Media Coverage of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Dangers

WSB-TV 2 out of Atlanta, Georgia has run several news segments about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics – focusing on the death and destruction caused by Levaquin/levofloxacin.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!  WSB-TV 2 producers and other staff, Jim Strickland, Kathy Dannelly, Donna Schultz, Jeff Stephens, Lynne Whitcopf, Dr. Keith Jeffords, Sandy Davis and everyone else who spoke up about the dangers of these drugs – THANK YOU!

Here are the video clips from WSB-TV 2 –

You can read the story here – http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/local-woman-says-popular-antibiotic-killed-her-hus/njzwj/

Per The Quinolone Vigilance Foundation‘s facebook page, “QVF has just been informed moments ago by ABC2 WSB-TV that the number of shares from the news stories have increased from 2 million to 3.9 million.”  WOW!  Great job getting the word out!

Here is another story featuring Lynne Whitcopf and Dr. Keith Jeffords, and their stories of pain –

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/patients-suffer-devastating-side-effects-popular-a/nj4Br/

When a doctor reports that, “It was an amazing amount of pain, to the point that I couldn’t walk,” and has to crawl out of the hospital to avoid more fluoroquinolones, you KNOW that the situation is bad.

Sandy Davis sadly lost her husband Richard to levofloxacin.  Here is her story –

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/woman-says-popular-antibiotic-levofloxacin-killed-/nj5jY/

I’m so sorry for the pain that was experienced by all those who were interviewed.  I appreciate that each of you told your story of pain!  These stories are important!

 

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15 thoughts on “Media Coverage of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Dangers

  1. Staveren February 6, 2015 at 8:13 am Reply

    Thank you Lisa for posting this together on this page! I am very glad the word is finally spreading. XX Myti

  2. Jan Bush February 6, 2015 at 10:48 am Reply

    It is so important that the media is spreading the word! Thanks, Lisa!

  3. Heather Rayne February 6, 2015 at 11:08 am Reply

    As I have told in my story before – I had stories that sound almost exact to some of you. However, the only antibiotic I knew about that I had been given right before symptoms set in was Macrobid (nitrofurantion). Reading all of the comments and stories coming out sound like my own. Than mixed with the fact that I cannot find hardly anything about Macrobid ADRs…I am still left confused and lost. Since this all happened shortly after surgery, I have begun to wonder…was I given a FQ antibiotic DURING surgery?? I was never told about it. But I ordered my chart (costing me 68 bucks) this morning and will hopefully soon find out EVERYTHING I was given Pre During and Post op. I truly hope this isnt yet another dead end.

    In the meantime, Drs say I have fibromyalgia. (sigh)

    • rainbowheartbeat February 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm Reply

      Heather, when I was recovering from Cipro toxicity I developed a kidney infection and was given Macrobid which made all my symptoms come back for 4-5 weeks. It’s a pretty nasty drug in and of itself and most floxies will tell you not to take it either.

      • Heather Rayne February 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm Reply

        Thank you. To make matters worse, I just got back from the Dr. I am either passing kidney stones or have a UTI or kidney infection. Ugh. I refused antibiotics until we know for sure. So sick of all of this.

        • rainbowheartbeat February 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm

          Yeah or just take penicillin based drugs as they seem to be the safest.

  4. rainbowheartbeat February 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on rainbowheartbeat.

  5. nmartinez1938 February 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply

    FDA attacks natural antibiotic alternative that now have been proven to work where Big Pharma drugs no longer are effective. When and how long, how many lives must be lost before the truth be told- lifesaving remedies are being denied in spite of scientific proof that has been known for years. Prime example; the remedy known the the US Gov’t & military is Silver Sol 10ppm reported in a declassified US Gov’t document to disable the ebola virus. All this you can easily search online.

    As a fellow WordPress dedicated user, I share this unpopular truth.

  6. nmartinez1938 February 8, 2015 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Before It's Too Late and commented:
    If FDA is developing a long history of failing to protect the lives they are mandated to do so– then how are we expected to truth them in allowing a rushed ebola vaccine to be on the market this year. There are many reports of how toxic many vaccine are now injuring and being the cause of many deaths.

  7. Debs February 11, 2015 at 10:08 am Reply

    Hi Heather ,

    It would not surprise me at all if you find you were also given a FQ in respect to your surgery this happens WAY too often, I truly hope this is not the case.
    MACROBID however imo is dangerous enough on its own, I would advise everyone to steer clear of it if humanely possible (, which the majority of the time it is ) as this antibiotic also carries a serious toxic profile & It truly is the FQs chemical friend, carrying many of the same/similar potential ADRs even in respect of delayed symptoms. If you check out the side effects section on drugs.com you will find that even the potential macrobid induced peripheral neuropathy can be delayed for instance.

    http://www.drugs.com/pro/macrobid.html#_cfb1c03a-db85-4c07-7c6f-2fcb22bfcfd3

  8. Debs February 11, 2015 at 10:11 am Reply

    There are quite a few horror stories here on Macrobid

    http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=20064&name=MACROBID

    • Heather Rayne February 11, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply

      Thank you! I have seen those links and they helped me figure out what was going on to begin with. Drs kept shrugging their shoulders so I had to do my own research and take it to a specialist who agreed with my findings.

      I have to accept that it was indeed the Macrobid. They did give me an AB during surgery but it was anicef. I thibk that the cases of Macrobid toxicity are considered so rare because people assume they have fibro or something else. I don’t think they are ever dx properly. I had to fight to get the right diagnosis. Yet I still search for answers.
      I now have elevated calcium and still an elevated sed rate. So I am going to an endocrinologist to check hormones, parathyroid and adrenals. My symptoms are still unacceptable after 11 months. The extreme exhaustion is the worst. I have no energy or desire to do anything I used to enjoy. My sleep is horrible – 5 hours on a good night. Muscles are near spasm constantly. And my joints are suddenly that of an old woman. So sick of it.

  9. Steven and Stacey April 3, 2016 at 10:29 pm Reply

    You might have a candida overgrowth in your blood, as I believe I aquired after Levaquin 750mg X5. Maybe. Or the effects of good Flora gone. Which can cause a mountain of trouble. When Your normal flora gets wiped out, You need to seek a good probiotic ($ needed of course for all things to get better). Also look up on this site about oxalate overload. And the bacteria that fights it. My wife got a stone after taking an antibiotic, which is probably an oxalate stone after the bacteria Oxalobacter may have got wiped out. Also a bit difficult to get back. Try not to wonder and get down, but search for answers non-stop. It’s been since early 2000 since my episode and FQ toxicity started. And if any one takes other medications or has prior health issues, it is magnified. I started eating things that would digest easier with lots of antioxidants and fluids. Lemon-water helped me now for years. Of course True organic is the best for all things. Fresh ginger root grated and stained for food or drinks works very well, and not too pricey. If You can stomach it then crushed garlic works well for getting rid of fungus, and also turmeric root works. They do well made into a dip. Also kills viruses and bad bacteria. Also found out rescently that the roots from mushrooms are extremely healthy. mycoultra.com. Fermented foods and fluid mixes work great for bacteria replacement but can have histamines, so maybe the lemon water for that. One fully squeezed lemon into a full glass of preferably alkaline antioxidant water. Or any non-chlorinated water. It has kept me from getting sinus infections along with fresh ginger slivers to chew on before bed. Also lemon water may prevent more stones. I take ginger shredded, heated up a bit with a cup of water, strained through a coffee basket filter, vanilla extract, half & half, organic sugar on ice for the stomach. You can add Green Tea or Jasmine to it if preferred. Candida feeds on sugar and that’s where the garlic comes in. Take about four good size garlics cloves, (not the elephant garlic but typical size), crush and let sit for a little while to mix into salsa. It is powerful but works. Have some preferably fresh spearmint ready. A homemade toothpaste out of stevia, grapeseed oil, baking soda, and spearmint oil works good. The garlic is harsh, but after You get tired of it, try fresh or dry turmeric. We make a dip with sour cream, sea salt, tarragon, onion powder, ground ginger, turmeric root powder(darker the better), black pepper (optional, as it can be harsh for urinary systems). Rosemary is very good fresh and oregano if one can find a good way to use it fresh. Cooking with them is healthy also. If You have acid reflux then cold-brew coffee works great though the process may not be easy. They say caffeine is bad in ways but that is a hang-up for many. Medium-dark roasts are better for this and try without the sugary stuff. Maybe just half & half. I been meditating for many years already, but I found that it still works, even with all the damage I suffer. And if You are a believer in this confusing world, then I say They are still listening. Even during all of these things and much bad around the world. I hope this all helps and that others see this too. Please share these, as they have helped us much. Power to all here and Peace to the hearts.

  10. Steven and Stacey April 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm Reply

    Also I see now and is funny, I just realized that this post goes perty far back. Oh well, maybe someone may read it. By now I hope more is figured out for all here.

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