A new study from the University of Toronto discovered that antibiotics called fluoroquinolones can increase your risk for tendonitis, a common condition we treat at Texas Orthopedics, or even a full-blown tendon rupture, if taken while continuing to work out rigorously. The most common of these antibiotics, such as Cipro and Levaquin, can triple your risk for tendon rupture according to the research.
Antibiotics prevent certain cells in your body from multiplying, mainly the ones you are trying to fend off, but they can also stop your tendons from repairing their cells following strenuous exercise. Specifically, physical activity that involves weight-bearing force, like running or cross training, can be the most harmful.
In addition, if you are also on a corticosteroid, typically used to treat asthma or arthritis, your risk for a tendon injury rises by as much as 43 percent.
When you are following a serious training/workout regiment, it is a good idea to ask your doctor about different options for antibiotics, other than fluoroquinolones, for your treatment.
If you experience any muscle or tendon pain or swelling while on antibiotics, be sure to inform your physician.
Adapted from Men’s Health.