Fluoroquinolones News

FDA issues updated fluoroquinolone warning labels

August 11th, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an update to fluoroquinolone warning labels, enhancing their warning about risks of serious FLQ side effects. The FDA also aims to reduce the use of the powerful antibiotics to only patients with certain serious infections. More »

FLQ’s land on Washington Post’s list of common medications with scary side effects

July 22nd, 2016

Powerful and common antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones (FLQs) landed on the Washington Post’s list of common medications with “scary side effects.” FLQs such as Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro are among the most common antibiotics prescribed by doctors, but could lead to an increased risk of severe side effects. More »

Michigan woman details battle with Levaquin side effects

June 15th, 2016

A Michigan woman who developed severe Levaquin side effects after being given the powerful antibiotic detailed her battle to a local Fox news station. Stacey Halason told the station that she has been in pain “every day since taking the drug in 2009” and that she “wanted to die.” More »

Patients file Levaquin lawsuit against drug maker

April 29th, 2016

Five patients who were given the powerful antibiotic Levaquin filed a lawsuit against the drugmaker, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson. The patients are seeking $800 million in the Levaquin lawsuit, including more than $120 million to compensate for medical bills and loss of work due to Levaquin side effects. More »

FQL caused low platelet count in elderly patient

April 4th, 2016

A case study at the University of Louisville has linked powerful antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones (FQLs) to thrombocytopenia (DIT), also known as low platelet count. The study involved an elderly type 2 diabetes patient who switched from one antibiotic to the FQL antibiotic Levofloxacin (brand name Levaquin) and experienced a severe drop in platelet count. More »

Most fluoroquinolones over-prescribed for urinary tract infections

December 30th, 2015

Data presented at the 2015 Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy argues that powerful antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones (FQLs) are being overprescribed for conditions such as acute cystitis, or urinary tract infections (UTI). Some of the highest selling brand-name FQLs include Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro. More »

Patients come forward with more FQL side effects stories

December 17th, 2015

More patients are coming forward with warnings of side effects from flouroquinolones (FQL’s), powerful  antibiotic drugs that are marketed under brands names like Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro. The drugs are among the most-prescribed in America and are used to treat bacterial infections, such as ear and sinus infections. More »

Levaquin could be poisoning patients

November 26th, 2015

A news story published in the Washington Post has chronicled the rise of fluoroquinolone toxicity, a serious musculoskeletal system disorder and potential Levaquin side effect. According to the story, Levaquin and similar antibiotics in the same class known as fluoroquinolone (FLQ) could damage tendons, cartilage, bone, muscle and the central nervous system in patients. More »

Popular antibiotics associated with serious side effects

November 11th, 2015

Popular antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones (FQL’s) have recently been associated with serious side effects, including one that pharmaceutical manufacturers may have failed to disclose. The powerful antibiotics have been linked to ruptured tendons and nerve damage, and may now be linked to mitochondrial toxicity. More »

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