Judith Cohen was
prescribed a common antibiotic for a cold.
But what happened after
that was something she never imagined.
Judith Cohen of Martinez, Georgia says, “I had searing,
burning pain all over the back of me and my shoulders and my arms down to right
where a short sleeved shirt would end. It was very scary, I didn't know what it
Judith's doctor says what
she is experiencing is called fluoroquinolone toxicity and her symptoms are
“I never had anything
like that before. I couldn't lift my arms. I couldn't do anything. I had a
paralysis. My husband had to carry me around and lift me and bathe me and dress
me and so on,” said Cohen.
Then the symptoms got even
“I also had 4 months
of complete insomnia. I might have slept an hour a night. I had to be strapped
into bed with Velcro so that I would not jackknife my body and end up on the
floor, which was what was happening,” said Cohen.
The pharmacy manager for
Georgia Regents Medical Center explains the dangers for some.
Dr. Christy Norman says, “Flouroquinolones may
also have toxicity associated with them. There are certain things that we would
be concerned about that have been published in the literature. The first being
any cardiac risk.”
Norman says there are no
tests that can be run and if you suspect any side effects to report them
immediately to your physician.
Judith is a patient rep
for the FDA and if she is well enough she hopes to be marching in a few weeks
in Washington, D.C. to get the word out about the dangers some people may
experience from taking these drugs.
In Augusta, meteorologist
Jason Nappi, WJBF, News Channel 6.
For more information about fluroquinolone toxicity advocacy go to Judith's web site: