The Iowa Central family warns of the dark side of the miracle drug

We take antibiotics that our doctors prescribe – without even looking at the type – to feel better, but what if they make you feel worse?

KCCI spoke with a family in downtown Iowa who said there is a dark side to the miracle drug, and now has a warning for people like them: Their antibiotics for the human being.

“I have to explain this to others,” said Paul Headley. We have to get this out to others.

There are days that Paul Headley can not get out of his makeshift bed in the living room. He can not leave the house. Even climbing the stairs is too painful.

“I swallow hard and I think I do not know if I can do it,” he said.

The 57-year-old leaning on his cane, very different from eight months when life loved, riding his Harley motorcycle with his wife, Julia, and having fun with his family. But it was also when she began to forget about things, developing painful ruptures of the tendon and becoming a completely different person.

“I just miss him,” said his wife, now a caretaker, as she struggled with tears. “I miss the things we do together.”

After the test decisions and answers, he came to a question from a dietician: Have you ever been on the Cipro antibiotic?

“We came back about three years, and we got their records and we saw that they had been sent six times,” said Julie Headley. “That was huge because everything had felt.”

Floxed means that a patient is given a toxic dose of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, and Paul Headley is given the two types, Cipro and Levaquin, for an inflamed prostate.

Pharmacy specialist at Merced Medical Center, Dr. Jeff Brock, said more people need to read the fine print of the booklets that come with prescriptions.

“I think you need to be aware of any antibiotics that patients take, but particularly with fluoroquinolones just because there is a new so-called FDA black box warning,” Brock said.

It is one of the main warnings of the FDA. Warns not to take fluoroquinolones for “uncomplicated infections.”

“When I realized that this was the problem, I was so crazy,” said Paul Headley. “I was angry with the world, and I was so angry that this happened to me.”

Kids are now working through pain and tears for the word about the risks and benefits that come with drugs that many take from Iowans.

“They are life-saving drugs and they need to be there,” said Paul Headley. However, doctors and pharmacists have to be able to tell you what’s going on and let you decide. ”

Pharmacists know that antibiotics help a lot of people, but they also warn that “they only take antibiotics when their child wants us to want antibiotics for a long time,” Brock said.

Eight months were all that took the world of Paul and Julie Headley to change. There are still laughter in the little things.

“I sing, I read,” said Julie Headley.

But putting water in the refrigerator is difficult. Your vote – in sickness and in health – is being tested.

And they want you to know that your pain does not have to happen.

“There is not a day that goes by that I think,” How can I get something else so they do not go through what I’m going through? “” Paul Headley said.

Do not know any of the side effects will improve the worse. This is why Headleys want people to be more aware of what they are putting into their bodies and ask their doctor or pharmacist questions before taking any antibiotics.