Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.7 (1649 Ratings)

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 1  UTI Started with lower back pain thinking I slept wrong. By day three my knees tripled in size looking like pumpkins. My foot looked like Frankenstein huge swollen and bruised. The pain was outrageous. I was given pain meds and anti-flammatory medication. Nothing touched the pain. Iíve had my knees drained, shots in my foot, xrays, pain medication given out like candy. I am now crippled and bed ridden. I have a cane and wheel chair. I have missed work for 2 weeks now. The pain has now moved up to my jaw. This condition has made me feel sad and depressed. I was healthy, active, walked everyday but now I cannot stand. I am in severe pain. I am very depressed. I just hope and pray I get better. F 40 3.5 days
500 MG 2X D
10/9/2010
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 1  gum infection After 1st day noticed pain in my knee joints and ankles, thought it was due to sunburn in that area. After 2nd day fingers swelled up and having a hard time closing and opening my hands. 3rd day woke up with neck pain and bumps on the back of my neck by my hairline, read side effects of Cipro and stopped taking this drug. Hope by stopping my joints will go back to normal. If so many people are affected by this drug why is it still on the market? F 46 3.5 days
500 mg 2X D
3/15/2011
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 5  Kidney infection Dry mouth. I am so surprised to see all of the negative comments on here! I have alot of anxiety, and usually read like crazy about side effects, but this time, I said, I am NOT doing it. Well, guess what, I don't have any! I am on day four and feel fine. Way better than the horrible pain that comes with a kidney infection. Don't let these comments freak you out! Only read the good ones! F 43 4 days
5/15/2009

 5  UTI Just tired, but that might be due to my bad experience I'm still recovering from in regards to bactrim It works. F 19 4 days
9/22/2009

 4  uti Fever, burning and inflammation in the pelvic area. It was very very painful. I finished yeasterdad and today I woke up without all that pain. The infection, i thin it is gone. F 50 4 days
250 2X D
4/13/2011
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 3  Sinusitis and lung disease I am in the 4 th day and I have serious side effects like: dizziness, numbness, light headedness stomach pain and poor memory...I feel like i had smoked a joint I have taken many antibiotics before like: co-amoxiclav, cefalexin, cefuroxime(my favourite), doxycicline and 2 others i don't remember.I went to my doctor because i have a terrible cough and sputum....She consulted me and asked me if i have any atibiotics at home, and i said I have Cuminol(cipro)(I've got 20 pcs from my a relative).She said it is good, and I started to take it.On the 3 day afternoon i started to feel dizzy and lightheaded.....I will never take this againe M 17 4 days
500mg 2X D
6/24/2011
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 3  staph infection Chest pain/tightness. Muscle tightness, hypertension, muscle fatigue, irritability. Stopped at day 4 of 7 day prescription due to severe pain in left hamstring, burning & tightness. M 33 4 days
8/15/2007

 3  Bacterial Diarrhea I took a 500mg dose of Cipro twice a day over four days for diarrhea. The first day or so was not so bad but I noticed tension and aches in my thighs and knees. The third day though I spent the day outdoors and developed a rash of little red spots, not bumps over my chest, forearms, a little on my face, and even on my feet. This didn't itch and it faded mostly by the next day, but that night I got a *severe headache, I couldn't sleep at all, had to pee every 60 minutes, and became dehydrated. I also had aches in my back, neck and legs. It was an awful night. To it's credit, my diarrhea seems to be finished, but the side-effects were numerous and very uncomfortable and diconcerting. I finished the dose today but still have the headache and muscle ache and dizziness. Take this if you have time to rest and are somewhere comfortable, because you probably will be made very uncomfortable. I'm travelling and had little choice, but probably wouldn't take it again unless in an emergency. M 29 4 days
7/31/2009

 3  uti back pain. am also taking pills for acid reflux. not given indication not to take them. read all these comments. really worried. will report back after a 10 hour flight i have to take this afternoon. F 63 4 days
11/10/2009

 3  sinus infection Fatigue, dizziness, confusion, hand tremors, loss of appetite, inner ear discomfort. Right now I feel like I have a mild case of mono, as I am very sleepy but cannot sleep. I feel dizzy and get tired very easily (dressing myself wears me out). I am no longer taking it after 4 days of 500mg 2x a day and have just thrown out the bottle. A little nose blowing would have been better than this! I just took my last dose and wish that I hadn't after reading this site. On the plus side, the side effects mostly wear off by midnight and are minimal by morning. Should have just stuck with Day-Quil and road it out. F 26 4 days
2/28/2009

 2  BLADDER INFECTION SHOULDER STIFFNESS & PAIN, ANXIETY, EXTRA HEART BEATING AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. NEVER HAD THAT IN MY LIFE, ALWAYS LOW, SUDDENLY WENT UP AND FLUCTUATING RANDOMLY. F 60 4 days
11/25/2009

 2  UTI After 2 doses I experienced leg pain in both legs. Doctor thought it was due to my infection, told me to continue taking it. After 4 days infection was better and leg pain was worse. I can't walk without getting tired. My legs hurt all day and night now. M 44 4 days
8/23/2009

 2  Prostitis The initial reaction was fatigue after one day, which was followed by light back ache and depression. I found myself lazy, sad and in a general lousy mood for the last three days. This is a potent drug which seems to work for some people, but not others. I stopped after four days and seem to be turning the corner on the side effects. The prostitis, if thats what I had, is still here. I think the dr. may have missed a muscle pull or hernia and the cipro is obviously of no benefit there. I agree with many of the comments above, be sure you need this. I will not take another one. M 39 4 days
4/16/2005

 1  Kidney Infection Bilateral Tendinitis - could not walk for 2 months, still recovering 3 months later. F 32 4 days
3/31/2005

 1  UTI HIVES OVER ENTIRE BODY SIDE AFFECTS HAVE NOT SUDSIDED AFTER TWO YEARS.I WENT TO EVERY KIND OF DOCTOR I COULD FIND AND APPLIED ALL OF THE PRESCRIBED LOTIONS AND CREAMS TO NO AVAIL. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR FIX FOR MY TROUBLE BECAUSE THE MEDICAL PROFESSION HAS NONE. F 69 4 days
4/2/2005
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 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  UTI Nightmares, inability to stay asleep (my heart wakes me up at 1-2 hour intervals all night; it feels as though it is racing, but when I listen to it with my stethoscope, the beat sounds normal), occasional needle-type sensations in my feet. I took Cipro for only a few days in the beginning of September (08). The symptoms are still with me...I've had a sleep study with results not back yet...it's scary to think that a widely-used drug can do so much neurological damage. What are some holistic remedies for this poisoning? F 51 4 days
11/5/2008
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 1  infected cyst and inflamed lung SEVERE abdominal cramping, diahhrea, blood in stool and resulting dehydration and weakness. I took (8) 500mg pills over 4 days - as prescribed. lymph node that was swollen did calm down some, and lung felt a bit better, but not worth the side effects like this. I was on the toilet over 25 times in 18 hours. Doctor has prescribed another antibiotic but I will look it up on this site before taking that one. Never take anything without knowing possible side effects and contraindications. this was very scary for me. M 44 4 days
4/11/2007

 1  bladder infection I was prescribed this after going to Urgent Care for what we thought was a bad reaction to Bactrim. I took this for 4 days and I felt the same thing everyone else did. I am going crazy. I couldn't sleep, constantly nauseous, dizzy, couldn't function(had to force myself to continue on), tingling all over like surges in adreneline. I lost quite a bit of weight. My doctor prescribed Zanax and thought I was having anxiety attacks. I took 1/2 of a .25mg pill and it had no effect exept making me feel worse. I've had a couple of anxiety attacks before, but they never lasted more than an hour. If you are on this medicine, stop taking it if you can and maybe try something else. You are not alone and day by day your symptoms should get better. I've been off the Bactrim & Cipro for 5 days and am getting better. My stomach is still a mess, but at least I don't feel as anxious. Just know that you're not crazy, it is this medicine. The others that wrote are right...doctors don't kno F 36 4 days
5/20/2007

 1  uti blackouts M 68 4 days
6/7/2007

 1  uti severe panic attacks usually about 5-8hrs after dose, nausia, vomiting,diarrhea-i had to start paxil (never had anything like this prior) F 3 4 days
8/28/2007

 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  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  UTI dizzyness, numb lips, severe rash on hands and forehead, confusion, rapid heartbeat and vomiting Just horrible almost had to go to the ER and it turned out I didn't even have a bacterial infection anyways. Took about 4 days before the symptoms went away. My cardio fitness still hasn't recovered and I stopped taking it 2 months ago. Walking up a flight of stairs almost kills me now M 4 days
5/12/2004

 1  Prostatitis Began feeling pain in my forearms after four days of Cipro, so I stopped taking it. Over the next several weeks, the pain would come and go, and I assumed it would eventually stop. But it did not. I couldn't tell if the pain was in the muscles or the tendons, or both. Sometimes the pain was also in my hands and fingers. Then it got worse. My elbow joints seem to be pain-free, but the tendons and muscles above and below the elbows on both arms are extremely sore. I am unable to lift objects heavier than a hardback book. It has now been three months since stopping the Cipro, and I have begun to feel similar but so far less severe pain in my left leg around the knee. I am worried this will worsen over time, as it did in my arms. Seeing doctors about this problem is a waste of time and money. They know nothing about this. DO NOT TAKE CIPRO. I thought I would be okay taking the Cipro because I had taken it once before, years earlier. I was wrong. Even if you've had no reaction to it in the past, you can have an adverse reaction to it later. I do not know how or where to go to get help. I live alone and fear loss of the use of my arms. M 64 4 days
250mg 2X D
9/30/2012
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 1  Diverticulitis I was prescribed this drug along with Metronidazole. After just a day or so my digestive system was in chaos. Very quesy stomach and no appetite at all. On the fourth day I felt sick and went to my doctor. About that time I began feeling dizzy and as though I was going to pass out. I stopped both medicines on that day, but the worse was yet to come. Anxiety, dizziness/vision problems and stomach pain have been plaqueing me for 6 weeks now. I went to the ER because I felt anxious with an elevated pulse rate and weird pulsing feelings in my lower leg. They looked me over, did a blood profile and sent me on my way. The anxiety will just come out of nowhere (how I'd guess a panic attack might be) and I'd feel like I was about to lose control. The anxiety has lessened gradually, but still occurs occasionally. However, the feeling of dizziness (like mild vertigo) comes and goes to this day. The pit of my stomach feels sore just to mild pressure - one day better, the next day worse. Beyond these horrible side effects, I can't be sure which medicine is to blame (Metronidazole has many similar complaints). I am treating them both as guilty and will avoid any future treatment with them. M 52 4 days
750 mg 2X D
11/3/2012
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 1  bladder infection I just KNEW something was wrong with me taking this drug!!! I had this weird pain in my thighs, as tho I ran too much or exercised too much. I thought it can't be any kind of side effect, that doesn't make sense. Then the diarreha started! Ugh! No appetite. I also had a bad headcold at the same time with sinus pressure and post nasal drip - it was misery!! THEN I look up possible side effects of cipro and ta da!! TENDONITIS!! who would have thought! After 4 days and 8 pills I stopped, no more ever!!! Turns out doc said 4 days worth probably killed the bacteria anyway. Anyway its been 3 weeks and I am STILL not right, pain in my side, stools abnormal. My advice? SEEK SOMETHING ELSE!! F 63 4 days
500 2X D
1/25/2013
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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  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  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  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  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  UTI The first day, I experienced tiredness/fatigue. During the course of treatment I had terrible GERD and felt like I was choking on acid. Digestive problems included extreme gasiness, nausea, heartburn and abdominal pain. By the third night I was sleepless, unable to sleep at all (even after taking my usual sleeping pills), extremely anxious, pounding heart, racing thoughts, and quite possibly hallucinations. I experienced flashing lights when I closed my eyes. After reading about CNS toxicity and floroquinolone-induced mania I don't want to take this drug ever again. I had never taken this drug before. It was prescribed after a failed course of antibiotic treatment with Septra. F 25 4 days
250 MG 2X D
9/29/2012

 1  UTI Extreme joint pain and weakness after taking it for four days. I needed an electric wheelchair for three months, as the tendons suddenly erroded in my fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. I can walk again now, but it has taken 5 months of rest and extensive physio. F 39 4 days
500
11/24/2012

 1  UTI Joint pain, tremors, heart palpitations, some anxiety. And got WORSE when I had what was suppose to be DECAF tea! DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING WITH CAFFEINE! I am kicking myself as I already knew the DANGERS of taking this medication. AND I WILL NEVER AGAIN TAKE IT! I am not taking any more of it! I don't need my dr to tell me to stop taking it. So if you have any SIDE EFFECT STOP TAKING IT right then and there... and call your dr right away. Or even a pharmacist. Of which I did and they told me to go see a doctor right away. DOES NOT HAVE TO BE YOUR PRIMARY! THE FDA should really tweek this medication, and or BAN IT! F 37 4 days
500mg 2X D
7/25/2012
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 1  UtI Severe restlessness, anxiety, body aches, severe insomnia, sensitive skin, and headaches. Completely miserable and unable to do anything due to not feeling well F 29 4 days
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6/25/2012

 1  Cellulitis This medicine has caused pain in my joints & pains all over my body. General flu like sickness & muscle weakness. Don't take unless life or death. Would never recommend it to anyone. F 64 4 days
500 2X D
6/25/2012

 1  uti sharp pains in long muscles. sparatic muscle spasms, my insides actually flutter. diagnosed with tachardia and bradicardia...off and on really weird .. just he general notion that my nervous system is messed up adn that can cause all kind of weird sensations. everyone knows what this antibiotic is capable of, just like everyone else i too have suffered...for two years now ive been dealing with these issues and the symptoms are bizzare theirs no need to list them all it will do no good... i just feel sorry that the pharma companies mainly bayer is still mass poducing this med.... only because a few thousand people complain and it doesnt reach the maximum complaint level for them to have to take it off the shelves...its funny did u know that mostly women tale ciprofloxclin for uti infections because its more common in women and their also more likely to get the trash can diagnosis of fibromyalgia ...weird huh.. oh yea and the doctors will cover each others butts to...so dont think ur gonna walk in their and pronounce that this medication did this to you ..it takes a special doctor one whos been around for a while and perferably one who specializes in internal medicine....ive asked 2 pharmacist if this antibiotic could do this to me and his and her reply were any medication can cause this if you hve a allergic reaction.. what a cop out.... i finally went to a chiropracter and he knew the dangers of cipro but couldnt diagnose hat the cipro was the cause because he isnt a medical doctor.... oh and by the way i was 21 when i took this poison now im about to be 25 i have a wife and son and ive ruined their lives because of the effects of this drug..... some people say its criminal that pharma knows about these reports and continue manaf M 24 4 days
500 1X D
5/11/2012
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 1  kidney infection I started taking cipro a few days ago and i started to feel irritated on my vagina.. As the days went its starting to get worse.. It gave me a yeast infection.. Have to go back to the Dr to change meds because i didn't even get to finish the pills to finish treating my kidney infection and now get treated for this yeast infection.. I'm scared to get more side effects from this.. I feel so uncomfortable this is horrible F 25 4 days
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5/23/2012
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 1  Uti 43 year old athletic male, soccer player since high school, and avid weight lifter. Felt like superman. I developed UTI symptoms and decided to take a safe medication. I had taken CIPRO 8 years ago and didn't recall any side effects. This time around took the antibiotic and went to Hell. I have experienced side effects that have damaged every organ...joint pains, stomach pains, cartilage destruction, neuropathic pains ( burning skin, pin and needles, and so forth), and on and on, worst side effects were depression that made me suicidal, anxiety that was from Hell, severe insomnia, eye pains, ringing in the ears, loss of short term memory, brain fog, unable to focus eyes, and tons more. The medical community is ignorant of the syndrome that Fluoroquinolones cause. Trust me if you haven't suffered this syndrome yet, you WILL if you continue taking it. The good news is after 7 1/2 months I have noticed some improvements. Avoid this family of antibiotics like the plague. If you haven't experienced any of its side effects, consider being given a second, a third, forth chance, but if you continue taking it especially the 500 mg and above tablets you WILL suffer. The 250 mg tablets may be below the toxic range and most people can tolerate them well, but the 500 mg tables will get you eventually! M 43 4 days
500 mg
8/24/2012

 1  sinus/ear infection Severe tendon pain, burning in spine and arms, peripheral neuropathy, heart palpitations, panic attacks, tremors, twitches all over body, mono/flu feeling. Ten months out now and about 65% better with relapses sometimes. Please do not take this medication. And if you think you will be fine because you have before think again. This was the fourth time I was on it. F 35 4 days
500mg
8/3/2013
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 1  Uti Plz do not take cipro if u have uti go get dmannose at health store works amazing . I had to go to the hospital takin this nasty ass cipro and the pharmases and doctors assured me it's not cipro that's causing ALL the pain that people have said omg I almoust died in my bathroom I still feel the side effects my hips my legs my hands my head everything hurts and I was a very healthy girl. Non of the doctors belive me what cipro did to me . F 24 4 days
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1/31/2012
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 1  UTI Severe headache, irregular heartbeat, joint pain, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, bruised easily all over my body, dizziness F 22 4 days
6/4/2012
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 1  UTI Severe insomnia, burning/tingling sensations all over body, muscle/joint pain, dehydration, nerve pain and possible damage, depression, panic, tachycardia, dry eyes/mouth, cold hands/feet, numbness, weakness. I am one month out from stopping my course early after 4 out of 7 prescribed days, and have not seen any decrease in symptoms - in fact, some of them are just getting worse. I'm hoping that I will recover eventually, but to all those reading this, don't take your chances! The risk is NOT worth it unless it's truly a matter of life or death. Believe me - these stories could be you. F 21 4 days
500mg 2X D
2/3/2012
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 1  Possible UTI Muscle weakness, sharp pains going through my muscles, weakness and pain around joints, foot pain on the top and bottom, racing heart, back and shoulder aches, headaches, urge to urinate with no infection, pain in hands, pretty much all my muscles or joints hurt in some way. F 30 4 days
250 mg x2
1/28/2012

 1  UTI I am a 60 yr old femal and was prescribed CIPRO for a uti that I didn't even know I had. My Dr. said my annual physical labs showed I had one. By the second day of taking 500mgs. twice a day. I began feeling light headed and a bit sick at my stomach. Today was to be my 4th day and I have chosen to stop. Mentally I am a mess and my arms, legs and neck ache. Yesteday, day 3 I felt so depressed and disoriented and didn't have the energy to do anything. I am having trouble sleeping and am short-winded. I felt perfectly fine when I went to the dr. last week for my annual checkup and now feel like I have been poisoned. I take no medications of any kind and have always been healthy. This drug is poison as far as I am concerned and should not be allowed to stay on the market. Reading other peoples stories has me worried that I might not get over these horrific symptoms. F 60 4 days
500 2X D
2/7/2012
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 1  Baecause of left ear infection Have produced permanent damage to both of my ears in the form of extremely irritating sound of Tinnitus. Never ever try CIPRO. Its POISON M 25 4 days
250 Mg 2X D
6/21/2011
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 1  diverticulitis Severe pain in groin, can't even walk. ok sitting or lying but not any upright movement. Worse than gout pain! Sudden onset on day 4. no previous history of tendon problems. quit taking cipro and will never take again. This truly is poison. Dr should warn patients about the tendon side effects. FDA instructions in 2008 specifically state patients are to be counseled on this. Also the pharmicist need to counsel. They counsel about other drug warning, why not this one! Day six and still can't walk without extreme pain. Will be taking Wobenzyn N to try to help heal the tendons. For those looking for the original formula of this alternative medicine, Douglas Labs in the US is an authorized distributor of the original German formula made by Cucos Pharm. You can find them on the web (douglaslabs.com/wobenzymn). Garden of Life also mfg, but is not as good I read. Slightly different formulation. Hope German formula works a well as patients say it does, AND WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS OR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER DRUGS!!!! Will update on results. DO NOT TAKE CIPRO......EVER IT WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE M 59 4 days
500 2X D
11/7/2011
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 1  Colon Infection 1. Dizziness 2. Confusion 3. Pain all over in muscles and joints 4. Exhaustion 5. Dry Throat 6. Nausia 7. Difficulty Swallowing 8. Insomnia 9. Ringing in ears 10. Twitching all over and inside stomache area. 11. Panic Attacks 12. Popping in joints 13. Forgetfulness 14. Lack of concentration 15. Loss of Appetite 16. Pain in arms when under stress 17. Severe Food, Drug & Supplement Sensitivity. 18. Severe Hallucinations after taking Meletonine. 19. Weak mucles/Skeletal. 20. Foggy Brain/Deminished Mental Awareness. 21. Difficult to deal with stress. Pain in arms and left shoulder gets worse when under stress. 22. tachycardia/high blood pressure/rapid heartbeat 23. Excessive sweating, especially at night. 24. Withdrawn. 25. Symptoms come and go, peaking usually between 2 and 8 pm. 26. Sluggish thoughts, moods, memory, ect. 27. Blurred Vision 28. Seizures Petite Maul 29. Photosensitive 30. Itchy, dry skin. 31. Pressure in This drug is a NIGHTMARE. I BEG you not to take it. I can't believe they give this garbarge to people! I Began taking Ciprofloxacin on September 26, 2011 and ended on September 30, 2011. The dosage was 500mg twice daily for 7 days. I only took it 4 of the days, 8 pills. History. I had noticed a change in my stool that it wasnít as solid as normal for about a month or so. After eating a greasy meal, I had terrible diarriah for 2 hours. Every time I went to the bathroom it would be diarriah and every time I thought I was done, it would come back. I went to Dr. Bandri on September 26, 2011 and he prescribed ciprofloxacin for the symptoms and ordered blood work. The tests came back within normal range. I stopped taking the Antibiotic on Oct. 3, 2011 due to adverse reactions including (Pains all over my body in my joints and tendons and extreme headache). I contacted the Dr. after taking it for 4 days and told him my symptoms around 12 noon (the time that my next dosage was due) He told me to discontinue using the antibiotic. My stool had returned to normal as well. I stopped taking it. Around 45 minutes after talking to the doctor, I began to have horrific things happen to me including the list of side effects above. I immediately knew that it was my body reacting to the ciprofloxacin. The symptoms began most severely in the beginning, then tapering every day. After extensive research on this antibiotic, I was horrified to learn that this affects a sign M 40 4 days
500 MG 2X D
10/27/2011
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 1  Gastrointestinal bacteria I took cipro for 4 days beginning a week ago. On the fourth day of taking it, I noticed a slight pain in my hip, so I immediately stopped taking it. The next day, the pain had worsened, and my knees also hurt. The following day, still off of cipro, I had pain in every joint in my body, including within my hands and feet, and whenever I tried to move my joints they would pop/crack. The next day, I could barely walk, and my knees would not straighten all the way. I have also had heightened symptoms of restless leg syndrome and muscle spasms. It is now the next day, and I am feeling the same symptoms, plus additional numbness in my lower legs and feet, and heightened trouble walking with my knees. I will try to update my condition after more time passes, but as of now I seem to be getting worse by the day. I never would have taken this drug if I had been properly warned how adverse the effects can be, and how AFTER I had already stopped taking it, the side effects would CONTINUE to get worse. F 24 4 days
2X D
9/4/2013
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 1  suspected diverticulitis Guys dont take this im 23, now I feel like a 70 year old woman.. Im have the weridest pains in my legs, hips, groin, back and this is 2 weeks after quiting, its like more things keep popping up!!!! Im not even sure what my original problem was. I am getting weird chest pains, and my heart does weird things now : ( please take that stuff back!! I quit taking it after the 4th night, before that I was actually breaking the pills in half because 750 MG is a lot for a small person like me, when I call the pharmacy/doctors I was BLOWN OFF, dont count on someone helping you if you get bad side effects to this. i had panic attacks and couldnt sleep :'( please im still suffering effects from this drug find something else its worth spending a little extra money to get another brand. I hope I dont get worse.. F 23 4 days
750 2X D
12/2/2011
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 1  urinary tract infection panic attacks muscle twitching severe anxiety went to emergency room sore throat for two months recently had another panic attack also stiff throat jaw muscles need muscle relaxers daily. dont take this drug even one pill.it will mess your life up.i manage taking anti anxiety meds ativan klonopin etc........ M 38 4 days
2X D
4/14/2011
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 1  UTI - Urinary tract infection After one dose, severe lower abdominal cramping with some diarrhea, Upset stomach, Started taking Acidophylis chewable tabs 3 time day...by 3 rd day cramping subsided but had muscle cramping in lower legs at night and prickly feeling lower legs. Loss of coordination for walking..Had chills/hot sweats/ palpatations. I have history of Atrial fibrilation. Stopped Cipro after 4 days of 5 day Rx. It is the 6th day and still feel uncoordinated with nausea, weakness and prickly sensation in lower legs. Will not take this drug again. I am allergic to Sulfa. F 74 4 days
500 mg. 2X D
5/28/2011

 1  uti my mouth started hurting soon after taking his medication. i thought it was because i grind my teeth but on the 4th day my jaw joint hurt so bad i could not do anything but cry. i have had teeth knowcked out, i cut off two of my fingers on a table saw and have been dealing qith back pain for yuears and i have NEVER felt pain this intense and bad. AVOID CIPRO AT ALL COSTS!!! M 27 4 days
500mg 2X D
3/5/2011

 1  kidney infection -Severe tingling and weakness in hands, forearms, and feet (I can hardly type) -Severe fatigue -Severe vertigo (I lose balance when I stand up) -Achy all over -Joint pain and popping I am so disgusted that my doctor prescribed this drug to me without providing me information about the potential side effects. I did some research the first day I started taking it and had serious reservations, but thought I would try because my doctor has always been pretty good. I am on the fourth day of a seven day cycle and will not take any more of this medication. When I first started feeling some of the noted side effects, I contemplated the possibility that I was perhaps paranoid from reading about potential side effects; however, after a few days I am feeling really sick and there's no way any sort of trepidation about taking this drug could produce such overwhelming physical manifestations - I feel like shit and a lot worse than I did before I started these pills. This drug is criminal and I am so worried about the long-term side effects. F 29 4 days
500MG 2X D
12/9/2010

 1  Kidney Infection *Extreme gastric upset* leading to permanent damage since 2007. Tremors, sluggish, fever. I was prescribed this drug when I arrived at the walk-in clinic, clutching my side in pain and peeing blood. I was happy to get on the road to feeling better but was I sure in for a surprise. The 'cure' was far worse than the problem. My knees sometimes bugger up, but what really erks me is the gastric issues I have had ever since taking this poison. My mother, a nurse, put me on acidophilus bacteria which helped a lot, but many years later I still suffer gastric issues like nausea/acid reflux ever since Cipro. It's hard to find a doctor who will hear my plight, but I am very certain Cipro did something to me. I had a gut of steel before taking this atrocity. Yes, let's feed people Fluoride! Great idea! F 24 4 days
1X D
9/15/2010

 1  Urinary Tract Infection This drug was very bad news for me, and I had many of the issues described by others here. I am a 40 year old male, very healthy and strong overall. An arthritic condition began to set in after just 4 days on the Cipro (prescribed for a garden variety urinary tract infection), and within 2 more weeks, the pain was so debilitating that my family forced me to go to the ER. My entire body hurt, particularly my hips, shoulders, lower back, hands and feet. My knees and elbows for some reason were virtually unaffected. I couldn't even put on shoes, let alone tie them, I had to crawl up the stairs, and I had to shower after using the toilet because I couldn't wipe myself. The pain was so intense that I needed help getting in and out of bed, rolling over, etc. during the night. I sincerely thought I could be dying. After seeing that a couple of the numbers from my blood tests were very abnormal, the ER doctors grew concerned and gave me IV pain medication and anti-inflammants (the abnormal I would not take this drug ever again unless my life depended on it, and would not let anyone else I knew take it, either, without at least warnimng them. It may be fine for some, but it clearly causes severe problems for many, and even in my instance, where I've gotten at least most of the way back to normal again, there are still lingering effects, and I first took Cipro over 2 months ago, and was only on it for 4 days before I stopped taking it. M 40 4 days
500 MG 2X D
9/20/2010

 1  UTI Chills, fever, disoriented, confused, lightheaded, weak, LOW blood pressure and rash. After a visit to the emergency room it was finally determined that I had a severe UTI. I did have chills, fever, and dizziness due to the infection. On the forth day after beginning the medication I went to my own doctor feeling no better. I am diabetic and my blood sugars have dropped more times than I care to count since starting the drug. My blood pressure which is normally 117/70 with medication is now 80/55. Although we were both concerned with this drop, I attributed it to being bedridden for a good deal of these now four days. Tonight after taking my scheduled dose I began to put two and two together after noting that my blood sugar dropped, I became even more confused, I tried a brisk walk to bring up the pressure but to no avail. So I did some research here and on other sites to find that the body aches, disorientation, confusion, chills, and low grade fever are due the the CIPRO. I have now developed a red rash all over my lower legs and have not been in the sun at all. I have also noticed decreased urine flow despite many, many glases of water and swelling of my feet and ankles. I have taken my LAST dose of this terrible medication and pray I suffer no long term affects. It didn't dawn on my own doctor who is an internist/cardiologist with many years of practice that my symptoms could be a reaction to medication...and even prescribed and additional five day regimen since I was not getting any better. F 65 4 days
500 2X D
7/21/2010

 1  food poisoning Insomnia, Panic Attacks, Shortness of Breath, Tachycardia, loss of balance, fainting, angina...Initially went for food poisoning. After treatment w CIPRO had Shortness of Breath, back to ER. Rather than consider I was having a reaction to CIPRO, the Drs. put me through a lot of expensive tests to find a hole in my heart, which wasnt' there! I think that we should sue the hospitals. It is clear that they are benefitting from treating all of the "side effects" created by this drug. It is a cash cow for them. I hadn't been sick or to the doctor in years before this. Then I had to go to the ER 4 times in 2 months! Cha-ching! They have no interest in prescribing a less toxic anti-biotic! Someone at the top of these Corporate Hospitals has planned it this way! 2.5 months later...The Insomnia finally stopped. Tachycardia much better..Still very short of breath. Can't walk for more than 3 minutes without having to sit down. Anyone else with Shortness of Breath? F 48 4 days
500mg 2X D
7/3/2010
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 1  prostate infection After about the third dose of Cipro, I had horrible muscle spasms in my back, neck, buttocks and legs. The extreme pain got worse with each dose of Cipro. Disorientation, confusion and incoherence followed after the last dose and the pain only became worse. Now, after about a week after stopping Cipro, I can't walk. The tendons in my leg are extremely painful and I can barely stand without support and in spite of taking a course in prednizone, the pain and the muscle spasms are still intense. Will this ever go away? I was perfectly healthy prior to Cipro and loved to walk in the mountains. Will I ever be able to do that anymore? What can I do to make this go away? This drug should and MUST be taken off the market so people won't get so very hurt by it. M 72 4 days
250mg 2X D
4/1/2010

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