For docs, they’ve been a godsend. Last resort antibiotics which help fill the hole when nothing else has worked.
And in a time when the old antibiotics are failing at an alarming rate, these newer and more powerful drugs have been known to knock out hard-to-treat infections in a flash.
But for far too many patients, they come at a steep cost.
An absolute nightmare of, sometimes permanent, side effects
The entire class of new antibiotics, known as fluoroquinolones, have been linked to a terrifying list of side effects. And in some cases, they’re far worse than the infections the drugs are supposed to treat.
But wait, it goes from bad to worse.
It turns out, docs STILL haven’t learned their lesson about antibiotic overuse. And they are up to their same old tricks.
Like their “old-fashioned” cousins, these new antibiotics are now being used for EVERYTHING under the sun – even infections where no meds should be used at all.
And that, my friend, is what you call a recipe for disaster.
Now, the latest research exposes yet another frightening risk. Fluoroquinolones could lead to permanent nerve damage and crippling disability.
Powerful antibiotics could destroy your nerves
Neuropathy is a painful, debilitating, and at times permanent form of nerve damage that’s most often linked to diabetes.
But that’s not the only way you could end up with this agonizing condition.
Your DOCTOR could give it to you just by writing a prescription for fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
The new study finds the drugs increase your risk of neuropathic damage by a shocking 47 percent. And the older you are, the higher that risk rises.
Off the drugs?
You’re NOT out of the woods yet. Your risk remains high for a full SIX MONTHS after treatment.
While the overall threat is still low, a nearly 50 percent jump in risk makes it significantly more likely that you could become a victim.
And the consequences could be devastating.
2 critical questions to ask BEFORE filling that script
But the hits don’t end there.
These antibiotics are also notorious for causing sudden tendon ruptures, a devastating condition that requires surgery and could lead to permanent disability. Plus, they can trigger muscle and joint damage.
Worst of all? In many cases, these are risks you NEVER needed to face in the first place!
One study earlier this year found that one in 20 patients on the drugs never should’ve been on ANY kind of antibiotics at all.
And among those who did need antibiotics for an infection, one in five – or 20 percent – should have been given safer classes of drugs such as the amoxicillin-clavulanate antibiotics that the new study finds WON’T lead to neuropathy.
If a doctor offers you an antibiotic of any kind, be sure to ask two questions before filling that prescription.
- Do I REALLY need an antibiotic? Some docs will admit it’s just a precaution. And if you’re concerned about the risks, he might let you try to heal without it first.
- Do I really need THIS antibiotic? If you DO need the drugs, find out if he’s offering a fluoroquinolone. And if he is, tell him you’d rather try something else first instead.
It’s been said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And it looks like doctors are traveling down that road with fluoroquinolones. Refuse to walk it with them.