Is Your Antibiotic Safe?
In 2013 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning against a popular classification of antibiotics refered to as fluoroquinolones, in the warning the FDA indicated that these antibiotics may be linked to serious,sudden,and potentially nerve damage.
This serious condition is commonly refered to as peripheral neuropathy. The initial package labeling for the drug failed to warn patients and doctors of the rapid,serious,permanent nerve damage.This important information should have been on the antibiotics labeling and packaging from the start.
In 2011 over 23 million people were prescribed a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.Peripheral neuropathy has been listed on warning labels since 2004 as a possible side effect of taking these antibiotics,many patients have reported long lasting nerve damage and disability as a result of taking these antibiotics.
Common Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are most commonly prescribed for respiratory infections and urinary tract infections(UTI) but these antibiotics are many times overprescribed for conditions not requiring an antibiotic of the strength of this class.Some of the commonly prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics include:
- ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- gemifloxacin (Factive)
- levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- ofloxacin (Floxin)
- norfloxacin (Noroxin)
- moxifloxacin (Avelox)
If your doctor prescribes you any of these antibiotic medications, make sure that your personal medical condition warrants antibiotic medication that comes along with the very serious adverse side effects.
Rapid Onset of nerve damage symptoms
Peripheral Neuropathy can be described as damage to nerves that function to send information to and away from the brain and spinal cord as well as the rest of the body.Damage to these nerves can interrupt these connections,nerve damage symptoms can vary depending on which nerves are damaged. Generally,the nerve damage symptoms most often take place in the legs and arms. These symptoms may include any or all of these symptoms.
- shooting pain
- memory loss
Nerve damage symptoms can occur rapidly, sometimes within several days of starting use of the antibiotic medication. Nerve damage symptoms can last for months,the symptoms can continue after you have stopped taking the antibiotic medication. You need to be aware of the nerve damage dangers and the nerve damage symptoms you may experience if taking any of these antibiotics.