Candida Infection from Fluoroquinolones Could Contribute to Tendon Damage
A Candida Infection is a common side effect of antibiotic therapy, including the Fluoroquinolones. Candida, more properly known Candida Albicans is a yeast that is present in our bodies at all times and is ever-present in our environment.
Candida, like another bacteria called C Diff, is not ‘bad’, per se, nor does it cause problems in most people. In fact, it’s part of the ‘normal flora’ present in our digestive tract, and may even provide important functions in the body that science is not yet aware of. Candida only becomes a problem when the ratio of Good Bacteria to Candida yeast is thrown off-balance and Candida becomes more prevalent.
Yes, Candida Infection is Real
Yes, Candida infection is real, and can go far beyond the female yeast infections that are so common after antibiotic therapy that many doctors prescribe an antifungal to women at the same time they prescribe an antibiotic. While many doctors will say that a digestive or systemic Candida overgrowth infection is not possible, and dismiss symptoms of candida, there are hundreds of scientific references to Candida yeast infection 1 2 3.
Could Candida Damage Tendons?
In addition to the well-known problems of fatigue, brain-fog, muscle aches, and other vague chronic symptoms experienced by those who claim to be suffering from Candida yeast overgrowth infections, these yeast also produce an enzyme that damages collagen 4. This enzyme, known as collagenase, has been shown in studies to be able to damage the Achilles tendon cells of animals in a laboratory setting 5. While this Collagenase has been shown to damage human cells enough for candida to penetrate into the bloodstream and into organs 6, whether this translates to collagenase damaging human connective tissue in sufficient amounts to harm tendons is yet to be seen. However, in the case of the Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, adding collagen damaging yeast to the body can only do more harm than good.
When it comes to the Fluoroquinolone class of drugs, aside from their tendency to kill the normal flora of the digestive tract setting the stage for Candida infection, one of their most well-known Adverse Drug Reactions is that of damaging tendon cells, even going so far as to cause painful disability and tendon ruptures. This is not just ‘theoretical’, but is a problem that is widely accepted by medical literature to the extent that the Fluoroquinolones are required to put a ‘Black Box Warning’ on all of their patient labeling warning of the dangers of tendonitis and tendon rupture 7.
So, when you take a Fluoroquinolone, you are getting the very well-known risk of tendon damage from the drugs themselves, and the unknown risk of long-term Candida infection which continues to produce tendon-damaging enzymes long after the original drug was taken.
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- Role of candida in pathogenesis of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in elderly inpatients ↩
- The Role of Antibiotics in the Pathogenesis of Candida Infections ↩
- Prospective Evaluation of Effects of Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics on Gastrointestinal Yeast Colonization of Humans ↩
- Isolation and Characteristics of Collagenolytic Enzyme Produced by Candida albicans ↩
- Degradation of bovine Achilles tendon collagen by Candida albicans proteinase ↩
- Degradation of human subendothelial extracellular matrix by proteinase secreting Candida albicans ↩
- Levaquin Dear Doctor Letter from the FDA regarding tendon damage ↩