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Progressive Medical Center Supports the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation

The Quinolone Vigilance Foundation is an international non-profit, charitable foundation that funds research on fluoroquinolone toxicity and helps raise awareness among patients and medical professionals about the dangers of these antibiotics.

Donna Schutz, assistant to the Director, reached out to Progressive Medical Center, where her fiancée Jeff was being treated for fluoroquinolone toxicity. Donna suggested that the Foundation could provide a presentation through the Lunch & Learn series at Progressive to educate the staff of the dangers of fluoroquinolones.

Progressive Medical Center has treated multiple patients with fluoroquinolone toxicity and wanted to learn more and better help their patients get well, so on June 26, 2014, we all gathered in a large conference room.

Fluoroquinolones are one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics. These are very powerful medications, often wrongly given as a first line of defense against a wide variety of routine infections. The most common fluoroquinolones are Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, and Floxin. For a comprehensive list, please visit our website at

Symptoms of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity:

  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Spinal disk degeneration
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Nerve pain
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Persistent gastric issues
  • Chemical and food sensitivities
  • Retina tears
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dysautonomia

The Side Effects of Antibiotics

All antibiotics have side effects. What differentiates this class of antibiotics from others is its ability to cause severe adverse reactions that can disable patients and even cause death. Adverse reactions can happen days, weeks, months, or even years after taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Although warnings and cautionary information exist, doctors continue to routinely prescribe this class of antibiotics for infections. As a result, susceptible patients continue to suffer unnecessarily with devastating disabilities.

The Quinolone Vigilance Foundation works to raise awareness and helps to fund research on fluoroquinolone toxicity. As part of our Ambassador program, volunteers represent and advocate for the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation in their own communities. Our goal is to have an Ambassador program in each state and country. The Ambassadors network with other quinolone victims, providing support, work with local media and elected officials, educating medical professionals, and identifying sources of possible funding.

If you or someone you know who has been affected by fluoroquinolone toxicity, please visit our website for more information.