Fluoroquinolone Toxicity: Getting "Floxed"

[:en]Fluoroquinolones are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics, and are very powerful medications. Unfortunately, these big guns  have a track record of being prescribed  as a first line of defense against a variety of routine infections instead of when the illness’ outcome outweighs the risk of the their use.
Most people recognize fluoroquinilone brand names like Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and Floxin, but some new to the class have recently entered the market. Among those that may not ring such a familiar bell include Xtoro and Quinsair. A more extensive list is found here:
Antibiotics’ goal is to destroy microorganisms, which includes both the good guys with the bad guys, and therefore, leads to side effects. Progressive Medical Center has a long, successful history working with patients with gut flora disruptions. What differentiates the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics from others is its ability to cause severe adverse reactions that can not only disable patients, but even cause death. You can check out a list of patient-reported adverse reactions at the bottom of this page.
For some, reactions to fluoroquinolones can occur from as little as one pill. For others, reactions can occur weeks, months, or even longer after taking the drugs. A patient – and even medical professionals –may not suspect that these antibiotics are the cause because symptoms can often mimic other medical conditions.
Approximately half of the fluoroquinolones that were once on the market have now been removed from clinical practice due to their severe toxicities. Although FDA warnings and cautionary information exist, some doctors continue to prescribe this class of antibiotics for infections they were never intended to treat. As a result, many patients continue to unnecessarily suffer devastating disabilities.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation (QVF) is a volunteer non-profit organization established in 2009 in response to countless victims worldwide who have suffered severe adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
The foundation offers education for medical professionals and presses for more prudent prescription standards toward a reduction in global antibiotic resistance. QVF also maintains a funding arm for continued research into antibiotic toxicity. Progressive Medical Center have a strong relationship with the foundation, both in education and toxicity patients’ care.
For our out-of-town patients, Progressive Medical recommends a two-week treatment plan. The following  information is provided to help our patients when making  travel arrangements:
1. A patient care specialist will schedule your first consultation with an MD, and then two subsequent visits with an ND and-or PA.
2. You will also meet with a registered dietitian to discuss nutritional support specific to fluoroquinolone toxicity.
3. Securing the following lab tests (within three months) can help with antioxidant therapy scheduling:  A G6PD, CBC (to check for anemia) and Chemscreen (including liver enzymes such as AST, ALT and Alkaline Phosphatase)
4. On your first visit, your clinician will also assess you for other therapies including, but not limited to, acupuncture, pain-relieving therapies, upper cervical chiropractic care and energetic modalities including the Biomat, Matrix and PEMF. During your stay, you are also free to use our hyperbaric oxygen chambers and infrared saunas for the benefits of increased healing.
5. Because floroquinolones destroy connective tissue, cardiovascular function and gut health (microbiome) patients udergo the following tests to assess damage:

  • Comprehensive Urine Screen
  • Stool Test to assess disturbances in the microbiome (gut flora). Without reestablishing the microbiome, oxidative stress that caused the issue is likely to continue.
  • Food Sensitivity Test:  An anti-inflammatory diet reduces inflammation and oxidative stress on the system, increasing the ability to heal.
  • Markers of oxidative stress:  Glutathione, 8-OHdG, Lactic Acid to assess what made you vulnerable initially, and prevent it going forward. This gives our practitioners a better understanding of genetic predisposition.

Progressive Medical Center will adapt treatment programs for patients whose schedules cannot accommodate two weeks, but it is our experience that infusion therapy plays a critical role in establishing wellness.  These procedures will also be scheduled before you arrive to ensure your appointment.
Tendon rupture
Spinal disk degeneration
Peripheral neuropathy
Nerve pain
Persistent gastric issues
Chemical and food sensitivities
Retina tears
Ringing in the ears
If you or a loved one are suffering from any of these side-effects and are wondering if they’re a sign of antibiotic toxicity, contact us now by clicking the buttons below.[:es]Las fluoroquinolonas son una de las clases más comúnmente recetados de antibióticos. Son medicamentos muy potentes a menudo erróneamente dados como una primera línea de defensa contra una amplia variedad de infecciones de rutina.
Todos los antibióticos tienen efectos secundarios. Lo que diferencia a esta clase de antibióticos de los demás es su capacidad de causar graves reacciones adversas que pueden deshabilitar los pacientes e incluso causar la muerte. Usted puede revisar una lista de reacciones adversas informadas por los pacientes con nuestro buscador de quinolonas 101.
Para algunos, las reacciones a las fluoroquinolonas pueden ocurrir desde tan poco como una pastilla. Para otros, las reacciones pueden ocurrir semanas, meses o incluso más tiempo después de tomar los medicamentos. A menudo , los pacientes e incluso los profesionales médicos no sospechan que estos antibióticos podrían ser la causa, ya que los síntomas a menudo pueden confundirse con otras condiciones médicas.
Aproximadamente la mitad de las fluoroquinolonas que fueron una vez en el mercado ahora se han eliminado de la práctica clínica debido a sus efectos tóxicos graves. Aunque existen advertencias y precauciones, los médicos siguen recetando esta clase de antibióticos para las infecciones que nunca fueron destinados a tratar. Como resultado, muchos pacientes continúan sufriendo innecesariamente discapacidades devastadoras.
Esta noche vamos a escuchar a los pacientes y los defensores de la fundación vigilence quinolona. Ellos creen que cada receta fluoroquinolona debería ir acompañada de lleno revelar del riesgo de discapacidad permanente para que los pacientes puedan tomar decisiones informadas. Para asegurarse de que esta información llegue a los pacientes, la FDA debe agregar advertencias adicionales para el embalaje de drogas y finalmente exigir que una carta del doctor Estimado salir a todos los médicos en los Estados Unidos, advirtiéndoles de los riesgos a sus pacientes

También, aprender otras maneras naturales para controlar las infecciones por lo que son menos dependientes de los antibióticos. Tonights espectáculo le mantendrá la forma de prevenir la necesidad de antibióticos, así como minimizar su daño.


Written by Progressive Medical

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