Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.7 (1649 Ratings)

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 1  UTI very sick, flu like symptoms. my entire body is sore. Cant sleep i will never take this medication again. and i will be sure to let everyone i know not to take it either F 22 7 days
11/2/2008

 1  Kidney infection Severe joint/muscle pain. I finally went to the doctor yesterday, two weeks after experiencing severe pain. He advised me that it was likely due to the Cipro as it was commonly known to cause tendinitis. Hopefully it will get better soon because I really miss my workouts. F 42 7 days
9/12/2007

 1  Gastro Infections Nausea, extremely tired, confussion of thoughts, worsened diarrhea, joint aches and mucsle pains, upper back-- rib cage pain. This medicine was given to me by the doc to treat gastro problems that had occured for 7 days. I was in bed or on the couch for a month barely able to get up to go to the bathroom, dehydrated and in a lot of joint and muscel pain. I developed a CMV Gastroenteritis infection and an inability to produce the enzymns needed to break down milk/dairy products. NEVER take this medicine-- it is worse then whatever your illness! F 30 7 days
1/11/2002

 1  Urethritis Severe joint pains and muscle aches; burning sensations in forearms and joints; weakness in arms; pressure and pain in ears; brain fog; feelings of anxiety; insomnia; lack of energy and fatigue. After over one year the joint pains, burning sensations and pressure in ears all contiune. It has been a year of hell. This drug is poision. If prescribed this drug insist on a safer alternative. See http://www.drugvictims.org/ for more information about the dangers of Cipro and other quinolone antibiotics. M 7 days
9/24/2002

 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 malaise,severe rib cage pain,insomnia,blurred vision,rash,muscle and join pain and weakness,chills,loss of appetite It did cure the uti, but I would never again subject my body to such severe and disabling side effects. F 74 7 days
6/24/2004

 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  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  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 Diarrhea, dizziness, wind, feeling sick, trembling, severe joint pain Put up with side effects for the first 7 days. However, today my knees have been absolute agony and have stopped, as can now hardly walk. I am feeling really unwell! M 42 7 days
10/23/2008

 1  Intestinal Infection Diarrhea, stomach pain, insomnia, nervous anxiety resulting in a "Nervous Breakdown". Five months later I still have the nervous anxiety and insomnis. I was given Lithium for my breakdown and am still on Lithium five months later. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG. I don't know why my Dr. gave it to me. Refuse it if offered. My life is very bad right now, can not enjoy life at.Can't get back to normal.can't drink alcohol as it worsens thesymptoms from the Cipro. A Websitewith a link on this page states that effects of Cipro can be permanent and irreversible. M 49 7 days
3/26/2007
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 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  Had some blood in diarrhea Dr prescribed Cipro after suspecting bacteria in lower GI had caused known internal hemorrhoid to become enflamed. At first I did not realize it was Cipro was causing side effects, but after 5 days they were severe - physical (sore neck and shoulders, total lack of energy, headache and chest pains - felt like my body was in a vice) and mental - insomnia, morbid thoughts about suicide, panic and nervousness, restlessness, pacing, could not be with people. This is a scary drug! Be aware of these side effects when first starting the drug and stop as soon as the first sign appears. Better yet - ask for an alternative. I think the FDA has really screwed up with this one. Now the question is - how long do the side effects last? M 54 7 days
7/13/2006

 1  anti biotic chest infection Chronic muscle and joint pain three days after initial dose. Now 4 weeks without relief. Medical tests reveal nothing. The coincidence between the onset of my problem and the symptoms described here are hard to ignore. I hope for relief in the near future. M 55 7 days
7/5/2007
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 1  epidytimitis I've been experiencing thin/flat stools and awful stomach pains. It's been 9 months since I took cipro...do not take cipro ever! M 20 7 days
11/16/2006

 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  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 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  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 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  prostatitis AFTER 2ND DAY OF TAKING CIPRO BEGAN HAVING SEVERE PAIN IN LEFT THIGH FROM GROIN TO KNEE. MUSCLE BEGAN SWELLING AND I COULD NOT HARDLY WALK. I DID NOT ASSOCIATE THIS WITH THE CIPRO UNTIL MY WIFE LOOKED UP SIDE EFFECTS OF CIPRO ON THE INTERNET. CIPRO HAS CAUSED ME SEVERE PAIN AND I HAVE NEVER HAD A REACTION TO ANY DRUGS BEFORE. I WISH I HAD NEVER TAKEN EVEN 1 OF THESE PILLS. HOW CAN THEY GIVE US THIS MEDICATION AND NOT EVEN TELL US THAT IT COULD RUIN OUR LIVES. "DON'T TAKE CIPRO" M 58 7 days
2/12/2006

 1  Suspected prostate infection Partial achilles rupture, dry skin, circulation problems, nerve damage in both arms and legs, insomonia, depersonalization This was six months ago and I am still totally screwed up from this drug. I would have been better off losing an eye or possibly even a hand. For sure some fingers or an ear...... M 35 7 days
2X D
12/19/2012
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 1  UTI I have only been taking this for 3 days and I feel worse than before I took the medicine. I normally have a little joint knee pain because of my weight but nothing that doesn't clear up in a day or two. Since taking cipro I feel sleepy, tired, dizzy, bloated with a lot of gas, headaches, and my joint knee pain has increased 5x. I now have to make an appointment with a orthopedic surgeon to have a MRI done on my knee. I thought it was just me, but after reading the reviews I do not recommend this medication. I have stopped taking it and will never take this again. F 29 7 days
500 2X D
12/18/2012
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 1  post op kidney stone removal Worst night leg cramps of my life. I'm afraid to go to sleep for fear of the pain. Calves, ankles, feet. Never again will I take this drug and the doctor will hear from me pronto, The FDA needs to get of their asses and look into this one. I have never had allergies nor any reactions to any drug. I only take a anti cholesterol pill once a day, no other drugs. Never had a reaction before, this is really bad. Wake up calling out to God for help and almost crying from the pain. M 59 7 days
500 2X D
10/26/2012

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

 1  GI infection TMJ, brain damage, nuropathy, depression, anxioty, pain, tendon damage, skin damage. My wife took the poison 9 weeks ago. She can no longer eat solid food, work, walk or enjoy life. She deals with chronic pain and other side effects. DONT TAKE THIS DRUG! F 34 7 days
500 mg 1X D
2/18/2013
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 1  Uti Extreme burning itching pain toes of one foot. After 3days, burning itching pain toes of both feet. Have stopped taking it - have taken Cipro in past with no problems F 75 7 days
500mg 2X D
1/7/2013

 1  Bladder Infection muscle weakness, peripheral neuropathy, weakness in arms, legs, dizziness, back papin do not take it F 38 7 days
9/23/2006

 1  Acute Prostatitis Pounding heart, sweating, muscle spasm/twitches, feeling anxious. If you start to notice bothersome side effects, call your doctor and insist on an alternative. M 27 7 days
9/26/2005

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

 1  misdiagnosed joint pain and joint destruction in my knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Can no longer walk and am confined to a wheelchair and bed. I was maimed and basically murdered by a Doctor at Sentara hospital in Williamsburg, VA. I told him that I was highly allergic to cipro and that was why I was there because of severe pain in all of my joints. He got really mad and upset and made me see a shrink. He said I had a cipro fixation. He then later ordered injections of cipro into me calling it something else. I am now totally destroyed because of this monster. I feel that anyone who prescribes a quinolone should be put in jail alongside all of the executives at Bayer M 56 7 days
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12/26/2011

 1  UTI My side effects started with a rash on my chest, moved down to my stomach. Rash started on my 2nd day of Cipro, but I didn't think it was that causing the rash b/c I'd been on Cipro a few years back and never had problems. Finally figured it out when I started getting other symptoms and researching more. I had a yeast infection. I still have bad muscle spasms in my back, joint pain in my shoulders and hips, tremors. Sporadic numbness, one day my left arm, left side of chest down to my hip and my whole left leg went numb. I've got tremors, really bad insomnia and blurry eyes. My face is pretty red, like a sunburn and found that I know have my rash popping up on my back. It's been 8 days since I last took Cipro. It doesn't seem any of my adverse reactions are going away. Why am I still feeling so bad? I've read all of the other postings, am I going to have this for a year or more? I have moments when it is very hard to even walk. All of these problems b/c an ER doctor gave me Cipro for a UTI. I have signed the petition on facebook to the FDA. What scary is this is happening to people every day, don't take this drug, stay away!Pleaase feel free to email me with any resources - THANK YOU for everyone posting... F 36 7 days
500MG 2X D
1/28/2012
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 1  possible bladder infection At the end of treatment, a foot injury (from basketball) that was almost better, swelled up and got painful again. And then excruciating back-pain started and continued unabated for days. My wife googled "Cipro back pain" and found the horror stories. She also read that boron can help, and it did - AMAZING - but soon my other foot started to hurt - in the heel and my leg was cramped up. I could walk - but couldn't straighten the leg. But several days later - I couldn't walk due to intense pain... (4 days ago) what 's helping now: magnesium (Natural Calm) ; NAC; and Egoscue, plus other supplements... Sometimes I walk with crutches - sometimes I crawl...but the pain and swelling is decreasing - I will also get IV of l-glutathione if I need it - but many people are helped by NAC if taken early on. POSITIVE THOUGHTS and Prayers M 60 7 days
500 1X D
1/11/2012

 1  uti Vivid dreams, more bladder pressure,depression. The day after I stopped taking it the dreams and feeling of depression stopped F 40 7 days
500
6/10/2012

 1   Fluoroquinolones can cause a severe reaction that hasn't been fully appreciated by the medical community. I am a physician and I know how ignorant we are with regards to the side effects. The FDA warning doesn't take a strong stand against the side effects and fails to mention that Fluoroquinolones lead to a SYNDROME with many side effects. To believe this class of medications causes one or another side effect is completely irresponsible of the FDA. As a physician and as someone that is suffering the Fluoroquinlone syndrome/toxicity, I beg the FDA to limit the use of Fluoroquinolones to life and death situations, and to recognize that Fluoroquinolones can lead to a syndrome that can last months if not years. If it wasn't for my vacation and sick leave days, and the kindness and understanding of my empoyer, I would be out of a job! Yes, a Physician at age 43 out of a job and on disability. This is proposterous to say the least. The FDA must take the sufferes seriously. I have revi Prior to this toxicity, I was a healthy, physically active person. I had NO medical history. For God's sake, I had never taken any meds except a few motrins and Tylenols here and there. This medication has completely made my life miserable. I feel like a 300 year person. Please, I beg the FDA to take a moral and ethical stand above monetary gains, and limit the use of these meds, and to better inform the public of the syndrome that may arise, and believe me, as a sufferer, the symptoms aren't your garden variety symptoms. THEY ARE FROM HELL! F 43 7 days
500 2X D
4/8/2012

 1  Urinary Tract Infection Started taking Cipro 500mg for a diagnosed UTI on 3/12/12 because of blood in the urine and bacteria. It was supposed to be a 7-day regimen but took my last one this morning 3/15/12. I have severe back pain on the right side some lower back pain in the middle. My joints ache...before taking the Cipro I felt fine except for the burning sensation when I urinaed. Should have stuck with my old standby Amoxicillin - never had any side effects with that med. I even have abdominal pain and restlessness at night. I've been working everyday but it's been difficult, and my feet are sore. I do not recommend this drug to anyone. I just hope my back pain subsides over the next few days. I did take Cipro years ago for a sinus infection for 24 days and I think and I never remember these side effects happening to me. I have osteoarthritis and I think this med has exacerbated my pain and discomfort immensely. DON'T TAKE THIS DRUG!!!!! F 64 7 days
500mg 2X D
3/15/2012

 1  UTI I took this for a minor UTI that was never confirmed to be a bacterial infection to begin with. I really wish they would have given me something else, or even nothing! Side effects started midway while taking the drug (very mild might I add). Once I finished it, I had pain in all of my joints (mainly the ones I used). It has been two weeks and I still have a lot of pain all over. I used to be really athletic before taking this medicine. Now, I can barely walk or lift stuff. If you take this drug, make sure it is for a life or death situation. It has the potential to do a lot of damage to your musculoskeletal system among other things. Should only be used for very serious infections, and never not as a first-line agent in mild or unconfirmed bacterial infections. M 27 7 days
500 2X D
4/4/2012
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 1  uti Life altering pill worst thing that has ever happened to me made me unable to walk, joint pain all over, tremors, insomnia, anxiety attacks, peripheral neuropathy like electrical shocks, tinggling and the list goes on I am only 28years old and was perfectly healthy before this! good news is I have gotten better with changing my diet to candida diet, juicing lots of greens, stopped all medications and tried to detox my system. Only eat organic nonantibiotic no hormone grass fed meat because the regular meat is riddled with hormones and dosed with antibiotics also that contain fluoroquinolones which causes to be refloxed. Drink lots of lemon water to help with nerve pain and to detox liver, probiotics for stomache issues and digestive enzymes. Take lots of vitamin D, magnesium especially because fq's deplete that mineral in you, and calcium. Also I don't eat anything processed or with perservatives all natural, changed shampoo, soap and toothpaste because of the harsh chemicals and containing fluoride in them. I owe this all thanks to people on this site they helped me understand this so much great source of information for this toxicity! good luck to everyone you can get better! ---> facebook.com/?sk=welcome#!/FluoroquinoloneToxicity F 28 7 days
750mg 2X D
5/24/2012

 1  UTI Nightmares; insomnia; panic and anxiety; depression; peripheral neuropathy in hands/feet, debilitating joint pain/weakness in ankles, knees, hips, wrists; muscle spasms/weakness; tremors; heart palpitations; loss of appetite. Another comment on this site says not to believe the horror stories on this website, unless you have some kind of negative health history. That is absolutely untrue. I was in perfect health, a hiker, skier, and cyclist. I had taken Cipro in the past without any noticeable or troubling side effects. It is 11 months since I took Cipro, and though much improved, I'm still dealing with knee and hip pain which limits everything I do. Climbing stairs is difficult. I have little muscle stamina in my legs. I still have tingling in my feet. Though there's no doubt that it kills bacteria effectively, this drug can do tremendous damage very unpredictably, and doctors have no idea how to reverse the damage. M 60 7 days
500 mg 2X D
4/17/2012
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 1  UTI AND KIDNEY INFECTION NONE CIPRO DID NOT CURE MY INFECTION I DO NOT RECOMMEND CIPRO MY DR TOLD ME THE COMMUNITY WAS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THIS DRUG IT DOES NOT WORK WASTE OF MONEY F 30 7 days
500MG 2X D
5/16/2012
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 1  Uti This medicine has evil side effects... Please don't take unless life or death. I was in college and had to take off a year from school because I got severe and painful tendinitis in both Achilles, elbows, shoulders, wrists, hips, hamstrings, and plantar fasciitis, I have finger joint pains in all fingers and toes. I was sooo healthy before Very athletic and it crippled me. It's been 3 years I'm 22 now and I still have painful joint and tendon pains although not crippling enough to not beig able to walk or write like I had the first year after I took cipro which led me to have to drop out of school. I also developed panic attacks insomnia brain fog depression and I was so happy before it destroyed me. Please don't take it it's not worth it!!!!! F 19 7 days
6/3/2012

 1  Sinus infection I had two tendon ruptures (Achilles and rotator cuff) after taking Cipro and my doctors say it a result of taking the drug. There was no Black Box warning - no warning at all. F 48 7 days
500 mg
6/18/2013

 1  UTI I have had a sudden onset of aches and pain in every joint it seems. Numbness and tingling throughout my entire body. Even the feeling in my teeth and tongue have been effected. I can't think clearly and I'm exhausted all the time. The problems started suddenly. On day 3 of taking cipro I realized the connection and quit taking the med. The trembling has resolved , but all the other symptoms are very much present. F 34 7 days
500mg 2X D
9/28/2012

 1  Uti Severe anxiety, insomnia, torn meniscus in knee which caused bakers cyst, sprained tendons in knee, arm elbow and wrist pain and weakness, ankle pain and weakness, loss of balance, muscle twitching and movements, dropping things, mind fog, severe wrinkling of skin on arms and loss of muscle tone in arms. This drug is POISON!!! I am going on 4 months since my last dose and am still sick with side effects. I am scared this will be permanent but I will fight to regain my life. Bayer should have to pay our medical bills! F 55 7 days
500mg 2X D
4/3/2013

 1  kidney infection NIGHT MARE!!!!!!!! Ruined my life 2 years later joint , weak , fatigued......neourlogical problems Drug company should be taking out and Shot!!!!!! They know they r killing people with lots of medications not just this one...Don't trust doc, meds or people that r encharge their all crupted its about $$$$$$$ Not your Life F 45 7 days
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10/3/2012

 1  UTI Severe joint pain. can't walk very good hips hurt sooo bad. Body aches like flu systems. Can't sleep. Was never told of any side effects upon PA. Prescribing. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG. ITS HORRIBLE. F 60 7 days
1000 ml
6/27/2013
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 1  UTI Increased low back and abdominal pain, bloating, Bicipital tendon pain, headache, fever, gas, anxiety, tight jaw, pain behind knees pulsing in ears and chills This has been a huge lesson for me. NEVER ever take a medication without asking to see the PDR on a drug, and take time to find out its history. It's a scary drug and a crime against humanity!! F 32 7.5 days
10/26/2007
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 1  Hot Tub Folliculitis Severe GI Tract Inflammation, Kidney Pain, Vomiting, Lack of Appetite, Possible Others Prescribed for Hot Tub Folliculitis (a skin rash caused by topical contact with contaminated hot tub water). During treatment, I had severe lack of appetite (not lack of hunger, just recoil at the thought of eating no matter how hungry), and various symptoms that would be presumptuous to blame on the meds. Since stopping Cipro (2 days), Iíve had severe GI tract inflammation to the point itís painful to lie on my stomach to sleep (I canít sleep on my back; no sleep either) and a dull ache/burning sensation in the kidneys similar to that I get when I drink too much soda, but not in that it sometimes gets worse (presumably dependent on what Iíve consumed). After 1 day of self-treatment with acidophilus and magnesium, Iíve finally had a day of loose bowel movements after at least two with none and my appetite is back, but I still canít eat much because the GI tract inflammation is still in full force and Iím afraid to go back to any ignoramus that would prescribe this for a SKIN RASH! I didnít know what it was until now, but even my friendís husband said ďCIPRO? OMG, thatís for life or death treatment!Ē I hope and pray I donít develop the long term effects some have posted here, but even if I donít, what Iíve already experienced is completely unacceptable results for having been treated for a skin rash!! I should have been prescribed a topical antibiotic, not this horror! F 37 7.5 days
500 2X D
11/2/2011
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 5  Prostatitis I felt a little weak in the late afternoon. Drug help my prostatitis immediately. I would use drug again. No real side effects. M 57 8 days
6/25/2007
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 2  UTI/PROSTATITIS upper arm tendonitis, bilateral proximal hamstring tendinopathy Helped with painful symptoms, but if you are athletic and want to not suffer horrible tendon pain, then find something else. The black box warning is accurate. M 63 8 days
500 mg 1X D
12/3/2011

 1  PUO insomnia, chronic tendonitis of both Achilles, planta facia, knees, elbows, wrists, thumbs and shoulders. I am sure that this drug has it's place for some treatments, but it seems quite clear that it's use should be limited for last resort cases! I also think the medical community should be held responsible for the complete lack of how to treat the horrible side effects. As someone that has been "floxed", I have found no real help on how to reverse the terrible effects caused by this drug. Fortunately for me someone suggested prolotherapy to me and I am beginning to see remarkable results from the injections 2 months after beginning treatment. I would suggest that anyone in my condition seriously consider prolotherapy. It's not fun and it's not for needle phobics, but it's better than living with constant pain. M 41 8 days
500 2X D
10/16/2011
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 1  not confirmed male UTI A bit of fog in first few days, no biggie. BUT, a day 6 a tendonitis in left upper arm developed spontaneously. This is a quite painful scenario. Make sure to fully understand what you're getting in to- read and understand the black box warning, be assured that no alternative exists before using this drug. My guess is that the frequency of this event is underestimated. M 62 8 days
500 2X D
6/18/2011

 1  diverticulitis on the 7th day i woke up and realilzed i was having trouble focusing my eyes. that cleared up in minutes so i shrugged it off. on the 8th day, at my computer in work, i suddenly could not focus again and experienced double vision. to say i was frightened would be an understatement. this episode also disappeared but took longer (approx. 40-50 mins.). left a message for my doc & pharmacist. both called back and said it was definitely the cipro causing my vision problems. needless to say, i stopped the cipro immediately. research i've since read, indicates that my symptoms, although rare, will most likely have no lasting effects. scareyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!! F 57 8 days
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3/14/2011

 1  Misprescribed for pelvic sports inj Endless: arrythmia, insomnia, night terrors, central and peripheral nervous system damage - myoclonic jerks, brain zaps, fasciculations, altered breathing, digestion breakdown (and multiple food allergies), tooth/gum damage, ulcers, appaling head sensation/pressure, shocks into eyes/teeth/across body, full body electrical meltdown experience, dehydration, joint pain, clicking/popping in nasal/forehead area, a week of being unable to move, burning pain in spine, extreme anxiety and much more I was a crossfit athlete, I am now almost 4 months on hopefully moving toward some kind of recovery - aware that cycles exist so perhaps not, but optimistic. I've been crippled, from elite fitness to crippled. I lost 15kg in muslce mass after taking this poison. I'm posting my narrative from Oct 2010 onwards here: http://noquinolones.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=stories&action=display&thread=2455 M 39 8 days
500mg 2X D
3/14/2011
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 1  UTI/Kidney Stone Skin lesions on nose and eyelids, anxiety, stuffed sinuses, raw and bloody nose, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares, headaches, foggy head This drug should be outlawed. I took it once before for Giardia and it trashed my stomach lining for years to come. This time I supplemented heavily with probiotics and though my stomach feels fine, I had tons of other symptoms. I was supposed to take it for 10 days, but stopped at 8 because I could not handle the side effects. I'm amazed this drug is still on the market. Do not take it for any reason! F 32 8 days
500 2X D
7/14/2010

 1  kidney infection Day 5: Woke up with racing, palpitating heart; tingling in calf muscles; feeling like I was going to pass out. Day 8: Severe episode of nearly passing out (while driving!), tingling in calf muscles, weakness in legs, racing/palpitating heart. The documentation says these are serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. Went to ER; changed Rx to Keflex. Cipro side effects continued every day, sometimes better, sometimes worse, so much that my primary care physician sent me to the ER for a second time in 8 days. No one could do anything other than tell me to drink lots of fluids. Have been on at-home heart monitor for the last month. Heart rate spikes any time of day or night as high as 120 bpm and stays there for hours. Try sleeping with that. Five weeks after taking my last pill of Cipro, the heart irregularities are easing somewhat, although a new development is that my calf/heel muscles have been tight and burning, to the point of needing to use some ice. Restlessle Before taking Cipro, I was extremely healthy and a frequent exerciser. It has taken more than a month out of my life (so far) and cost me more than $8,000 in ER bills, not to mention time lost from work, family, exercise, and everything else. I will NEVER take this drug again and will tell everyone I know to stay away unless they have absolutely no other option. It is unconscionable that the manufacturer has no antidote or treatments for the known side effects. The FDA warning to seek immediate medical attention is a joke when doctors have no idea what to do. F 46 8 days
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8/25/2010

 1  diverticulitis swollen and tight knees -snapping noise on movement. pain in ankles and numbness and pain in both hands about 2-3 days after I began the Cipro my knees began feeling very tight and swollen and . I returned to my GP who took me off the Cipro saying it was a "possible" cause. The drug was actually prescribed for 14 days. Within the next few days, my right ankle began hurting and within the next few weeks both hands became numb and painful. All of these symptoms are much, much worse at night when trying to sleep. My GP sent me for extensive blood work looking for arthritis and/or lymes disease. Blood work came back with extremely high ANA's. He suspected Lupus and sent me to a rheumatologist who ordered very comprehensive blood work which all came back normal. Rheumatologist claims I have tendonitis in my ankle, bursitis in both my knees and carpal tunnel in both my hands! What a coincidence, huh! No way do I believe this...I was fine before I began the CIPRO! I was active before my CIPRO treatment doing power yoga weekly and treadmill...now I can't possibly keep up with my yoga class, I've tried to return several times and just can't do it. I have no energy at all. WONDERING IF ANYONE ELSE HAS DEVELOPED ELEVATED ANA'S AFTER CIPRO?????? F 55 8 days
500 2X D
2/16/2010
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 1  possible infection joint pain, tingling, weakness in arms, tendonitis all over body, rash, depression THIS IS POISON!!! If you are taking this STOP immediately! This medicine has drastically changed my life - maybe forever! I was a healthy, happy very active 30 year old - newly married and teaching to help children with disabilities until CIPRO changed my life. I first had severe joint pain in two fingers and then tingling, numbness and weakness in my upper body. It has been a year now and I was misdiagnosed with RA and since then tendonitis has moved to all over my body ( jaw, shoulders, wrists, hands, calfs and worst of all my feet) I used to be able to run five miles, lift, play softball, do triathlons - these were some of my greatest joys in life and it has ALL been taken from me just from taking a handful of pills for a possible infection. I now struggle to walk and do anything repetitive such as flip a page in a magazine or change the channel on the remote. Some days I don't want to eat becuase it's just too much work. I would choose DEATH over putting another one of these pills in my mouth. My symptoms did now show for a ten days after the medication so please even if you are not having a reaction while on this med STOP now. On a positive note - I know finally have answers to what has been going on in my body after countless hours in the internet searching and praying everyday! It's now time to be positive and do whatever it takes to get my life back. Still working at this point because of my amazing and understanding school. I have tried everything - chiro, a F 30 8 days
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5/4/2010
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 1  uti Feelings of death and panic attacks. It is now 6 months since my last 50mg tablet and life is better but I am still depressed and dont know if i am ever going to get better. According to wikipedia cipro is a " chemotherapeutic " agent and is "but only a handful have found their way into clinical practice.[11]The fluoroquinolone drugs are the most toxic and dangerous antibiotics in clinical practice today.[citation " If you take this drug then it is like being on chemotherapy except for the fact that you are all alone and by the time you realise it is the cipro that is ruining your life then it is too late and the damage is done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! M 35 8 days
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6/22/2010
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 1  urinary infection Started experiencing tingling in hands, internal tremors, inability to sleep due to shakiness, and general feeling of unwellness approx. day 2 of treatment. Discontinued use after 8 days. It has been almost 2 months since I discontinued use and symtoms have not subsided. Tingling sensations occur all over my body and now numbness is present in my face. Also experience sensiivity to heat, the hot water in the shower makes me shiver. Have never felt this sick in my life. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG!! F 51 8 days
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