SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE — A new study confirmed what researchers have long suspected: There’s a discernible link between fluoroquinolones and a specific kind of retinal detachment.
Dr. Fanny Raguideau of the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety in Saint-Denis, along with a team of other doctors, surveyed nearly 28,000 RD patients. Fifty-seven percent of the patients surveyed developed RD while using fluoroquinolones. The rhegmatogenous RD the patients developed requires immediate surgical attention, because the damage from late-stage RDD, including near-total blindness, is irreversible.
Dr. Raguideau strongly advised physicians not to prescribe fluoroquinolones for any patients who have a history of vision problems or exhibit any RD risk factors.
Fluoroquinolone Complications & Side Effects
Because Cipro, Avelox, Levaquin, and other similar antibiotics are so powerful, they are among the most commonly-prescribed drugs in the country. However, that same potency exposes patients to possible serious side effects. In the process of killing bacteria cells, fluoroquinolones sometimes attack healthy tissues as well, and fragile areas, like the retina, are especially vulnerable. As a result, one prominent doctor said that prescribing fluoroquinolones for common ailments like ear infections was like “trying to kill a fly with an atomic weapon.”
In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration warned that all the possible side-effects from fluoroquinolone use were not displayed prominently enough on the warning label. In addition to possible blindness, possible side effects include:
- Bronchitis and Sinusitis: If the lining of the lungs or breathing passages become irritated or swollen, breathing becomes difficult.
- Urinary Tract Infections: URIs are incredibly painful and not easy to treat, as anyone who has ever had one will attest.
- Bone and Joint Infections: Powerful antibiotics can seep into these areas, upsetting the delicate chemical balance and causing serious injury.
Victims in these case are normally entitled to compensation for both their economic and noneconomic damages. Juries also award large amounts of punitive damages in many of these cases.
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