The GoodRx Pharmacist - May 18, 2017
About a year ago, the FDA released findings that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause dangerous side effects involving the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and central nervous system, and advised that use should be restricted in uncomplicated situations.
However, the FDA has reviewed all reports and updated their safety warning. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 05, 2016
Why have they been in the news? Restrictions have recently been placed on their use. While they are effective for the treatment of pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sinusitis and bronchitis among other things, there are some major downsides. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - May 25, 2016
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. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - March 10, 2016
Ofloxacin (generic Floxin and Ocuflox) is a common antibiotic used to treat ear and eye infections, among other common bacterial infections. In the past, there have been both ear (otic) and eye (ophthalmic) drops available, along with an oral tablet—but now, you and your doctor may need to find an alternative antibiotic, at least when it comes to the ear drops.
The GoodRx Pharmacist - June 16, 2014
Ear infections are caused by either a bacteria or a virus. The infection leads to inflammation, usually in the middle part of the ear. Young children are often more prone to ear infections because their ears aren’t yet fully developed, though adults may also get ear infections.
Where do most ear infections occur?
Ear infections most often occur in the middle part of the ear.
What are signs and symptoms of an ear infection?
Ear infections in children as well as adults sometimes include symptoms such as:
- Pulling at one or both ears (due to ear pain)
- Trouble sleeping
- Drainage from the ear
- Reduced/fuzzy hearing
How are ear infections treated?
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 19, 2013
Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics that include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin,and moxifloxacin (Avelox). Antibiotics are over-prescribed for viral upper respiratory infections and before you think to yourself “I’ve been sick for awhile, maybe I should get an antibiotic,” be aware of some of the risks.
Don’t get me wrong, these are great antibiotics with broad coverage that save lives when used for the proper indications. See More
Elizabeth Davis - April 15, 2013
What does that mean for you?
If you have an existing heart condition, be aware and talk to your doctor about your options if you need an antibiotic. Other macrolide antibiotics (clarithromycin, erythromycin) and quinolone antibiotics (Cipro, Levaquin) have the same potential side effect, but there are other options out there and your doctor will best be able to weigh your risk against your need for a particular medication. See More