This is not my typical blog post, but it is an important topic in my life because taking the antibiotic Cipro almost ended my life in 2013, and the side effects still impact me.
33 million people were prescribed this class of antibiotics in 2013 alone. Thousands died, and many more suffer debilitating effects.
I’ve hobbled together a team to help me heal, or at least manage, the symptoms of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity. I’m grateful to doctors, physical & massage therapists, and loved ones for helping me through. A special shoutout to Deena for sending me probiotics that actually worked (anyone can contact me if they want information on that).
Meanwhile, here’s a list of resources that people might find informative on what happened, and how can healing happen.
PubMed Research Article: Oxalate consumption by lactobacilli: evaluation of oxalyl-CoA decarboxylase and formyl-CoA transferase activity in Lactobacillus acidophilus – “Identification of probiotic strains with oxalate-degrading activity can offer the opportunity to provide this capacity to individuals suffering from an increased body burden of oxalate and oxalate-associated disorders.”
Wikipedia Page on Oxalobacter Formigenes – O. Formigenes are needed to properly process/digest certain types of foods, and Quinolone can kill O. Formigenes.
Floxie Hope Post: Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Oxalate Overload – discusses in more accessible language the impact that these antibiotics can have on the digestive system. Also includes more resource links for healing from the impacts.
Mytavin Calculator – Enter the medication and see what nutrients might have been impacted by it. When I enter Ciprofloxacin, I see a list that I wish I had been given right away!
FDA Drug Safety Communication: “FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections; warns about disabling side effects that can occur together.” Finally, after years of people suffering, and many deaths, the FDA issued this warning in May 2016. UPDATED announcement was issued on July 26, 2016. It also lists the known side effects, and the antibiotics in this class (including Cipro and Levaquin).
Floxie Hope Post: Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Featured in the Movie “The East” – I found the comments out there about this movie to be interesting. People are saying that the parts of the plot about the medication to be over-the-top and how that would never be able to happen for so long! And yet this is the reality of so many people who were beginning to wonder if the FDA was somehow protecting the pharmaceutical company. Oh wait…
Former FDA Commissioner Charged in RICO Lawsuit – A Federal Lawsuit charges Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with conspiracy, racketeering & colluding to conceal deadly drug dangers – under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (RICO) law. The amended RICO lawsuit was filed on April 11, 2016 in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC on behalf of eight plaintiffs who claim they have suffered severe harm by ingesting the drug, Levaquin whose deadly risks were concealed to protect financial interests.