Untreated samples (left image) show mitochondria with normal morphology, which are long and highly branched.
Ciprofloxacin-treated cells (10 μg/ml) (right image) had abnormally short and truncated mitochondria. The percentages of mitochondria with a short versus long aspect ratio and rounded versus branched form factor were measured for untreated and bactericidal antibiotic–treated cells.
One of the possible adverse side effects of taking a fluoroquinolone.
A fluoroquinolone is a synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotic usually prescribed when other antibiotics have failed to work. These antibiotics include Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), and other similar medications. This family of antibiotics can have some minor to serious adverse side effects such as hypotension, diarrhea, seizures or hallucinations. Therefore, it is extremely important to observe how you feel while on this medication and report any unusual changes!
Please read more about the adverse side effects of fluoroquinolones in this article! There is also a table in the article that summarizes and highlights the side effects.
Stay informed of what medications you are taking!