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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 event to a fluoroquinolone (FQ) 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 events that can disable the most healthy of individuals creating long lasting injuries.  These adverse events 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 adverse events 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 have coined an acronym FQAD (Fluoroquinolone Associated Disability) for the symptoms they see. However, and quite unfortunately, they refuse to act in a responsible manner that would help safeguard the general public. Currently there is no medical cure and no magic bullet.
Join me as a blog about research, advocacy, and living life after the FQs. 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 adverse event for well 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 have been dealing with what my doctor believes is mitochondrial disease/dysfunction.   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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FDA Shell Game? I Hope Not

I think it was no coincidence that the FDA denied the mitochondrial citizen petition during the same time frame that they approved label changes. Right now the FDA is not acknowledging even the risk of mitochondrial toxicity.


The Voices Heard Round The World – The November 5th FDA Meeting

On Nov. 5th, the true stars of our community took to the podium at the FDA to tell their personal stories. I, along with countless others, were humbled and honored. This meeting represented a huge step in the progress we are making to gain complete recognition of the travesty that the fluoroquinolone class of pharmaceuticals has wrought upon society, to achieve justice for those that have been damaged by these drugs, and to prevent future unnecessary pain and suffering not only for this generation, but for generations to come.

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FDA To Hold Upcoming Meeting on Fluoroquinolones

We believe that the attention given the Fluoroquinolones through the combined media stories, past rallies, citizen petitions, in addition to community members meeting directly with FDA officials, provided some of the impetus, in part, for the scrutiny of the Fluoroquinolones being prescribed for these common health conditions.

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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.