"This class of antibiotics is very convenient, but for the majority of cases, especially community-related infections, they're not really needed," lead author Mahyar Etminan said in a statement. "The inappropriate prescribing may cause both antibiotic resistance as well as serious heart problems."
Although the team did not explore why fluoroquinolone antibiotics increase the risk of heart problems, they hope their assessment will education the public and physicians about its potentially harmful effects.
This isn’t the first time antibiotics have been associated with health issues.
Earlier this year, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found a link between colon cancer and the medicine. They said penicillins were associated with an increased risk of colon cancer in the first and middle parts of the colon, and tetracyclines were associated with a reduced risk of rectum cancer in the last part of the bowel.
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