FLQs Linked to ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s

Fluoroquinolone (FLQ) antibiotics can cause debilitating symptoms such as burning, numbness, tingling, and peripheral neuropathy that can sometimes be permanent, but they may also affect the body on a cellular level. An FDA report revealed that FLQs Avelox, Levaquin, Cipro, and others may be linked to diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s via “mitochondrial toxicity,” a condition that can weaken cells and contribute to these neurodegenerative diseases.

Many people feel that the “black box” warnings the FLQ drugs carry are not strong enough. Linda Martin of Arizona was prescribed Levaquin three times for sinus infections, but compared to what the potent drug was manufactured to treat—infections like anthrax and the plaque—she says the drug was incorrectly prescribed, and has become an outspoken advocate for better labeling.

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