An antibiotic is a type of antimicrobial drug used in the treatment of bacterial infections. They can be used as treatment or preventatively. ME/CFS patients can be particularly susceptible to infections.
Antibiotics and ME/CFS[edit | edit source]
- Jul 26, 2018, Dr Shepherd provides an update on antibiotic use in M.E. and highlights concerns about quinolones and fluroquinolones by Dr. Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser of the ME Association.
"[A] group of broad spectrum antibiotics known as the quinolones and fluroquinolones can have adverse effects on pre-existing muscle disorders such as myasthenia gravis. They can also cause tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons) and tendon rupture and need to be prescribed with much more caution.
The basic advice regarding antibiotics in ME is that if a doctor concludes that an antibiotic is required for an infection you need to take it. And the most effective antibiotic would normally be prescribed – according to the type and severity of the infection."
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- 28 Jun 2014, Drug Repurposing I: Antibiotics to Reduce Microglial Activation in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia? by Cort Johnson