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Alternatives to Powerful Antibiotics

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In August 2015, CBS Sports came out with its NFL All-Suspension team. That's a complete team made up of players suspended either for a game or a season. Tom Brady was the captain.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration came out with an all-star suspension team of its own, and this one is led by Cipro.

Cipro and other synthetic fluoroquinolone antibiotics are vital for battling life-threatening infections such as hospital-acquired pneumonia. The problem is that they're overused for less-serious infections such as sinusitis, simple urinary tract infections, and acute bronchitis that may be viral, not bacterial, and so shouldn't be treated with ANY antibiotic.

If they are bacterial, they can be treated with nondrug therapies and an antibiotic with fewer side effects.

The FDA has issued a statement saying potential risks associated with fluoroquinolones — including tendonitis, tendon rupture, central nervous system effects, peripheral neuropathy, alterations in heart rhythm, phototoxicity, and hypersensitivity — are worth it only for treating a serious infection or saving a life.

So what are your alternatives if you have acute bronchitis, a UTI or sinusitis?

For sinusitis, recommendations from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology include saline nasal irrigation, steam, decongestants, and OTC pain relievers to ease sinus pain.

Recommendations from the American Academy of Family Physicians for simple UTIs include antibiotics such as fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin, and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole.

Recommendations from AAFP for acute bronchitis include rest, taking a cough medicine for a dry cough (but don't suppress a cough that brings up mucus), and taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen.

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