Fluoroquinolone Warning Labels Updated to Include Low Blood Sugar Levels and Mental Health Side Effects

On 7/10/18 the FDA announced that fluoroquinolone (Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Ofloxacin, and a few others) warning labels are to be updated to include adverse effects on blood-sugar levels, as well as serious mental health effects:

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics: FDA Requires Labeling Changes Due to Low Blood Sugar Levels and Mental Health Side Effects

This is a HUGE development! To have the FDA acknowledge that fluoroquinolones cause both hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and that the effects of hypoglycemia include:

  • confusion
  • pounding heart or very fast pulse
  • dizziness
  • pale skin
  • feeling shaky
  • sweating
  • unusual hunger
  • trembling
  • headaches
  • weakness
  • irritability, and
  • unusual anxiety

is a massive move in the right direction for patients and advocates alike.

Additionally, in the same announcement, the FDA noted that the following mental adverse effects can occur with fluoroquinolone use:

  • disturbances in attention
  • disorientation
  • agitation
  • nervousness
  • memory impairment
  • serious disturbances in mental abilities called delirium.

Fluoroquinolone toxicity victims have long known that fluoroquinolones cause both blood sugar disturbances and serious mental health adverse-effects.

Information about the effects of fluoroquinolones on blood-sugar can be found in these posts/articles:

Information about the mental health adverse-effects of fluoroquinolones can be found in these posts/articles:

Additionally, the book, Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs by Stephen Fried goes over his wife Diane’s severe psychiatric adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone (Floxin/ofloxacin).

WE know about the blood sugar and psychiatric effects of fluoroquinolones. The FDA does too. Now they have acknowledged that they know about these horrible, life-altering, sometimes life-threatening effects of fluoroquinolones.

This acknowledgement from the FDA is a big step in the direction of getting fluoroquinolone toxicity more widely acknowledged. However, whenever there are updates to the warning labels, there are many people who say, “so what? It’s just a warning label that no one pays attention to. When is the FDA going to really DO SOMETHING to fix this problem – like find a cure for fluoroquinolone toxicity and/or remove FQs from the market?” Those people have plenty of good points, and I went into some depth in addressing them in the post, “Change the Warning Labels: Why it Matters.” In that post, I assert that one of the things that changes to warning labels does is open the door for people to sue the drug-makers:

“Warning labels themselves may be useless, but during the time when a warning label has things added to it, they can be a great tool, and a big gun we can use against the pharmaceutical companies. The ONLY times lawyers are willing to take cases to sue the drug companies are when warning labels change. For example, when the fluoroquinolone warning labels were adjusted in August, 2013 to note that permanent peripheral neuropathy is a possible effect of fluoroquinolones, several law firms took cases of those who are suffering from peripheral neuropathy after taking fluoroquinolones. Before the warning label changed, they wouldn’t take the cases, because, appallingly, you can’t sue drug companies for hurting you, you can only sue them for “failure to warn” of the harm they’ll do. It’s a really stupid situation and stupid system. BUT, the time when warning labels change is the brief period of time in which you can sue the drug companies for “failure to warn” and it’s the brief period of time when we have the chance to fight the pharmaceutical companies.”

Everyone who has suffered from hypoglycemia or mental health issues post-fluoroquinolone exposure now has a window open to file a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies that made the drugs that hurt them. Here are some law firms that have taken fluoroquinolone-harm cases in the past:

There are others too (feel free to let me know if you know of firms that are taking these cases). I hope that Bayer, Johnson & Johnson/Jansen Pharmaceuticals, and all the generic producers of fluoroquinolones pay for the harm that their products are doing to people, and I encourage all victims to seek justice through the legal system.

I hope that this warning label change will help fluoroquinolone toxicity victims to gain acknowledgement and justice. Everyone who has been hurt by these drugs deserves both.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Fluoroquinolone Warning Labels Updated to Include Low Blood Sugar Levels and Mental Health Side Effects

  1. Nathaniel July 11, 2018 at 6:57 am Reply

    Funny because I already emailed my lawyer this morning before your post asking if this changes anything. They won’t take my card but hopefully this is a new avene to pursue.

    This feels like a big Domino to fall to admit the mental problems. They must have a lot of real, hard data on it to have issued a warning. Would love to know what that data is.

    I’m happy for that progress but I think many are angry they’ve had the data for who knows how long. Myself included. Of course part of me wants to go throw this in the face of all the Drs I’ve seen that suggested I relax and rxd SSRIs.

  2. Barbara Arnold July 11, 2018 at 7:02 am Reply

    I really hope this helps some people get justice. Call me a synic but this looks like another fob off to protect the drug companies. They ask you to report any side effects to your Doctor, which is a crock because they already have TWO black box warnings and Doctors still dish this poison out, so when you tell them they either….have no clue what to do,…they don’t believe you… .or they treat you like an imbecile. Also how can you report side effects if you haven’t connected the dots, or if the symptoms don’t appear until weeks or months later. This to me, is just another useless insert. At best it informs the floxie of another horrendous side effect of which they can do nothing about.
    What is vital now, is that they BAN this poison unless it is a life or death situation, with INFORMED CHOICE. so that others will not suffer as we have, which by the way is happening EVERY day. It’s outrageous that they are still just putting warnings in the inserts.
    In depth research funded by the drug companies needs to be done. ( yeah I know, dream on )
    I will be sending this to the EMA in London to go towards they’re decision in what they decide to do about this criminal situation.

  3. tarkonis July 11, 2018 at 8:45 am Reply

    Anyone know of any UK/European based law firms?

  4. Katy Purcell July 12, 2018 at 7:28 pm Reply

    Does this include those that took generic Ciprofloxacin? I am in Wisconsin. I don’t know any attorney here.

    • Nathaniel July 12, 2018 at 7:53 pm Reply

      Hi Katy, let me know what you find. I’m in WI as well. Are you recovering or not? I’m at 2 years and some things better, some worse.

      • Katy July 13, 2018 at 8:43 am Reply

        I’m still recovering after 9 separate dosages from 2014 – 2015. I haven’t found anyone yet in Wisconsin. I’ll let you know if I find anyone.

  5. Docdent July 14, 2018 at 5:40 am Reply

    One of my first symptoms was the feeling of hypoglycaemia. After a carcrash- resulting of that sudden appear feeling of hypoglycaemia- i had a blood sugar test of 68 mg/dl. In such hard case the blood sugar must be high because of the high adrenaline after the crush. But mine was still low.
    After 10 months postflox i dont feel hypo any more.

  6. Lizzie July 14, 2018 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I took Tequin in 2003 and ended up in a coma in the hospital. It’s now 2018 and it’s taken this long to disclose the well-documented dangers of these antibiotics. Disgusting!

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