In 2016 I wrote a blog post about my personal experience with a particular antibiotic – Levaquin. You can read it here so I won’t repeat all the details. Briefly, in 2006. my dad was prescribed this drug and had a very bad reaction and damage to his tendon in his leg necessitating physical therapy. After what he went through I did more research on this drug and found tendon rupture was only one of the many side effects.
Fast forward 10 years and I was recovering from emergency surgery in the hospital. The nurse advised me that I had developed sepsis and the doctor was prescribing a different antibiotic. I asked which one and was told Levaquin. I told her I would not use that drug or any other in the same class and asked that she have the doctor choose a different one. Long story short, although I explained my request. he was angry with me but he did prescribe a different antibiotic and it worked just fine. And I am very happy I spoke up.
Fast forward again, to 2022. Dr. Linda Martin suffered irreversible life-altering adverse effects from the antibiotic, Levaquin. Apparently she and others injured by this drug requested that the FDA include labeling warnings to prevent further injuries and death from the medication. Unfortunately, as is the case so often, a black box warning on this drug would have impacted the company’s bottom line.
This is alarming, upsetting and disgusting to me on so many levels. We have to trust someone and in cases where we are ill it has to be a doctor. If even he or she is not being told the truth, what are we to do. Obviously trusting pharmaceutical companies is not the answer. We have to educate and inform ourselves, but we can’t know everything either.
I share this just to underscore and highlight the importance of speaking up, even if you get pushback from a medical professional. Bottom line, it is your body, your health and your responsibility.
Have you ever chosen to refuse a medication or go against prevailing medical information?
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