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One of the earliest "official" warnings by the FDA that Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics can cause joint pain and TENDINOSIS / Tendon Rupture came out eight years ago. Look at what Todd Zwillich wrote clear back in July of 2008 for that bastion of truth, WebMD (FDA Warning: Cipro May Rupture Tendons ---- Agency Issues 'Black Box' Warning for Antibiotics Known as Fluoroquinolones).
"The new warnings apply to fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes the popular drug Cipro. The FDA has told companies that the drugs must now carry "black box" warnings alerting doctors and patients that the drugs can increase risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in some patients. Fluoroquinolones have carried similar warnings for years, but officials say they continue to receive reports of safety problems. A "black box" warning is the FDA's sternest warning. Most of the tendinitis and tendon ruptures affect the Achilles tendon, behind the ankle. But the agency has also received reports of tendinitis and ruptures in the shoulder and hand. Researchers don't know exactly what fluoroquinolones do that promotes tendon rupturing. Theories suggest the drug may impede collagen formation or interrupt blood supply in joints. FDA officials would not confirm the number of reports of ruptures it has received, citing the ongoing litigation."
Unfortunately for the general public, this class of antibiotic is no different than other drugs or VACCINES when it comes to "Underreporting". Scores of studies reveal that only 1% to 10% of drug reactions are ever reported --- HERE). Although the government tells us that Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics only affect about 1 in 25,000 people, I will assure you that this number is low --- way too low. In 25 years of busy rural practice, I have probably, give or take, seen 25,000 unique individuals. According to the FDA, this means I should have seen one case of tendon problem caused by Flouroquinolones. The problem is, have seen dozens of such people who have been messed up by varying degrees by these drugs (and like STATIN DRUGS or CORTICOSTEROIDS; who knows how many others who not put two and two together concerning what messed them up). In fact, this problem is so common that there is actually a term used to describe it --- being "Floxed" (the name comes from the fact that there are about a hundred different Fluoroquinolones whose names end with "floxacin").
I see this problem as having two different layers. Firstly, is the underreporting mentioned above. It's virtually impossible to argue that the vast majority of physicians have totally ignored this phenomenon. They continue to prescribe drugs like Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) at the same rate they always have. Secondly, what do we know about doctor's prescription habits for ANTIBIOTICS IN GENERAL? Only that study after study continues to say that half or more are completely unnecessary or improperly prescribed (HERE). Cipro achieved rock star status shortly after the towers fell in 2001. If you don't remember, just Google "anthrax scare cipro". Because so many people now ask for it by name, it is frequently prescribed for things it has no business being prescribed for such as SINUS INFECTIONS and UPPER-RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS (colds and bronchitis) -- almost all of which are viral. Or THE FLU, which is always viral.
What does the federal government actually say about Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics on their website? Glad you asked. In light of the dozens upon dozens of citizen websites and message boards warning of the dangers of this particular class of antibiotic, we shouldn't surprised that the FDA has chimed in as well (other than the brand new warning at the top of this post).
"CIPRO belongs to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. CIPRO can cause side effects that may be serious or even cause death. If you get any of the following serious side effects, get medical help right away. Tendon rupture or swelling of the tendon (tendinitis). Pain, swelling, tears and inflammation of tendons including the back of the ankle (Achilles), shoulder, hand, or other tendon sites can happen in people of all ages who take fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including CIPRO..... Sometimes infections are caused by viruses rather than by bacteria. Examples include viral infections in the sinuses and lungs, such as the common cold or flu. Antibiotics, including CIPRO, do not kill viruses."
In that November meeting from last year, it was reported that since 2010, approximately 23 million Americans are taking these drugs --- each and every year. No matter how you slice it folks, that's a lot of people. Furthermore, the largest group taking this class of drug are those with UTI's (Urinary Tract Infections). Although this problem can affect folks (usually women) of any age, it's typically found in the elderly ---- those who are already at greater risk for tendon rupture.
If you are finding yourself struggling with chronic health issues of any sort, there's almost always a natural solution. But it depends on whether or not you are willing to study, learn, and make some changes in the way you live your life. To see what I'm talking about, take a quick peek at THIS POST.
IN THREE DECADES, ANTIBIOTICS PREDICTED TO CAUSE MORE DEATHS THAN CANCER
"If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine." Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, speaking of the study we are discussing below.
I assumed (correctly) that the segment pertained to a study that came out in the last few days of 2015 in the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. The study blamed most of the problem on ANTIBIOTICS USED FOR COMMERCIALLY-RAISED MEAT, but, like the doctors from The Doctors, it laid part of the blame at the feet of both physicians and patients. Their website states.....
"Routine surgeries and minor infections will become life- threatening once again and the hard won victories against infectious diseases of the last fifty years will be jeopardized. Hospital stays and expenses, for both public health care providers and for out of pocket payers will increase significantly. Drug resistant infections are already on the rise with numbers suggesting that up to 50,000 lives are lost each year to antibiotic-resistant infections in Europe and the US alone. Globally, at least 700,000 die each year of drug resistance in illnesses...."
SUPERBUGS and nasocomicals such as C. DIFF are downright scary. Because of this fact, I guess we should be thrilled that the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance has been, "assessing solutions to" this problem. Other than playing the part of 'Captain Obvious' and suggesting a ban on universal antibiotics given to farm animals for the express purpose of making them fat, their chief idea should scare the pants off you ---- doubling down on worldwide forced vaccination policies.
Just last month, The Review published a paper on this very topic called Vaccines and Alternative Approaches: Reducing our Dependence on Antimicrobials. "Vaccines prevent infections and so reduce the need to use antibiotics. This is true for vaccines that prevent bacterial infections, and it is also true for vaccines that prevent viral infections, such as the flu, which should not be treated with antibiotics anyway. Vaccines and other alternative approaches to reducing our dependence on antibiotics in food production should be explored urgently."
Turning increasing segments of healthcare over to the government is bringing this issue to a head. You might be one of those people who doesn't care how many shots you or your children get each year, or why the incidence of CHRONIC DISEASES HAS GONE THROUGH THE STRATOSPHERE. If so, that's OK. It's a free country (at least for now). Just make sure you are making those decisions from a position of knowledge (i.e, don't take your doctor's word for anything). On the other hand, if you are concerned about the VACCINE WARS THAT ARE PLAYING ON THE HORIZON like a steadily creeping mirage, get involved because whether you like it or not, your tax dollars are already paying for this. "The Review recommended Global Innovation Fund and long-term sustained funding from philanthropic, public and private sources.... and strengthening the market for new vaccines and alternatives through interventions such as market entry rewards". Back to The Doctors.
Here's why things aren't going to change any time soon as far as the average physician's day-to-day antibiotic prescription habits are concerned. Dr. Rachael Ross --- the program's resident "sexologist" --- looked at the live studio audience and essentially blamed them for this problem. "It really does start with you guys, to the point where you say, 'no doc, I don't want antibiotics'. Or you stop asking us for them because...... it's tough; you have a patient who's been sick for seven or eight days and they come in saying, 'doc, I just came in cause I need antibiotics.....".
Horse-apples. It starts with doctors stepping up to the plate, showing some gumption, and actually following their profession's own Evidence-Base on the topic! What does she think people go to the doctor for? Comfort? Assurance? Advice? Heck no; they can get that from their dog and Google! People aren't going to the doctor so they can hear that they've got the flu, a bug, are sick, have a cold, an upper respiratory infection, a sore throat, etc, etc, etc, and then return home empty-handed. They're going for the express purpose of getting drugs --- namely antibiotics. And if their doctor won't prescribe them, they'll just go down the street and find one who will (or borrow some of mom's leftovers).
And as far as antibiotics and health are concerned, let's forget about the "Superbugs" for a moment. Take a look at THIS POST or THESE POSTS to see why I have been warning my patients for two and a half decades that antibiotics are arguably the singularly worst substance they are regularly exposing themselves / their families to. If you are interested in truly changing your health, HERE is the post you need to read. Unfortunately, as long as those in charge of healthcare have such massive financial interests at stake, you can forget about being able to trust EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE.
CRIPPLED BY ANTIBIOTICS
I too took cipro for a week and was so sick the whites of my eyes became inflamed and it was excruciating to blink. I have tendon issues and fascia stiffness as well as neuropathy in both legs from the calves down. I'm so sorry to hear about your outcome. After reading your comment it makes sense to me why I can't run anymore and I'm in so much pain all the time. I also had two tendons --- the pereoneals --- worked on and I still can't walk 1/4 of a mile without limping and exhausting myself with pain or fatigue. My Achilles' tendon has contracted and won't bend my ankle up and more than 90 degrees. This lack of dorsiflexion inhibits my ability to walk. Even after gastric recession [a surgery] it just won't budge. My prayers go out to you.
Thank you Dr. Russell for you informative posts.
I am truly crushed when I get these emails. The problem is, I get them all the time. I have no idea what the mechanism is for the tissue destruction, or how to help these people. My TISSUE REMODELING does not work on these people, and the problem is not simply "INFLAMMATION". The world wide web is littered with sites, individuals, and message boards, dealing with this issue. If you are interested in learning more, simply thumb through my posts on ANTIBIOTICS and look for Fluoroquinolones (or just click on the "Floxed" link at the top of the page).
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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