WASHINGTON, DC — New Zealand scientists are worried that doctors are over-prescribing an antibiotic type called Fluoroquinolones, which have been linked to nerve damage and tendon ruptures that cause permanent disability, according to the NZ Herald.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agrees with New Zealand officials, and has warned users about the “disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects” of oral fluoroquinolones.
The NZ Herald reports that these antibiotics, which are prescribed to treat severe urinary tract infections or other bacterial infections, are even becoming less effective on many types of bacterium since they have been prescribed so often.
Health officials warn that the antibiotic should only be prescribed for severe cases of infections.
There have been several medical studies dating back to 2004 that suggest a link between fluoroquinolone antibiotic medication and peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is condition consisting of damaged nerves throughout the body. Cases of this complication can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can arise within a couple days of taking the medication. These symptoms include tingling feelings, weakness, burning sensations and shooting pains throughout the body.
In many cases, symptoms can last for months. In rare cases, these symptoms can persist permanently even after ceasing the medication.
Fluoroquinolones have also been linked to tendon damage, which can take the form of tendinitis or tendon rupture.
Either condition can severely limit one’s mobility and may require surgery to correct.
Over 20 million patients have been prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics worldwide. In August 2013, the United States Food & Drug Administration issued an official statement that these antibiotics should only be used by “those who do not have alternative treatment options.”
Lawsuits are currently being filed against the drug producers for failure to create a safe and reliable product.
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