FDA warns that some prescribed antibiotics can cause serious heart damage

For most diseases, such as flu and bronchitis, doctors prescribe antibiotics. However, the FDA has found that in some instances antibiotics can do more harm than good.

The primary way that antibiotics can be harmful by attacking the heart and the main artery. This condition results specifically from fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

The FDA issued a statement saying that these antibiotics can lead to tears or ruptures in the body’s main artery. The ruptures can lead to excessive bleeding and even death.

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Fluoroquinolones are not safe for people who already have a risk of heart disease, high blood pressure or thin arteries.

They have also been known to cause muscle stiffness, injure the central nervous system, and damage joints.

The FDA has chosen to handle the situation by making it compulsory for pharmaceutical companies to add the risk to labels on bottles containing fluoroquinolones.

They have also let doctors know that they should always look for another type of medication to use and should prescribe fluoroquinolone antibiotics when necessary.


A situation arose in October where even medicines could not help those affected. Twenty-nine states in the US experienced a salmonella outbreak which could not be cured by antibiotics.

Those affected by the outbreak had ingested raw chicken that had not been cooked properly. The bacteria is resistant to antibiotics as the chickens have been given them so many times that it no longer affects them.  

Twenty-one people between the ages of one and 105 years old were hospitalized as a result of the outbreak. Many different brands and sources are to blame for the problem.


Antibiotics work against bacteria by destroying it or slowing down its growth. In medical form, they can be used to treat diseases caused by bacteria.

The first natural antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928. He predicted that in the future people's bodies would build up a resistance to penicillin. 

This medication cannot be used to treat viral infections, and side effects can include nausea, an upset stomach, and diarrhea. 

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