Cipro, a fluoroquinolone, is a very dangerous antibiotic and comes with an FDA Black Box Warning. The FDA issued its first warning in 2008, yet it’s still being overprescribed. Drugs that are in the family of fluoroquinolone are:
|Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)||Gemifloxacin (Factive)|
|Levofloxacin (Levaquin)||Moxifloxacin (Avelox)|
|Norfloxacin (Noroxin)||Ofloxacin (Floxin)|
If you are prescribed Cipro prior to a biopsy, please request an alternative antibiotic. Below are alternative antibiotics that can be prescribed prior to a prostate biopsy, with corresponding links.
** Note on Bactrim: In September 2019, the FDA issued a warning about Bactrim and the risk of respiratory failure.
2019: FDA is evaluating need for regulatory action on Bactrim, Septra and and generic products containing sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim
2018: FDA Warns that Ffluoroquinolone Antibiotics Can Cause Aortic Aneurysm in Certain Patients
2017: A Cautionary Tale About Antibiotics
2016: FDA Advises Restricting Fluoroquinolone Use for Uncomplicated Infections; Warns About Disabling Side Effects that can Occur Together
2016: Class of Antibiotics Gets Stronger Warning Due to Dangerous Side Effects
2016: Fluoroquinolones are Too Risky for Common Infections