FDA Warns of Cipro Side Effects
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a warning for a commonly prescribed antibiotic that includes the drug Cipro. The potential side effects raised some concern.
About the Drug Cipro
According to the FDA, when it comes to the antibacterial drugs fluoroquinolone, their benefits are often outweighed by potential side effects when it comes to the treatment of bronchitis, basic sinus, or urinary tract infections.
FOX News reports that the FDA now recommends that doctors should only prescribe these types of drugs if other alternatives are not an option.
Although sold mainly as generics now, these drugs have been sold for more than 20 years.
The FDA reports that about 23 million patients between 2010 and 2014 received prescriptions for these types of drugs.
Overview of Cipro Side Effects
Warnings from the FDA were issued about the drugs before, but doctors were not advised to restrict their use.
Potential serious and disabling side effects:
- Tendon, muscle and joint pain
- A “pins and needles” tingling sensation
- Confusion and hallucinations