People often ask for articles about fluoroquinolone toxicity to share with their doctors. Following are a few articles that I recommend.
What you should share with your doctor depends on your doctor’s willingness to read what you give him or her. Doctors are busy. Most of them don’t have the time, energy or inclination to keep up with all of the latest drug research. They depend on the FDA to regulate drugs and they assume that if a drug has been on the market for years, it must be safe. They are wrong in those assumptions. It would be more appropriate for them to assume that all of the mysterious diseases of modernity (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E., autoimmune diseases, allergies, dietary intolerances, autism, etc.) are due to the damage that pharmaceuticals are doing to the mitochondria, microbiome, endocrine system, etc.; and the feedback loops between those delicate systems. Unfortunately, most doctors haven’t had that epiphany quite yet. Here are some articles that can at least introduce Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome to them:
Show your doctor this if 4 sentences is his/her limit:
For doctors who are willing to take the time to read a few articles, but aren’t going to spend a lot of time looking into FQ toxicity, I recommend that you show them these:
- Dear Doctor letter written by Dr. Plumb, a doctor who was Floxed
- New York Times article by Jane Brody, “Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects”
- PBS Frontline expose about fluoroquinolones
- Forbes article by Melanie Haiken, “Antibiotic Alert: The Drug the Doctor Ordered Could Cause Deadly Side Effects”
- “Fluoroquinolones 101” by me (Lisa Bloomquist) on Hormones Matter.
For doctors who are willing to read journal articles about fluoroquinolones, I recommend these:
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) “Musculoskeletal Complications of Fluoroquinolones: Guidelines and Precautions for Usage in the Athletic Population”
- Science Translational Medicine, “Bactericidal Antibiotics Induce Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Damage in Mammalian Cells”
- Journal of Young Pharmacists, “Oxidative Stress Induced by Fluoroquinolones on Treatment for Complicated Urinary Tract Infections in Indian Patients”
- Molecular Pharmacology, “Delayed Cytotocicity and Cleavage of Mitochondrial DNA in Ciprofloxacin Treated Mammalian Cells”
Another thing that you can do is go over the FDA warning labels for the fluoroquinolones with your doctor:
- FDA Datasheet – Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- FDA Datasheet – Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- FDA Datasheet – Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
The severity of adverse reactions to fluoroquinolones isn’t noted anywhere on the labels. Nor is the fact that symptoms can be delayed. It is assumed, by everyone, that adverse drug reactions are transient and that they will stop when administration of the drug has stopped. This isn’t true for fluoroquinolones. The adverse effects listed on the fluoroquinolone warning labels are multi-systemic and perhaps your doctor should wonder how and why fluoroquinolones cause multi-symptom, chronic illness.
Most people, doctors and patients alike, think that adverse reactions to fluoroquinolones are rare. If you feel like going over this post with your doctor, I think that I make some good points in it: “Is Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Rare?”
Multi-symptom chronic illness brought on by a chemotherapy drug masquerading as an antibiotic is something to take seriously. If your concerns are not taken seriously, I highly recommend finding another doctor.
And please thank the doctors who listen to you, read the articles that you give them and start being more prudent with their use of fluoroquinolones. When a critical mass of doctors realize the dangers of these drugs, we’ll start seeing change. I thank every one of you who takes the time to talk to your doctors about fluoroquinolone toxicity. It does a lot of good.