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Bitter Pill: The Dangerous Side Effects of Fluoridated Antibiotics

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  • Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that contain fluoride, which allows them to penetrate into sensitive tissues like your brain and central nervous system
  • Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are known to cause severe tendon damage and/or rupture, and permanent nerve damage in hands or feet
  • Other side effects include acute liver toxicity, acute kidney failure, psychiatric side effects, hearing or vision problems, and other health problems—many of which are permanent
  • Fluoroquinolones should be reserved for treating only the most serious bacterial infections that remain unresponsive to other treatments. Avoid them if at all possible

By Dr. Mercola

Fluoroquinolones are among the most dangerous drugs on the market and should be avoided unless your life depends on it. Despite their dangers, they're the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics in the United States... In 2010, Bayer's top two fluoroquinolones (Cipro and Avalox) brought in $1 billion in sales.

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