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Avelox Destroyed my Life

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Initial post: Mar 8, 2012 8:16:06 PM PST
G. Aikmus says:
I, am a victim of a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Avleox. In February of 2011, I had a COPD exacerbation and was prescribed Avelox and prednisome. After the second pill, I began to suffer pain in my legs, felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest, and my breathing was worse. After the 4th pill, my symptoms were magnified and I not suffered pain from my head to my toes, I could barely walk. By the time I took the last pill of the 10 day script, I was devastated. I suffered from what they say is a "rare" adverse reaction to Avelox. I was suffering from tendonitis, swollen joints, loss of lung function. Eight months later, none of my symptoms subsided, I was forced into medical retirement, and on Social Security Disability YEARS before I should be. Now the tax payers are the source of my income, and my insurance company continues to pay my ongoing medical bills and surgeries as a result of one prescription. Not once were any of the warnings told to me, and when I called my doctors office 3 times with what I know are now Serious Adverse Reactions, I was told that prednisone was nasty stuff, keep taking everything! I did as instructed and suffered because of it. Bedridden for 2 months, walked with a walker for a month, and have now been walking with a cane for almost a year. I am only able to leave my house a couple times a week. I was a healthy active woman, working in a man's world, active in Community Service endeavors, and fostered litters of unwanted puppies for rescue prior to taking this antibiotic. Doctors are unaware of the harm these pills can cause and not educated as to the reactions patients can have. There is NO CURE for the victims with these reactions, nor is anyone looking for one. Rather than being prescribed as a last resort antibiotic, they are given out like candy for any suspected infection a patient has. If you have taken Avelox and have had similar symptoms, please post here. You are not alone, you can find others and help at:

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 8:26:31 PM PST
G. Spooner says:
Two years ago (Feb 2010) I took a quinolone antibiotic and after only one week on it I developed severe tendinitis in both my legs and shoulders (rotator cuffs). Within a two weeks I also had peripheral neuropathy. Both of these side effects are well-established with this family of antibiotics. Before taking the drug I was very healthy and, as has been mentioned above, athletic. Today none of my symptoms have improved, and I've had to leave my career of over 20 years and go on to disability. These drugs can cripple you and leave you in chronic pain for the rest of your life. Think about that before you take them, and take them only if they're absolutely necessary (you have a severe infection that is not responding to safer antibiotics). Don't destroy your body, career and pain-free life like I did.
Certain Adverse Events

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 5:38:32 AM PST
Will Sparks says:
Unlike the first two victims on this page, I actually recovered from quinolone-induced tendinopathy and neuropathy. It took me about a year of constant pain, fatigue, and severe levels of depression, as well as many other unpleasant effects. The major parts are gone, but my muscle tone is still gone and doesn't seem to want to come back. I'm tired all the time. I have weird inexplicable gastrointestinal problems that come and go. I can no longer eat certain foods -- I have to eat like a gluten-free diabetic to try to keep my GI tract in shape and my energy levels maintained. In spite of that, I call this a recovery. I'm 34 years old, and while I don't feel like I'm in my 80s anymore, I don't remotely feel anything like youth anymore either, like I did before taking these antibiotics. I'm one of the lucky ones.

If I were given the choice between a painful death or taking avelox again (or levaquin again, or another related drug like cipro), I'll take my chances without the antibiotic. It sounds like melodrama, but it is the absolute truth.

Posted on May 19, 2012 8:19:58 PM PDT
Sarah C. Cox says:
I have been poised by quinolones twice now. Once in 2009 and again this Feb 2012. I was unaware that this is what has been making me sick and have been taking Cipro for UTI's for the past 5 years. I am now house bound and practically bedridden with about 30 ADR's. Someday I will add my story to the the facebook Wall of Pain page A page for people with quinolone toxicity. As of now I have neurological problems, loss of appetite, tendon pain all over my body, muscle and weakness all over my body and much much more. The doctors wont admit the cipro has caused my health problems. I was healthy before first taking Cipro in 2009. I have hopes that I will recover. Until then I suffer tremendously.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 9:29:53 PM PDT
Captain says:
A study performed by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that adverse events leading to an emergency room visit occur at a rate of 9.2 for every 10,000 fluoroquinolone prescriptions. This rate is greater than that for cephalosporins (6.1 per 10,000) and macrolides (5.1 per 10,000), but less than for sulfonamides (18.9 per 10,000), penicillins (13 per 10,000), clindamycin (18,5 per 10,000), and vancomycin (24.1 per 10,000).[5]

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 5:36:12 PM PDT
Evan says:
I am not sure what the point of your post is but if it is an attempt to show how "rare" these side effects are, it is inherently flawed as the mechanism of damage can take place of the course of several months, unbeknownst to the victim until symptoms present themselves in a much more debilitating manner. It is not an issue of emergency room visits, as those deal mostly with allergic reactions, which this is not. This is an insidious, neuro-muscular toxic side effect that can damage a persons entire life. I am 24, have been dealing with intense pain and fatigue for over 5 months. My side effects developed within 7 days of taking Cipro. Doctors are uninformed and so is the FDA, frankly. Those statistics are essentially meaningless to this discussion.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 1:32:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2012 1:33:46 AM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
Among those here prescribed a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, for whom was it prescribed as a first choice before others were tried?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 8:18:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2012 8:25:09 AM PDT
L. Hughes says:
I was prescribed Avelox for sinusitis. After taking the first pill I felt really weird - out of balance, nausea, just off somehow. I absolutely refused to take it again.
Soon there will be an FDA approved device that will treat COPD using sound waves which is non-medicinal (drug free). After the approval comes, probably in Q1 2013, I will post more information. This device is being used for animals with great sucess.
I've had N.A.E.T. (allergy elimination treatments) -- like it best using acupressure rather that acupunture, so don't get sinusitis like I did for many years. I also find at the first sign of an infection I start taking Echinacea (a immune booster) and Goldenseal (a natural anti-biotic).
You may also want to consider taking BAC+ (from Wisdom of the Ages) which while mostly a blood anti-clotting supplement also is very cleansing and balancing to the body. I would immediately seek out an accupunturist who may offer other remedies and treatments to get rid of the toxins and bring the body back into balance.
I use the best of both tradtional and non-traditional medicine.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 10:07:59 PM PDT
TN says:
Listen to your body.

I get hay fever during May-June. I tried some anti-allergy OTC or prescription drugs. Nothing really worked. They made me drowsy and weak. I decided to take no allergy medicine 10-15 years ago and just suffer from my running nose. I take in virtually no other medicine my whole life, because even aspirin makes me feel different.

Result: at 65 I feel like 50, mentally and physically. Of course I eat good food, with no processed food. I make my own kefir from milk, because I don't seem to have the enzyme to digest lactose.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 4:11:42 PM PDT
M. Palacios says:
In June 2012 my husband went to the ER for an upset stomach and diarrhea. After dealing with the pain and dehydration he was prescribed with 5 days of cipro just in case it was a bacterial infection. The pain started in July and got worse by August when I learned, researching all over the internet, about cipro toxicity and tendonitis. I found this article and boughtAncient Minerals Magnesium Lotion - 8oz Bottleat amazon. I have been applying the lotion for a week and it seems to be working.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 6:23:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2012 6:23:59 AM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
Magnesium lotion at $42 a pint? Why not just dissolve a penny's worth of Epsom salt in a glass of water twice a day and drink that, or take an Epsom salt soak every few days like grandpa did?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:16:57 PM PST
You bet! MERCK, SHARP AND DOHME.... after taking first pill, immediate flushing of skin, itching, coughing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, immediate defecation, horrible horrible reaction....ran to ER!...Dr. said Drug reaction - probably allergic reaction.....Doctors always ask me if I have any allergic reactions to drugs....but when I ask a doctor to test me for this so I can find out....They say they cant......Gotta laugh at these clowns....or cry forever!.....hard to sue anybody because the warnings on the bottle include everything except IEDs and NUCLEAR RADIATION SICKNESS!

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 12:32:24 PM PST
WILBUR says:
I took this drug for only 4 days and had severe side effects. I was on z-pac for a respiratory infection and was recovering when switched to avalox (I thought it was another form of z-pac). I am 69 and do have issues with arthritis and fatigue. Not only was there tendonitis but unbelievable fatigue, listlessness, my right arm was almost useless do to piercing pain. I could not feed myself, could not sit up without assistance, could barely walk with a walker for very short distances. I had a severe fall almost everyday for several weeks. After three weeks off the stuff, I am almost back to normal. During this time I took very few pain meds as I was so totally out of it. My back really hurts but not sure if it's related. I think it's because of one of my falls. DO NOT TAKE THIS POISON. I thought I might be dying and that is not an exaggeration. I am back with the living by the grace of God. I do not understand the medical profession's love for this drug. Great drug salesmen I guess. Wish they would all try it themselves for a week and see if they survive.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 7:16:56 PM PST
Mary says:
I had taken Avelox several times with no reaction, however on the 4th time I had a severe reaction. My arms turned blood red and I started itching, starting heaving but couldn't throw up because my throat was swelling up. Called doctor and they said it was an allergic reaction and to take Zeartac or Benadryl. I took a Zertac and drank half a bottle of Benadryl. She called me in a prescription for nausea and told me to get it immediately and go to the hospital. My nephew went to get the prescription and while he was gone my symptoms got worse. All my intestines felt like someone was ripping and twisting them, I was laying on the bathroom floor in a fetal position thinking I was going to die from the intense pain. This lasted 10-15 minutes and then I guess the Benadry kicked in and all the distress cleared up. I then had a constant pain in my stomach, I originally thought it was sore muscles from all the wrenching my body had went through. I asked the doctor and was sent for a Cat Scan where they found that I had colitis throughout my intestines. Please if anyone reads this and you are taking this medication, stop before it is too late.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 12:24:35 PM PDT
I think it was the companation of the two,I was given Leviquan and prednisone and had a bad reaction to the prednisone!

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 12:27:37 PM PDT
I took Avelox twice worked great for Bronchitis,then I quit smoking that worked even better!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2014 10:17:43 PM PDT
I take a small dose of VENLAFAXINE XR (75)...I needed to take AVELOX for a stomach problem. Do they interact?...I don't know.....I had a terrible reaction to AVELOX.....I WANT TOO SUE !!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2014 7:27:51 AM PDT
Lawyers are waiting to serve you!

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 5:53:16 PM PDT
Richard P. says:
antibiotics do not conflict with Effexor Richard plant md
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