The Foundation for Fluoroquinolones Toxicity Study and Research was recognized exclusively as a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under Federal Tax Exemption and Illinois Sales and Use Tax Exemption on October 07, 2015. Recently, we shortened our name to Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Study, NFP (“FTS”). Our not for profit status was established with the intention to provide funding for the study and research of Fluoroquinolone (“FQ”) toxicity, as well as promote drug toxicity awareness. We know there are hundreds of wonderful websites about FQ toxicity awareness, therefore, this website is dedicated mainly to the medical and scientific communities.
In a 2001 study by Dr. Jay Cohen, the following reaction rates of ADR’s were documented:
- Nervous system symptoms occurred in 91 percent of patients (pain, tingling and numbness, dizziness, malaise, weakness, headaches, anxiety and panic, loss of memory, psychosis)
- Musculoskeletal symptoms occurred in 73 percent of patients (tendon ruptures, tendonitis, weakness, joint swelling)
- Sensory symptoms occurred in 42 percent of patients (tinnitus, altered visual, olfactory, and auditory function)
- Cardiovascular symptoms occurred in 36 percent of patients (tachycardia, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations)
- Skin reactions occurred in 29 percent of patients (rashes, hair loss, sweating, intolerance to heat or cold)
- Gastrointestinal symptoms occurred in 18 percent of patients (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain)
Given their potential to harm, FQ’s should be reserved for treating only the most serious bacterial infections that won’t respond to any other treatment. Unfortunately, these drugs are excessively prescribed for mild conditions like sinus, urinary tract and ear infections. Our mission to increase awareness about the responsible use of such powerful antibiotics, as well as collaborate with the scientific community on further research, is of paramount importance.
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