It has long been known that some antibiotics, known as fluoroquinolones, can cause tendonitis
and tendon ruptures. Fluoroquinolones include antibiotics Cipro
. These antibiotics are favorites of many physicians because they are effective at treating different types of infections, can usually be taken orally or intravenously, and only need to be taken once or twice daily.
However, there are concerns about the side-effects of these antibiotics. One important caution is that the fluoroquinolones can cause tendonitis and tendon ruptures. Achilles tendon ruptures are at least four times more common in patients taking these antibiotics. The FDA today issued a warning to ensure doctors and patients understand this risk of tendon problems while taking these antibiotics.
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FDA Requests Boxed Warnings on Fluoroquinolone Antimicrobial Drugs