety, racing heart, skyrocketing blood pressure, lost 60 pounds from no appetite. My doctor kicked me out of his practice because he didn't believe me. Doctors still don't know, or choose to ignore, the disabling effects. That is why articles like yours are so important. We must work from the ground up, to warn others, to prevent more deaths and injuries. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word.

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    2016, March, I had a sinus infection that didn't go away with Amoxocilin. So I went back to dr. and got on a prescription for Levaquin. for 7 days. I asked my Dr. about side effects as I already had Tinnitis and didn't want it to worsen, I was told it would be fine. On the 5th day of the prescription I woke up with pain in my right shoulder. I thought I slept on it wrong. the pain continued. I thought maybe it was tendonitis as I had that years ago. I had done no exercise other than walking and knew I didn't strain it. It didn't go away. it got worse. I thought this must be something other than tendonitis as I knew it. I took anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofem ) and thought I would give it a few days. It was difficult to get dressed and undressed, I stopped driving (standard) and couldn't chop vegetables with my right hand to make meals or do yard work. It affected my sleep as I could no longer sleep on my side and would wake up in pain. After about 4 days one evening, my left shoulder became stiff, sore and painful. That shoulder is now worse than the right. I made an appointment with an orthopedic and started PT, this made me worse but I tried to continue, finally stopping. I researched the drug and saw that there were numerous reports of problems like mine and worse from taking this drug. It is 6 months later and the tendonitis is much better but still there. I have since developed a left hip problem, deep pain, and as of this week both ankles are having awful aches and pains, even just walking sometimes I limp. I also have tingling, burning and twitching going up my legs more and more as the days go by. I have had 2 MRIs, back and shoulder xrays, physical therapy, done Naturopathic cleansing diets (first one worked best, am into my second with little results yet). Diet and supplements have cost me hundreds of dollars and this may just be the beginning. This medication is POISON. Get it off the market! It is very depressing when you have something horrible going on inside you and no Dr. seems to be able to help, and they don't want to know about it. YET THEY PRESCRIBE IT!!!

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    I was given Ciprofloxin in the spring of 2012 for an internal infection and IT saved my life, according to the doctor that prescribed it, but it ruined my health. I went from an active, engaged, able 54 year old single mother to a disabled mother whose twins became her caregivers. Today I am still unable to walk far, work, the peripheral neuropathy is a daily issue, along with digestion and elimination issues that keep me from walking far, traveling any distance never mind vacationing. My world too has become very very small. After years of getting no answers or help from the medical community, I found an online group that enlightened me as to the cause, and started my path to recovery through eating clean and taking good supplements. My world is a little bigger today but nothing to what it was and what it should be as I head into a forced retirement.


    I tell everyone I know to not take these drugs, I and my twins wear medic alert bracelets to this effect. Not sure how this has been allowed to happen with all that is known about the side effect of this family of antibiotics BUT it is a crime what is being allowed to happen to thousands of innocent citizens and children for the profit of these corporations!!! We need better laws, better government regularity systems and we need to get drug companies and their money and influence out of our government!!


    Thank you for listening

    Cheryl Hanstke

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    Blackbox warnings, you would think they are there for a reason. Would you not? This is so not right in all ways you could imagine. Doctors are still handing this stuff out like it means nothing to them. imagne all the trusting patients they have that will possibly one day have their lives changed forever. Simply because the have trust in their Dr. This needs to stop. I Have handed many Doctors warnings for them to hand them back. When is this going t stop. They need to be held accountable for their actions like every one else. Not Only do we hire them as our providers, are they not nder contract to care for us in the best possible way. When a patients warns you of the devastating side effect, you could at least stop and take notice. With out this drug some may actually have to work for a living. Instead give em a drug and send them on their way, they will be back. This is simply ridiculous. I think the medical society needs t update their education or loose it. Too may lives are at stake. Mine has been forever changed and not for th better. Good luck to all and beware f your Doctors.


  • One-Third of All Prescription Drugs Still Contain Toxic Ingredient Despite Black Box Warnings

    I also wish I had known how toxic these antibiotics are. I have been suffering for ten plus years from them. These drugs should be used as a last resort for infections that dont respond to anything else.

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    Great info about Fluoroquinolones. I don't think people realize how dangerous these antibiotics are. I know most doctors think their wonderful but to those that have been hurt think otherwise. While in the ER for kidney stone pain I was given Levaquin in an IV just incase I had an infection. I thought I was going to crawl out of my own skin then ended up with a torn rotator cuff, torn meniscus and neuropathy. This has kept me from being able to live out my later years in the way I had intended. I tell everybody I know not to take these drugs .

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    Thank you for this informative article on the dangers of all quinolones and fluoroquinolone antibiotics especially. I was not warned when I was prescribed levofloxacin 2.5 years ago. My PCP was also unaware of the serious, and possibly permanent side effects so when I called after 3 pills to report side effects I was told to continue the 10 day course. By day 9 my arms went numb and within days I lost my ability to walk without the assistance of crutches. I suffered Fluoroquinolone Associated Disability, side effects crossing over many body systems. My joints, heart, hearing, vision and nervous system were all affected seriously and I suffered crushing fatigue. After 2.5 years I am still struggling back to health but I have had to do this all on my own. The medical world inflicted this damage on my body and had absolutely no treatment options to offer me. My PCP felt terrible but could find no research on treatments for FQAD. I meet someone in person almost weekly that is affected by the debilitating side effects and after 2 years that is hundreds of people. I have been working on increasing awareness of the under-recognized side effects associated with all Fluoroquinolones to protect both medical providers and patients worldwide. Thank you for your part in this mission.


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    Thank you for helping to warn others. I sure wish someone had warned me. I had over 100 symptoms. The FDA named the constellation of symptoms these drugs called as FQAD or Fluoroquinolone Associated Disability. The labels were changed on 7/26/16 BUT the a dear doctor letter was never sent directly from the FDA to all doctors. Sadly, the FDA is relying on the press, which explains why so many people continue to be floxed and why so many doctors still do not recognize that these drugs should only be used as a last resort.

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    Thank you for this excellent article on the dangers of these chemotherapeutic drugs disguised as antibiotics. They have devastated thousands of lives by causing horrific physical and mental pain and debilitation to where death is preferable for some. And many more who have been affected but have not yet figured out their health problems are caused by a fluoroquinolone antibiotic they took months or years ago. These drugs should only be used as a last resort in a life threatening situation after all other options have been exhausted.

  • One-Third of All Prescription Drugs Still Contain Toxic Ingredient Despite Black Box Warnings

    Admin---Orissa said:

    One third of all the drugs that doctors write prescriptions for in treating common maladies, especially infections of any kind where antibiotics are so routinely prescribed, contain a toxic ingredient that has unusual and debilitating side effects. A 2013 lawsuit prompted the FDA to issue black box warnings, but physicians are still prescribing these deadly drugs.
    I was floxed on February 3, 2013. I used to walk my dog everyday, go hiking, rock out at concerts, travel for work and fun – the usual stuff a healthy 29 year old would do. I just celebrated my 29th birthday in late January. I started feeling sick shortly after, so I went to the doctor for a sinus and ear infection. She prescribed me 250mg of Levofloxacin to be taken for 10 days. After a few days, I didn’t feel better, so she increased my dosage to 500mg for 10 days with 5mg of a corticosteroids. I read on the prescription warning pamphlet that taking the two together could lead to an increased risk of tendon damage or rupture. Worried about these warnings, I asked the doctor and she told me “not to worry” and that it was “extremely rare” and that I am “young” and it “doesn’t happen to young people”. After 2 days, my body was poisoned. Everything inside and outside hurt and I could barely walk. It felt like I had painful rods in my legs and I couldn’t flex my ankles. For weeks, I was in excruciating pain and going through the many “stages of grief”, by reading about others who had been “floxed” with no recovery time frame in sight. In the months following, I went to many specialists and no one could figure out what was wrong with me, and no one wanted to admit it was from the fluoroquinolone antibiotic. I went to a rheumatologist, acupuncturist, physical therapy, chiropractor and a neurologist. The neurologist concluded that I have small fiber nerve neuropathy, after taking a painful EMG and Nerve Conduction Study. I’ve been battling for years and I still battle every day with this toxicity I was poisoned with. Some days are better than others, but most days are painful. The symptoms I experience in both of my legs/feet are bee stings/spider bites, stabbing pains, burning, itching, tingling, numbness, soreness, muscle tightness, cramping, charlie horses, pins and needles, “sprained ankle” feeling, and twitching. All I want, is to be a normal young person again, to walk my dog, take a nice hike, travel the world, and rock my heart out again. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics stole the youth right out of me. Thank you for your coverage on this topic!!
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    Hello, my name is Mark Girard and I am the senior admin in Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group, the largest and busiest of many support groups for victims of FQ toxicity. Thank you so much for doing this awesome story on FQs! We are finally getting the message out. These are the most common "antibiotics" now and the horrific damage they do is far far more common than your pill pushing doctor believes they are so you really need to know about them. The short list of damage that fluoroquinolones (FQs) did to me includes blood clots, broken blood vessels, bloated failing veins carved from 13 entry points, erratic blood pressure, hemochromatosis, liver damage, kidney damage, pulmonary edema, collapsed lung, hernia, torn lumbar muscle, half dozen bulging discs when I had none a few years before, peripheral neuropathy, shrinking eyeballs, tinnitus, multi-chemical sensitivity, gastrointestinal distress, hair loss, crumbling teeth, nosebleeds, nails fall off, spontaneous tendon ruptures, a cartilage transplant, ligament damage, cognitive impairment and horrific mental anguish, psychosis, anxiety attacks that had me cowering in a corner, from nothing, and one of the worst, was wicked altitude sickness which forced me to bail abruptly from the town I loved so much, Leadville, Colorado, and now I can't even go to the lower parts of the state without becoming terribly sick. There were/are about a hundred or so other "symptoms" of my fluoroquinolone toxicity, but that gives a quick snapshot of what the last 8.5 yrs have been all about. I cannot tell you how important it is for everyone to learn what the names of these drugs are and to make sure you do not take them, unless you are exposed to anthrax or the plague, and I would actually try my luck with the plague, seriously. I really wish they would have done something less drastic than giving me Levaquin, like cutting off my leg. That is how awful being "floxed" really is.

    I would like to invite everyone who has taken any of these drugs and who has suffered from any unusual health problems to join the main support group, FLUOROQUINOLONE TOXICITY GROUP, for information and support. Please watch for screening messages from our admins. Best wishes everyone!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/