Floxing is the term used by people who suffer serious side effects from fluoroquinolone antibiotics. These drugs are widely used and include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and ofloxacin (Floxin).
What do all these drugs have in common? They are all fluoridated molecules, which means they contain fluorine. This very toxic element helps drugs blast their way into cells by breeching cell membranes. Even though researchers say that the drugs don’t seem to release fluorine in a petri dish in the lab, in the human gut, trillions of bacteria work on drugs and do break them down. The fluorine atoms then are free to run rampant in the body. One action is to irreversibly bind with magnesium making it unavailable to the hundreds of enzyme functions that require it.
If you are already magnesium deficient and you are prescribed a fluoroquinolone drug, you can suffer further loss and your muscles become inflamed and spastic, which can be severe enough to lead to tendon rupture. Under the influence of magnesium deficiency, nerves can develop nerve damage and neuropathy.
Are the drug companies aware of the potential danger of fluorine in these drugs? I think so, because after 4 generations of fluoridated drugs and 60 generic drugs, the newest quinolone is Nemonoxacin undergoing clinical trials is a non-fluorinated quinolone antibiotic. And they must know because fluoroquinolone lawsuits are escalating.
It’s not until patients become damaged by a drug that they read the side effects and they are shocked to see how many exist for the Fluoroquinolones.
Central Nervous System: toxic psychosis, panic/anxiety, insomnia, seizures, tremors, dizziness, confusion, depression
Peripheral Nervous System: numbness, pain, burning, tingling, stinging, weakness
Musculoskeletal System: joint pain, tendon pain, tendon rupture, muscle pain (rhabdomyolysis – a potentially fatal, rapid muscle wasting condition which may include dark or pink urine)
Cardiovascular System: torsades de pointes (a fatal arrhythmia) heart attack, palpitations (irregular heartbeat), bradycardia (slow heartbeat), tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
Immune System: anaphylactic reaction (potentially fatal allergic reaction) Stevens-Johnson Syndrome(potentially fatal autoimmune reaction where the immune system attacks the skin)
Additional Medical Conditions: renal (kidney) failure, liver failure
Many of these terrible side effects can occur long after the patient has discontinued the medication!
Is there an Eliott Ness in the FDA who is protecting patients from the dangers of fluoroquinolones? Hardly. The extent of the FDA’s concern is to make drug manufacturers write words in very tiny print on drug labels listing dangerous side effects. Each drug can have an average of 150 side effects, but if some are more fatal than others, they draw a little black box around it as if that is going to carry more weight.
Have black box warnings changed the prescribing practices of these drugs? I doubt it. Why doesn’t the FDA ban these drugs to stop these terrible side effects? It may have something to do with the fact that drug companies pay millions of dollars in “fees” (bribes) to the FDA to “approve” their drugs.
Here are the warnings that the FDA produced about the deadly effects of fluoroquinolones instead of pulling them from the marketplace.
July 2008: An increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture
Feb 2011: Worsening symptoms of myasthenia gravis
Aug 2013: Risk of serious nerve damage from irreversible peripheral neuropathy
Nov 2015: The risk for serious adverse effects outweighed the benefit in routine use for acute bacterial sinusitis, chronic bronchitis and uncomplicated UTIs
July 2016: Disabling and potentially permanent side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system
July 2018: Risks of mental health side effects (disturbances in attention, disorientation, agitation, nervousness, memory impairment, delirium) and serious blood sugar disturbances ending in hypoglycemic coma
In spite of all these warnings, Cipro is still FDA-approved for use in children. Hope was raised with a recent reappraisal of Cipro use in infants and children due to concerns that it may cause joint damage. I thought they were going to announce a ban on prescribing Cipro to children but such is not the case. When it comes to expecting the drug companies to do the right thing, hope is never a strategy.
The industry study on children “was designed to demonstrate that the rate of musculoskeletal adverse reactions for ciprofloxacin did not exceed that of the comparator.” The study dances around a lot of statistics but the bottom line is that parents are not given a choice of treatments for their children. Remedies like homeopathy, a silver product, a herbal product, high dose vitamin C, magnesium could all be given in the very early stages of illness and help ward it off. Instead parents are told to bring their child to the doctor “when he gets worse” and then given a drug. It’s a very biased system.
Since the FDA is increasingly reluctant to pull drugs that are unsafe and relies on meaningless black box warnings to cover their liability, it is up to you to take care of your own health and that of your children.. I’ll make it easier for you with a free copy of my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. Study the 130+ conditions and be ready to use natural first aid remedies when symptoms arise.
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