Overuse of powerful antibiotics like fluoroquinolones has resulted in problems only recently discovered by the medical community. These super antibiotics have been widely prescribed for certain ordinary problems like sinusitis or earaches-illnesses that could easily be treated with lesser antibiotics. The problem occurs on several levels, including dangerous side effects. Super antibiotics have caused adverse reactions, resulting in over 2,000 lawsuits by patients harmed by those prescribed treatments. Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox are three of the best known and frequently prescribed antibiotics known to cause side effects and potential danger. Harmful side effects can be life threatening, and include devastating conditions like acute kidney failure, blinding retinal detachment and joint pain. Some problems occur after patients had taken just one pill. Being unable to walk uphill, problems with vision, hearing, skin irritation, heart palpitations and muscle spasms are just a few side effects patients have experienced. Making things worse is that recovery could take a year or longer, if ever possible.
During the debate before the Affordable Care Act was passed, one of the main topics of discussion was the rising cost of health care in America and what to do about it. One "theory" put forth was that medical malpractice lawsuits and the payouts associated with them were a driving force behind the rising costs.
Recently, someone I know went to a local emergency room with a migraine headache. This person is a longtime migraine sufferer who on occasion seeks treatment at the ER. The ER physician ordered a CT scan, which the patient declined. The physician readily agreed that a CT scan was not really necessary given the long standing migraine headache history and cancelled the test.