The fluoroquinolones are a family of synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotics, which eradicate bacteria by interfering with DNA replication. However, the fluoroquinolones are relatively ineffective against intracellular pathogens.
All the fluoroquinolones are thought to act in a similar way.
The following issues should be addressed when a physician is deciding whether to use fluoroquinolone antibiotics:
For reasons ranging from prophylaxis to acute infections, Marshall Protocol (MP) are sometimes advised to take an antibiotic different from the ones used on the MP.
From Joyful 4/4/2012…
As a rule, we typically have 2-6 members a month asking about using a non-MP antibiotic for an acute infection. I've talked a couple times this year with Prof. Marshall about alternative antibiotics. He seems partial to Ceftin and Biaxin. He just posted this yesterday:
Flouroquinolones linked to Retinal Detachment Ceftin looks more attractive every month…
Reuters has a report on a new Canadian study:
Even though the risk of eye damage is still low, it seems that it might be prudent for physicians to try Ceftin for acute infections, before resorting to the flouroquinolones.
I can see that the the article you link to may need some updating re: this.
Also, where do you have info on benzos. I think it would be good to quote Dr. Ashton there.
Antibiotics for some reason, sometimes seem to aggravate withdrawal symptoms. However, one class of antibiotics, the quinolones, actually displace benzodiazepines from their binding sites on GABA-receptors. These can precipitate acute withdrawal in people taking or tapering from benzodiazepines. It may be necessary to take antibiotics during benzodiazepine withdrawal but if possible the quinolones should be avoided. (There are at least six different quinolones - ask your doctor if in doubt). From: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/bzcha00.htm