Fixing Fluoroquinolone Toxicity is IMPORTANT!

Your health is important.  Fight for it.  Because it matters.

Your voice is important.  Scream for justice.  Because it matters.

Your life is important.  Live life like it’s important.  Because it is.

Showing others that their life matters is important.  Because it does.

Doing something, anything, and I’m honestly not sure what direction to go, about the problems associated with fluoroquinolones, is IMPORTANT.  It’s not okay that any of us were hurt by a prescription antibiotic.  There is nothing okay about that.  We are not collateral damage, we are not small numbers (of people) (of people is in parentheses because it barely matters to some – we’re numbers ) who are adversely effected by an otherwise good drug – we’re PEOPLE whose lives matter.  And it’s important that we scream and let the people and the system that is disregarding us know that WE MATTER!  It’s important for us to change the medical (and maybe the American, and maybe the world) culture that views it as okay to treat people as if they don’t matter, as if they’re collateral damage.  It’s really important.

There are children, even babies, who are given fluoroquinolones – typically in the form of ear and eye drops to treat ear infections and pink-eye.  It is our biological and moral imperative to protect our children.  And by our children, I don’t just mean our biological children, I mean all children.  IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PROTECT CHILDREN FROM THESE DRUGS!  The knowledge that fluoroquinolones are contraindicated in the pediatric population is as easy to access as a Wikipedia article, yet kids, innocent babies that are depending on us to protect them, are being given these drugs because their doctors are not heeding the warnings.  We MUST protect the children.  We must.  Because it’s really, really, really IMPORTANT.

In prescribing a fluoroquinolone in a situation that was not life threatening, and where other, safer drug alternatives were available, our doctors disregarded their Hippocratic Oath.  THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH IS IMPORTANT.  We need to scream at our doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc. until they start following their Hippocratic Oath again.  It’s the moral basis of our medical system, or at least it should be, and it’s really, really important.

Another basis of our medical system that has been lost is INFORMED CONSENT.  It’s also quite important.  When drugs have dangerous, and sometimes permanent, side effects, as is the case with fluoroquinolones, it’s really, really important that informed consent be obtained before the drug is prescribed.  This rarely happens.  Patients are prescribed what they assume is a benign antibiotic.  They probably don’t even think about the side effects.  It’s an antibiotic, people take antibiotics all the time.  How could an antibiotic be harmful?  The sheet listing the side effects is included in the baggie when the prescription is filled, but the pharmacist doesn’t take the time to go over the side effects.  No one ever says, “This can damage your CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM” or “This may permanently weaken all of the connective tissues in your body to the point where you become bed-ridden” or any number of warnings that can describe the horror of fluoroquinolone toxicity.  It is really important that a protocol be established when prescribing and filling prescriptions for fluoroquinolones.  All gatekeepers, at all steps in the process, should be informing patients of the possible consequences of taking these drugs.  To not obtain real informed consent is WRONG.


It is important for side effects to be relevant.  It is important that doctors, nurses, pharmacists and especially patients know the RISKS associated with every drug.  Everyone involved in the system, including the patients, are guilty of disregarding warnings of side-effects.  Warnings are disregarded because they’re seen as arbitrary and unimportant.  They’re seen as arbitrary and unimportant because the FDA puts one-size-fits-all rules around what is said on drug packaging instead of adequately communicating REAL RISKS of each and every drug to doctors and patients alike.  If warnings are seen as arbitrary, if they’re not seen as real, they will not be heeded and people will get hurt.  It’s important that proper information be given to patients and that they know the risks associated with every drug that we put into our body.

The system let us down.  It’s important that we try to fix it so that it doesn’t let other people down.

Sometimes I wonder if fighting Bayer and Johnson & Johnson is possible.  I know that it is the right thing for me to do, but I get tired.  Fear takes over.  I wonder if I’m getting stuck in the past and stuck in a time in my life when I was sick, when I’m largely recovered, and that’s not a healthy thing to do.  Winning is borderline unimaginable.  Bayer and Johnson & Johnson are huge, powerful and have resources beyond my comprehension.  But then I think, who am I not to fight?  Not that many people see that there are some REALLY BIG PROBLEMS in the medical system, but I do, because of what I’ve been through, so I should take this (unwanted) gift of insight and use it – to scream.  Injustice is being done, people are being hurt and the system needs to be fixed.  So I will scream.  I will find a way to scream.  This blog is a start (maybe it’ll go viral – you never know (yes, that means share this post)), but bigger, better, louder ways of screaming are possible and I will do my best to find them.  BECAUSE BABIES ARE BEING POISONED.  Until they stop giving Cipro ear drops to 1-year-olds, I will scream – because it’s IMPORTANT to keep babies from being poisoned.  The fact that that needs to be said means that we live in a crazy world.  Let’s try to make it a little more sane.


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11 thoughts on “Fixing Fluoroquinolone Toxicity is IMPORTANT!

  1. james edwards July 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply

    I agree with what you say. the thing is I believe these doctors know the side effects and do not care. they want you sick so they can give you other drugs to deal with the problems they already caused. the doctor I was going to decided he could not help me and is passing me on to other doctors. it is a game of the big runaround. we people that are not doctors or scientist will never be heard. the only way is to have some kind of big name to get onboard. that will not happen as these doctors know who to give this poison to and who not to. they want to exterminate as many people as they can.

  2. Charles George July 5, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply


  3. Marva Doucet October 31, 2013 at 8:07 pm Reply

    I admire your perseverance, and I admire the unselfishness that you exhibit caring about others, not just yourself..

    I have not personally experienced floxing, but am enduring the unbearable pain of knowing that I gave a fluoroquinilone to my beloved dog, and had to watch him die from Baytril, which is metabolized into Cipro. This is poison to dogs, too, especially herding dogs, like my collie.

    Please, if there is anyone else out there who has had their pet poisoned, and if there is an organization alerting the pet community, please answer.

    • Lisa Bloomquist November 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply

      I am so, so, so sorry for your loss, Marva! Our precious, innocent pets most certainly are not given the opportunity for informed consent before they are given dangerous antibiotics like Baytril, which is a fluoroquinolone just like Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox. They can’t give informed consent, of course, but we, as their protectors, aren’t given the opportunity to consent for them, and that’s a shame. People are just told that their animal is being given an antibiotic, they figure that the antibiotic is benign, then they have to watch their precious, loved animal suffer. It’s tragic. I plan to start a web site devoted to how fluoroquinolones hurt pets. I would love to have your story if you would like to submit it. I will send you my contact information. Again, I am so, so sorry for your loss!

    • Debs November 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm Reply

      Marva, My cat was poisoned by BAYTRIL,( enrofloxacin ), I have been floxed too.
      Cats have a unique predisposition regarding damage to the eyes . In cats, as well as other damage that can be caused, the fluoroquinolones often cause degeneration of the retinas My beautiful cat went completely blind overnight.

      There is at present no organisation for getting the word out to pet owners regarding the dangers of these ” antibiotics ” which are actually synthetic, neurotoxic, chemotherapeutic agents,in disguise that masquerade as antibiotics, they are capable of causing horrendous damage to every living thing.
      I myself try to get the word out on these very dangerous drugs to the pet owning communities any way I can, by visiting every group/forum/,in fact anywhere online that is connected to pets I come across. I am so very sorry to hear about your dog, it is heartbreaking and so very wrong

      Lisa I think that a website regarding the dangers of the use of Fluoroquinolones in animals is a wonderful idea, and long overdue, In my opinion, this is almost universally unknown among pet owners, until they have personally experienced it, ( and the same as with our experiences with Drs, that is only if they or the vet ever join the dots & If the vet actually even knows how dangerous they are in the first place ), and we know how that one goes.

      • Lisa Bloomquist November 12, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply

        I’m so sorry about Marva, Debs! Our precious, innocent pets deserve our protection. It is our duty to protect them. It is absolutely heartbreaking when they are hurt by their Veterinarian – a person who we trust to help them, not hurt them. Thank you, as always, for speaking out!

    • Lisa Bloomquist May 10, 2014 at 7:20 am Reply

      Marva, I finally started If you would like to share the story of your beloved dog who was hurt by Baytril, I would love to post it. Thank you! And I’m sorry for your loss.

  4. baytril cats January 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply

    According to you I also agree.

    I like it………….

    • Lisa Bloomquist January 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm Reply

      And it’s also important that we stop giving this poison to our beloved pets. Toward the more recent comments on the home page of this site there is a comment from a girl whose cat was injured by Baytril. It breaks my heart. You can’t explain to a cat or dog why they are in pain. You can’t explain to them that they can’t jump any more. You can’t give them supplements. You can’t tell them to have hope. They just know that they’re in pain and that their body is falling apart. It breaks my heart. If you have info about how Baytril is poisoning pets, I would love to look at links. Thanks!

  5. BJ September 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Lisa, it bears repeating – anyway you want to do it- lol – I wouldn’t have recognized other symptoms if it weren’t for you and information can be empowering and comforting. I admire you for not only giving understanding to the floxed but warning the unsuspecting since we have some physicians today that don’t practice by “first do no harm” or care about a drug reaction. And, yes, you matter and your work matters.

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