Friday, February 5, 2016

Popular antibiotics to carry new warning about retinal detachment

If you have been treating Lyme and its co-infections for a while, you may already know about the possibility of tendon rupture that can be caused by taking Cipro and other antibiotics in the Fluoroquinolone family of drugs. I used Cipro (ciprofloxacin) myself for a bit. However, I wasn't aware of a correlation between this family of antibiotics and retinal detachment. Take a look at this article if you are taking one of these drugs as a part of your treatment plan:
  • ciprofloxacin
  •  levofloxacin
  • moxifloxacin
  • norfloxacin
  • ofloxacin

The Vancouver Sun newspaper, Feb 3, 2016

"... Subsequent studies have revealed other disturbing outcomes. A 2014 study by Etminan published in the journal Neurology linked the drugs to cases of permanent nerve damage, while a Taiwanese study published late last year found a link to aortic aneurysm.

Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin — are a greater risk to patients than other classes of antibiotics because of the severity of their side effects, said Etmanin.

"What makes this worrisome is when a drug is very prevalent — in the U.S. there are maybe 40 million prescriptions each year — even rare events can lead to tens of thousands of people developing retinal detachment or neuropathy," said Etmanin."

Read the full article, from the The Vancouver Sun newspaper, Feb 3, 2016:

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