FDA: Fluoroquinolones Should Not Be Used To Treat ‘Uncomplicated’ Infections

(May 16, 2016, 8:19 AM EDT) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on May 12 advised health care practitioners to restrict their prescribing of fluoroquinolone antibiotics for “uncomplicated” infections.

The FDA said the serious side effects of fluoroquinolones “generally outweigh the benefits for patients with sinusitis, bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options.” It said that for patients with those conditions, fluoroquinolones should be reserved for patients who do not have alternative treatment options.

The agency said its safety review “has shown that fluoroquinolones when...
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