An­tibi­otics can harm ten­dons

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Are your feet fit for pur­pose?

Next time you’re pre­scribed an­tibi­otics, check the la­bel. A group of an­tibi­otics called flu­o­ro­quinolones have been found to in­crease the risk of ten­don in­jury, lead­ing the US Food and Drugs Ad­min­stra­tion (FDA) to is­sue a warn­ing about their use. One study sug­gests some­one who is pre­scribed a flu­o­ro­quinolone (look for va­ri­eties than end in ‘-floxacin’) faces a 3.8-fold in­creased risk of Achilles tendinopa­thy. Dose and length of treat­ment af­fect the level of risk but the best ad­vice is to avoid the drug if al­ter­na­tives are avail­able.

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