Recent studies have suggested that the class of antibiotics that includes, Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Factin, Cipro XR, Floxin, Maxaquin, Noroxin, Proquin XR, and Zagam have potentially-life threatening side effects
The class of drugs called fluoroquinolone antibiotics may increase your risk of a fatal aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm. These complications can result in serious hemorrhage - severe internal bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel. This class of antibiotics is known to be associated with tendon rupture, probably due to damage to a type of collagen that also is found in the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. You could end up hospitalized or worse.
These drugs have been marketed without warnings in the label or on the professional insert. Your doctor may not even be aware of these dangers! The mainstream media is certainly not warning consumers. Instead, there is direct advertising to consumers.
Patients and their doctors have the right to know of these dangers of a weakened heart wall that could rupture or bleeding within the aorta that can result from using these drugs to treat bacterial infections. There are less exotic drugs that are effective in treating pneumonia, urinary track infections, gastroenteritis, bronchitis, bone and joint infections, sinusitis, and certain sexually transmitted diseases.
The FDA does not test drugs themselves. Industry "Big Pharma" provides the testing. They are supposed to provide the warnings on the labels and professional inserts. This class of drugs is over-prescribed. That creates a risk to the consumer who relies upon the advice of his own doctor.