EMMAUS, Penn. — The FDA has recently issued strong warnings about fluoroquinolones, including Cipro and Levaquin, and the side effects that can be devastating to physically active users.

Runners who take fluoroquinolones can suffer from intense tendon pain that will leave them unable to continue running for a significant period of time, according to a report published in Runners World.

The drug class reportedly disrupts and weakens tendon structure, possibly by boosting levels of enzymes that can damage soft-tissue cells. Other theories as to how the drug damages tendons have also been researched with none being defined as the definitive reason.

The risk is significant as those taking the drugs have a 70% higher risk of tendinopathy as well as a 30 percent higher chance for ruptures.

Timothy Miller, M.D., director of the endurance-medicine program at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said the antibiotics “quadruple the risk of Achilles tendon rupture.”

Even with the increase in tendon damage risk, the overall risk of such an injury is still immensely low. However, the consequences of such an injury are so severe, with lengthy rehab times and high risk of injury recurrence, that many physicians work to avoid prescribing Fluoroquinolones to active patients unless left with no other choice.

For active patients who are forced to take fluoroquinolones because other treatments cannot be used, it is important to talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes while being prescribed the drug.

In an interviewed with Runners World. Houston Methodist primary care sports medicine physician Vijay Jotwani said he often advises active patients to lower mileage, intensity, and incline of workouts during the prescribed phase and in the following six to nine months proceeding the prescription.

Active users of fluoroquinolones should be aware of warning signs associated with the development of tendon problems. These warning signs include new pains in the Achilles, along the bottom of the feet, and in the hamstrings.

If these signs are discovered, patients should immediately halt their physical activity and contact their medical professional.

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