This website was created to chronicle my experience, observations, and opinions, as I travel through life with damage received after having an adverse event to a fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotic, Levaquin. This blog is the second oldest FQ blog and is a true grass root’s project designed to advocate, inform, and be the impetus for further research and information. It is dedicated to the thousands each year who become chronically affected and disabled by these prescription drugs. This supposed “safe” class of antibiotics are given out in hundreds and thousands of prescriptions daily around the world for routine needs. Unbeknownst to many, these drugs can cause horrific adverse events that can disable the most healthy of individuals creating long lasting injuries. These adverse events are considered statistically insignificant by drug companies and the FDA, even though their rate of occurrence is fairly high.
Often the victims do not know what has befallen them, not suspecting that these drugs could be the cause of their symptoms, especially in those individuals who experience health issues months or years after ingestion. Compounding the problem, the medical community is woefully ignorant to their unique effects and the long term damages making the suffering endured by these drugs greatly increased. The FDA knows how dangerous these drugs can be, and have coined an acronym FQAD (Fluoroquinolone Associated Disability) for the symptoms they see. However, and quite unfortunately, they refuse to act in a responsible manner that would help safeguard the general public. Currently there is no medical cure and no magic bullet.
Join me as a blog about research, advocacy, and living life after the FQs. I love to collect wisdom from those who are chronically suffering after taking FQ’s. If you are new to this plight, please use caution when treading the Internet waters, the information about FQ toxicity can be overwhelming, opinions vary, and emotions run high. Unfortunately, like many other Internet communities, there are strong inter-community politics and camps of ideas which should be also approached lightly by the newcomer. Having said that, those that are in true need of help and are seeking honest answers to their plight can usually find help and solace. If you are new and want to know What is Floxing?, click here. Other links that may help is my Guide to Facebook Groups, FQ Faq, the popular What Helps page, which is information gleaned from the floxed community and its free.
I receive dozens of emails each week regarding fluoroquinolones, from newly affected individuals and chronically affected alike. Many times it is impossible for me to return all emails in a timely manner, but I try my best. Please subscribe to my site using the form in the right hand column. I appreciate contacts, really I do, if you want to me to try something please read Before You Try To Sell Me Something before contacting me.
Many people email me and ask how I am doing please read me about page for up to date information. I have been dealing with this adverse event for nearly twelve years. Although I worked for many years into my reaction I am now, for the most part, officially functionally disabled. I have been dealing with what my doctor believes is drug induced mitochondrial disease/dysfunction. I was able to take an early retirement and am recognized disabled by the government. Still, I have a family with several children which takes a large amount of my time, while suffering from severe physical problems of a dreaded delayed Levaquin adverse event. Still, when I can I like to communicate with those who are chronically suffering from adverse events to these drugs to let them know they are not alone. Again, please note, unlike some others, this is a true grass roots blog, a little rough around the edges, not designed to act as an advertisement, up-sell products, provide monetary gain, or make me famous. Please read my monetization policy or pledge. May you have Godspeed on your journey.
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