Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.7 (1649 Ratings)

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 1  UTI After taking only 2nd tablet, I began experiencing a Lupus exacerbation -- Lower back pain, neck pain, severe headache, pain in feet, ankle, wrist and finger swelling, stiffness and pain, pain in calves, heart palpitations, sleeplessness, etc. Thank God I found this site! I would have kept taking Cipro and blamed my symptoms on a Lupus flare. Cipro is a nightmare drug. Why does the FDA continuously allow us to be poisoned by dangerous drugs and food additives (aspartame, sucralose/Splenda, MSG, nitrites, sulfites... and on and on and on)?? Please see www.ewg.org and www.mercola.com for more info. F 38 1 days
10/2/2005
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 1  infection picked up in hospital increased pain, burning, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue, 'crawly' skin, nervousness. I began to feel ill within 20 minutes of taking a dose, and it just got worse. After thowing up a dose (and the food I took it with)I called the doctor. Very blandly they said, "yeah it's a little hard on the G.I. system but we hoped you could cope with it." Thanks for the warning!!! Haven't used antibiotics in years but I was pretty sure you're supposed to feel better, not considerably worse. They switched me to Bactrim. A little better, just incredible fatigue with that. I am glad this drug works for some people...it was extremely harsh (and expensive) and increased the pain, plus the awful side effects. Not impressed. F 40
9/2/2006

 1   Sterner Injury Warnings Sought for Meds BY Associated Press August 29, 2006, 2:07 PM EDT WASHINGTON -- The labels on Cipro and similar antibiotics should bear more serious warnings about a possible link to tendon injuries, petitioners told federal health officials Tuesday. Between 1997 and 2005, the Food and Drug Administration received 262 reports of ruptured tendons in patients using drugs from the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in its petition to the FDA. The state of Illinois filed a similar petition last year and asked Tuesday that the two requests be combined. An FDA spokeswoman had no immediate comment. Staci Gouveia, a spokeswoman for Bayer HealthCare, maker of Cipro, declined to comment. The labels on the entire class of drugs already warn doctors and patients of the risk of tendon problems. The FDA had manufacturers add that language following a 1996 Public Citizen petition. Public Citizen and the Illinois at Sterner Injury Warnings Sought for Meds BY Associated Press August 29, 2006, 2:07 PM EDT WASHINGTON -- The labels on Cipro and similar antibiotics should bear more serious warnings about a possible link to tendon injuries, petitioners told federal health officials Tuesday. Between 1997 and 2005, the Food and Drug Administration received 262 reports of ruptured tendons in patients using drugs from the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in its petition to the FDA. The state of Illinois filed a similar petition last year and asked Tuesday that the two requests be combined. An FDA spokeswoman had no immediate comment. Staci Gouveia, a spokeswoman for Bayer HealthCare, maker of Cipro, declined to comment. The labels on the entire class of drugs already warn doctors and patients of the risk of tendon problems. The FDA had manufacturers add that language following a 1996 Public Citizen petition. Public Citizen and the Illinois at F 53 3 days
8/30/2006

 1  UTI AFTER COMPLETING 7 DAY COURSE OF CIPRO, BEGAN HAVING SEVERE PAIN IN LEFT HIP AND UPPER THIGH AREA. I ALSO NOW HAVE NO FLEXABILITY OF HIP JOINT DUE TO SHARP PAIN IN GROIN AREA UPON MOVEMENT. WILL NEVER TAKE CIPRO AGAIN. MY HUSBAND WAS RECENTLY TAKING CIPRO FOR PROSTATITIS AND HAS BEEN HAVING SEVERE, AGONIZING PAIN IN HIS RIGHT GROIN AND THIGH AND HAS GROSS SWELLING IN HIS THIGH MUSCLE FROM THE GROIN TO THE KNEE. THANKS TO THIS WEB SITE, WE NOW REALIZE THE CONNECTION TO THE CIPRO FOR BOTH OF US AND NO ONE IN OUR FAMILY WILL EVER TAKE THIS MEDICATION AGAIN. ONCE AGAIN OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ALLOWED US TO BE POISONED BY THE DRUG COMPANIES. F 44 7 days
2/12/2006
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 1  infected gallbladder dizziness, nausea, confusion, extreme fatique, depression, emotional instability, blurred vision, inability to concentrate, increased anxiety and sweats. It has cleared up the infection (which was raging)and has allowed for my gallbladder surgery to be done and for that Im grateful but I really must say that the side effects are absolutely horrible and at times unbearable. I found it VERY much an effort to continue with this course of medication as with each passing day the side effects seemed to intensify. It really was a nightmare!I would not take it again unless it was absolutely necessary. F 42 3 weeks
11/20/2005

 1  UTI Three days after I started taking pills I woke up and my entire back was sore, my neck was achingly tight. My leg and chest muscles were sore. Slight nausea. Kind of out of it feeling. Tired. Finished pills yesterday and back and neck are still tight. I will never take this again. There are other remedies for an unfelt UTI. Couldn't tell I had a UTI but doc prescribed so I took Cipro 5 days x 500 2x a day. The doctor also did NOT warn me to stop drinking coffee with Cipro which I hear exacerbates all. F 44 5 days
11/22/2005

 1  Bartonella henselae (tick disease) Muscle, tendon, bone(?) pain all over body. (7 out of 10 level) Lessening of mental acuity. Started right after first day, continued to get worse (for 6 weeks) and has not let up to any substantial degree even almost 2 months stopping. This is a VERY serious drug with long lasting sequelae for many people! Think twice. Then think again. There are many class action suits filed against this drug, esp. after the anthrax scare. You can google it and find many serious allegations about it. F 9 weeks
12/19/2005
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 1  Bladder Infection muscle weakness, peripheral neuropathy, weakness in arms, legs, dizziness, back papin do not take it F 38 7 days
9/23/2006

 1  UTI ...continued They figured the dizzy/nausea was due to an inner ear infection, then they tested me for Lymes Disease (neg), since the symptoms match. And guess what the damn DR's that gave me the Cipro are not the ones who figured out what was causing all the sudden symptoms! It was me, I figured it out. Plus, they never gave me a list/sheet on the side effects, I bought my prescription right there at the Dr office and they never told me to not take Advil with it either!!! I'm scared to take anything now and just want my life back! F 37 3 days
11/5/2006
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 1  UTI None while taking it. Afterwars, had naseau, throwing up, PUNCHING pains in the stomach when drinking milk, tiredness, anxiety and headaches and my knees hurt so bad. I have never had joint pain in my life got rid of the UTI but how long will this last? F 26 5 days
11/30/2006
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 1  sinus infection this drug ruined my life. After taking it my eyes started killing me to add to things i couldnt be in light. its bee 2 years and still no better and have severe light sensitivity to my eyes not to mention horrible dry eyes no matter how much eyes drops i use. also noticed after taking i cant take antibiotics with out making my eyes worse.And i also have pain in my left knee and elbow joints. this np had no clue what she was doing.i weigh 93 pounds and she puts me on 1000mg a day thats twice what i should have been getting. never take this drug. the drs who prescribe this and the fda and companies that make it should be ashamed that they are ruining peoples lives just to make money. I am already disabled and i do photography and use the computer alot and watched tv alot but now hardly ever due to a careless np not looking at my allergies and over dosing me for someone of my size and weight.i was persrcibed twice the amount of someone my size. they took what thing i had left away from me. death to cipro,any drug like it and the drs who deny the side effects.and the companies that make it and endorse it. shame shame F 30 10 days
500mg 2X D
1/28/2013
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 1  ear/gland pain Do not take this medication. After 4 days I had severe burning in arms and spine. Could barely walk for the first week, or move. I felt poisoned like the worst mono/flu you could have at the same time. Tremors, all over twitches, panic, hot cold sensations, stabbing pains, neuropathy, eye floaters. Severe for 5 months. Still only 60-70 percent better 8 months later. F 35 4 days
500mg
5/30/2013
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 1  precautionary so I didn't get bronc wrist pain in elbow pain knee pain ankle pain pains in other places and weak legs extremely painful taking Norco and ibuprofen to help with pain that it doesn't last all the time it's been a little over a week and I am so sorry for everyone is suffering worse than I am F 58 6 days
500 2xa da
12/9/2012

 1  for an Ear Infection It was BAD. I felt like u could NOT lift my arm I only took it for two day and I WILL NEVER take it again... it feels like I am weak and cabt move its was really scary.. my anxiety really took ovee me when I took this medicine.. it was really like an OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE.. I WILL NEVER TOUCH THIS MEDICINE AND I WOULD ADVISE NO ONE TO EVER TAKE IT.. ITS NOT WORTH IT F 26 1 days
500 mg
5/8/2013
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 1  Cough Terrible burning of muscles, joint pain, numbness, groin pain, hip and back pain. Absolutely horrendous side effects and still suffering even 8 weeks after stopping this medication. I can't drive, sit in a chair for long without developing pain which means I can't go to work. Only take this antibiotic if absolutely essential and there are no alternatives. F 47 5 days
500mg 2X D
5/19/2013

 1  Diverticulitis Systemic Tendinopathy within 24 hours of first dose. Bilateral Achilles Tendinitis. Peripheral neuropathy in left index finger. Ringing in ears. 10 weeks later, I have had to cut back on my work (personal trainer) and am unable to exert myself in activities of daily living without tendon inflammation. I have no idea if these symptoms will resolve in a year or if this will be with me for the rest of my life (or if it will get worse). Cipro has saved lives, but it should be a drug of last resort - the price I am paying is too high :-( F 49 2 days
500 mg 2X D
5/24/2013
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 1  UTI After 3 days I woke up with severe vertigo and ringing in my ears. It lasted for 3 months after stopping taking the medicine. I couldn't look down when I was standing up or the room would spin. The horrible ringing in my ears wouldn't stop for 3 months. TERRIBLE MEDICINE!!!! F 41 3 days
1X D
9/30/2013

 1  Diarrhea Hives all over the body appeared within one hour of taking the fist pill. I stopped using Cipro after the first pill. It took 24 hours until my hives were gone. F 29 1 days
500mg 2X D
10/9/2013

 1  after bladder procedure back problems(muscles,tendons etc.) feet-severe pain from heels to toes,redness o n tips of toes,fallen arches,sweeling and pain so bad when I was on my feet that I was crying. Tendon at back of leg to heel and feet would contract so bad that leg and feet would turn in and under.In never had these problems until I took cipro!!!!!!!t ! F 52 1 days
2/6/2013

 1  UTI Severe diarrhea lasting two weeks, tendonitis biceps and achilles, partial rotator cuff tear, muscle spasms and twitching various muscle and joint pain. I am a massage therapist but now i am struggling to work now. Doctors need to do research on the drugs that they are prescribing and not just believe what the pharmaceutical reps are saying. F 60 4 days
500 2X D
10/3/2013
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 1  UTI nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia There are better drugs with fewer side effects for UTI's. F 37 1 days
12/8/2005

 1  after a bladder operation Had c diff for over 6 months. Felt like I would die. F 63 6 days
10mg 1X D
2/14/2013
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 1  UTI Went from healthy & active 31 year old to feeling 80 over the course of 2 days. Joints pop and ache. Pads on feet getting thinner and knees giving me problems. Plus insomnia, random sharp paints and mental fogginess to boot. Like another girl who posted on here, I would get UTI's 1 or 2 times a year (discovered D-Mannose is a wonderful way to keep these at bay naturally) and Cipro was also my dependable go to. Had taken it quite a few times over the years with no effect. Now I could kick myself. Last few days since I finished my course I can hardly walk a block or two when I used to go running through the woods every morning. And from what I've read this is only the start! I had no idea that taking this stuff is akin to chemotherapy in what it does to your DNA! Unbelievable. Taking every supplement I can get my hands on and praying I'm not incapacitated for a year or more. One thing that has helped loosen my stiffness instantly - EPSOM SALT baths. Get some. F 31 7 days
250MG 2X D
2/20/2013

 1  UTI Extreme fatigue, vision, headaches, nausea, depression. F 56 8 days
5/4/2013
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 1  bladder infection Took Cipro for 6 days, on the three day got tendonitis in left wrist and hand, now 5 weeks later still have the tendonitis and now also have it in right hand. Had never had it before starting on the Cipro. Doctors can't not seem to get it to heal. Does any one know of a way to heal the tendonitis? F 50 6 days
1/28/2006

 1  kidney infection acute tendonitis, some nightmares I would recommend that you not take this drug if you have ever had tendonitis before. I had had recurring episodes of hip tendonitis from running over the last 20 years, and it was primarily my right hip (near the right kidney, where the infection was) that flared up on the drug (interestingly, my right hand was also sore, where i had torn a ligament skiing the year before). The pain started almost immediately but was difficult to diagnose. I stopped the drug after 5 days but experienced the most acute episode two days after stopping the drug.The various postings on this site that indicated that this pain might NEVER subside had me worried that i might never run again or even live normally ever again. I am writing now mainly to reassure visitors to this site that there is hope if you experience severe tendonitis while on, and even after stopping, this drug. If you do take this drug, stop the drug immediately upon noticing any tendonitis, especially in areas that have been sore before. F 42 5 days
3/8/2006

 1  Kidney infection/UTI Woke up with tenderness and pain in my right knee and in the ball of my left foot, extending into my middle toes, also some lower back pain. I'd been resting for the past two to three days so injury(ies) were out of the question. Nearly 24 hours after my last dose, my knee continues to swell and I can barely walk. My doctor didn't think it was the CIPRO until I read the text off the Rx info sheet to her, both the 'Caution' and 'Side Effects' paragraphs, so she changed the Rx. Tucked near the end of the 'Caution' paragraph is mentioned the possibility of tendonitis and joint pain 'in the elderly' especially if they're on steroids. I'm a very young 49 year old and avoid prescriptions and over the counter meds unless absolutely unavoidable, yet my knee looks like softball. I feel no kidney pain anymore but at what cost? I can't move. Just seven doses of CIPRO did me in. Add my voice to the others' on this website: Cipro IS poison. Beware. F 49 3 days
8/24/2005
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 1  Staph infection When my arms aren't outright hurting, they're aching. My arms are now so weak I've been dropping and breaking things and need help to do small things like open a soda bottle. The cipro has not been able to get rid of the staph infection and not only was I not warned about the potentially serious side effects, I don't think my doctor has any idea those side effects exist. I'm taking myself off this medicine today. F 38 27 days
8/24/2005

 1  Sinus Infection Within 30 minutes of taking this medication - My back felt like I had a bunch of little pimples that just popped up on it and it itched like crazy. Not thinking it was the meds at this point, I asked my Mom to check if I had any pimples and to itch my back. She took one look at my back and said there were no pimples but my entire back looked like it was sunburn. Thank GOD I never took anymore of the pills! When I called the doctors office, the girl got my chart and said - you didn't say you were allergic to sulfa drugs on your info (This was a brand new doctor for me). I told her I didn't know I was. Then she wanted me to schedule another office visit to get a new med! Needless to say I have never been back to that doctor. F 35 1 times
9/2/2005
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 1  Diverticulosis By day 3 my stomach became bloated and hard with frequent, urgent & painful urination and variable constipation. Although I have no trouble falling asleep, Iím experiencing hourly wake-ups and an inability to return to sleep after 4AM. Although my baseline temperature has reduced to a normal range, Iím still experiencing multiple 101+ spikes congruent with extreme fatigue and stomach pain. Although the pain in my lower left abdomen has subsided, I have begun experiencing pain around my ovary region and in my lower back near my kidneys. Additionally, the fatigue & frequent urination inherent with a diverticulosis outbreak have not gone away. I cannot say there is a better way treat a diverticulosis outbreak. However, this treatment is pretty terrible. I believe the Cipro (500 mg/2qd x10d) has been working on the infection because the pain in my lower left abdomen went away after the 3rd day and my bowl movements have been full of mucous indicating Iím expelling the infection. However, the side-effects are rather uncomfortable. My stomach can no longer tolerate the medication and has expelled both day 9 pills. Therefore, I discontinued use on day 9 and scheduled appointments with both my Gastroenterologist and Gynecologist. F 36 9 days
8/8/2006

 1  UTI CIPRO was prescribed to me for only three days for a UTI and now I have a constant sense of urgency to urinate -- something I never experienced before taking this drug except immediately before on another antibiotic generic for Microbid. I discontinued that antibiotic and the urgency problem went away but apparently I still had traces of bacteria. That's when the doctor prescribed the CIPRO. It's been 48 hours since my last CIPRO pill and I am still having severe problems with urgency even though I took a dose of Acidophilus thinking perhaps the CIPRO had merely wiped out my good bacteria as well as the bad. Apparently it's wiped out more than that -- ie. the proper functioning of my kidneys. Hope it will come back. I remember an elderly lady friend of mine who was on antibiotics before becoming completely incontinent. Wonder if it was CIPRO or a similar drug. Wonder if there's a correlation between the prevalence of Detrol, etc. and the use by gynecologists of antibiotics like CIPRO. Please comment if you know. F 3 days
9/24/2006

 1  Urinary tract infection I have never had anxiety. I'm the most laid back person in the world. I was given cipro for a urinary tract infection. Each day that i took the pill, I became more irritable and "out of it". After 4 days, 8 pills later, I suffered a serious anxiety attack (which I've never had). I had tremors, morbid thoughts of death, just to name a few. I went to the emergency room and off cipro. Now, 2 weeks later, I'm having an anxiety attack every day. The medical community is very irresponsible for even perscribing this drug for something like a UTI. It should be the very last line of defense. I'm seeking a lawyer to see what I can do. PLEASE ANYONE EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE PERMANENT EFFECTS OF CIPRO! LizSchneider4@hotmail.com F 23 4 days
1/27/2006

 1  Bladder infection Was given Cipro to take for 6 days. After the third day I got tendonitis in my left hand"had never hand tendonitis before that" now 5 weeks later also have the tendonitis in right hand and my heels also hurt at times.Doctors can't seem to give me any thing tht will heal the tendonitis. If you know of a way to heal this, please email me, Thanks F 50 6 days
1/28/2006
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 1  UTI In the exact order they occured: Nausea, extreme dizzy, headaches, ear pressure and pain, sensitive to sound, short term memory shot, random chest pains, blurred vision, fatigue, depression, itchy crawly skin; like something was always crawling on me, horrible dreams, insomnia, floaters in left eye, eye flashes, eye pain, vitreous detachment in left eye, loss of side vision left eye, joint pain in my knees and hands, wrists, cracking bones when I go up stairs, numbness in left shoulder, veins visible, extreme dry eyes, rash on upper back & shoulders and scalp, floaters in right eye,tinnitis. THE DRUG FROM HELL - CHUCK IT IN THE TRASH - DO NOT TAKE !!!! This drug has RUINED my life. Life was going good. Running my small business. I just finished my MBA in OCT 05. I was given CIPRO in April 06...I went from being outgoing, happy, always on the go, driving all over...whenever, time of day did not matter. Flash to now; I can't drive at night since July 05, since I have lost my side vision in my left eye and my left eye has a huge floater in the center of my vision and my right eye has floaters now, the flashes of light when I blink and the lights from cars and street lights blind me, going to the store for groceries is a task in its own. Dr's say, Oh, you'll get used to it, bull shit! 7 months now, I'm not used to it! The fatigue, ringing ears, ear pressure and pain, insomnia, floaters, joint pain...this is horrible! They gave me crap to dry out my ears, no help. They gave me amoxicillian for my ears, no help. They figured the dizzy/nausea was due to an inner ear inf F 37 3 days
11/5/2006
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 1  UTI ...continued ...As far as my eyes, they are ruined forever, I would give anything to have them back. My left eye they won't operate, say it's too risky and can cause other problems, my right eye they say they won't operate because it is my stronger eye. As others say on here, send this Drug back to HELL where it came from. F 37 3 days
11/5/2006
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 1  UTI I have lupus so I wasn't sure at first if I was having the worst lupus flare-up ever or if it was the CIPRO. Thank God I came to this site! Depression, extreme weakness, severe joint pain, felt like something was sitting on my chest, mental "cloudiness," legs went out on me several times....Are these people crazy prescribing this poision??? Doctors and the drug companies??? I quit taking it just this morning and praying that the symptoms subside soon. I am very scared! F 42 4 days
9/10/2006

 1  UTI 46y female, Hx UTIs (generally treated previously with Bactrim). After about 2 1/2 days of Cipro, I had joint swelling in my fingers and my knees bilaterally. I could barely walk it hurt so bad. My legs felt like I could pop them they were so swollen. Bending/stairs were very difficult. The finger swelling went down almost immediately after stopping the meds. My knee swelling went down but the ROM limitation stayed and the pain is moderate at times. When I experienced a severe upper resp. infection about a month after the UTI, I was put on Amoxicillin. I again experienced severe joint swelling/pain in my knees extending down my legs bilaterally. I had taken Amoxicillin previously over my lifetime now and then without any problems...now a reaction? Another Dr. worked me up for Rheumatoid Arthritis after seeing my swollen legs (negative) and I did obtain some relief of pain/swelling with Naprosyn. It has been about 3/4 of a year since all of this and my knees have improved but I still f Drs. continue to prescribe this generously and tell me they haven't heard of these types of problems. I believe my arthritic-like symptoms all stem from my initial Cipro exposure with that UTI infection last winter! F 46 2.5 days
8/29/2006

 1  UTI HORRIBLE,HORRIBLE DRUG -- DO NOT EVER TAKE CIPRO - SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS STILL AFTER 9 MONTHS!!! Severe Gastro & bladder problems first 2 months - lost 15 pounds in first month plus numbness in arms & legs, could not walk 1/4 mile for months without severe pain, shooting pains in legs, severe muscle aches all over, muscle twitches, stinging sensations in body, for 5 months felt like body was being crushed against any hard surface, red legs & arms, cold arms & legs, weird abnormal blood levels. This is just a small indication of the problems I have had with this NIGHTMARE drug!!!! DO NOT EVER TAKE THIS HORRIBLE DRUG!!! Never had any health problems in entire life until took CIPRO - what a nightmare!!! Been to every specialists & every medical test possible to try to find cure for problems. Scared to take any medicine becuase of problems with Cipro. Do NOT eat poultry or beef or dairy unless organic because they contain ciprolike antibotics & your body will react badly to digesting them!!! Urge you to read this report: http://www.fluoroquinolones.org/REPORT-REV10-EDITED.pdf F 52 3 days
3/7/2006

 1  UTI Pain in my legs, arms and fatigue. I would not recommend this for anyone to take. May God help us all! F 54 2 days
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3/28/2013

 1  pneumonia/sinusitis Instead of taking Cipro, just buy a gun and one bullet and play Russian Roulette because even if you lose playing the game, you won't be here to keep suffering!!! I took this medication in Dec. '09 and have been disabled since!!! I was a very active 46 year old who walked 2 miles everyday, raised 3 sons, worked 10 hrs. a day....basically, I was super woman!! After cipro, I am a shell of the person I once was!! Insomnia, anxieity, depersonalization, suicidal, hallucinations, depression, SEVERE muscle and joint pain aggravated by any type of physical activity, tachychardia--resting heart rate will not go below 120 and surges as high as 160 even during sleep, nausea, projectile vomiting, all of my joints pop and grind--no collagen left!! I am 3 yrs. out and have slightly improved but I wouldn't take this poison again if I were dying!!! I basically died anyway!!!! If you value the life you have even just a tiny bit, DO NOT TAKE THIS CRAP!!!!!!! F 49 30 days
500 mg 2X D
11/18/2012
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 1  diverticulitis I was climbing the walls. I tossed and turned all night. The doctor took me off it immediately. It took 24 hours for me to calm down and I only had taken one dose. I think I could have scaled Mount Everest when I took this. Shudder. F 71 1 days
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10/25/2012
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 1  Recurrant UTIs Cipro ruined my health. I used to be an athlete, and now there are days I dread taking a walk. At only 19 years old I had to drop out of college my reaction was so extreme. I took Cipro over 2 years ago and still have severe symptoms. There have been days I cannot get out of bed. Some of my symptoms that I'm STILL EXPERIENCING TODAY include: Peripheral neuropathy, myalgia, rheumatological symptoms including severe joint pain and stiffness (so bad some days I couldn't walk or use my hands), severe stomach pain and indigestion, urinary retention, disorientation, short term memory loss, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, panic attacks, derealization, depersonalization, vertigo, photo sensitivity, hives that still occur 2 years after taking cipro, distorted hearing/hypoacusis, strange/painful throbbing pressure in ears. Took for 10 days at a time, 5 different times over a year. F 20 10 days
500MG 2X D
4/23/2013
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 1  Bacterial sepsis,endocarditis Severe nearly crippling pain in my joints, especially my ankles/heels, of my ankles shoulders. When I step onto my feet the paint that shoots up from my heel drops me to my knees, my ankles feel like a bat was taken to them. My whole body is racked in pain. I am on Leviaquin,oral Vancomycin and IV Ineprenem. RE DIARRHEA and Cipro URGENT Abx can cause the bacteria C. Difficile to overtake the colon, this requires medical attention immediately, particularly if your stool is watery. C, Diff, is very contagious as it is a spore, it can clear up for a bit and show back up, as a spore it can spread to family, you shouldn't share a bathroom. It my require hospitalization, you can dehydrate and it can make you much sicker left untreated. Doctors will deny any of the above side effects, they have each time and every time they have occurred - EVERY time I have taken these meds, Keflex, too. It gets worse each time, so like allergies it may be cumulative and may be increasingly risky. F 46 10 days
500mg 2X D
12/16/2012
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 1  Inflamed Lymphoid nausea,headache,extreme tiredness,lack of energy, restlessness,weakness in both arms and hands, mind was very active and unable to sleep There are other drugs out there to fight bacteria infections. This drug should be banned and re-evaulated. What I don't understand is why CIPRO would release this drug if there has been so many recordings of people getting hurt? This is a crime. The FDA needs to step in and take care of this problem. Other side effects that were listed, but I did not get were nightmares or abnormal dreams, not trusting others or feeling that others want to hurt you,hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist), depression, thoughts about dying or killing yourself, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in a part of the body. F 19 1 days
500 MG 2X D
12/12/2012
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 1  UTI I have only been taking this for 3 days and I feel worse than before I took the medicine. I normally have a little joint knee pain because of my weight but nothing that doesn't clear up in a day or two. Since taking cipro I feel sleepy, tired, dizzy, bloated with a lot of gas, headaches, and my joint knee pain has increased 5x. I now have to make an appointment with a orthopedic surgeon to have a MRI done on my knee. I thought it was just me, but after reading the reviews I do not recommend this medication. I have stopped taking it and will never take this again. F 29 7 days
500 2X D
12/18/2012
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 1  diverticulitis started having severe sharp stabbing pains in wrist, shoulders hurt, hips and knees. feet so sore i can't walk. ankles feel broke. i will never ever take this drug again. i hope i haven't done permanent damage. F 64 5 days
500 2X D
12/16/2012

 1  UTI Tendonitis in wrist, ankle, and elbows. Popping noise in knees and hips. Tingling, pin prick feeling in feet. Sore acquillies tendon and heels. Nightmares. Hamstring pain. Twitching of muscles in hip and eye. Knees hurt. Anxious and panic attack feeling. Symptoms stated at the end of taking meds. I contacted pharmacy to question why I wasn't told it was a "black box" drug. They said they don't usually pass that information along since my symptoms occur in only 1 percent of patients. The doctor didn't bother to tell me either. Now I am dealing with the after effects. Dr. Recommended I take NSAIDs for 3 days and I should be fine. If only that would be true. I'm very frightened that my life is forever changed with no cure. Shame on doctors and pharmacist for not warning me and others like me. If I had been told this was a "black box" medication I would never have taken it. I've sent the clinic this website to inform them I'm not a rare (1%) effected by this poison!! F 58 5 days
500 2X D
12/19/2012

 1  sinus infection, allergic to others I went nuts! I thought I would kill myself I was so depressed and confused. Medical doc said it surely couldn't be the drug... but I got into a psychiatrist, describe the onset of situation and he laughed and said, get off the Cipro and never let them give it to you again. My husband takes it with no problems... but I will suffer through infections before I will ever take it again. F 58 5 days
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4/16/2013

 1  UTI Severe muscle pain in both arms that spread to chest, breasts and legs within a few days of taking it. I'm only 26. I was fine for the first 5 days of taking it, and then on day 6 I woke up with ridiculous pain in my right shoulder, and it went down my arm to my hand. It hurt so bad I cried. I feel like my muscles are weak and stabbing in pain whenever I use them. It has now spread to my other arm, my breasts, and now my right leg. My heart is still pounding really hard. It's been 4 days since quitting cipro and I don't think this will go away, it's getting worse and I feel like I'm going to die. Don't take this drug, it ruins your life. F 26 7 days
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9/24/2012

 1  Hospitalized due to sepys Muscle aches, anxiety, depression, severe mood swings, rapid heart beat, restless leggs at bedtime, shaking, inability to concentrate, getting out of bed is a chore, normal household duties are impossible F 44 10 months
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10/3/2012
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 1   I felt extreme tiredness, foggy head, neck pain, leg cramps, headache and dizziness. Unfortunately, I still feel tired, have foggy head, and extremely dizzy. I didn't realize this was due to this medication until I found this website. Actually I'm relieved to know why I feel as I do but now what?! This is having an adverse effect on my life. I'm taking natural herbs which seems to help with the tiredness. F 45 13 days
500 mg 2X D
10/31/2012
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 1  uti After 2 hours of taking the pill, I developed: Severe chills, fever, severe body aches, severe headache. Took another at night and woke up with dizziness to the point where I couldn't stand/sit, in addition to the symptoms above. This drug really scared me BC I felt so crippled and the stories I've read only increased my fear. I was never told of the risks of this pill, nor did the doctor take my size (105lbs) into consideration when prescribing. Please, whoever has the power, take this drug off the market. I am truly sorry for those who have been injured for a lifetime. I'm still recovering but I hope I don't have the above symptoms forever. F 23 1 days
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4/6/2013

 1  UTI I did not have time to develop side-effects (yet) and was lucky enough to not be allergic and have a full-blown reaction. However I have stopped taking the medicine after one pill only (250mg) and getting informed on this horrible poison. I am all about organic and healthy living and stay far from all medication possible, but after being diagnosed with a UTI for the first time in my life at 30 years old I was a little worried. However, I was lucky enough to find this website before maybe/possibly ruining my health forever. Definitely hope I will not be affected by this single one time intake and suggest anyone with a UTI to get homeopathic treatment with D-mannose and magnesium supplements if you have already been affected by damage from cipro. Avoid fluoride in any shape or form at all cost, boycott pharmaceuticals today!!!! All is in the nature to heal us, let's make it happen! SAVE THE WORLD I did not have time to develop side-effects (yet) and was lucky enough to not be allergic and have a full-blown reaction. However I have stopped taking the medicine after one pill only (250mg) and getting informed on this horrible poison. I am all about organic and healthy living and stay far from all medication possible, but after being diagnosed with a UTI for the first time in my life at 30 years old I was a little worried. However, I was lucky enough to find this website before maybe/possibly ruining my health forever. Definitely hope I will not be affected by this single one time intake and suggest anyone with a UTI to get homeopathic treatment with D-mannose and magnesium supplements if you have already been affected by damage from cipro. Avoid fluoride in any shape or form at all cost, boycott pharmaceuticals today!!!! All is in the nature to heal us, let's make it happen! SAVE THE WORLD F 30 3 days
250mg 2X D
5/17/2013
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 1  UTI Given by IV in hospital - site began to itch like crazy so it was removed and Benadryl administered......I think I was really lucky to be allergic! F 57 1 days
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8/29/2012
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 1  bladder infection Sleepy, always sleepy. First felt a little relief from bladder infection. But was missing work and missing life in general because all i wanted to do is sleep. After awhile I started feeling very week in hands and feet as if i had no muscle strength. Its been over a year and I am still sleeping more than ever, still week, tired, no energy, hands hurt a lot. Causing me problems at work and at home as my family doesn't understand what has happened to me. I started having panic attacks, trying to cover up how tired i was from the rest of the world. Tried to tell my doctor and she said she had never heard of side effects like these...feel like my immune system has been wiped out. F 42 30 days
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6/1/2013
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 1  Uti Extreme burning itching pain toes of one foot. After 3days, burning itching pain toes of both feet. Have stopped taking it - have taken Cipro in past with no problems F 75 7 days
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1/7/2013

 1  UTI Extreme Nausea F 20 6 days
8/12/2012

 1  Diverticulosis July 30th, 2012 My horrible experience with Diverticulosis and Ciprofloxacin Iím an active 71 year old woman that most people think is in my fifties. I do zumba, dance, ride my bike and exercise at least four times a week. I was first diagnosed with Diverticulosis in 2009 and this was my third flare-up on Thursday July 19th 2012. The pain was so strong I was unable to stand up straight. My Dr scheduled a CAT scan and determined that I did indeed have a Diverticulosis flare up. I was prescribed Ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day and Metronidazole 500 mg three times a day. On the first day after taking the medicine I threw up everything by noon. On the second day I decided to spread the medicine out and take it at different times over the course of the day. I was then able to keep it down but felt very sick. The pain in the area of my abdomen began to subside but after four days of taking the medicine I had unbearable pain in my left thigh which by the fifth day felt l Even though I'm 71 most people think i'm in my fifty's. jUntil now I take dance classes, Zumba exercise 4 times a week F 71 5 days
500 mg 2X D
7/30/2012
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 1  Uti symptoms (negative urinalysis ) Swelling of both legs... 5+pitting edema. Joint pains in my feet...nerve pAins on feet and legs...some tingling on hands...i stopped, then next felt back pains.... Healthcare professionals need to be aware of these things... I took cipro before and was fine...second time around, i developed this....lame...i feel like i have gout. By the way, take Magnesium, vit E, and multivitamins to try to reverse effects of cipro! F 25 4 days
500 2X D
8/7/2012
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 1  colitis Extremely bad head ache, fleeting pains in my ankles, knees and finger joints. I've been unable to straighten my left knee for 2 days now and can hardly walk on it. I've missed work and if this continues, I won't be able to function in my job, which requires I stay on my feet. DO NOT TAKE CIPRO!!! I feel like I was poisoned!! F 34 1 days
250 mg 1X D
8/21/2012
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