Fluoroquinolones are certain type of antibiotics that should be used as last resort, but for some reason they are widely used regardless the numerous harmful side-effects they have. For example tendinopathy symptoms might appear just 2 hours after fluoroquinolone exposure! (My dad's achilles tendon ruptured after a course of fluoroquinolones for a minor infection, he was lucky one having just one side-effect which could be fixed by surgery!)
Here I have gathered few links that contain lots of information of fluoroquinolones covering all types of side-effects. Not everyone gets floxed (poisoned) , not everyone get side-effects , but its better to be safe than sorry! For thyroid sufferers it might be best to avoid fluoroquinolones IF possible as the fluorine affects T4 medication.
Dont expect your doctor to tell you about the side-effects of fluoroquinolones, if you develop some you are considered hypocondriac.
"FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA advises restricting fluoroquinolone antibiotic use for certain uncomplicated infections; warns about disabling side effects that can occur together"
"No other antibiotic carries as high a potential to cause serious, permanent injuries and even death, as the fluoroquinolones do. Despite their higher than normal risks, doctors frequently prescribe them as a first line of treatment even for mild infections. Always ask your doctor if there is a safer alternative.
And, adding insult to injury, most victims claim they were never warned that there are dire adverse effects associated with these antibiotics. I strongly advise you to educate yourself about the risks of fluoroquinolones, and refuse any prescription for these drugs unless absolutely necessary."
"This website was created to describe how Fluoroquinolone Toxicity (FQT) permanently damaged my Thyroid Hormone and Iodine metabolism (TH/Iodine metabolism). “Floxed” is the term used when a person experiences adverse reactions to the fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotics. In my case, getting floxed caused major problems with my thyroid system."