Regulators warn about risks of certain antibiotics

Regulators warn about risks of certain antibiotics


TES THE POTENTIAL RISK. REPORTER: THE SIMPLE ACT OF WALKING DOWN THE STREET IS ABOUT AS FAST AS THIS COMPETITIVE RUNNER CAN GO NOW.>>THE PAIN IS FROM HERE, WHERE THE TENDONS START AT KNEE, INTO MY ARCH. REPORTER: WHEN OMAHA POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL PECHA USED TO PUT ON HIS RUNNING SHOES, HE CLOCKED SIX MINUTE MILES. BUT WHILE TRAINING FOR HIS FIRST MARATHON, PECHA BELIEVES THE ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIBED FOR A SINUS INFECTION STOPPED HIM IN HIS TRACKS MORE THAN A YEAR AG>>15 MONTHS LATER, I’M STILL EXPERIENCING PAIN IN MY CALVES, TINGLING SENSATION IN MY ACHILLES TENDON, NUMBNESS IN MY FEET. REPORTER: IF THE ANTIBIOTICS ARE TO BLAME, PECHA IS NOT ALONE.>>THEY MIGHT HEAR A SNAPPING OR A POPPING, BUT IT’S VERY INTENSE, IT’S VERY SUDDEN. REPORTER: PHARMACIST, LIZ SCHEFFEL SAYS THE INJURY HAPPENS IN THE TENDONS OF NOT JUST ONE, BUT BOTH LEGS.>>IT’S A WEIGHT BEARING AREA OF THE BODY, AND THE DRUG HIGHLY CONCENTRATES IN THOSE AREAS. REPORTER: THE CLASS OF ANTIBIOTICS ARE CALLED, FLUROQUINOLONES. CIPROFLOXACIN OR CIPRO, LEVOFLOXACIN OR LEVAQUIN, MOXYFLOXACIN OR AVELOX.>>THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE SO SEVERE, THE FDA WARNS, ATHLETES OR NOT, DON’T TAKE THE FLOXACIN FAMILY ANTIBIOTICS UNLESS THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ANOTHER OPTION. REPORTER: WHILE THE RISK IS STILL CONSIDERED RARE, LAST YEAR, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION CHANGED THE LABELS ON THE DRUGS, WARNING THEY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DISABLING AND POTENTIALLY PERMANENT SIDE EFFECTS OF THE TENDONS, MUSCLES, JOINTS, AND NERVES. >>IT’S CALLED GETTING FLOXED. REPORTER: PHYSICAL THERAPIST CLAIRE RATHJEN HELPS MANY ATHLETES REHAB FROM TENDON RUPTURES AND TEARS. SOME NEED SURGERY, SOME HAVE PERMANENT DAMAGE.>>IT CAN STOP A TRAINING PLAN IN ITS TRACK. IT CAN TAKE A COMPETITIVE ATHLETE OUT OF A SEASON. FOR SOME PEOPLE, IT COULD BE A CAREER ENDING OR DEFINITELY A SEASON ENDING INJURY. REPORTER: RUNNER CHAD LUNDERS EXPERIENCED THE SAME INJURIES IN BOTH HIS CALVES LAST FALL WHILE TRAINING FOR HIS FIRST MARATHON. DOCTORS GAVE HIM CIPRO AND LEVAQUIN WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL WITH PNEUMONIA AND A SEVERE KIDNEY INFECTION.>>FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, FOR 9 DAYS, AND FOR IT TO HAVE THOSE LASTING EFFECTS. REPORTER: LUNDERS IS BACK TO RUNNING AND WILL FINALLY GET TO HIS FIRST MARATHON NEXT WEEKEND IN LINCOLN.>>I FEEL VERY LUCKY TO RECOVER IN 3 MONTHS. REPORTER: BUT FOR PECHA, HE’S ACCEPTED HE MAY NEVER RUN AGAIN AND WANTS PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY’RE PUTTING IN THEIR BODIES.>>A LOT OF HEALING IS TIME AND PATIENCE, TRYING TO STICK IT OUT

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