Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.6 (1697 Ratings)

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 1  Uti Knee pain so intense I could not walk. F 45 5 days
1X D

 1  bladder infection Horrible gas pains as well as stomach pains!! I was suppose to be on on for 7 days..Stopped after 5 days.. took 24 hours to feel better.. am feeling 90 % better... F 60 5 days
500mg 2X D

 1  following minor surgical procedure Full Recovery from cipro toxicity after 1 year and 3 months. Side effects included muscle stiffness and pain, joint pain continuously, delirium for 1 month, insomnia for one week until I took Ativan (which I became dependent on and eventually tapered off with the help of Point of Return), brain fog, depersonalization(2months of it), anxiety, panic attacks (for about 4 months) and jock itch. Two days following the 750mg a day dose, I began to experienced cipro toxicity and was rushed to the hospital; over the course of 8 months I was in and out of the hospital with multiple tests and exams. I was given Ativan in the beginning and became dependent on the medication. I took a product available at Point of Return's website called "Support" along with their other products promoting glutathione which I've read is the best thing you can do when you've become intoxicated from Cipro; alternated Support with Immonocal at times. I also took Jigzaw magnesium which is supposed to bind to the cipro and dispell it out of the system. For the first year and 2 months, could not do exercise without extreme pain in back and neck. It was then that I looked into Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic and along with tapering off the medications, I am now 100% recovered. I will never take this medication again and always warn others of the potential dangers of this drug. It should be banned. M 33 5 days
1X D
 1  enlarged lymph node Severe numbness in hands and feet. Sleeplessness. I will never take this medication again. I will not let my family take it either! My symptoms began after three days, that being 6 - 500 mg tablets. Once I put it all together I stopped taking Cipro. Never again, I'd rather have an enlarged lymph node for the rest of my life! F 37 5 days

 1  diverticulitis rash, weakness, headache, dizzyness, extreme confusion, sense of doom, swelling, extreme lethargy, aches and pains, cloudy vision, even more! Out of four doctors, none recognized my symptoms for what they were, a toxic reaction to Cipro. Only after putting all of my symptoms into an online search, did I find this site, become convinced I was having a toxic reaction, and cease taking the drug. I immediately felt much better. But to this day, over a year later, I still suffer from mental confusion and a sense of doom, as well as lightheadedness and cloudy vision. Doctors MUST become more educated about the drugs they use and their potential adverse reactions! F 52 5 days

 1  for a swollen gland I took 500mg 2x a day for 7 days and quit. It was the most horrible thing I have ever done, if being poisoned feels like taking Ciprofloxacin it should be Banned from the Market. F 79 5 days

 1  prophylacticaly on trip to DR After one day on the medication, personality changes, I'm very quiet and shy but suddenly became quite the ooposite. Severe constipation. Day 3 anxiety and paranoia, extreme pain and tightness in my arms and legs. By day 5 my gums were bleeding profusely and that is when I figured out Cipro was the culprit. I stopped taking it. I then developed generalized aches and pains, and chills. On the trip home I was feverish, chilling and urinating blood. I ended up in the hospital shortly after getting home. My tendons in my calves hurt for months and I had this persistant "fogginess". I developed abdominal pain and eventually had my gallbladder removed for "Inflammation".I lost weight, not because I tried. I became more and more depressed as the months went by. I wouldn't wish this drug on my worst enemy. This drug should be banned. It is dangerous and has caused innumerable people great pain and suffering. F 54 5 days
 1  UTI I took Cipro twice a day for 5 days for a urinary tract infection. I wish I had stopped taking it after the first two days when my UTI symptoms were better. Now I have red bumps on my legs and both of my legs are hideously swollen. My knees are in excruciating pain and the swelling is the size of a grapefruit. I can barely walk and have had to elevate my legs for the past two days. All I can do is lie around and sleep because my arms are too weak to lift anything and my legs are in the most excruciating pain I have ever had in my life. I can't even walk my dog. I am 40 and feel like I am 80. F 40 5 days

 1  Suspected Epididymitis Tendonitis. I'm 31, healthy male. I was on 2 x 500mg tablets per day. On the evening of day 3 I felt a little creak in my right wrist. On day 4 I picked up a dropped business card and had sharp tendon-related pain in my right wrist. Dull, warm pain continued for 2 days. On day 5 dull pain in left achilles heel. Did research and stopped taking Cipro immediately. Day 7 and pains are almost gone. Fingers crossed! M 31 5 days
 1  bladder infection Confusion, memory loss. Later a pulled muscle. Triggered anxiety. TAKE OFF MARKET ! F 42 5 days

 1  Staph Infection in Bladder/UTI Peripheral Neuropathy, Tinnitus, Blurred vision, sensitivity to medicines. Cipro has put my life on hold for 2 months straight now. I've been in the hospital or a clinic at least once a week during this time span. Took Cipro for astaph infection in my bladder. Felt great until the last dose. Intense tingling went up from feet to thighs. Constant high ringing in my ears. Slight blurred vision that went away 3 days later. As of today, I have sensitivity to simple medicine like acid reflux pills. The tinnitus is the same. The neuropathy is mainly located in my toes and feet. They burn and tingle occasionally, not all the time like before. I cannot stress enough do your research before taking a medicine about side effects and pros/cons to taking them. This has opened my eyes but at the same time, I needed to take Cipro so the staph couldn't spread. F 21 5 days

 1  prostatitis ANXIETY. I had dillusions I was going to die from som ailment. Nevervous...diherrea.....weight loss...no appitite...narrowed stools....IBS flare up I will not take this drug again M 33 5 days

 1  Sinus Infection After one dose, woke up feeling woozy. Felt great for 2 days - then had lightheadedness and bad indigestion. Next night, ended up in ER with chest pain, heart palpitations, horrendous indigestion and leg tremors. Was taken off meds the following day, but continued to have severe tremors (right arm, both legs) and numbness/tingling in left arm and palpitations for 2 more days (to date of writing this email). Also noticed "white noise" in ears, itching, floaters in right eye, chest pain, thrush, loss of appetite and confusion. PREPARE FOR NO ONE TO BELIEVE YOU! I was lucky, my primary care providers recognized it might be a reaction. But the ER docs - forget it! "The tests were normal/negative" so I must be fine. When I went to the ER the 3rd time after an hour of severe tremors, they assumed that I was crazy or trying to get attention. And since adavan brought down my pulse quickly, they assumed it was an anxiety attack. I asked repeatedly, could it be an allergic reaction - only the last time when they saw a rash and thrush did they say "maybe". We all have to commnicate our experiences to the medical community - I'm writng a letter to the head of the ER and chief of staff for the hospital. And, I might consider contacting my local TV station to be interviewed. We need to get the word out so others don't suffer! F 33 5 days

 1  bacterial stomach infection right sided tingling, vision disturbance, hearing issues, and joint pain. Lasted for two years after 5 pills...that's it. All side effects are real, and effect people. Please be careful before you take any drug. Many times not reported. F 30 5 days

 1  bladder infection Stomach pain, headache, every joint in my body ached. I could barely walk. I felt sad, mad, emotionally a wreck. My legs ached so bad and would cramp til I feel out of bed. My legs hurt in the calf for 2 more months after stopping the meds. I also feel this medication may have had something to do with my newly diagnosed diabetes. Interesting articles about tequin. I would not take a quinolone family drug ever again. Do your research. Do not be fooled. Many drugs are in the group. If you want to contact me about your side effects feel free - especially diabetics. F 37 5 days
 1  diverticulitus toes on each foot became numb and pins and needles sensitive to cold and sometimes burning. A couple of weeks later anxiety, nervousness and fatigue It seems that doctors are still unaware about the side effects.Two months later my feet still bother me and my anxiety is a daily event.Not as many side effects as many but still quite bothersome. Let me hear of your recovery times. M 51 5 days
 1  prevent possible infection tinnitus, insomnia, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, severe depression that has not stopped almost 2 years after taking Cipro. See deathbycipro.wordpress.com M 54 5 days

 1  a requirement prior to Africa trip noticed two smallest toes on left foot became stressed over a few months then by Jan 2007 after what seemed normal activity of moving about and stepping hard I was told that I had a serious tendon injury. I have been treated for almost a year, surgery now probable unless physical therapy and brace heal the tendon.. Not recommended, if not absolutely necessary for such travel F 69 5 days

 1  Kidney pain (possible bacteria) I went to the Dr and he said my urine looked clean, but he couldn't explain the severe pain in my kidney, but guessed it could be a build up of bacteria on the kidney. I had undiagnosed reflux in my right kidney as a child, which destroyed the kidney. It is basically a mass of scar tissue, sometimes it has function, other times not. I started taking Cipro a few days ago and every time I took it I got so nauseous and my bones in my lower back hurt. Now I am exhausted, my back is killing me, my arms, wrists, and neck ache, the sunlight burns my eyes and causes me to see black and red spots. I am severely nauseous, and my kidney still hurts. I am stopping it today after reading all of this. Nausea, Diarrhea, Severe Lower Back Pain, Pain in All Joints, Sunlight Burned Eyes, Fatigue. I would not recommend it to anyone! F 30 5 days

 1  I had problem with my voice i lost my erection after taking it for 3 days.i took it for another 2 days before i realized it was the cipro have been taking. i could not make love to my wife for 3 good days and it was really annoying. i was depressed,lost concentration and can't think straight. guys should please watch out for this medicine. i am still having problem sleeping 11 days after stopping cipro. i don't know if that's part of the side effect too. i sleep 2 to 3 hours every night and remain awake for the rest of the night. M 37 5 days
 1  u TI Headache, can't sleep, stomach hurt throat nause F 61 5 days

 1  suspected Uti pain in joints, weakness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, sore tendons, stomach problems, damage to right eye, peripheral neuropathy. These antibiotics are poison. They have taken 18 months of my life ......so far. Don't know if I will ever fully recover. F 5 days
250 mg. 2X D

 1  Diarrhea Extreme, constant 24-7 pain in legs for MONTHS after taking this drug. Still in pain now. Don't know if the pain will ever subside. Can barely even walk now, and I used to bicycle 8 miles per day. This drug is the devil. It is extremely dangerous. Do not take this drug. It was designed for people suffering from Anthrax poisoning, not everyday problems. The people at Bayer should be put in prison for manufacturing this drug. M 41 5 days
250 mg 2X D
 1  Influenza Partially dissolved 6 tendons in my legs, still some what crippled 7 months later. To help all with these terrible side effects, a combination of collagen, vitamins especially C, amino acids with minerals is helping me. Have been taking some for 7 months, but collagen for only about 2 months. M 59 5 days
500 2X D
 1  Flu Beware of this drug! This drug should be removed from the market, and every person who promotes this drug should be locked up in prison for life. This drug is one of the most dangerous drugs in the entire world -- to be used in life or death situations only -- yet my doctor prescribed this to me for the simple flu. Now I can no longer walk without pain, and on the good days, my legs are completely numb so I can't feel the pain because I can't feel my legs. All of the joints in my body now have arthritis, and I can barely pick up a pencil without pain. This drug turned into an old man at only 40 years old. Any doctor who prescribes this to you is a criminal! Beware of this drug! This drug should be removed from the market, and every person who promotes this drug should be locked up in prison for life. This drug is one of the most dangerous drugs in the entire world -- to be used in life or death situations only -- yet my doctor prescribed this to me for the simple flu. Now I can no longer walk without pain, and on the good days, my legs are completely numb so I can't feel the pain because I can't feel my legs. All of the joints in my body now have arthritis, and I can barely pick up a pencil without pain. This drug turned into an old man at only 40 years old. Any doctor who prescribes this to you is a criminal! M 40 5 days
250 MG 2X D
 1  UTI Horrific debilitating medicine prescribed by my doctor and approved by FDA. I *was* a healthy 47 year old mountain hiker until this medicine in December stopped me from walking. My symptoms Ive experienced are as follows: photosensitivity in left eye, confusion, loss of balance, muscle twitching, muscle spasm, tingling, burning, pins and needles, shooting pain in arms, legs, hands, scalp, and feet. Multiple Tendenopathy in both feet, both ankles, both knees, both elbows, both wrists, both thumbs. PAINFUL. Unable to walk without pain or for any distance such as down the driveway. . Must shuffle or hobble to another room. Unable to use hands to chop food or open a water bottle. Hair has fallen out. Rash on chest, neck, back, face, and legs. Neck sounds as if there is bubble wrap twisting in it when I turn my head. Jaw pops. In summary...I have suffered agonizing pain that I had never experienced in my life. It has not gone away. I have had to see Opthamologist, Neurologist, Hematologis Horrific Damaging Medicine. F 5 days
250mg 2X D
 1  Severe Strep Throat Major loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, acid reflux, dizziness, tiredness, weakness and disorientation. Don't take this medication unless you are dying! This is some awful stuff and I will never take this again. F 23 5 days
500mg 2X D
 1  UTI 1 year of complete hell. Pain all over body. Disorientation. Floaters in eyes. Head pressure. Spasm in back. CNS issues. M 27 5 days
500mg 1X D

 1  Prostate Infection I was prescribed 500 mg of Cipro twice a day for 14 days to cure what was thought to be a prostrate infection, but which turned out to be a kidney stone. I have never had any negative side effects from a drug before, but Cipro is different. It began with a screaming headache with occasional nausea and dizziness. And then the muscle pains started. At first it was in my quadriceps, which felt tight and sore. On the fourth day I woke up in the middle of the night because of a severe pain in my right shoulder. On the fifth day my right arm was still sore, but that night a severe pain in my left shoulder and bicep woke me up. I called my doctor and told him that I was through taking Cipro. I've been off of it for a week now, but the pain in my arms will not stop. It feels like a severe cramp that will not stop. Sleeping makes it worse because I'm not moving around. I stopped taking Cipro almost a week ago, but the pain in my shoulders and arms will NOT go away. It's 3 o'clock in the morning right now, and I can't sleep because the pain is so bad. The doctor prescribed Vicadin to help me deal with it, but NOTHING gets rid of the pain. The side effects from the Cipro is far worse than any pain I've experienced with the kidney stone, I am a very healthy, athletic 47 year old. This kidney stone is the first time I have ever been sick, and the side effects I'm experiencing from taking the Cipro are first I have experienced with any drug. The JERKS who have posted to this website suggesting that this is some kind of joke or conspiracy need to go straight to HELL. Cipro may work for a lot of people, but the side effects I'm experiencing have ruined my life. If you experience a headache or any of the other milder side effects commonly associated with this drug, stop taking it immediately. I'm looking now for possible solutions or treatments to my muscle pains. If I find something--anything-- that works, I will post it here. In the meantime, I'm going to try all the other suggestions people have made starting with treating this as flouride poisoning, and trying to detox with borax. M 47 5 days
 1  diarhhea Long term disability. Huge difficulties with all normal activity. Dizziness. 35 5 days

 1  UTI/Kidney Infection This is my 5th day taking the pill, but throughout this week I have experienced; nausea, insomnia, stomach pains, anxiety, afraid I may die "Paranoia", chills, dry mouth, it also caused me to experience a even worse yeast infection and on top of all that, the burning sensation has not cleared up when I urinate. I was not prescribed this drug the first time I had a UTI, and I really don't like that I have to take this drug now. It really sucks. And I don't feel any better. At all. The bad thing is I didn't even get a chance to talk to the doctor about what I felt was truly going on. I went to the restroom came back and he was gone, he had my prescription written out and gave to another worker in the office to give to me. F 22 5 days
 1  UTI Leg pain - severe enough to prevent me from sleeping. Started on my last day of a 5 day treatment (500 mg twice a day). It seems ok during the day when I am standing but as soon as I sit down or especially lie down to sleep it starts and is unrelenting. Saturday night I was up all night, last night I slept from 11-3. I called the pharmacist and he wasn't much help, I will call my doctor this morning. I have taken Cipro before without side effects. It has been 5 days since I took my last dose. I took an ibuprofen this morning and it seems to be easing up some so I will try to go back to bed. F 65 5 days

 1  diverticulitis nausea (WORSE than caused by the infection),unquenchable thirst,no energy, flat affect, ear pain, loss of balance, chemical taste in mouth...just after 10 doses of 500mg Have used Levaquin in the past to treat this infection WITHOUT these side effects. F 58 5 days

 1  Mistake CIPRO DESTROYS LIVES! If you or someone you love has had DEBILITATING side effects while taking Cipro or months AFTER taking Cipro, please do the world a favor and report it to the FDA: 1-800-FDA-1088. This poisonous drug must be stopped before it ruins one more life. WE MUST STAND UP TO THESE DRUG COMPANIES AND THE FDA AND LET THEM KNOW IT'S NOT OKAY TO CRIPPLE US! These are serious poisons and are being given out like Halloween candy...it's the most unconscionable thing ever. There are literally THOUSANDS of victims out there of all ages (floxy's) who were perfectly healthy, active individuals before they took Cipro. Now they form internet groups trying to console one another and figure out WTF has been done to their bodies and lives. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, PEOPLE! Report your horror stories to the FDA, eventually they can no longer turn a deaf ear to the havoc this drug is causing. This poison must be pulled off the market before it floxes one more unsuspecting individual, and it's long overdue for Bayer to have its ASS SUED OFF. I'll be there in a wheelchair if I must! I'm madder than a wet hornet and I'm ready to fight! It's time to take ACTION, people. 800-FDA-1088 M 30 5 days
 1  uti muscle and tendon problems for 8 months and counting M 29 5 days

 1  epididimitis ankle and knee pain, numbness in hands and feet, burning in wrists and back of leg, headaches Although I was aware of the potential adverse effects of Cipro, I decided to take the drug because I have never had any form of reaction to medication. This is a decision that I am now regreting because I have been experiencing the listed adverse effects since I stopped taking Cipro over three weeks ago. With time, I hope to make a full recovery but I consider this experience to be an important life lesson. 1. Do not take any medication unless you absolutely have to. 2. If you need to take a drug that has potential serious side effects, always research to see if their is an alternative that is safer. 3. Stop taking a medication immediately if you experience any side effects! M 32 5 days

 1  suspected infection severe depression, almost catatonic. Occasional sharp pains in hands and feet, fatigue, dryness of lips(like too much salt), brain fog, slight headaches, poor concentration. Was unaware of this drug until I read the warnings that came with it; didn't sink in until I went online....probably because I had been fighting the extreme depression (I didn't realize) it was causing. So far worst effects have been psychological, ie.I just want to go to sleep, but that has been bad enough for me to stop taking this drug. I feel better already for it although the joint awareness feelings could be an issue later I'm sure. IMHO as so many have stated do not take this drug unless you absolutely have to...it just doesn't feel right. M 60 5.5 days
500 2X D
 5  post colectomy pouchitis Very happy with Cipro. Stopped frequency / discomfort of bowel movements. More energy. Suffered from 18 month post total colectomy pouchitis. Drug prescribed for bladder infection, B Very happy with Cipro. More energy, enjoyment of life. Prescribed for uti, BUT side effects were great. Stopped symptoms of post surgical total colectomy. Stopped pressure / pain of lower bowel, anus. More energy, less depression, and I have been on antidepressants for years. Take only under drs supervision. It's my wonder drug. It changed my life for the better after two days dosage. If you have had a total colectomy, and are miserable with j-pouch trouble, ask your dr for Cipro. From reading allergic reaction comments, be very careful when first trying this drug. M 65 6 days
500 1X D

 5  UTI 1st night...weird stomach gurgling turned to pain. 2nd day...worse stomach pain\strange feeling of fullness. Then came the chest pain..radiating into my left arm and neck. Went to ER with suspicion of heart attack. My antibiotic was switched (after the doctor even told me it was a nasty drug). I have been off it 3 days now...still having headaches and cannot get rid of the chest and upper abdominal pain. Being seen again in 3 days. Horrible drug. I'm sure we will be hearing some nightmare side effect discovered soon from this med. F 31 6 days
500mg 2x

 5  UTI I'm a post kidney transplant patient who is prone to UTIs. Cipro clears those up within 2 days. I do get GI symptoms (nausea, diarrhea) and tiredness while on it, but I'm resistant to Bactrim and really, I'll take the side effects to know that my infection is cured and won't attack my transplanted kidney. Besides, when I'm tired while taking an antibiotic, I usually chalk that up to the underlying infection and the dehydration caused by the diarrhea. Probiotic yogurt and Pepto help with the digestive issues. F 29 6 days

 5  UTI While it cured the side effects towards the end of treatment - day 4 or 5 I started having side effects. I now with one pill to go am wondering if I should take it. I have high anxiety, almost depressed, heart palpatations, ringing in ears and now I know why I have been having weird dreams. Some have said the only people on this site are complainers, but I would have no need to research my symptoms if they did not exist. I started looking for symptoms of anxiety - I really thought I had a problem outside of the Cipro - I look forward to being "normal" in a couple of days. In light of this I would take this drug again, but with an informed mind. F 52 6 days

 3  UTI Lethargy, dizziness to the point of nearly blacking out, achy bones, depression? I have nearly finished my prescription. In the pamphlet given to me by the pharmacy, there was a listing for mood changes. Had been feeling tired and dizzy, but am taking other medications with those same side effects so did not think to connect it. After taking my second to last dose, am now feeling achy, like all my energy has been sapped, and want to cry for no reason. Since it's a pretty sudden onset, I'm loathe to call it depression. But I feel suddenly sadness, despair, and hopelessness. Unsure if it could be the drug. But have no other reason to feel this way. F 31 6 days

 3  UTI I was prescribed this drug for a UTI. I had taken it in the distant past for sinusitis with no problem, and this time, I had no major problems until Day 6, aside from some minor dizziness here and there. On Day 6, though, I suddenly developed heart palpitations, accompanied by profuse sweating (while shaking like a leaf), and numbness/tingling in my left foot and left hand. Scary stuff! I have two pills left as I was supposed to take this for 7 days, but I will not be taking them! I never read the side effects when I am prescribed a drug, because if something occurs I want to rule out the psychosomatic. So I had no idea, until I developed major symptoms, of what the known side effects even were. I immediately checked, though, and lo and behold, everything I experienced is listed. Thankfully, I didn't get the muscle pains or permanent muscle damage that some others did (at least not yet). Hopefully, 6 days was long enough to cure my UTI. F 56 6 days
500 MG 2X D

 3  epipdidimytis No side effects. Just sweat a lot. No joint pain calfs are a little sore probably from running and down the ladder at home depot lol seems to be helping my nut.. So far so good M 20 6 days
 2  believed to have catscratch fever severe pain in arms, hands, wrists, legs, buttocks, and bottoms of feet. Also developed rash over mid section and under arms. Took cipro for 6 days and stopped because i had no symthoms from the infection but was feeling worse due to medicine. 7TH day still having pain but seems to be better and rash / hives / red marks is slowly going away. M 33 6 days

 2  kidney infection trouble falling asleep, but the worst was a severe yeast infection (my doctor called it "deeply embedded") required 3 doses of Diflucam over a week. I also experienced vulvadynia (also called vulvar vestibulitis), which is inflammation of the nerves in the opening of the vagina and causes severe burning pain during intercourse. it did work to get rid of the kidney infection, but I will ask if there are other options next time -- but then, with all the cranberry juice I plan to start drinking, I don't think there will be a next kidney infection for me. :o) F 28 6 days

 2  UTI Extreme fatigue during the day, muscle weakness, inability to sleep at night (will get 3 hours at most) and a general "foggy" feeling. I will not take this drug again unless my very life depends on it. I've taken a few other courses of other antibiotics and never had issues. It also took the drug over 3 days to start providing relief, too long in my opinion. Not pleased, but at least I've not experienced problems that are truly debilitating. My doctor failed to mention any side effects of the drug when she prescribed it and I think it should be saved for truly life-threatening infections. I hope the insomnia clears up after my 7-day course of medication ends tomorrow night. F 42 6 days
500mg 2X D

 2  inflamed pinna (outer ear) bad shoulder pain and generalized pain in that area, neck pain, depression, mental fuzziness would not take it again unless there is no other option - I've been off it for three days and still have joint pain, although it's not as bad F 53 6 days

 2  UTI/Kidney Infection Nerve/muscle pain just above right knee that shoots down leg, mild nausea and abdominal cramping in the beginning I was prescribed 500 mg twice daily for 10 days. I'm currently on day 6 and am just now starting to see the more serious side effects spoken about on this site. The first few days I had mild nausea and abdominal cramping, which I felt was normal for a new medication being introduced into my system. However, since last night I've had this intermittent pain that shoots down my leg, starting about mid thigh above my right knee. It is more painful when I'm on my feet, but I can still feel soreness even when I'm sitting down. It's not terribly painful, but when it starts to shoot down my leg, it makes me pull in my breath. I'm going to my PCP this afternoon after work to see if my infection has cleared up and if I need to switch to a different antibiotic. F 25 6 days

 2  Bladder infection I had been taking CIPRO for about 6 days now (1 a day at 500 mg). A few days ago I noticed that I started feeling tired, achy, shortnes of breath and nausea was hitting me throughout the day. I have stopped taking this medicaiton. Too many side effects. M 51 6 days
 1  sinus infection every single side effect experienced. depleted quality of life. loss of relationship with family and irrational fears developed cipro is a legal form of suicide M 19 6 days

 1  Suspected Bacterial Gastroenteritis While taking the Drug: starting with mild confusion, bizarre taste on my tongue, discombobulated feeling, pressurized feeling in head, inability to concentrate and dizziness progressing to extreme lethargy and mental confusion, feeling of disassociation from body, dizziness, mild auditory hallucinations, sluggish thought patterns, mild paranoia, absence of appetite. Once off the drug: wild fluctuation between mental normalcy and mental confusion, sluggish thought patterns, discombulated feeling and fatigue persisting for weeks afterwards. You feel fine one hour and then the next completely incapacitated. I was on 500mg twice a day for about six days of a ten day course. I was never told about any possible side effects. Unfortunately, it looks like cognitive problems like mine happen in a small group of people, and the severity and persistence of it is dose-dependent! If only I had known. I had to live in misery for about a month, and about three months for symptoms to disappear. Some people aren't so lucky. My advice: Maybe cipro is ok for some, but be vigilent! If you have any adverse symptoms stop immediately, and save yourself months (or more) of mental misery. F 23 6 days

 1  Congestion in lungs Severe headache and neck pain (at the base of skull can feel very sore muscles on both sides of my neck). Ciprofloxacin HCL 500 twice a day for 10 days, but am going to quit after six days as I can no longer stand the pain in my neck and head. I called the doctor, but was told to take the cough medicine with codeine to help the headache. Also taking Methylpredisone so I thought the side effects might be related to that drug, but took last pill this morning. Pain in neck returns shortly after taking Cipro and lasts several hours. F 51 6 days

 1  UTI I am 45 yrs old. NEver taken Cipro. Within HOurs of taking the first one I had severe shakes, fever and joint and muscle pain totally unbearable. Severe headache with fever of 102 that stayed for 6 days. I went to the E.R. and two different doctors who "won't endorse" the idea that Cipro did it. There is something drastically wrong with this drug. My neck swelled up and my chest. I could not breath, swallow, lift my head up or touch my chest. Coudln't turn my head and all my limp nodes/glands are all swallen twice the size of pecans and now I have ulcerated soars all over my gums, tonque and mouth from the high fever while I kept seeking medical attentin. Today is day 7. I fought cancer 5 years ago, I am an active female farmer and I cannot believe how ill I am. DEpressed only for the mere fact that the medical profession will not even look into it. I did not have any of this until that first dose. I took myself off of them and within 12 hours the swelling was going down som F 45 6 days
 1  Infection UPDATE: I posted on 10/27 when I was only experiencing pain in my achilles tendons. Well it's been two weeks now since my side effects started, and things have gotten MUCH worse. Keep in mind I had NO side effects until 10 days after quitting Cipro. This drug has attacked not only my achilles tendons but also my ankles, calves, elbows, shoulders and has basically crippled my hands and wrists. I now get severe arthritic pain in every one of my fingers and my thumbs lock up. I have never been in so much pain or been so incapacitated in my life. I'M ONLY 30 AND FIT NONE OF THE "RISK FACTORS" FOR THESE CRIPPLING SIDE EFFECTS! Every day gets worse than the day before. What an absolute F*CKING nightmare! I have been reduced to a cripple. MY BODY IS RUINED! If anyone has any tips for dealing with this or experience with these tendon/joint side effects I'm experiencing, PLEASE email me. I can barely walk or use my hands, even laying down makes it feel like I'm going to dislocate my shoulders. Every little move I make injures me! I don't know what to do. I'm taking calcium and magnesium supplements as well as glucosamine and MSM, drinking lots of water, vitamin C, probiotics, fish oil...NOTHING is stopping this from wreaking havoc on my body more and more each day. I have literally aged 100 years in two f*cking weeks. When is this going to stop!? IS THERE ANY HOPE? M 30 6 days
 1  possible bacterial infection Every joint in my body hurt,could not climb stairs, raise up from a chair. could not sleep for the pain and still have the pain. None of the DR`know about the dire effects. Needs a black box warning. Medical societies need to be informed also. My husband is a retired Dr and he was shocked at what happened to me. Ps...didn`t have any bacterial infection after all. DO NOT Take under ANY circumstances not even DEATH F 73 6 days

 1  UTI Cipro ruined my life. I don't wake up until 3pm most days now because I have no life to wake up to. I dread every day. I can barely walk, barely bathe myself, barely even type this message right now. Two months ago I was healthy, active and independent. I don't know if I'll ever be that person again, thanks to six days on Cipro. The biggest mistake of my entire life. How can these things be allowed to happen? Where is our protection? I don't fit any of the "risk" factors for developing side effects: I'm nowhere near 65, never had a transplant, no steroid use...but here I lay crippled and wondering what the hell is going to come of my life now. Those poisonous pills have attacked just about every part of my body--and severely so. No longer able to care or provide for myself, I struggle every day with thoughts of suicide. I am now a 30-year-old trapped inside a 200-year-old body and every day I want out. This was not the way my life was supposed to end up. IT'S NOT WORTH IT, PEOPLE. TAKE SOMETHING ELSE. I hope this message finds you before, not after, you've ingested your doctor-prescribed poison pills. If you've already taken them, drop to your knees while you still can and pray to God that you're one of the lucky ones. And never take another quin drug as long as you live or else you're truly asking for trouble--repeat exposure to quin drugs seems to be a big factor in becoming floxed. Also, I'd advise NEVER to take a quin drug unless you know FOR CERTAIN that you indeed have a bacterial infection. If not, the poison will turn on you and attack your own tendons, muscles and tissues. That is my warning to you. One f*cked up life is enough! M 30 6 days
 1  Epididymitis I am taking cipro 500 mg 2x/day. I need to complete a cycle of 14 days. I fell a lot better, because the infection is going away, but the side effects are terrible. I already went to my doctor to tell him about these adverse affects, but he told me to continue the treatment. I had experienced stomach discomfort, abdominal pain, anxiety, no apetite, upper right abdominal pain, upper right side back tingling and depression. M 29 6 days

 1  Possible UTI severe stabbing headache, racing pulse, faintness, chills, muscle aches, nausea (went away in 20-30 min.) neck pain, back pain,(all of these I didn't really attribute to the drug until now) severe bilateral calf pain, red sore bumps on legs, redness and soreness around tendons of both ankles, after 4th day terrible abdominal bloating and pain on left side made me go to the ER today. I only have 4 pills left and I'm not going to take them. I know everyone has different reactions but I will NEVER take this drug again. F 25 6 days

 1  Ear infection Muscle Pain. Tendonitus. Rotator Cuff Tear. Weakness. Stiffness. Insomnia. Inability to do things I used to do. F 31 6 days

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