FDA: Common Antibiotics Have Musculoskeletal Side Effects
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:00 AM

"An FDA safety review has shown that fluoroquinolones when used systemically (i.e., tablets, capsules, and injectable) are associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects that can occur together. These side effects can involve the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system," the FDA said.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, the class that includes ciprofloxacin (Cipro), should not be used to treat uncomplicated infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections for which other drug types are effective, the FDA announced.  Only patients with these conditions who can't be treated with other agents should receive fluoroquinolones, the agency said.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/GeneralInfectiousDisease/57872