Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.6 (1705 Ratings)

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 1  Possible food poisioning 2 months after taking the meds, still having severe stomach problems and severe pain & swelling in the abdomen area and back. Dr. informed me that the his Asst. should not have given the drug after the original "food poisioning" symptoms started to go away. Now I have twice the problems and a number of CT & Bone Scans ordered. I'm sure the insurance co. will love this one! F 38 5 days
4/23/2007

 1  Possible Pelvic Infection Horrible Chest Pains, Rib Cage Pain/Liver Pain, Painful Neck and Joints This stuff is dangerous. Do your best to avoid it! F 24 9 days
10/6/2006

 1  bladder infection Did not work!!!My body did not respond to this antibiotic F 31 10 days
1/9/2004

 1  Sinus Infection nausea, vomiting, severe joint pain It was the worst experience of my life. I had to go to the ER to get medicine for the pain in my joints. F 32 4 days
3/30/2004

 1  sinusitis Bizarre almost psychotic mental confusion. Called an all night pharmacy with the 2 or 3 still functioning brain cells. Pharmacist told me to STOP taking it & read me the list of side effects. This drug is horrible and scary.I stopped after the second pill. Never again. And never experienced anything like it with any other meds. F 51 1 days
6/4/2004
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 1  UTI First six weeks: Lost 15 pounds. Severe gastro & bladder problems - Couldn’t eat hardly anything. Severe muscle & joint pains - some muscle pains & twitches. still exist 3 years later! Fibromylgia for at least 5 months.- Anything touching my body was excruciatingly painful & hurt severely -- felt like bed was crushing my body, had to take Ambien to go to sleep. Even sleeve of clothes was excruiatingly painful. Severe skin burning when exposed to heat and sun. Felt like my skin was frying. Shooting pains in my arms & legs. Couldn’t walk 1/4 mile without shooting pains going my legs & arms Generally numb all over! Muscle twitches - still continue 3 years after taking cipro. Woke up many mornings & arms and/or legs were numb. Severe anxiety. Blisters in my mouth/tongue weird. Admitted to emergency room - heart racing & pulse extremely high. Saw 13 different specialists. All of the above for at least 8 months after taking cipr CIPRO NOW (FDA RELEASED INFO 7/08) HAS A FDA BLACK BOX WARNING IT CAN CAUSE TENDON RUPTURES & TENDINITIS!!! DO NOT EVER TAKE THIS DRUG-- TOOK IT 3 YEARS AGO & STILL HAVING SIDE EFFECTS!! WAS PERFECTLY HEALTHY BEFORE TAKING THIS DRUG-- USED TO RUN 3 MILES DAILY BEFORE TAKING THIS HORRIBLE DRUG. IT SHOULD BE BANNED!!! IF YOU'VE NEVER HAD SIDE EFFECTS FROM CIPRO, YOU'RE VERY, VERY LUCKY BECAUSE IT IS POISON TO YOUR BODY!!!! F 54 3 days
10/23/2008

 1  UTI Fatigued, but unable to sleep; nausea; aches and pains; general flu-like symptoms; lethargic; headache; chills I have taken Cipro before for UTIs and it has worked. I had also taken Macrobid in the past. The Macrobid made me sick (10 times worse than these symptoms) in the past, but for some reason the Cipro make me sick this time and the doctor prescribed me Macorbid again. Macrobid has been no walk in the park, but symptoms are on a much smaller scale than Cipro. I was originally prescribed 500 mg Cipro 2x/day. F 26 3 days
10/21/2008

 1  UTI I TOOK CIPRO FOR SEVEN DAY 1000MG/DAY FOR A UTI. THIS PAST WEEKEND MY KNEES, LEGS AND HEELS STARTED HURTING AND NOTHING I TOOK WOULD HELP THE PAIN. THE PAIN WAS SO GREAT THAT I HAVE HARDLEY BEEN ABLE TO WALK. I FINALLY CALL THE PHARMACY AND QUESTIONED "COULD THE CIPRO BE CAUSING MY KNEE AND LEG PAIN?" I WAS TOLD YES. I TOOK MY LAST PILL ON MONDAY AND STILL TODAY, FRIDAY, I AM IN ALOT OF PAIN. I HAD NO IDEA THAT CIPRO WOULD CAUSE SUCH A REACTION. NEEDLESS TO SAY MY UTI IS BETTER, BUT AT WHAT COST. I AM ON MY FEET ALL DAY AND THE PAIN HAS BEEN UNBEARABLE. I WILL NOT TAKE CIPRO AGAIN. F 50 7 days
10/24/2008

 1  UTI insomnia, anxiety, depression, muscle and joint pain, nightmares, nausea, heartburn, hallucinations, fatigue, dry irritated throat, headache, eyes sensitive to light, stiff neck, general flu-like symptoms i.e. fever, dizziness etc. Well, I am on my last day of a 7-day course of Cipro and have felt steadily worse over the last few days, up to today when I feel about half dead to be honest. Encouraged by my boyfriend who is against nearly all prescription drugs (he swears most are not even neccesary, and in most cases the side effects are worse than the diseases they are prescribed to treat), he said why don't I look up some information online. I found this site right away, and needless to say I have been very enlightened, and more than thoroughly disgusted. Why this drug is still on the market is beyond me. I feel 100% positive that I am sick now because of it. Never again will I accept a prescription for this drug, and I sincerely hope that I do not continue with these symptoms, or develop something even worse later, like some of the cases here I have read. This drug has put my life in a bad situation; my 84 year old mother depends on me to be up and available to help her and I have hardly been able to drag myself out of bed all day, much less do anything for her. I didn't sleep a wink last night, I kept imagining I heard things, or felt insects in my bed and several times last night I just laid there and watched my computer moniter across the room undulate and shimmer/flicker (I know it really wasn't). When I did drift off, I woke abruptly from terrifying nightmares, in a panicky state. I feel like I am 100 years old. It's taken me about 30 minutes to write this, because I cannot concentrate, and I keep staring off into space in a fog. I encourage anyone who has been prescribed this drug to demand something else in it's place. Don't take it. F 40 7 days
8/2/2005

 1  urinary tract infection Tingling in my arms, dizziness, numbess in my face, sensitivity to sound, anxiety, shortness of breath, chest pains, very weak, racing heart, burning bladder. This is an extremely dangerous drug ! Two hours after taking a pill my face and arms went numb and my heart started to race so fast that I couldn't breathe. I had to crawl to the phone to call 911. I'm still recovering from the other symptoms. Don't take this drug if you have a heart condition ! This stuff is poison! I wish I could sue them ! F 26 1 days
7/22/2006
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 1  UTI tremors, muscle spasms, joint pain, chills, nervousness, insomnia, nausea and dehydration. I will never take Cipro again! I have had many tests and everything comes up normal. I was perfectly fine before taking this medication. I lost ten pounds in less than two weeks and for a length of time felt as though I could not move. I am a writer and the joint pain in my hands has caused lots of problems. Doctors act as though I'm losing my mind and making up my symptoms. I know better and I have decided to treat myself with lots of vitamins, fluids, rest and a strong desire to fight these effects. F 25 11 days
6/16/2005

 1  UIT Upon my 2nd to 4th day of taking Cipro I developed a condition called Myoclonus. Unfortunately I finished the entire prescription not realizing that my new symptoms were related to the Cipro. I have also had some nightmares, recent nightsweats and dermatitis on my hands. I share this because I truly believe this drug needs to be prescribed with much caution and medical supervision. Almost 2 months after taking Cipro my symptoms haven't improved. With much disappointment I will soon be undergoing several medical tests. I'm very upset about the change in my life from being perfectly healthy to having a medical condition that has completely altered my life. F 47 7 days
10/25/2008

 1  kidney infection I only took the medication for 48 hours due to severe reaction. The blood vessels in my outer thighs burst and made an apppearance to that of a tiger attack. Looked like long scratches all up and down my legs. Dr. found no other explanation than a reacation to Cipro (+) infection was not subsiding - still had fever and blood and urine, so changed my meds to Macrobid. Wish me luck. F 37 2 days
12/14/2004

 1  diverticulitis (wrong diagnosis) Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, dizziness, loss of appetite. On day 6 of the treatment, muscle pain as well as joint pain and swelling. Severe gastrointestional infection as the result of this medication killing all of the beneficial flora in my intestional tract. The second doctor I saw wanted to put me on different antibiotics to kill the new infection, but I have decided I will live with it and use only natural cures. Had I know I would still have side effects 6 months taking this drug, I never would have started it. I never take any drug but was convinced by my doctor that I must take it. Turns out I had multiple ovarian cysts causing the pain on the left side of my body, not diverticulitis. After 6 months, I am just now able to sleep on my right side (severe joint pain in my right shoulder and arm). I still have muscle weakness and pain when I use my arm. When I told the first doctor about the muscle and joint symptoms, he assured me I must have just come down with arthrits. (How convenient.) It is very reassuring to find out the what I am experiencing is real. I am looking for a new doctor to tell me how to deal with this change to my body. I have always been extremely active, and it has come as quite a shock that there are things I can no longer do. F 57 7 days
8/26/2005
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 1  Sinus infection Total flu like symptoms, achy, depressed, NOT SLEEPING> I thought I was losing my mind last night. Could not sleep for anything. Then after lying awake I started having panic attacks, feeling like something HORRIBLE was about to happen. Had in my mind my grandson was about to be involved in some horrible accident on way home from work at 4:00am. When I finally fell asleep at 5:00am only slept for maybe an hour. That hour was filled with terrible thoughts and nightmares. I never suspected an antibiotic could cause these problems. Suppose to take it for 4 more days, I don't think I can. Cannot have another night like last night. I have ruptured discs in my neck and back and was convinced my spinal cord was being pinched off from that and that was what was causing the symptoms. I know that sounds crazy, but I didn't know what to think. Symptoms started immediately after starting Cipro.I'm so thankful I found this website. I would never have associated my symtoms with an antibiotic that was suppose to be making me feel better from my sinus infection. I feel better just knowing the reason for my symptoms and that I'm not losing my mind. THANK YOU!!! F 59 5 days
10/15/2008

 1  uti worst dizziness I could imagine and high blood pressure from norm of 90/50 to 160/90 and sense of fear and nausea and dry mouth ,later discovered did't even have uti,poisoned myself with Cipro never again am a nurse doctors disagree with me phamacist agreed said he's seenit before and too many in denial F 48
7/23/2005
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 1  infection in bellybutton ANXIEY, ANXIETY, ANXIETY I was perscribed Cipro 500mg for 5 days. I couldnt go beyond day 2. I had delt with very mild anxiety prior to taking this medicine but nothing ever like this. The first day i was fine then when i took the second dose, several hours later i didnt feel right. I had went to the store with my husband and i guess being in the direct sunlight made it a lot worse. I got extremly shaking with cold sweats, i was having difficulty swallowing, and lights were very bright. Each day that went on i got a lot worse. I became affraid of everything. I was scared of being outside and i was even affraid to eat. I lost a lot of weight from not eating and for weeks i would lay around in my pjs becasue i was affraid to take a shower. Every little thing would make my heart race. seeing certain things on tv would bother me and for 4 months i didnt ride in a car. i hibernated in my house for 4 months and my husband had to do all the running around. it was ruining our marriage because we couldnt go anywhere to F 21 2 days
9/19/2006

 1  traveler's disease (stomach) My mother was hospitalized with Cipro - she was acting a bit strange, but we ignored it until she went completely batty. She forgot she had children, was hallucinating that her blood was needed to save the world (she pulled out her IV when they finally got her to the hospital), she threw her wedding ring across the room, and then she was completely "out of it" and just repeated random motions and words. The hospital did several tests, including taking spinal fluid, since they suspected that there was a history of mental disease in the family (there is none), and said it was only a "1% chance" that it was the medication. We were completely devastated. Luckily, after 48 hours, the drug left her system and like a light switch, she snapped out of it. We were lucky - I have heard of other cases where people have had residual issues from the drug. I'm posting this on behalf of my mom, who was 45 at the time. People should be aware of this side effect - in looking at the board, it is not as uncommon as I thought. F 45 3 days
4/8/2007

 1  diverticulitis Severe joint pain in left hand, dizziness and short term memory problems, diaherra, my fingernail and toenails dried and crumbled, I also beame irritable and emotional. The second attack I had I asked for something else besides cipro and all the doctors acted like I had two heads!! What is the deal here? This medication does some damage and some good the medical profession needs to decide if presscribing this medicine is worth it for their patients - Are there any alternatives?? Even thought he medication helped my infection. I felt it was too damaging to other parts of my body. F 56 10 days
3/9/2006

 1  infection Permanent loss of about 10% of my hearing. I was hearing impaired before Cipro and afterwards I was at the door of deafness. This drug ought to be labled "ototoxic" -- bad for the hearing impaired, and last time I checked it still was getting a pass from the FDA. F 63 7 days
3/10/2006
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 1  uti, 2000 I seemed to develop a peripheral neuropathy of feet and low legs (6 years ago). I am in pain and discomfort every day now and cannot walk more than 1/2 mile nor stand for very long. We need an honest regulatory agency for all medications in this country. The FDA is too pro-pharmaceutical industry at the expense of the people who take their drugs. They allow drugs on the market that maim, sicken, and even kill people. I bet all those pharmaceutical company CEO's do not take Cipro. F 60 10 days
4/23/2006

 1  sinus infection the right side of my face became NUMB and yet had a low level of itchy feeling which couldn't be helped by scratching because of numb feeling. My face is still NUMB 13 days after my last pill. Can still feel congestion in right side sinus.But can breathe much clearer. But NUMB FACE SUCKS. F 44 10 days
4/23/2006

 1  UTI Felt really weird and depressed. I felt horribly sad,nausea,hip pain, shaky, lightheaded and dizzy I think this medicine should be taken for extremely serious conditions where nothing else would work. F 52 3 days
5/4/2006
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 1  kidney infection diarrhea within first day of starting medicine. Was so bad that you couldn't tell the difference between urine and feces. The worst is that my upper abdomen has been distended since taking the drug in dec '05 and I still experience terrible belching on a daily basis. Suspect gastroparesis, but will have to be tested. Never had either issue prior to taking Cipro. I'm convinced that Cipro caused this. The symptoms are directly related. F 41 7 days
5/26/2006

 1  UTI It was like an 8 day anxiety attack. My head was so foggy that I did not realize what was happening. The anxiety and depression were severe and disabling. I started twitching that has not stopped. My behavior was so anxious that a new friend and client thought I was a nut and disassocited with me. I am normally an extremely calm and confident person. I have taken Cipro before. After my husband died, I thought I was going through PTSD. Looking at my medical history, it appears that everytime I sought help for extreme anxiety I was either taking Cipro or had recently finished the prescription. I may have spent over $10K in neuro-feedback, hypnotherapy, psych meds et. al. to recover from Cipro not PTSD. F 41 8 days
4/4/2007
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 1  I took levaquin, floxin, and avelox My life has never been the same. I was prescribed these drugs for lung infections. I now live with severe neuropathy, anxiety,vibration sensations, burning sensations, mental fogginess, muscle twitching, gastric problems, tachycardia, sleepness, fear, phobias. My life has been a challenge. F 54
4/6/2007

 1  infection from puncture wound severe pain and tightening in muscles,tendons cartiledge and bones in foot, legs and hips. Developed stress fracture in left foot, place of punture wound.Currently experiencing loss of elasticity in all connective tissue in body, especially hip and ankle joints.Prior to cipro have never experienced any of these symptoms.Has negitively impacted my career. I would not reccommend this drug except in severe cases such as anthrax.I experienced severe pain while taking this medication, it caused a stress fracture in my foot,and my doctor did not warn me of the side effects and I went to work in the outdoors, in a physically active athletic job.I ended up with more medical bills and a residual inelasticity of my body that is similar to arthritis.The connective tissue in my hips has required extensive physical therepy , stretching and chiropractic treatments. F 47 10 days
11/16/2006
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 1  jaw infection Unbelievably negative side effects ... I realize that everyone reacts differently to medication - I am not a hypocondriac nor am I interested in a law suit. I simply want the infection in my mouth to go away. Terrible medication and I have only been taking it for 5 days - 2-500 mg ever 12 hours. Nervousness/paranoia, major headaches, ANXIETY, nausea, sore hip joints, sore back, trouble swallowing, insomnia, no appetite, feeling spaced out, light headedness, tighness in achilles tendons ... Have stopped taking these meds this a.m and hope to see the doctor to have something safer prescribed. the past few days have been a living hell ... I just can't believe that my doctor has prescribed me this drug - THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE JUST TERRIBLE ... won't ever take this drug again ... F 44 5 days
12/12/2006

 1  Chrons/Ulcerative Colitis Constant metal taste - water tastes horrible. Pain in hips, knees, lower back and neck that gets worse each day. Headaches. Hospital put me on this "just in case", then decided to send pill form home with me, still "just in case". This is a hell of a drug to have someone take for no justifiable reason. I'm stopping it early. It's not worth the side effects. F 32 4 days
12/23/2006

 1  KIDNEY INFECTION SEVERE BACK AND NECK PAIN. ARM AND LEG WERE NUMB AND TINGLE FEELING. F 35 10 days
1/12/2007

 1  UTI hallucinations (I thought my arms were on fire), burning pain, disorientation, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, fatigue, tremor, inability to think clearly, fainting, inability to swallow. This drug nearly killed me. The side effects were so extreme. My husband found me lying on the floor after I had gotten up in the middle of the night because I thought my arms were on fire. there are many many other antibiotics for UTIs, avoid this one! F 37 3 days
3/13/2007

 1   DO NOT EVER TAKE CIPRO!!! Was perfectly healthy before taking Cipro. 2 YEARS AFTER ONLY TAKING 3 PILLS, STILL HAVE MUSCLE TWITCHES. Had many, many other horrible problems first 8 months!!!! Urge you to read this report on dangers of CIPRO: http://www.fluoroquinolones.org/ Had horrible muscle aches & pains for at least 8 months after only taking 3 pills-- affected practially every organ in body except eyes. Lost 15 pounds because horrible digestive problems & couldn't eat anything. Went to 13 different specialists-- neurologist, immunologist, rheumotologist, gastro specialists, etc. etc.!!! DO NOT DO strenous exerciseS after taking cipro or you will have severe muscle & tendon ruptures. Do not eat poultry or beef with antiobotics because many cattle & chicken are fed cipro like antiobotics & it will make your problems worse. F 53 3 days
3/27/2007

 1  urinary tract infection (strep) horrible body pain. laid in bed for days wanting to die. i already have fibromyalgia and i thought THAT pain was the worst until i took this stuff. told my doctor that if she ever gives anyone with fibromyalgia this stuff again, she needs to put them in the hospital first. the body pain was excruciating. quit taking it. F 46 4 days
1/16/2008

 1  infected appendix burning pain, almost like electric charges down both sides of my legs--found out later was nerves. I had serious plantar fascitis after as well, which is also tendon problem but not sure that was caused by cipro. The burning pain has gradually gone away but 6 years later I still have symptoms Might work for many but patients need to be aware of side effects. My doctor said it would go away but 6 years seems excessive and I still have symptoms F 60 6 weeks
7/13/2006

 1  Had bloody diarrhea Got shaky, depressed, lost appetite, weak, didn't want to move from the couch. Headache, nervousness, anxiety, and mostly just laid around feeeling rotten. I would never take this again. I have serious history of depression and should never have been given this drug. My antidepressant medicine hardly works anymore after taking Cipro. F 63 7 days
7/9/2006

 1  swollen/embedded folicle (derm) Crippled my knees. Bedridden 2 months. Physical therapy 2 months. Cannot kneel, continued pain/limitations since perscribed last August '05 There should be legal warning printed on all drugs, listing all possible side-effects to watch for, as well as clear warning of any potential gambles that one takes with drugs like cipro. F 50 2 weeks
6/8/2006
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 1  UTI I had a horrible headache, numbness in my fingers, very cold and fatigued. I took it for two days and then called my doctor. He told me to stop taking it and is not giving me another antibiotic, but is waiting to see how I feel. F 72 2 days
6/6/2006

 1  UTI Severe abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, feelings of depersonalization, joint pain, extreme exhaustion. I have Crohns Disease and prior to my total colon resection in 1999, I was on Cipro and do not recall these awful side effects, but then I was so sick with Crohns I may not have realized. This was horrible and I only took 2- 500 mg. doses. I will not take this medication again. F 54 2 days
1/21/2007

 1  Strep throat Bizzare coating of white on my tongue. My tongue still does not feel right. Strong hallucinating dreams. Peeling of skin on my hands that I have never had before. I would suggest most people take this as a last resort only!! F 35 5 days
4/16/2007

 1  Possible UTI Made me feel like I was on cocaine. Heart racing and couldn't concentrate. Just did not feel normal. 5 days later, severe abdominal cramps. Would never ever recommend this drug to anyone. As someone mentioned in a previous comment, it is a poison. The doctor did not even find a bacteria but prescribed this drug anyway. Doctors today are too quick to put you on drugs that you don't need. Will never take another drug unless I research it. F 34 1 days
7/6/2005

 1  severe vomitting and diarrhea nausea, ongoing diarrhea, severe leg cramps requiring the use of crutches or several days bedrest and without full recovery, extreme burning and tenderness at both knees extending to heels and hips, left wrist and upper right foot to the extent that at outbreak any area cannnot even be lightly touched, total numbness of third toe on right foot and blue coloring that gradually receeded, inability to sleep through the night, hot flashes, particularlly at night (I was over all of that-resulting in depression-duh!); my thyroid level decreased to the extent that I now must take medication for it. I had 3 misdiagnoses (baker's cyst, fascitis, depression) since taking cipro. I was given 3 tablets at our local ER without any warning papers, just the pills and told to take one each morning. The first leg cramps occurred on the third day. That was 10 months ago. I never know if or when another area will be incapacitated. It hits within minutes without warning or reason. I can not hold down a steady job, care for my grandchildren, hike, clean house, sculpt (I'm an artist), garden, or any of the other things that used to make up my life. I have had a blood test and do not have arthritus. I am going to request a p450 enzyme and serum flouride level test if possible. If those come up positive, then I will save up (no insurance) for an MRI to look for bone infarction or avascular necrosis. I would never reccommend Cipro. You should offer a rating of zero. F 54 3 days
8/16/2005

 1  Urinary infection Severe muscle pain, difficulty to swallow, blurred vision F 49 2 days
10/12/2007

 1  UTI Agonizing mid- to upper-back pain by the second day of a six-day regimen. Excruciating to try to roll over in bed. During the almost four years since taking Cipro, these same muscles/tendons/joints in my back have been very easily aggravated (e.g. carrying anything heavy, jarring from running, etc.) Throbbing pain sufficient to wake me up at night to take Ibuprofen or to stand in a hot shower. Never had the slightest symptom before the Cipro. Despite instructions to be sure to finish taking all the medication, I quit taking it after three days because I couldn't stand the pain. Discovered upon checking standard dosages on the web that I probably should have been given only 100 mg for three days, rather than 500 mg for six days. Had just moved to new city and didn't have a regular doctor. I would recommend making very sure that there is absolutely no safer alternative before taking this drug. F 49 3 days
11/5/2005

 1  uti Burning sensation in back-4th day blood pressure dropped to50/40 with undetected pulse rate when I passed out in doctors office waiting for appt. Loss of appetite and extreme fatigue.I was on advil with the cipro for muscle spasms for 3 days taking it every 4-6 hours.Doctor claims I passed out due to stress from the excruciating pain. I'll advise everyone to say no to using this drug and even if it takes 7 days to cure take one of the old standbys and don't allow your doctor to convince you in taking cipro.Whatever you do don't use ibuprofen,chocolate,caffeine or calcium. F 59 3 days
10/19/2005
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 1  Infected cut YUCK! Received free samples from my doctor, couldn't beat the price. Had a bad laceration on leg, which became infected after a trip. Thought I was going to die, heart palpatations, sleeplessness, anxiety. Was never warned caffiene strengthened drug. Screwed up menstrual cycle completely!! NEVER WANT to feel like this again. Took 2 1000 mg tab. for 2 days. Effects lasted a week!! F 29 2 days
10/24/2005

 1  UTI Head ache , dizziness ,loose motions with spasm, muscle pain , zombie feeling , even after 4 months , i have weakness , body pain , not so overall healthy and fit feeling , Now i am facing muscle cramps and muscle straining. Not suggested , the doctor gave me very heavy dosage of 500mg x 2 for 7 days. F 27 7 days
10/21/2005

 1  UTI I experienced a very rapid heart beat, tightness in chest, sweaty palms, anxiety, feeling like I wasn't getting enough air, stomach distress and a bad sore throat. I am stopping and trying Bactrim instead. I will never take this again. F 38 1.5 days
11/10/2006

 1  UTI Unfortunately, I was also taking Alleve for pain from a broken arm. Had allergic reaction - swollen feet, legs and face, sores in mouth, fluttery heart, eye problems. I immediately stopped taking all medication. Then tingly feet set in. A week later, I had some chicken and had another reaction - antibiotics in chicken - now I eat only organic. But instead of going away, I have gotten has continually gotten worse - burning feet and hands, creeping up the arms and legs. Alcohol makes the sensations worse as does bright sunlight. It has been 18 months since this happened and I still have burning feet, hands and lower arms. Not debiliating - I still exercise and can run. Just very annoying - have to ignore. Have had brain scan, two different neurologists including Mayo as well as scores of tests to see if the problem was caused by something else - but it is too coincidental to taking cipro. I also think it effected by thyroid - fluorides are said to do that. The only thing I can say is that I finally got the Dr. at Mayo to admit that cipro might have produced these effects. Everyone says it should go away eventually - ie nerves take a long time to heal. But I am beginning to think i will have to live with this sensation for ever. I TELL EVERYONE I CAN NOT TO TAKE THIS DRUG. F 57 2 days
10/12/2007
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 1  UTI WITHIN 2 HOURS OF FIRST DOSE OF 1000MG CIPRO XR I BEGAN TO HAVE TINGLING, NUMBNESS, ITCHING, AND BURNING OF SKIN. I CONTACTED DR. AND WAS INSTRUCTED TO TAKE BENADRYL AND CONTINUE MEDS. BY THE NEXT DAY I HAD BEGUN TO SWELL IN WRISTS AND FINGERS AND COULD NOT HOLD A PEN IN MY HAND. I WENT TO DR. AND WAS ADMINISTERED A STEROID SHOT AND A BENADRYL SHOT FOR ALLERGIC REACTION. I STOPPED TAKING CIPRO AT THAT TIME. DR. WANTED ME TO TAKE MEDROL STEROID PACK TO ALLEVIATE SWELLING AND JOINT PAIN. AFTER READING THAT STEROIDS CAN CAUSE TENDONS TO RUPTURE AFTER OR DURING TREATMENT WITH CIPRO I REFUSED TO TAKE THE MEDROL. THAT WAS TWO DAYS AGO AND I AM STILL IN SEVERE PAIN IN ALL OF MY JOINTS. I HAVE A NEW ACHE EVERY DAY. I WOULD NEVER TAKE CIPRO AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN DOING A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THIS DRUG AND THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE MUCH MORE COMMON THAT DR'S ARE AWARE OF. F 36 1 days
4/13/2006

 1  stomach bacterial infection Serious breathing difficulty, arms and legs going numb, joint pain, rash, AWFUL depression and nervousness. I would rather die than take another Cipro pill ever again. Why do doctors push this medicine?! Mine acted as if Cipro is the only drug on earth and I shouldn't question it. It's crazy. F 35 7 days
4/15/2006

 1  UTI I had an extremely bad reaction but it is more common than you might think. The list of symptoms in the insert is all from people who took it after it went to market. What does that tell you. Your Dr. will not only not tell you about the side effects he or she will likely laugh or ignore you or ask if you need psych drugs. This is for real. They need to wake up. I had symptoms involving my nervous system, I had huge episodes of fear like I can't even describe - not panic, FEAR, and I was not a fearful person before taking this. I was a joyous person. I could not stop going to the bathroom but that phase was followed by severe dehydration which has continued to this day TWO YEARS or more later. I have dehydration and dry eyes all the time. I am not the same person I was. I feel this has aged me 20 yrs. I had the worst symptoms in the first year. At first I could not walk could barely tolerate the touch of a blanket. I could not open a bottle of water or open a package of food AFter two years a lot of the symptoms have improved and I can walk normally but not as fast or long as I used to. At least I can appear normal. It has atrophied a lot of my muscles. I suspect it damaged my thyroid. What this does to people is so weird. Doctors will just test you for known illnesses and this causes things that are not known. If you have a bad reaction don't panic, you will need all your inner and physical strength to survive and go past this. It will take all your strength of mind. ABove all know that this is NOT YOU but it is a toxic poison that is wreaking havoc on your tissues and nerves. I found out that a lot of doctors are idiots. It will take a while for medicine to catch up to the damage it is causing with POISON PILLS such as Cipro and its sister drugs. How many lives have to be ruined before they listen?? F 42 5 days
3/26/2007

 1  uti Started with severe headache, nausa then vomiting with in an hour of taken one pill. Then starting shaking severe trmors especially on right side. Now 5 days later can hardly walk numbness in both hands having trouble with the most simple tasks like doing up buttons.using the keyboard and operating the mouse on my computer.I went to my doctor and she had never seen side effects like these.She is hoping the effects will clear up shortly when the drug is out of my system.But it has been 5 days and am getting worse. No more tremors though.It does not help that I still have the uti and am up several times a night peeing.So am not getting adaquate rest.I am feeling more and more depressed I do not know if this is from lack of rest or another side effect.I have never had a reaction to any medication in my life. F 50 1 times
9/30/2007

 1  UTI Neck Pain, Lower back pain, I feel awful all over and it didn't cure my infection! F 33 10 days
1/27/2007

 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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