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Welcome. 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 this entire family of prescription drugs. This supposed “safe” class of antibiotics are given out in hundreds and thousands of prescriptions daily around the world. 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, which can happen immediately or appear long after stopping the medication, are considered statistically insignificant by drug companies and the FDA, even though their rate of occurrence is 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. These drugs are often given in surgery without the patient’s knowledge, and are very often given to pets as well. Compounding the problem, the medical community is woefully ignorant to their method of action, 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) describing the symptoms experienced by victims. 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, there is a lot of misinformation, 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 (especially on social media). Having said that, those that are in true need of help and are seeking honest answers to their plight can usually find some form of help and solace. If you are new and want to know What is Floxing?, click here. Other links that may help is FQ Faq, About Me, the popular What Helps page, which is information gleaned from the floxed community and its free, or you can donate to FQ research.
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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 thirteen years. Although I was forced to work for several years into my reaction I am now, for the most part, officially functionally disabled. I have been dealing with what my doctor has diagnosed as drug induced mitochondrial disease/dysfunction. I was able to take an early retirement and obtain disability as well. Still, I have a family with several children which takes a large amount of my time. I do like to communicate with those who are chronically suffering from adverse events to these drugs when I can 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, up-sell products, provide me monetary gain, be politically correct, or make me famous (just the opposite as a matter of fact). Please read my monetization policy or pledge. Thank you for visiting and may you have Godspeed on your journey.
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In an astonishing statement from the FDA, they acknowledged that since “Psychiatric Effects” will specifically be identified within the “Central Nervous System Effects” subheading, psychiatric adverse events are automatically assumed to be part of the existing Black Box warning.
Adverse events added by the FDA are some of those requested by Dr. Bennett previously.
Drug’s that can mutate DNA and create a disease process are downright scary. They start the ball rolling on a pathology that often appears later on..
It is promising that such a prestigious journal covered the controversy of the FQ's.
To those who are new to my plight or are unfamiliar with my personal situation, my life is delineated with a clear demarcation line. The life before taking Levaquin, a fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotic, and my life after. My healthy life before and my not so healthy life after. It is my story, my quin story, my life after Levaquin; Extremely healthy in one season, and a struggle with health the next.
After so many unremarkable tests, and so many years, some of the bigger pieces of the puzzle, for me, are starting to fall into place.
So the next time someone asks you 'Why are these drugs still on the market?" even though you may not agree, you will at least know the answer.
Every once in a while I get the dubious honor of talking to a doctor who has been floxed. This conversation was a poignant example of dangerous the FQ's are in our society
One culprit that is often overlooked in chronic Fluoroquinolone toxicity is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO.