Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics prescribed by doctors to treat acute sinus infections (sinusitis), acute lung infections (bronchitis), and bladder infections. FDA is advising doctors that the serious side effects of these antibiotics often outweigh the benefits. Doctors should prescribe these antibiotics when no other treatment option is available.
Here’s what you can do: If your doctor prescribes a fluoroquinolone antibiotic to treat an infection, notify your doctor immediately if you have any serious side effects. Signs and symptoms of serious side effects include tendon, joint, or muscle pain; a “pins and needles” tingling or pricking sensation; confusion, or hallucinations. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
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