Antibiotic Induced Tendon Damage

Fluoroquinolones may cause tendon damage or rupture

It may not be common knowledge that antibiotics such as Cipro or Levaquin can actually cause damage, or even rupture of the tendons. Since 2008, the FDA has attached mandatory “black box” labels to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, warning about the possibility of nerve and tendon damage. In May of 2016, the FDA released a warning stating that fluoroquinolones should only be considered as a last result if other drugs have failed. It’s important to be aware of the risks that fluoroquinolones can present.

Am I at risk?

Anyone who has taken fluoroquinolones within the past several years can experience tendon damage. If you are over the age of 40, if you use corticosteroids, if you are physically active during or after using fluoroquinolones, or if you’ve had a tendon injury in the past – these factors can all put you at more risk of tendon damage. Tendon damage may present as pain, swelling, redness and sensitivity, and difficulty moving or walking on the effected area. These symptoms may occur months or years following fluoroquinolone antibiotic usage – the longer you used these drugs and the higher dosage taken, the more risk there is of tendon damage.

Treatment options for fluoroquinolone induced tendon damage

Cold therapy is one of the most important steps in the healing process, and the ColdCure® provides the best cold compression on the market. It is designed to conform to the area that you treat to give the best coverage, and three times as much cold as traditional gel packs. The ColdCure® will reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain in general.

You should use the ColdCure® in combination with the BFST®, or the Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy device. This electronic wrap uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate healthy blood flow, which carries oxygenated blood and nutrients to your damaged tendon and helps it to actually heal. The BFST® is not just a temporary fix – it’s designed to repair your tendons and soft tissue.

Antibiotic induced tendon damage is an incredibly painful affliction – but, it is a condition that can absolutely be healed!

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