What is the meaning of floxed as Bobby Caldwell dies aged 71?

Bobby Caldwell’s wife has revealed the singer was “floxed”, leading to his health decline and death, but what does the word mean?

Jazz and soul singer Bobby Caldwell passed away Tuesday (March 14, 2023) at his home, his wife confirmed the news in a Twitter statement. He is 71 years old.

“I hugged him tightly when he left us,” she wrote on his account. “My heart is forever broken. Thank you all for your many prayers over the years. He has been “FLOXED” and has had health effects for the past 6 years and 2 months. With God my love.”

Caldwell suffered an unspecified injury in the summer of 2021, forcing him to cancel the remainder of his performances for the year. An official cause of death has not been released, but read on to learn more about floxing and its health effects.

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What does floxed mean?

Floxed or floxing are colloquial terms for fluoroquinolone toxicity.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are used to treat serious and life-threatening bacterial infections. They include ciprofloxacin, moxifloxacin, levofloxacin, and ofloxacin.

Patients known to have adverse reactions to the drug are floxed.

Antibiotics are associated with rare but serious side effects that can lead to long-term or permanent disability. Symptoms of floxing include tendonitis (ruptured tendon); muscle weakness and pain; joint pain and swelling; peripheral neuropathy; and central nervous system effects.

They should not be used to treat mild and moderate infections and need to be prescribed with particular caution in patients over the age of 60 because of their higher risk of tendon damage.

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Bobby Caldwell suffered tendon rupture in 2017

The singer was prescribed a fluoroquinolone in January 2017, and a few days after taking the drug, he developed bouts of floxing. He suffered bilateral Achilles tendon ruptures and developed peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the nerves in the extremities of the body, such as the hands and feet.

His declining health was announced in a letter published by Soul Tracks in 2022.

He continued to perform in a wheelchair, even though his condition worsened. Caldwell continued to occasionally interact with fans online; his last personal tweet was a tongue-in-cheek apology in February 2023 when a fan discovered he wasn’t an African-American singer.

“Bobby Caldwell couldn’t have been white all the time…screaming crying throwing up,” they wrote, to which Bobby replied: “I’m so sorry. Please get well soon. Love you, Bobby. ”

Born in Manhattan, New York, Caldwell is best known for his 1978 song “Things You Won’t Do for Love,” which reached number six on the Billboard R&B chart.

If you haven’t heard the original, you may have heard covers or excerpts by other artists Tupac ShakurPosthumous song, Do For Love.

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