Tendons and Fluoroquinolone

Fluoroquinolone is a super popular drug! Its an antibiotic that appears in these trade names

  • ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • levofloxacin (Levaquin/Quixin)
  • gatifloxacin (Tequin)
  • moxifloxacin (Avelox)
  • ofloxacin (Ocuflox/Floxin/Floxacin)
  • norfloxacin (Noroxin)

    The NHS explains the risks and rewards of these drugs here

However, you should know that there is a large link between Fluoroquinolone and tendon issues that is not always on the top of your doctors priority list. No trainer I asked had never heard of this connection.

If you are an athlete, or an active gym member you should talk to your doctor immediately.

Using Fluoroquinolone at the same time as trying to fix tendinopathy by using an eccentric regime needs a careful review. If you take this drug, stop any eccentric regime until your doctor has considered it .

A critical review of 98 reports of fluoroquinolone associated tendinopathy, symptoms were reported as occurring within 2 hours of taking the medication and as long as 6 months after cessation of treatment, with an average onset of 6 days (Fluoroquinolones and Tendinopathy: A Guide for Athletes and Sports Clinicians and a Systematic Review of the Literature. Lewis et al)

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