At Hormones MatterTM we have read the stories about the adverse reactions associated with the fluoroquinolone antibiotics, Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and have been struck by the depth, breadth and life long nature of these symptoms. We are concerned by the lack non-industry sponsored data, and so, we created this survey, the first in a series of studies on this topic, to begin the process understanding fluoroquinolone side effects.
About the Fluoroquinolones
Individual reports abound about the dangers of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics. After over 30 years on the market, it is only recently that the FDA issued issued its black box warning about the risks of tendonopathies. We think this is too little too late and aim to determine the real breadth of reactions by going direct to you, the patient, the recipient of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Since the fluoroquinolones represent the most frequently prescribed antibiotics in the US, likely elsewhere too, and 39% of those prescriptions may be unnecessary, we think it is especially important to collect comprehensive and objective data about the risks and range of adverse reactions.
We need your help to gather these data. Please take this survey and share it with your friends, colleagues and anyone you know who has been given a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Please post on your Facebook pages and share on Twitter, Linkedin, Reddit and other social media. We will need thousands respondents. That requires crowdsourcing. And since we are an unfunded venture, feel free to contribute to this research too, by clicking Crowdfund Us.
Purpose of the Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Side Effects Survey
Patients and their physicians need more data about the side-effects of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics. There is a lack of data about who is at risk for adverse events and whether certain pre-existing conditions increase one’s risk for an adverse event. There is also a lack of data about the long term health effects of these antibiotics. The purpose of this survey is to fill that data void; to learn more about the risks for and nature of adverse events associated with each of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics, Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and others. This will be the first of a series of studies on fluoroquinolone reactions.
Who Should Take the Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Side Effects Survey
Anyone who have been given one of these medications, whether a reaction developed or not, and/or the parents or other family members of children too young or patients too incapacitated to take the survey for themselves.
How Long Does the Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Side Effects Survey Take?
This is a long survey. We felt it was important to assess the full depth, breadth, onset and severity of adverse reactions in order to give patients and physicians the data they need to make informed medical decisions. This necessitated a longer than desired survey. We estimate it will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete the survey. We hope, given what is at risk, survey respondents will take the time to complete the entire survey.
Is the Survey Anonymous and Secure?
Yes. We do not collect personal identifying information and the survey is hosted with SSL encryption using a verisign certificate Version 3, 128 bit encryption.
How Will the Data be Used?
To inform future research and health decision-making.
Who is Conducting this Research?
What Else Can I Do To Help?
Our organization is completely unfunded at this juncture and we rely entirely on crowdsourcing and volunteers to conduct the research and produce quality health education materials for the public. This study, and many of our studies, are driven by patient requests and patient involvement.
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