According to the FDA, there is new information that quinolone antibiotics may cause very serious side effects when used to treat sinusitis, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections.
What kind of serious side effects can occur if a quinolone antibiotic is used to treat these conditions?
Heads up—this is a serious new warning. These side effects can be disabling, and potentially permanent. Potential adverse effects include:
- Tendon pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- “Pins and needles” or a tingling or pricking sensation
What are the new FDA recommendations?
The FDA is advising that the use of these antibiotics be restricted, and recommending using an alternative medication if possible.
What are some examples of quinolone antibiotics?
The warning affects systemic forms of quinolone antibiotics (that you take by mouth, or that are injected). It does not apply to topical forms at this time. Some examples of systemic quinolone antibiotics include:
- ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- ciprofloxacin ER (Cipro XR)
- levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- moxifloxacin (Avelox)
- gemifloxacin (Factive)
- ofloxacin (generic tablet only)
Is this the first safety communication for quinolone antibiotics?
What should I do if I experience any of the side effects listed?
If you experience any of the side effects mentioned above while taking a quinolone antibiotic, contact your health care provider immediately.