There is a group of antibiotics called quinolones and fluoroquinolones, Ciprofloxacin being the most widely-prescribed, which can cause real issues in some people. I’m sharing this because I recently came across it in one of you actually and it was news to me! I’d heard of it, but never come across it.
This type of antibiotic is often prescribed for urinary tract infections, prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), sinusitis and lung infections. For some, of course, it is a very welcome treatment and works. For others, though, they can be left with all manner of painful muscle and joint problems, fatigue and brain function issues that often come on weeks after treatment so people tend to miss the connection, including doctors.
Anyway, here is a recent article which describes the problem and, happily, reports on the fact that patients have been able to testify at a review hearing held by the Medicines Research Agency (MRA) in London this month.
You can find out more at QUINOLONE TOXICITY SUPPORT UK, a group that is asking for the drugs to only be given out for life-threatening illnesses.
I hope that helps. Now I know more about it, I will be looking out for it more in unresolving cases!