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FDA releases new warning about common antibiotics

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Patient Chris Bizzell (left) speaks to Dr. April Treas with Bon Secours St. Francis. Bizzell said he had an adverse reaction to Levaquin, a common fluoroquinolone. (FOX Carolina) Patient Chris Bizzell (left) speaks to Dr. April Treas with Bon Secours St. Francis. Bizzell said he had an adverse reaction to Levaquin, a common fluoroquinolone. (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Drugs used by tens of thousands of people in the United States are now coming with a new warning by the FDA. 

Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and other drugs called "fluoroquinolones" treat sinus infections, sexually transmitted diseases and anthrax. This week the FDA issued a stronger warning about these drugs, saying they can cause disabling side effects, pain in the muscles and tendons, hallucinations and peripheral neuropathy, among others. 

Doctors said Cipro is the most commonly prescribed of the fluoroquinolones. 

"22 million Americans filled a prescription for these antibiotics in 2014," said Dr. April Treas, physician with Bon Secours St. Francis in Greenville. "The FDA's guidance is not that we stop using them entirely, but that in certain scenarios, they are not the best option."

One patient, Chris Bizzell, was prescribed Levaquin for severe sinus infections. He said two days after taking the drug, he had severe pain and inflammation in his Achilles tendon. 

The FDA warns doctors to limit prescription of fluoroquinolones and to avoid prescribing them for bronchitis, uncomplicated urinary tract infections and sinus infections. 

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