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Overlooked Antibiotic Side Effects Can Destroy Lives

When antibiotics save lives they are miracle medicines. When they cause long-lasting pain and disability they can ruin a person's quality of life.
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Antibiotics are amazing. The discovery of penicillin was one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. But Americans love of antibiotics has gotten out of hand. They think of such drugs as magic bullets against common complaints like sinusitis and bronchitis. Many people consider antibiotic side effects uncommon or insignificant, until its too late.

The Dark Side of Antibiotics:

A surprising number of people get miffed if their physician fails to go along with their request for an antibiotic prescription. Doctors often complain to us that patients will shop around until they find a physician who will prescribe an antibiotic. But some antibiotic side effects can be irreversible or even deadly.

When antibiotics are overused, they can lead to bacterial resistance. That means superbugs can flourish. Bacterial infections that were once easy to eradicate have become deadly. Many antibacterial medications may also have unanticipated side effects.

Long-Lasting Antibiotic Side Effects:

Few people realize that broad-spectrum antibiotics can dramatically alter the balance of microbes in the digestive tract. Many people discover this the hard way, after taking clindamycin (Cleocin) for a dental or dermatological problem. One reader wrote:

“When I had my teeth cleaned recently, the dentist prescribed clindamycin to combat a possible infection. I took it for ten days as prescribed and have had a stomachache and diarrhea every day for two weeks. Imodium stopped the diarrhea for a little while, but it came back with a vengeance.”

Clostridium difficile (C diff) Can Be Deadly:

Chronic diarrhea after a course of clindamycin is sometimes a consequence of a type of gut bacteria, Clostridium difficile (C diff), getting the upper hand. A mother reported:

“My son took clindamycin for an ingrown fingernail that had become infected. Within a week, he got diarrhea that has been going on for a month. We cultured his stool and it was positive for C diff. He’s only six, and we’re having a hard time getting the better of this infection with its stomach cramps and diarrhea.”

Gayle shared this painful experience:

“I took clindamycin for a root canal infection. Three weeks later I felt like someone hit me with a train. I had uncontrolled diarrhea for 3 days, every half hour to hour straight. I finally got stool samples in to the lab and it was diagnosed as C diff.

“Look it up. If you survive, you’ll wish you were dead.”

Deb in Maryland had a close call:

“I was prescribed clindamycin in April 2012 for severe tooth pain. I was hospitalized in June 2012 with a horrible life threatening case of C diff from taking Clindamycin.

“I believe any dentist and/or doctor who prescribes this antibiotic should inform the patient of the serious possibility of getting C diff. Also, the pharmacist should reinforce with the patient the possibility of these terrible antibiotic side effects before even filling the prescription. If the professionals would have taken the extra time and consideration to better inform me, I would have never taken this antibiotic. I would have chosen a less invasive one.

“It took over two years to begin to feel like a human again. I am seeing a psychologist and have been for over a year from panic/anxiety issues and PTSD from going through this horrible/painful experience. I have been taking Florastor and a woman’s probiotic every day since June 2012 and will for a long, long time to protect my intestines. For those of you out there who have or are going through this life changing event, I pray for you. Take care and be wise to what you put in your bodies!”

C diff can be extremely difficult to eradicate. Strong antibiotics sometimes aggravate the situation by killing off good gut bacteria that could help keep C diff in line. This chronic diarrhea can be deadly, especially in older people.

Fluoroquinolones (FQs) Can Change Your Life:

There are many other serious antibiotic side effects. One popular class, fluoroquinolones, includes drugs like ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin) moxifloxacin (Avelox) and norfloxacin (Noroxin). Doctors should always warn patients that these medicines may affect tendons and cause tendinitis or even tendon rupture.

One reader reported:

“I had awful sinusitis before I retired. I was on my third round of Levaquin to treat it when I became unable to walk across the room at work. My feet and legs were very painful.

“I called my doctor, who said I needed to come in immediately. I was finally able to shuffle slowly and painfully out to my car and drive to the doctor.

“She told me to stop the Levaquin and not use any drug in that family again. Years of muscle weakness and excruciating leg pains followed. I still have a burning pain in my right foot that I trace back to the Levaquin.”

Other FQ Antibiotic Side Effects

The FDA warns that this class of drugs can cause irreversible nerve pain. Symptoms may include burning, tingling, numbness weakness and changes in sensation.

Other serious FQ antibiotic side effects include neurological damage, retinal detachment and aortic aneurysm (JAMA Internal Medicine, Nov. 2015).

Stories from Readers:

Lisa in Denver, Colorado tells about psychological side effects:

“Fluoroquinolone toxicity is far less rare than people assume. Delayed reactions and tolerance thresholds are’t taken into consideration when determining how many people react badly to these antibiotics.

“Doctors fail to acknowledge that multi-symptom, often chronic, diseases can be caused by fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Adverse effects of FQs include many psychiatric issues like anxiety, depression and even bipolar disorder. Who would connect anxiety attacks to an antibiotic taken weeks ago? But they are connected. The microbiome is important. So are mitochondria. FQs wreak havoc on both.”

L.L. has had a devastating reaction that persisted:

“I took Levaquin for a sinus infection. Three days into the five day treatment my shoulders hurt a bit. By day five I could barely raise my arms to lift my newborn!

“Fast forward nine months: my knee came undone! (dislocated my right patella and tore a tendon). I wasn’t running or jumping or turning sharply! All I did was stand up!!

“Today I’m just now learning to walk without a limp and still can’t bare full weight! What’s even more scary is now it feels like my right elbow is about to come apart too! Also, at times, I lose use of my arms…painful and difficult to raise them up.

“All this suffering from taking something that’s suppose to be beneficial! I’ve spent two months on crutches and 2 1/2 months in therapy. I recently had pain in my left knee too. I’m praying that one holds up!”

Jack in San Jose, California has had lasting antibiotic side effects:

“I took only two (2) Levaquin pills, and my wife had to call 911. I was unable to lift myself off the couch. Six months later I was still suffering terrible pain in my legs, arms, feet, hands, arms, hips and every joint in my body. I forced myself to walk to reduce muscle loss, which is a real problem from immobility.

“You would think that symptoms would be improving over time, but the opposite is occurring. The symptoms are worse then ever. The pain at times is unbearable and relentless. All this from 2 pills. Those 2 pills caused kidney failure, liver infection, bladder infection and a week in intensive care. It also took over two months to be able to walk again and regain some strength in my legs.

“My primary care doctor says she doesn’t believe that this was caused by Levaquin. That’s when I asked her if she had read the black box warnings, and she had not. My wish is that she would have to live with my pain for one week. Then we’ll see her response to this drug. I was not informed that nerve damage could result when I was prescribed the drug. I stopped it after the second pill or I would most likely be dead.”

The People’s Pharmacy Bottom Line:

When prescribed appropriately for serious infections, antibiotics are life-savers. They should not be used indiscriminately. Not only do they lose their power against common pathogens, but they can sometimes cause long-lasting complications.

No patient should ever demand a prescription for an antibiotic unless the physician agrees it is warranted. And physicians must warn patients about serious antibiotic side effects. Yes, antibiotics save lives. But they can also cause debilitating long-lasting complications.

Links to other articles on antibiotics:

A relatively new and unrecognized FQ danger:

Share your own antibiotic story below in the comment section.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I wrote comment awhile ago and gave you my daughter’s email so shat you could contact her. If you need my name and email instead, I am listing it below. Please contact me regarding help for Sharon in Middletown CT

My daughter had a seizure around 2000 with possible cause being Cipro. In recent years she has had many symptoms similar to those described. Doctors have diagnosed her with many rare diseases only to have further testing which disproved each diagnosis. We suspect Levaquin toxicity, but she has not been able to find a doctor who will pursue this. Can you refer us to a doctor in or near Middletown CT who can help her. She is giving up and applying for disability just as she completed her last work on her PhD. I am giving you her name and her email address.

I am diabetic so a sore on my toe is important. Doctor gave me antibiotic Keflex, 500mg three times a day for 10 days. On the 10th day I developed the worse case of hives you could imagine. Some were large red raised welts, other places were small red bumps all up and down my arms, legs, and back.

Nothing helped, neither over the counter products nor prescriptions or two trips to the ER. It’s been a full six weeks and finally I am showing relief. Be careful.

I’ve had chronic UTI infections for years and been given Cipro and related drugs, being assured they are safe, even after warnings from the Feds. It has been becoming more difficult to find an antibiotic which is effective. I agreed to try Cipro again recently, and it cleared my infection but caused violent hives, sending me to the ER for Prednisone dose pac. In addition I have developed permanent peripheral neuropathy which I believe is related to the Cipro- fluorpquinolone class of drugs. Now I am trying D-mannose in hopes of preventing UTIs. I have read that there is at least one non-antibiotic drug in France for UTIs that is effective but unavailable in the US.

I have used D-mannose for several years with great success…last year it didn’t work and I went to my doctor who, thank God, knows about natural remedies and he stated that D-mannose works extremely well for e coli infections which are 90% of UTI’s. I had a staph infection last year and was traveling in a week so agreed to take an anti-biotic….I had a lot of side effects for 6 months afterwards and have sworn off them yet again!

I was “floxed” given an IV of Levaquin for a simple back procedure and sent home with 5 days of Levaquin in December 2011. I took only one pill as the IV had started causing horrific neurological symptoms. It got so bad, that I ended the neurostimulator trial on my back, thinking that the unit was causing the problem.

Once it was pulled the side effects continued and worsened so I could no longer walk, keep food in my body, I could hardly talk, and my Achilles tendons swelled and tightened so much that both nearly ruptured. I developed a number of other issues from the Levaquin and still suffer greatly to this day. Because of Levaquin, I developed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and now deal with that as well.

My life has been ruined and I cannot work a regular job, yet the federal government in all their great wisdom will not allow me on Disability nor will they take this monstrous drug family off the market. I pray that no one ever gets floxed again. I have written to my senator, written to the FDA and our former president. No one cares. No one.

Please give us your comments on taking probiotics while on antibiotics.

One of the side effects not mentioned is hearing loss which may be permanent. I was given a mycin antibiotic for a dental procedure and after that experienced hearing loss which was permanent. I spoke to an audiologist about this, and apparently this is a known side effect for some people. One of my first clues was years ago when I took a mycin antibiotic (erythromycin, I think) and had serious tinnitus. I stopped taking the mycin immediately and was put on a different class of antibiotic. There did not appear to be permanent damage. But in the more recent event, I was not so lucky.

In my experience, doctors and dentists don’t discuss this when you are meeting with them to make the decision about these procedures. I have notes that say “no mycin antibiotics” in my medical records. Since my hearing loss is moderate/mild, I am more vigilant. That doesn’t mean the records will always be consulted.

In 2016 I had problems with my digestive system. Doctor could not find any problems from all test results and prescribed an antibiotic, (Augmentin) Amoxicillin/Clavulanate 875 mg tab to be taken twice a day for 10 days. Luckily I only took 1 tab a day instead of 2 because it upset my stomach really bad. After taking the prescription for 10 days, I started to have terrible diarrhea and was starting to lose weight. Went to another GI doc and he had a CT-scan done of my organs and it showed my pancreas had shrunk and blood work showed my pancreas was not putting out enzymes needed to digest food. I had to take Pancreatic Enzyme Supplements for a few months. A CT-scan before taking the medication showed my organs were ok and normal looking.
Doctor never mentioned any side effect from Amoxicillin and the Pharmacist said to eat yogurt for the good bacteria and to drink sport drinks for electolytes because
of diarrhea problem. I learned you need to ask questions concerning medication to be taken and not depend on the doctor or pharmacist for any information/side effects.

I fully understand the dangers of antibiotics, to individuals and to all of us collectively as we deal with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. However, I think the medical community’s justifiable concern has led to a tendency to under-prescribe antibiotics when an individual may indeed need them to get rid of an infection. In my case, when I get a bad sinus infection, nothing gets rid of it except an antibiotic. Because there is no way to be sure it’s a bacterial infection except my pleas that I know my body and know when I have one, I increasingly find myself in the position of begging and arguing to get a prescription sometimes, even when I am extremely sick. The standard response seems to be “Go home and wait two weeks to see if it goes away on its own.” Losing two weeks of one’s life to severe illness is not a light thing, not to mention the misery of a bad sinus infection, which is worse than the flu. Doctors are trying to follow guidelines from the medical establishment, but my individual situation is getting lost in the zeal to avoid over-prescribing. I know others who have chronic sinus or bronchial infections who deal with this challenge also. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary and beneficial, and I wish that some of those situations were discussed more specifically during the medical community’s current focus on their dangers.

One other point: when I took Biaxin last time for a sinus infection, my intestinal problems cleared up mysteriously. I took a probiotic during and after the Biaxin. The problems with gas and indigestion I had experienced before Biaxin have not returned. Is it possible that the antibiotic destroyed detrimental bacteria along with beneficial bacteria, and the probiotic populated my intestine with beneficial bacteria again? I can’t know for sure, but I do know that I no longer have the digestion problems I had before. Perhaps antibiotics wipe out microbes we don’t need as well as good ones, which may be a significant thing to pay attention to.

I recently had a tooth abscess and my dentist prescribed good ol’ penicillin. I am not allergic and have taken it on a few other occasions over the years for tooth problems. I have never have any bad reactions but wonder if this also could have side effects?

45 years ago I had tuberculosis. The tuberculosis did damage to my lungs. Because of this I sometimes get an pneumonia. When I do, I go to the doctor and get a prescription for Levaquin. The Levaquin knocks out the pneumonia very well. I would hate to see it removed from the market. I feel badly for the people who responded badly to the Levaquin. I hope that someday they will come out with some kind of a genetic test to see who can tolerate the Levaquin and who can’t.

I have had C diff twice. The first time while brutal, was treated once it was diagnosed and I got on the proper medication. I had never even heard of it before.

However, even though I stayed on probiotics and took no antibiotics, I got it back again. That was a little over a year later.

Let’s just say this has been about the worst eight months of my life. I have lost 32 pounds, been in the ER and hospitalized, and suffer with pain and diarrhea. I get different answers from every doctor. I wish I could see a happy ending, but when my doctor says this is epidemic and my intestines are scorched earth, I wonder if I will make it.

Mar/April 2010
Yoga Story: Holistic Healing and Yoga Helped Me Recover from Candida

By Lynn Lombardo

Believe nothing
no matter where you read it
or who has said it,
not even if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.

Anyone who has been through a devastating illness knows that it affects not only the physical body, but also the mind, heart, and spirit–often more deeply than the physical body. The despair that illness can bring is enormous, yet there is a deep respect and desire for the body and the mind to always be united. Sometimes we forget this, but yoga and meditation can help us to remember.

In the fall of 2004, I began to develop strange flu-like symptoms that would not go away. Earlier that summer, I had been prescribed three rounds of antibiotics for a constant sore throat I had been experiencing. Soon after taking them, I developed headaches, nausea, lethargy, body aches, fatigue, and uncharacteristic weakness, along with muddled thinking and blurred vision. My blood pressure was elevated and further tests indicated borderline diabetes. I was given blood pressure medication and the name of a nutritionist who might help me regain some of the weight I was rapidly losing. It became evident that the heavy, rich foods she suggested were wrong for me when I began experiencing intense, tremor-like attacks after eating. Soon, I was making visits to the emergency room, where the attacks were diagnosed as either hypoglycemic or complex partial seizures. The attacks kept escalating along with new symptoms such as uncontrollable shaking and unsteadiness while standing and walking. My yoga practice (yoga postures, breath work, and meditation) came to a standstill. Whereas yoga had helped me get in touch with my body’s signals, now there seemed to be a disruption in what my brain was trying to send to my body.

I received EKGs, CAT scans, MRIs, gastrointestinal tests, and more tests for allergies and parasites. From October 2004 until the end of 2006, I visited more than 20 conventional medical doctors, who used the latest technology available but could not diagnose my illness. I was hospitalized seven times, was referred to several “specialists,” and was prescribed 36 pharmaceutical medications. My concentration and attention span disappeared, and my mental fatigue worsened. A film settled over my eyes, making it impossible to read. Soon, I became bedridden. The doctors were exasperated and so was I. They said that, on paper, I was just fine.

After all of their tests and theories, none of the conventional practitioners could explain my illness. I was told to increase the meds and switch from pill forms to liquid dosages. I began to recognize complications with the chemical drugs and started to have violent nightmares along with hallucinations.

As I continued to lose more than 30 pounds , my hair started to fall out, and further tests confirmed that my adrenals were shutting down. I told the doctors that I could feel something travelling throughout my body and lodging in my joints. I kept insisting that my illness had to do with the foods I ate and that the medications were ineffective. I sensed they were acting like a slow and fatal poison in my body, and I was desperate to stop taking them.

“When the student is ready, the teachers will come” was the thought that motivated me to seek another way to get well. Through yoga and ayurveda, I had learned about the capacity of the individual for self-healing. Believing in the existence of something greater than myself, I surrendered to the universe and to the Divine, and asked for guidance. Through trust and understanding, I knew that my illness would be explainable and traceable. My survival instinct then became my strongest instinct, and my exploration into the healing process took over. I decided to stop taking the pharmaceutical medications.

I made an appointment with a licensed holistic health care practitioner, which turned out to be a four-hour consultation. A diagnostic test provided definitive proof that I had a severe yeast infection in my body. My original and specific complaint of a sore throat had developed into the long-standing and life-threatening disease Candida albicans , caused by the antibiotics I had been prescribed. I had not been advised to take probiotics along with antibiotics, and the additional pharmaceuticals had depressed the activity of both my brain and nervous system and were defeating my body’s natural ability to heal.

Since Candida is a fungal organism that is present in everyone’s intestinal tract, it is normally kept under control by the immune system and by beneficial intestinal bacteria. This balance is upset when these good bacteria are destroyed, typically by antibiotics. Once bad bacteria overtake good bacteria, Candida begins to proliferate and invade and colonize all body tissues, releasing toxins into the bloodstream and feeding on any foods that reach the intestinal tract. Soon after eating, undigested food molecules enter the bloodstream, which the body recognizes as foreign matter, and the immune system attacks the food. These attacks are what had caused the overcharging and toxic effects on my body. The Candida had also become systemic.

Systemic Candida can affect a person internally from the brain to the ears, eyes, nose, sinuses, mouth, intestinal tract, and colon; the upper respiratory, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems; the adrenal and thyroid glands; and muscles and joints. When the Candida cells become this pervasive, pronounced, and severe, all organs in the body begin to degenerate. More than 40 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from this disease, and candida is now considered to be a silent epidemic. Many health care practitioners tell us that candida and inflammation are the root causes of all diseases, and most people suffering from Candida overgrowth will end up treating only the symptoms with drugs instead of getting to the real cause of their problem. Since pharmaceuticals do not have the synergistic energy to help a person heal, they camouflage the symptoms of disease, and when taken, the body falls further out of balance.

Being raised with conventional medicine, I thought alternative medicine was just urban myth and legend. I had wrongly assumed that all doctors study the cause of every disease, so it was a shock to find out that conventional doctors are not trained to address the root cause of disease. However well meaning, compassionate, and professional these doctors are, they are taught very little about the vital role and importance of digestion and nutrition in their formal schooling. Instead of telling me that there was nothing wrong inside of me, the doctors should have acknowledged the fact that they were not finding what was wrong inside of me.

Holistic practitioners work with an understanding of just how magnificent our bodies really are. They study how the body heals itself. I was encouraged to learn about whole foods and how they work synergistically in the body. I came to understand that I could heal my body by changing the environment inside of me: by starving the yeast (by following a strict, yeast-free, candida control diet); killing it (by using antifungals); and reversing its growth (by ingesting high-potency probiotics). I also built up my immune system with organic, plant-based foods, herbs, and supplements. It took well over a year to heal and regain my lost weight and strength.

My journey to recovery took on larger significance as it provided a framework to take my yoga to a new level of personal inquiry, both on and off the mat. In meditation, I was able to align with the unrestricted abundance of spirit energy and stay open to divine possibilities. While searching for comfort and healing, yoga helped awaken an untapped reserve within me. As I treated my body as one whole system, it began to flourish. I was able to befriend my disease and find out what it was trying to tell me. I began to feel a deep sense of gratitude to my body’s innate wisdom and to the signals it kept sending out. As I slowly began to incorporate yoga practice back into my daily life, restorative asanas nurtured and energized me. Victorious breath invited my mind inward, and while in savasana (corpse pose), I meditated and visualized virabhadrasana (warrior pose), which took away my “worrier” thinking.

Coming to terms and dealing with an illness and the healing process is an individualized and complicated issue, but gaining a deeper understanding of any illness can help a person become selective about what is needed to be done. Illness is a nasty interlude into a person’s life, yet it can teach us so much. Yoga reminds us that we are what we eat, think, believe, and do. Our skin, hair, eyes, energy level, and attitude are all affected by what we ingest through our senses. As we go beyond the body-only concept, we discover that life is all about how we interact with our environment, inside and out, and with nature. The beauty of yoga and meditation is that they allow the body, mind, and spirit to become united, and once they are returned to their perfect harmony, the essence of true healing can be discovered.


Lynn Lombardo is a health awareness advisor and yoga instructor, certified by the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago . Her E-mail address is

I developed ibs d about 40 years ago. I’ve just recently connected the dots, our doctor was always having us take antibiotics whenever our kid had strep throat or even thought he had strep. I didn’t want to take them but did anyway & I knew I didn’t feel normal afterwards. Twenty years ago I took lipitor, a osteopina 1/2 strength drug, it caused heartburn so I was put on a heartburn prescription. I quit having ibs d and thought it was the lipitor but I know now it wasn’t. It blocked histamine!!

Recently broke out in a horrible rash which travels from one place to another, been going on for weeks. I started reading about histamine and histamine intolerance. It seems some gut bacteria make more histamine and one of the symptoms of too much histamine is diarrhea. Or it can be migraines there’s more it can be. I’m taking a popular probiotic and it totally stops the d but I’m going to try bacillus coagulans bc-30 for a change. Some probiotics degrade histamine some are neutral and some make more.

What are appropriate antibiotics if you truly need them.

My best friend died from a c. diff infection resulting from a needless surgery.

These types of drug toxicities may be ameliorated once genetic testing becomes more available. The enzymes involved in the Phase I detoxification pathway can be inhibited or induced by different classes of drugs, which would give the practitioner much needed information when considering their use. In practice, these drugs are still copiously prescribed without regard to genetic variability, a one size fits all model. In the meantime, beware when taking any drug.

Over the years I’ve found that not only do I have nausea and feel extremely ill from Fluoroquinolones, and can’t drink quinine water. My Dr. has put on my chart that I have an allergic reaction to all quinolines, and so in an emergency, an MD or DDS won’t be tempted to use them.

I sent you folks a book I wrote several years ago, Flipped that centers entirely on Tecquin, a fluoroquinolone that almost killed me only after taking two pills. Although Cipro was substituted, my condition got worst. If you still have a copy of my book, you can quote a statement or several from it. If you no longer have my book, I can send another copy.

Several months ago I got a prescription for an antibiotic for a UTI. Before filling it I looked up the name. It WAS an FQ.

I went back to my doctor and asked for a different antibiotic. He said he has not seen problems. Maybe he did not recognize problems. Hard to say.

Look up floxed in Google. It is so common that nickname came into existence.

I had to quit taking Levaquin because it made my Achilles tendon swell. I had taken it several times and never connected it to the drug. I had been commenting to a friend about the issue. She drove a lot to visit clients for her business and listened to talk radio where she heard about this problem. She only heard a lady talking about hers bursting but did not hear the drug name. It so happened that a few weeks later I was driving her to her orthopaedic surgeon appointment so we asked him about it.

He didnt know me and hadn’t heard about this but immediately looked it up and told us what it was. At the time I was seeing a well-known local podiatrist and mentioned it to her. She didn’t know anything about it and didn’t take the time or make the effort to research. In fact she argued with me and stated: “why would it only affect that part of your body?” I wanted to say you’re the docter, look it up. Needless to say I never saw her again! Years later a friend asked me if I knew a good podiatrist.

I told her yes and I could also tell her about one she shouldn’t see. Guess what? She was looking for a 2nd opinion as she had the same problem and had been told the same thing by the same podiatrist. Guess she was still in denial!

It would help if physicians would actually listen to their patients when complaints are made to them about the adverse side effects of these antibiotics. The inability of some physicians to admit that a medication has caused additional serious problems for some patients means that those side effects go unreported.

I was given Gentamicin by canula for several infections that were unresponsive to other antibiotics but unfortunately for me I was allergic to it and I now have permanent 8th nerve damage leaving me with permanent vertigo which has altered my life completely as I cannot drive or go out anywhere by myself.

Many physicians, PA’s, hospitals, etc. overprescribe fluoroquinolones for all kinds of issues. I avoid prescribing them. It is rare that anyone truly needs any antibiotics for bronchitis, sinusitis, etc. Most are viral and will resolve without antibiotics. UTI’s can be treated with much safer antibiotics like macrodantin, Bactrim, even amoxicillin, Ceftin, etc. Fluoroquinolones should not be used in the elderly either because they often have psychologic or neurologic side effects, which I have seen occur many times in patients. I have also seen a serious case of serum sickness from Avelox that went unrecognized initially in a patient.

I have trained many young physicians and told them repeatedly to stick with the cheaper, safer, older antibiotics or NO antibiotic for many conditions. Emergency room health care personnel typically practice “cookbook” medicine, which is dangerous and misguided in many instances.

Always ask questions, be wary, take an advocate with you. What you don’t know can kill you and many physicians are too busy to look at everything, and they certainly are unable to know everything.

My husband had knee and hip replacements and was told by his surgeon that he must take 4 antibiotic tablets an hour before every teeth cleaning. Since he has these every 3 months that must take a toll on his microbiome. Some doctors say the antibiotics aren’t necessary 2 years after the joint replacement, other doctors swear they must continue forever.

Who is right and how long does it take to repair your gut flora? Wouldn’t a healthy gut make a risk of infection after teeth cleaning less likely than using an antibiotic?

Levoquin. Several years ago. Took one dose and immediately felt sick. Felt like I was poisoned. My heart was racing. Thought I was dying. Never felt like that before. Never took it again.

Thank you for the warning about clindamycin. Ever since my hip replacement surgery several years ago, I’ve had to take one dose of it before dental work to prevent infection in the prosthetic joint. So far I haven’t had any problems, but if I ever get a dental infection, I will be sure to ask about it. I’m allergic to amoxicillin, so I can’t take any antibiotics in the penicillin family, which was the first choice.

The only way to “cure c diff” is a fecal transplant. My husband would have died without this procedure. Instead of 4 mos. between 2 hospitals and rehab, it could have only been a few days. The second hospital did transplants. The first didn’t believe in them. Team up with an infectious disease specialist who can help find the resources available.

Doctors should prescribe probiotics when prescribing antibiotics. Last summer I got a urinary tract infection. Antibiotics caused C diff. A stronger antibiotic, along with a good probiotic, worked, but I lost 20 pounds in two months and was very sick.

I’m convinced that my diagnosis of ulcerated colitis was due to having been on IV antibiotics for 3 wks. due to a liver abcess. There is no cure for UC, so I have to live with this disease.

Far too often, the patient is in no physical nor mental condition to question the decision of the medical provider who, obviously from the above reported negative reactions, is not familiar with the drugs.

All of which points out the importance of having an advocate, friend/family/etc, to question Rx and procedures. All of which leaves the single patient without family or close friends nearby at the mercy of the medical community.

I was given an article by a dentist regarding taking an antibiotic before a dental procedure if you have had a total knee replacement. It was referencing a study by Mayo Clinic that there was no evidence that the bacteria from a dental procedure caused an infection in a knee replacement. He told me that it was no longer recommended that you take an antibiotic for that reason. I asked my dentist and he told me to ask my orthopedic surgeon, which I did and he said that they still recommend that their patients take the antibiotic before dental work. Any comments on this?

I’ve been taking clindamycin the last 4 days for a dental infection with no side affects, thankfully. I was told to take a probiotic in pill form with it and I’ve added more probiotics through foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sparkling probiotic drinks. So far so good. The dentist really emphasized the need for probiotics.

I have/had over 20 conditions, illnesses that are all in conjunction with others who have been prescribed Cipro and/or Levaquin in the past, as I was. All of my issues were diagnosed and recorded before I had ever even heard of “Floxing”, or any issue with this class of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics. The article doesn’t mention that this class is used in eye drops and ear drops.

Ones commonly given after eye surgeries and the ear drops to children sometimes. They are poison. Some people have had worse issues from taking just a few pills, than I have been suffering with after having been given these several times over the years. My first issue was what they called a spontaneous CSF (brain fluid leak) out of my ear.

Went on for almost three years before I insisted they test it for CSF. Ended up with a Craniotomy to lift my brain up through the hole blown in the shelf of my skull above my ear.

Now, they know that the brain can swell after using these antibiotics, after several “spontaneous” leaks have been reported since mine was repaired in 2001. They are slowly listening and have Black Labeled Levaquin for these issues, but there are still so many skeptics, that it’s just not believable. Even DOCTORS, themselves have been Floxed.

Thank you once again for writing about the Fluoroquinolone drugs and you even added Clindomyacin!

I myself have been very harmed by the fluoroquinolones in every form, pill, IV and ear solution. My dad died 5.5 years ago six weeks after being given IV Levaquin from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. At the time we didn’t connect the Levaquin other than his hallucinating for those 6 weeks, but 4 years after his death the research came out that fluoroquinolones cause aortic aneurysms and dissections.

People may never connect the dots that these drugs have caused such havoc to their bodies even months and years after taking them. Be aware. Only take these drugs if you are on your deathbed.

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