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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bitter Pill: Serious Side Effects of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

 
"Beware the Serious Side Effects of Fluoroquinolones
Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally issued a warning that fluoroquinolone antibiotics, taken by mouth or injection, carry a risk for permanent peripheral neuropathy.2
Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in the arms and/or legs, characterized by "pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness, or a change in sensation to light touch, pain, or temperature, or sense of body position."
But the risk for peripheral neuropathy was noted in 2001, when Dr. Jay Cohen published documentation showing the following fluoroquinolone-related reactions.3Adverse reactions of fluoroquinolones were documented in Europe as far back as the 1980."

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