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#HealthAlert — Killer Antibiotics

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Doctors are increasingly turning to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones for common winter bacterial infections as well as UTIs, stomach bugs, skin infections and more.

But these drugs — the entire class of them — come with a terrible dark side.

They can cause a little bulge right in your aorta, the main artery that carries blood from your heart.

It’s called an aortic aneurism, and a major new study finds that your risk of having one DOUBLES within 60 days of taking a fluoroquinolone drug.

When you’ve got an aortic aneurism, you won’t know it. Not at first, anyway. You only find out about it when something goes wrong — and by then, it’s often much too late.

In some cases, that little bulge can jam up the flow of blood just enough for a clot to form. If it breaks off, you’ve got something a whole lot worse than bronchitis on your hands.

You’ve got a stroke.

That’s not even the worst risk, because the aneurism could also burst — and if it does, your odds of death skyrocket as high as 90 percent.

If you happen to get sick and need an antibiotic, it doesn’t have to be a fluoroquinolone.

If your doctor says he’s writing you a prescription for any of the following fluoroquinolones, ask him for an alternative: levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), and gemifloxacin (Factive).

In most cases, other antibiotics work as effectively, but without the same risk.



The facts no one wants to read.

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Written by solutions777

October 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm