Fluoroquinolones can cause neurological side effects

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Re: Fluoroquinolones can cause neurological side effects

Postby SarahLonglands » Mon May 16, 2016 7:39 am

It seems as though these drugs were rushed out far too quickly and for no real reason. Perhaps someone can come up with a reason?
An Itinerary in Light and Shadow Completed Dr Charles Stratton / Dr David Wheldon abx regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years. Still improving with no relapses since starting. Can't run but can paint all day.
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Re: Fluoroquinolones can cause neurological side effects

Postby SeanReynolds » Fri May 20, 2016 6:36 am

The reason is probably money. I've read there's a 'suspicion' over any drug containing functional fluoride groups, which include the fluoroquinolones, and SSRIs like Prozac (fluoxetine) although that might be a bridge too far.

I took norfloxacin very very briefly once and had a near miss with Achilles tendons tears, apparently Cipro is less likely to cause that -- I've seen a study somewhere which ranked several of the fluoros for degree of tendonitis harm.

I've also seen individual accounts and sites on the web of people taking just 1 dose of Cipro and having awful auto-immune problems for years, being crippled, etc.

In the US it was still being commonly recommended to MDs as a frontline drug for simple UTIs, etc, and prescribed accordingly. Smart GPs/MDs will know better by now, of course. It's now euphemistically being recommended only when other abx options don't work -- when in fact you'd probably be better off avoiding it altogether, as it's a game of Russian Roulette.
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Re: Fluoroquinolones can cause neurological side effects

Postby SarahLonglands » Fri May 20, 2016 7:33 am

Sean, you are right to my mind: MONEY!
An Itinerary in Light and Shadow Completed Dr Charles Stratton / Dr David Wheldon abx regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years. Still improving with no relapses since starting. Can't run but can paint all day.
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