Here is an excerpt from a Citizens Petition asking the FDA for yet another Black Box Warning on Levaquin and ALL Fluoroquinolones. This new Black Box Warning is for MITOCHONDRIAL DAMAGE –
This is just one of the things Levaquin has done to my body. I am like a battery that discharges too fast. when they drain, I am left very weak with breathing and heart issues, visual issues, cognitive issues… the list is seemingly endless after this Nuclear Bomb went off in my body. All my issues intensify as my ‘batteries’ drain.
This is how Black Box Warnings get created. This will be just one of many warnings on this class of drugs. Let’s hope this finally gets them to pull this poison from market – stop feeding it to our livestock – it’s in non-organic Beef, Chicken, Pork – its in our eggs, cheese, milk – you name it.
And most importantly: Stop giving it to our CHILDREN
The excerpt is as follows:
The Southern Network on Adverse Reactions (SONAR), submits this Citizen Petition (Petition) under section 505 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). SONAR requests that the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require changes in the professional labeling for Levaquin in order to specify a more accurate benefit/risk profile for this antibiotic.
A. ACTION REQUESTED
This Petition requests that the FDA change the professional labeling for Levaquin under Section 505(o)(4) to FDCA or other appropriate FDCA section(s), in response to new safety information. This action will also strengthen the quality of the Levaquin science base and decisions based on it.
Possible Mitochondrial Toxicity
Fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin, may cause Mitochondrial Toxicity
due, in part, to an insufficiency of ATP. Mitochondrial conditions that are
due to an insufficiency of ATP include developmental disorders of the
brain, optic neuropathy, neuropathic pain, hearing loss, muscle weakness,
cardiomyopathy, and lactic acidosis. Neurodegenerative diseases, like
Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have
been associated with the loss of neurons due to oxidative stress generated
by reactive oxygen species (ROS) related to Mitochondrial Toxicity.
Peripheral neuropathy, hepatoxicity, glucose disturbances, and
phototoxicity may result from Mitochondrial Toxicity.