Fluoroquinolones antibiotics associated with risk of heart p
In a new study, researchers have established the link between one of the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics and heart problems.

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers found that current users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Ciprofloxacin or Cipro, face a 2.4 times greater risk of developing aortic and mitral regurgitation, where the blood back flows into the heart, compared to patients who take amoxicillin, a different type of antibiotic.

The greatest risk is within 30 days of use.

Some physicians favour fluoroquinolones over other antibiotics for their broad spectrum of antibacterial activity and high oral absorption, which is as effective as intravenous, or IV, treatment.

"You can send patients home with a once-a-day pill," said Mahyar Etminan, lead author and associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences in the faculty of medicine at University of British Columbia.

"This class of antibiotics is very convenient, but for the majority of cases, especially community-related infections, they're not really needed. The inappropriate prescribing may cause both antibiotic resistance as well as serious heart problems," added Etminan.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/fluoroquinolones-antibiotics-associated-with-risk-of-heart-problems/71073689
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