The Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics that include Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, and others are some of the most prescribed antibiotics in western countries. However, they are not without serious risks, and many consider them some of the most dangerous antibiotics in the world as well, with multiple Fluoroquinolone Drugs having been removed from the market for various forms of damaging and even lethal toxic symptoms. Among these dangerous symptoms, drugs in this class have been removed from the market for causing:
- Liver failure
- Dangerous heart rhythm disturbances
- Kidney failure
- Genetic damage
- Severe blood sugar disturbances
- Severe skin issues when users were exposed to sunlight
Another issue that has caused at least one of the Fluoroquinolones, Temafloxacin, to be removed from the market (3) is blood coagulation problems that have, in at least one known case, been the direct cause of death. Our blood has a finely tuned system that clots when we have wounds, so that we don’t bleed to death from cuts, but that keeps the blood from clotting in the veins normally. Diseases, certain drugs, and serious injuries can disrupt this finely tuned system. Some drugs alter this delicate balance intentionally in order to keep the blood slightly thin. These drugs require intense monitoring in order to prevent serious bleeding problems.
Some drugs, however, can cause the blood clotting problems unintentionally. The Fluoroquinolones are one such class of drugs with this ability. While reports are rare, it is estimated that reports make it to the reporting system of the Food and Drug Association only 1% of the time. Much of the time, these problems are either not reported or not even recognized as being caused by these antibiotics. So it’s possible these serious problems are grossly undereported to regulatory agencies.
Case studies have reported at least 3 serious cases of Levofloxacin leading to blood thinning from various causes (1), one man was sickened from a serious case of a condition where the body attacked itself causing a serious blood condition called autoimmune hemolytic anemia(2), at least two cases of complete bone marrow production failure with one death (4), and at least one Previously Healthy Woman Dying From Taking Avelox for simple bronchitis. One woman in these cases became ill from having a previously unknown genetic predisposition for a blood thinning disorder ‘unmasked’, a quality these drugs seem to be particularly adept at accomplishing. And we already mentioned Temofloxacin, which caused at least 33 cases of serious blood thinning issues (3) before it was removed from the market.
In addition to these blood issues, tens of thousands of reports of reports ranging from the trivial to the deadly have been reported to drug regulatory agencies, leading some, such as Dr. George Eby, to proclaim about Ciprofloxacin, one of the Fluoroquinolone drugs, “Personally, I do not believe that there is any other drug that can so adversely affect our health without outright killing us…”.
(1) Abnormal coagulation studies associated with levofloxacin. Report of three cases
(2) Levofloxacin-induced autoimmune hemolytic anemia
(3) Temafloxacin Syndrome: Review of 95 Cases
(4) Ciprofloxacin Induced Bone Marrow Depression