The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, to enhance warnings about their association with disabling and potentially permanent side-effects and to limit their use in patients with less serious bacterial infections.
Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that kill or stop the growth of bacteria. While these drugs are effective in treating serious bacterial infections, an FDA safety review found that both oral and injectable fluroquinolones are associated with disabling side-effects involving tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system. These side-effects can occur hours to weeks after exposure to fluoroquinolones and may potentially be permanent.
One of the things that sets our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics as none of our Chiropodists are want-to-be Podiatrists or Medical Doctors and our clinic practices conservative foot care whenever possible which means that we avoid medications and surgery at all costs.
The main reason that our modern society finds ourselves in this situation with antibiotic resistant bacteria is due to decades of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics when they were not necessary in order to appease the patient.
Any time medications or surgery can be avoided the patient is always better off.
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.