The FDA is warning against using a popular class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. They may cause sudden serious and potentially permanent nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses from respiratory infections to urinary tract infections. Their use is very prevalent and in 2011 alone, these drugs were prescribed to more than 23 million people. These medicines include:
• ciprofloxacin (cipro) • gemifloxacin (factive) • levofloxacin (levaquin) • moxifloxacin (avelox) • norfloxacin (noroxin) • ofloxacin (floxin) Doctors are now saying that the very serious side effects of these drugs far outweigh any benefits provided when it comes to treating sinusitis or UTI infections.
One of the worst side effects that these drugs cause is Peripheral Neuropathy.
This means that there is extreme damage done to the nervous system and spinal cord, i.e., damage to the nerves that send information throughout your body. This damage causes interference and interruption in the signals your brain is sending to the rest of your body, and can cause debilitating numbness, tingling, burning or shooting pain. These symptoms may be irreversible and permanent,
and may not be reversed just by stopping these antibiotics. The symptoms tend to begin very rapidly after beginning treatment. Other serious side effects can include tendon rupture and damage, joint and muscle pain, pins and needles in your extremities, confusion and hallucinations. Please don’t think to yourself, “ohh, those symptoms won’t happen to me.”
Because they have happened often enough and to enough people that they are actually such common side effects that back in 2008 the FDA required a boxed warning (the most serious type of warning) to be added to the medications to alert patients of the risk of tendon damage and rupture. Every single time you take a medication or antibiotic, you are putting yourself in grave danger of experiencing terrible side effects that may not be reversible. Even if you don’t experience negative side effects, you have to heal twice ~ once from the illness and once more from the medication. And many times, healing from the medication is much more difficult.
Choose Natural Options!!
Work with your natural health practitioner to find natural, non-toxic solutions to any illnesses you experience. Colloidal silver is an excellent antibiotic and antiviral and can be used safely by spraying the solution under your tongue. Essential oils are amazing to help to heal sinusitis and respiratory inflammation. D-Mannose and probiotics are excellent ways to heal a bladder infection. What else can you heal naturally? Almost every single illness has a natural solution or natural prevention to allow you to avoid the toxicity associated with conventional pharmaceuticals. Do your own research and be an informed and educated owner of your own body, so you can feel empowered to ask the right questions and make your own choices when need be! With Sources from: http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20130826/fda-strengthens-fluoroquinolone-warning