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This website was created to chronicle my experience, observations, and opinions, as I travel through life with damage received after having a adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Levaquin. It is dedicated to the thousands each year who become chronically affected by these prescription drugs. This supposed “safe” class of antibiotics are given out in hundreds and thousands of prescriptions daily around the world for routine needs.  Unbeknownst to many, these drugs can cause horrific adverse reactions that can disable the most healthy of individuals creating long lasting injuries.  These reactions are considered statistically insignificant by drug companies and the FDA, even though their rate of occurrence is fairly high.

Often the victims do not know what has befallen them, not suspecting that these drugs could be the cause of their symptoms, especially in those individuals who experience reactions months or years after ingestion. Compounding the problem, the medical community is woefully ignorant to their effects and the long term damages making the suffering endured by these drugs greatly increased. The FDA knows how dangerous these drugs are, and unfortunately refuses to act in a responsible manner that would help safeguard the general public. Currently there is no medical cure and no magic bullet.

If you are new to this plight, please use caution when treading the internet waters, the information can be overwhelming, opinions vary, and emotions run high. Unfortunately, like many other internet communities, there are strong inter-community politics and camps of ideas which should  be also approached lightly by the newcomer.   Having said that, those that are in true need of help and are seeking honest answers to their plight can usually find help and solace.

I receive dozens of emails each week regarding fluoroquinolones, many from newly affected individuals.  Many times it is impossible for me to return all emails in a timely manner, but I try my best.  Please subscribe to my email list using the form in the right hand column.

Many people email me and ask how I am doing.  I have been dealing with this reaction for over eight years.  Although I worked for many years into my reaction I am now, for the most part, functionally disabled due to progressing chronic fatigue/energy issues.   I was able to take an early retirement.  Still, I have a family with young children which takes a large amount of my time, while suffering from severe physical problems of a dreaded delayed Levaquin adverse reaction.  Still, I like to communicate with those who are chronically suffering from reactions to these drugs to let them know they are not alone. Please note there is no personal monetary profit generated from the blog, read my monetization policy or pledge.

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New Dear Colleague Letter

Dr. Miriam J. de Jonge M.D., who herself was floxed has contacted me and asked me to post, what I feel, is a comprehensive and well documented “Dear Colleague” letter, informing other doctors of (FQ) toxicity. It can be used to foster patient/doctor discussions. It is available here to download.

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T-Shirt Fundraiser For Fluoroquinolone Awareness

Please help support our fundraising t-shirt campaign, which will provide visual awareness to the eyes of the world, and assist us with operating costs. We have designed a t-shirt to help bring FQ awareness to the general public, but this cannot happen without your assistance.

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Yet Another FDA Failure: PatientsLikeMe®

Why would the FDA make such an outrageous decision to enter into an unprecedented agreement to monitor post-marketing drug surveillance with a private company run by ex-pharmaceutical executives? The FDA would be better off looking at its FAERS data. If they did, they would see drug signals that they have ignored, especially for FQ’s.

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Researching Fluoroquinolone Toxicity: The Personal Cost of Research

“You can’t do what I do and think the drug companies don’t notice you.” With the media scrutiny and the Citizen Petitions filed over the last year you can bet that Bennett has gotten the attention of some very powerful entities; entities that are going to push back in an effort to silence or undermine our message.

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Slippery Elm

I suffer from gastritis post Fluoroquinolones (FQ). I have found one of the hardest places to help is the upper part of the stomach and or the lower esophagus. Enter slippery elm.