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Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

Fluoroquinolone toxicity is damage caused by antibiotics capable of causing severe, body-wide side effects, ranging from antibiotic tendon rupture and muscle pain to depression and psychosis.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are the parent antibiotic of a similar group, cipro and levaquin antibiotics. Fluoroquinolone used to be routinely prescribed for bacterial infections such as:

  • Urinary tract infections including cystitis in women
  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis
  • Lower respiratory tract infections
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Complicated intra-abdominal infections
  • Infectious diarrhea

In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration recommended that fluoroquinolones should only be used in patients whose infections have no alternative treatment options or for serious infections. This new warning was issued based on serious side effects caused by fluoroquinolone toxicity.

Paralyzed by a Prescription: The Dangers Of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

Dr. Mark Ghalili, DO, at Regenerative Medicine LA personally experienced Cipro toxicity, suffering numerous progressive symptoms including muscle wasting, neuropathy, and seizures so severe that he became fully disabled and wheelchair-bound. Although he’s a board-certified internal medicine physician, he found complete healing in alternative and regenerative medicine, since traditional medicine had no answers. Now he’s dedicated to helping others achieve full recovery like himself. Have you been floxed by Cipro? To learn more about fluoroquinolone toxicity syndrome, give our office a call or book an appointment online.

What Are Common Symptoms of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity?

Fluoroquinolone’s Cipro and Levaquin can cause serious damage to your central nervous system, potentially inflicting brain injuries and dysfunctions that affect your mental state.

A few examples of the most common psychological changes include:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic attacks
  • Toxic psychosis
  • Phobias
  • Restlessness, nervousness, and agitation
  • Confusion and delirium
  • Muscle Weakness/atrophy
  • Tendon Weakness
  • Mental Confusion
  • Neuropathy
  • Tremors
  • Muscle twitching
  • Joint Pain
  • Suicidal thoughts

Side effects of fluoroquinolone also include disabling and potentially irreversible antibiotic damage involving tendons, muscles, joints, and nerves. They’re renowned for causing tendon tears.

What should I do if I have Fluoroquinolone Toxicity?

Musculoskeletal and Central Nervous System:

Dr. Ghalili has performed countless hours of research into Fluoroquinolone toxicity, studying how they affect your body and determining why they cause toxicity. Following a complex series of chemical reactions, these antibiotics result in an accumulation of free radicals that destroy mitochondrial DNA. Ultimately, the mitochondrial damage leads to musculoskeletal and central nervous system destruction. Studies show Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, and Moxifloxacin cause mitochondrial damage in mammalian cells. Fluoroquinolone toxicity leads to toxic aldehyde formation, peroxynitrite formation, leading to oxidative stress and cell death, thus making the dangers of antibiotics toxic to every organ in the body including the brain, musculoskeletal system, heart, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and connective tissue.

How is Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Treated?

For those suffering from Cipro, Ciprofloxacin, Avelox, Moxifloxacin, Levofloxacin & Levaquin toxicity, Dr. Ghalili has created numerous customized protocols for fluoroquinolone toxicity treatment. He has experienced disability from Cipro toxicity firsthand and successfully used alternative and regenerative medicine to return to health, and he strives to do the same for you. He will continue to work with you to restore your mitochondria, regain your health, and return to your former self. This is done by an in-depth functional medicine analysis, customized IV vitamin infusions, specific supplement protocols, correction of metabolic deficiencies for body optimization prior to administering cutting-edge cell therapy. Watch our multiple testimonial videos of lives transformed after being completely robbed from this class of antibiotics.

How are Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome related to Fluoroquinolone Toxicity?

Many patients who come to Dr. Ghalili and were previously diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have underlying cellular damage caused by Cipro and Levaquin toxicity. Since mitochondria are found in every cell, where they’re responsible for producing energy, it’s easy to see how mitochondrial damage by fluoroquinolone toxicity would lead to fatigue. Additionally, fluoroquinolone toxicity causes muscle pain and difficulty concentrating, which are two other key symptoms.

If you think you or someone you love, may have Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome or are living with ongoing symptoms similar to those caused by Cipro, Levaquin, or Avelox, or any other antibiotic please call Regenerative Medicine LA immediately or schedule a consultation online.

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Mitochondria Damage from Fluoroquinolones

The most important thing to remember about Cipro and Levaquin toxicity is that its effect is cumulative. Your first treatment may be successful and not cause any side effects. Then subsequent treatments can trigger the start of subtle symptoms as toxicity builds.

It takes approximately 70% of your mitochondria to be damaged in order for you to feel the symptoms. Dr. Ghalili explains your body as a Jenga, the more damage done by fluoroquinolones, the more pieces of the Jenga are removed, once the final piece is out to hold the Jenga stable, the Jenga crumbles and this is the classic “a bomb went off in my body” feeling the majority of fluoroquinolone toxicity patients endure.

The cellular changes produced by Cipro and Levaquin toxicity disturb energy production for years. Their influence alters your genes, causing ongoing mutations and damage. The majority of fluoroquinolone victims are told they have chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, which in my expert medical opinion is actually caused by mitochondrial toxicity secondary to fluoroquinolone antibiotic exposure. It is no coincidence that chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is diagnosed in a 5:1 ratio of women compared to men.

Cipro is also prescribed in a 5:1 ratio of women compared to men. In my medical opinion, over 90% of women with chronic fatigue have consumed Ciprofloxacin at one point likely for a UTI. The other 10% of cases fall under Lyme disease, mold exposure, heavy metal toxicity, or breast implant illness.

Finally, you should never take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or steroids with Cipro or Levaquin because that increases your risk of central nervous system side effects and seizures.