When Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good

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Doctors have a professional responsibility to know about any potentially adverse side effects of the prescription drugs they prescribe. In some instances, drugs known to have negative side effects must be endured. Sometimes, however, there may be alternative drugs or treatment options that have fewer negative side effects.

During 2011, more than 2,000 individual lawsuits were filed related to negative side effects suffered due to being prescribed antibiotics known as fluroquinolones. Antibiotics are often prescribed to aid the body in fighting off bacterial infections. Some medical experts, however, contend that many doctors overprescribe a particularly potent class of antibiotics known as fluroquinolones and fail to alert patients of the many potential negative side effects.

One man, who was diagnosed as having a mild case of pneumonia, was prescribed the potent antibiotic Levaquin. Upon taking just one dose of the medication, the man called his physician complaining of joint weakness and pain. His physician advised him to continue taking the medication. After taking just one more dose, however, the man suffered debilitating side effects including heart palpitations, burning and tingling sensations, spasms and uncontrollable shaking. After nearly four months since taking the medication, the man is still suffering from the drug’s adverse side effects.

While the Federal Drug Administration has warned doctors about the dangerous side effects associated with fluroquinolones, many continue to prescribe them. While the FDA has mandated that this class of potent antibiotics carry a black box warning, many doctors fail to warn patients of the risks associated with the drugs as well as potential alternative treatment options.

Individuals who are or have taken antibiotics classified as fluroquinolones may want to consult their doctor. Negative side effects associated with these drugs can cause painful and harmful side effects that may have a long-lasting impact on an individual’s health.

Post courtesy of www.davidaylor.com, a Charleston personal injury attorney.

Reference: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/popular-antibiotics-may-carry-serious-side-effects/?_r=0

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