The Not So Benign Antibiotic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Massive amounts of antibiotics have been purchased by Americans during the past few weeks as a result of fear. A fear of sickness or even death from agents such as anthrax has many Americans concerned and some have already began taking various drugs in hopes of “preventing” illness. How safe are these drugs and are there any risks involved in taking them?

According to an ABC News report one of the side effects of Cipro, one antibiotic in a class known as fluoroquinolones, is seizure. According to the report, these types of antibiotics, “can sometimes cause seizures in people who have epilepsy as well as in others who are at risk of seizures because of prior head trauma, stroke or tumor or a family history of seizures.”

Products that contain high levels of caffeine such as coffee and cola beverages have been shown to increase the odds of having a seizure and the article suggests Cipro use may raise these odds even further. Let’s not forget about stress as a cause as well as reports that non-steroidal pain relievers, such as aspirin, can increase ones risk of seizure when taken along with Cipro.

In another ABC News article, a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine states that, “Taking an antibiotic is not benign.” He adds to that, “The chance of getting an adverse or allergic reaction to an antibiotic is much higher than the risk of getting anthrax.”

Another medical doctor states, “There are going to be a lot of people injured by taking Cipro” to which he further adds, “There is potential for harm that I don’t think the public understands.”

The risks involved in taking antibiotics do not just effect the person taking the drugs. Their entire family or even community may be affected by their actions. A third ABC News article suggests that when an individual takes an antibiotic, it has implications for other people. It has effects beyond the individual because the antibiotic resistant bacteria can be transmitted from person to person, causing potential life-threatening problems for the community.

Staying drug free is not only good for you, it is good for your family and community as well.

ABC News: Seizure Risk–Experts Warn of Increased Risk of Seizure with Cipro Use
ABC News: Terrorism Threats Boost Antibiotic Requests, Raising Medical Concerns
ABC News: Development of Resistant ‘Superbugs’ a Growing Possibility with Increased Antibiotic Use @ 5:54 am | Article ID: 1003755248