Life-or-Death Stakes of FLQ Side Effects

Dr. Charles Bennett, a prominent drug safety advocate from the University of South Carolina, has become one of the most vocal critics in a growing medical consensus against the use of fluoroquinolone (FLQ) antibiotics, including Avelox, Levaquin, and Cipro, due to dangerous side effects. With “black box” and other strong warnings about the safety of these drugs, the FDA has cautioned patients about potentially permanent side effects, including ruptured tendons and nerve damage. After reviewing adverse reaction reports for these drugs, Dr. Bennett thinks the stakes are much higher than that: “What we’re talking about is much more serious today, 30,000 deaths potentially.” Bennett connects these serious injuries and fatalities to FLQ’s effect on the body’s mitochondria and subsequent problems with oxygen in the blood supply to tendons, nerves, and brain.

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