Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I took an antibiotic that ruined my body and everything around me. I was shunned and ignored by the medical field and found myself amongst tens of thousands of other victims of this severely strong, over prescribed and damaging class of antibiotics.  CIPRO, LEVAQUIN and AVELOX.  This American and World Wide cover up needs to blown into the public eye...PLEASE read what you can, take the time to read the above tabs including , My Story other VICTIMS and information. 
Fluoroquinolones are currently one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics being prescribed millions of times each year. They are used to treat many types of infections such as respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, prostate issues and sinus infections. Like all medications this class of antibiotics has side effects. However, what differentiates this class of antibiotics from others is that fluoroquinolones have the ability to cause severe and permanent disability. Even from as little as a few pills. The insidious part of these chronic adverse reactions is that they can occur many weeks to months after taking the antibiotic. Side effects to fluoroquinolones are often times at their worst long after the antibiotic has been taken. Hence, many people never link their health problems such as nerve and tendon pain, chronic insomnia, and altered mood back to the antibiotic. The most commonly prescribed fluoroquinolones include Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox. Approximately half of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics that were once on the market have now been removed from clinical practice due to their severe toxicities. Examples include Tequin, Omniflox, Trovan, and Zagam.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are extremely powerful medications. They were never meant to be prescribed indiscriminately and without warning to patients. They are meant to be used as a last line of defense against serious and life-threatening infections. Not as a first line agent which is how they are often used today. In addition, the overuse of these potent antibiotics leads to the condition known as bacterial resistance
In 2008, the FDA mandated that fluoroquinolone antibiotics carry a “black box“ warning for tendon rupture and tendonitis. Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, sued the FDA demanding fluoroquinolones carry a black box warning. The FDA gets approximately 50% of their funding for the review of drugs directly from the pharmaceutical companies in what is called prescription drug user fees. This is an absurd conflict of interest that has made the FDA very slow and often reluctant to react to drug toxicities of all kinds. Even the FDA admits that less than 5% of all serious adverse drug reactions ever get reported to their agency.
Unfortunately, the black box warning is far too late for the many victims that are now suffering from devastating physical and neurological disabilities. There is an appalling lack of knowledge within the medical community regarding these chronic reactions including delayed adverse reactions. Since these adverse reactions are far from intuitive, fluoroquinolone victims are often misdiagnosed or even sometimes unfairly labeled as “difficult patients.” Post-marketing studies of several fluoroquinolones have shown an incidence of adverse reactions much higher than were originally reported in pre-clinical studies.
The american public needs to be afforded the right of informed consent with a medication as potent as fluoroquinolones. The manufacturers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics have failed to warn both the public and the medical profession of serious long term physical and neurological injuries. 
There should be congressional hearings on this toxicity. The FDA has long been aware of the crippling and sometimes permanent injuries from this class of antibiotics. They have chosen to turn a blind eye to this toxicity. The mission statement of the FDA is that they are responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs. In regard to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, the FDA has failed to live up to their own mission statement. This Facebook page was created to help raise serious advocacy and activism. We hope to help warn and prevent others from suffering a severe toxic injury. Please forward this site to all of your friends on Facebook and ask them to do the same. Finally, please promote advocacy and activism by contacting congress, the media, and signing the petition on this site. Thank you for your support and activism. 

Has anyone realized that FIBROMYALGIA is all of a sudden on TV an medical issues everywhere? Do you also realize that Fibromyalgia is 75% more a female syndrome than a male.. Think about how often a female gets a UTI and is put on Cipro or Levaquin, over and over.. only to end up with Fibroymyalgia one day.  And now with men getting more and more prostate issues and so forth are catching up in the running. Fibromyalgia is a "Chronic Pain, hurt all over" kind of diagnosis.. A fully damaged body that falls under an umbrella diagnosis...  I was healthy on September 1st.. I took an antibiotic for 63 days and was faster than lightening diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.... how.. why? I do not have fibromyalgia, I have a severely damaged body and you are brushing me off with a syndrome that I do not have and then medicating me fully for fibromyalgia only pushing me in a deeper hole of damage.  It is absurd to me and blows my mind that I was so brutally damaged by people I trusted only to have them turn on me and shove me to the side with a syndrome that is not mine. When I try to post a link, or just an "awareness" to anyone on the Fibromyalgia websites that may have taken Cipro Or Levaquin and were diagnosed with FibromyalgiaGOV'T know. Is it a major cover up?  Also Remember ANTHRAX? 100s of Anthrax victims were given HIGH DOSES of CIPRO..all of them suffering permanent and severe mental and physical damages...the Government labeling it "Gulf War Syndrome".

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