Why Athletes Should Never Take Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics


No one should take fluorouqinolone antibiotics unless there is no other alternative and one is in a life-or-death situation. Athletes in particular should be aware of the harm that fluoroquinolones can do, and they should avoid them if at all possible. Athletes should know that their athletic abilities, and even their lives, can be taken from them by fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

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Why Athletes Should Never Take Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

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5 thoughts on “Why Athletes Should Never Take Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

  1. Lynda Smith March 22, 2016 at 9:15 am Reply

    Hi Lisa: I have posted many times before, but I feel I must comment on this very important topic. I was athletic in the sense that I had been dancing at an advanced level every day for more than twenty-five years up until the time I was ‘floxed’ negligently and in error by a physician assistant. I not only didn’t have an infection at all (the culture came back negative), but I didn’t have a single symptom of an infection. I opted to see him for a simple strained muscle. He even went so far as to say repeatedly, “This the worst infection I have ever seen!” Interestingly, knowing how I exercised vigorously each day, as he handed me the prescription for cipro – 500 mg x twice daily for 5 days, he said, ” Take this and you will be back to dancing in two days!” Nothing could have been further from the truth; I am still virtually bedbound; it has been one year and nine days since taking cipro. I am 73 years old, thin, and was in excellent shape before cipro; I now walk with a cane. I suffer severe pain with every single movement of my muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. I can rarely make it to physical therapy because of the ongoing and debilitating pain. I nonetheless remain hopeful and am grateful for those days when the pain is not as tortuous. Please don’t exercise at all following a course of a fluoroquinolone, and if you are athletic, I especially say to you, don’t take any drugs in this class unless it is a matter of life or death.

    • Lisa Bloomquist March 22, 2016 at 9:21 am Reply

      Hi Lynda,

      I’m so, so, so sorry for everything you have gone through and everything that has been taken from you! As a friend noted on facebook, “No one should take fluoroquinolones! It is not ok to stop anyone from walking and running- athlete or not!” Include dancing in that too.


  2. Marie - Sweden March 22, 2016 at 9:49 am Reply

    Thank you Lynda.
    for telling your sad story so others can read it..

    I am not a victim myself. I started to look for information in 2004 because of a close friend.
    In his case it was difficult to know what was what because he was on several medications but it opened my eyes.

    I ordered Stephen Frieds book – Bitter Pill – and read patient stories at askapatient.com and fqresearch.org.

    I discovered that there were people who called themselves “floxies” – I was amased. I try to tell people here in Sweden about this group of antibiotics – that they shouldn´t take it unless there is no other choise and it`s a matter of life and death.

    I will send this article and your comment to a doctor that I am “educatiing”.
    He doesn´t get offended. He had no idea about these problems.

    I have always felt that the side effects of this type of antibiotics and statins (cholesterolol lowering drugs such as Lipitor (=atorvastatin), Zocor (=simvastatin), Crestor (=rosuvastatin) are very similar.

    I think it`s important to read critical books and articles to get a broader view on “health care”. There are many to choose from – not many in my own language – Swedish.

    Here are some books that i have in my book shelf (not about fluoroquinolones).

    Overdosed America (John Abramson)
    Overtreated (Shannon Brown Lee)
    Overdiagnosed (Welch ……..)
    Selling Sickness (Alan Cassels + Ray Moynihan)
    Seeking Sickness (Alan Cassels, about different types of screening)
    Malignant Medical Myths (Joel M. ? Kauffman)
    Doctoring Data (Malcolm Kendrick, a favorite doctor)
    Ignore the akward (Uffe Ravnskov)
    The Statin Damage Crisis (Duane Graveline)
    Statin Toxic Side Effects (David Evans)
    White Coat – Black hat (Carl Elliottt)
    Blood Medicine (Kathleen Sharpe)
    Worried Sick, Rethinging Ageing and others (Nortin M. Hadler)
    Books by Peter R. Bregging (about psychotropic drugs)
    Mad in America (Robert Whitaker)
    The anatomy of an epidemic (Robert Whitaker)
    Terence H. Young has written an interesting and moving book about his dseased daughter
    Vanessa. I can´t remember the name just now – google his name.,
    There are many, many more.

    I would also like to recommend Allan Cassels montly column on http://www.commonground.ca, his own site, http://www.alancassels.com where I recently found a link to an interesting interview with him (about 1 hour).

    I hope you will feel better soon.

    Greetings from a snowy part of Sweden

  3. Tom Marsella March 22, 2016 at 10:44 am Reply

    As a Senior Olympian gold medalist in sprints and hurdles I now, since being Aveloxed in 2012, have difficulty walking.

  4. BOC Sciences March 22, 2016 at 11:06 pm Reply

    There are so many unlucky stories. Thanks for your comments here, which helps people have no danger sense about the usage of the antibiotics. But as it’s so limited in application , why no drugs replace them? Hope drug design can work to discovery better drugs for such conditions.

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