If you are taking a type of antibiotic called fluoroquinolones you should probably take a break from weight lifting or other strenuous high impact exercise.

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics used to treat infections caused by micro-organisms. Conditions such as bone and joint infections, TB, bronchitis, pneumonia, intestinal or urinary tract infections, and some STDs are treated with this variety of antibiotics and are commonly prescribed by the brand name Cipro.

New research indicates these drugs may make tendons more susceptible to tears and injury. Researchers at the Hospital for Special surgery in Manhattan found more than 100 cases linking the use of these antibiotics with injuries to the Achilles tendon and to the rotator cuff, quadriceps and knee. It was found that some tendons were weakened when exposed to fluoroquinolones, but also that the weakening effect was temporary and reversible.

Researchers do not discourage people from taking these drugs. Everyone should just be aware of the increase risk of tendon injury when taking them.

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information resources: IDEA Health & Fitness Association and American Council on Exercise



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