Atlanta consumer guru Clark Howard was recently treated at Piedmont Hospital for a life-threatening muscle-related syndrome that may have been caused by a combination of medicines he was taking for two different medical issues, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Howard took antibiotic ciprofloxacin (brand name Cipro) to ward off an infection after a biopsy to monitor his on-going prostate cancer, which in his case is not aggressive. (He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009.) He was also taking the common cholesterol lowering pill Lipitor. Doctors at Piedmont think that combination may have caused him to get rhabdomyolysis.

According to WebMD, rhabdomyolysis is a “serious syndrome due to a direct or indirect muscle injury. It results from the death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream.” This could cause kidney failure and eventual death.

Georgia triathlete Chris Dannelly died of the same condition five days after he took three pills of ciprofloxacin’s sister drug, levofloxacin.

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