The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered the makers of fluoroquinolone drugs — a class of antibiotics — to add a boxed warning to the drugs’ prescription information cautioning patients that the drugs can cause tendon rupture and tendinitis. Fluoroquinolone drugs include Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin and Floxin. The FDA said in a statement:
Fluoroquinolones are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. This risk is further increased in those over age 60, in kidney, heart, and lung transplant recipients, and with use of concomitant steroid therapy.
These drugs can continue to be used, but folks using them should watch for problems. A black box warning is appropriate and is needed.
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