Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.7 (1680 Ratings)

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 1  UTI Pain in both knees, left elbow, left upper arm, stiff joints everywhere Took cipro 1 year ago September. I was an extremely active 68 year old. Worked out at the gym 3 times per week and golfed 18 holes (walked) at least twice a week. After taking cipro could hardly walk and was in constant pain from stiff joints. My doctor would not admit it was cipro because she said I did not have tendonitis in my achilles. First time in my life went to a naturopath. He prescribed Wobenzym PS and Meriva-SR. I am now feeling 90% better after taking his medication for past 2 months. I will continue to take this medication until I am completely recovered. F 68 7 days
500 MG 3X D
8/20/2011

 1  misdiagnosed with diverticulitis Softening of all joint cartilage and horrible pain in all joints. Cannot walk anymore and am totally bedridden. It has been two years since my doctor poisoned me with Cipro in Hampton Rhoads, Virginia. Apparently, Bayer had sent a black box warning on this poison but my doctor did not tell me about this warning. I hear that there is a former Bayer Sales rep that is bragging that she increased sales of cipro/avelox from $800,000 to $3.5 million from 2004 to 2008. However, there is no way this area has seen this type of increase in population/patients. Apparently, most of the doctors in this area are pretty corrupt (taking free stuff from Bayer) and deciding to go with the more toxic fluoroquinolones rather than staying with safe drugs such as Zithromax. M 55 7 days
500mg 2X D
8/26/2011
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 1  UTI Started having issues of fatigue within 1 day. Did not feel right, depressed, not wanting to move off couch. Then the real fun started when my right hip started aching. Got so bad I could not lift right leg. Getting in an out of a truck was pure hell. Took this from 6/28 to 7/5 told doc about pain they told me to keep taking it till finished, which I did. still having hip pain and shooting pain down my leg. somewhat better but not completely 100% It's now been 2 months and I'm wondering when I will be normal again. DO NOT TAKE CIPRO!!! M 49 7 days
500 2X D
8/31/2011
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 1  Recurrent UTI Severe anxiety, mood swings, depression, severe fatigue, malaise Don't take this crap if you have any kind of mental disorder. I have OCD, and this med exacerbated my anxiety horribly. I took it as my second course of antibiotics for a UTI that did not go away with Bactrim. I was an emotional, depressed wreck, and I don't even suffer from depression generally. Once I was done with my course, my symptoms settled back to my baseline. Horrible stuff!! F 29 7 days
500 mg 2X D
8/3/2011

 1  kedney infection atfer the first two days on the cipro my pain seemed to get worse i had exterem senitivity to light, really bad migrians, shakiness, weekness, lots of pressure in my kidneys, and loss of appitite. the next couple days after that were not bad the symtoms seemed to go away but im on my last day of cipro and the pressure in my kidneys seems to be coming back and my muscles hurt. i was on bactrin for a week and it didnt get rid of my infection so thats why im on cipro. i go for a check up to day and am extremly nervous to find out weatther or not i still have a kidney infection this has been going on a month and im sick of all the different side effects im haveing to experiance. F 22 7 days
250 2X D
8/5/2011
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 1  uti burning rash all over my body like i had fire ants on me whelps started to spread then joint pain in my feet legs swelling in my throat it was real bad my kidneys are restant to most other so my dr thought this might work me but with this reaction to it i would like this drug taken off the market F 44 7 days
500 2X D
8/12/2011
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 1  Kidney Infection itching, redness and swelling in the hands, arms and feet, numbness, pinching and pain in the lower and upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, and legs, soreness, cold sweats This started when I had gone in to the doctor for what I thought was a UTI but ended up being told I had a kidney infection, based on my blood work. I was written a script for Cipro and told to take it 2 times per day for one week. When I picked up the prescription from the pharmacy, I read all of the extra papers provided and promptly called my doctor with my concerns. She told me that the side effects of Cipro are so rare and that I should be fine but if I run into any trouble to take a Benadryl. My pain from the kidney infection was pretty intolerable so I decided to go ahead and take one and hope for the best. That evening my hands began to itch inside of my palms and they were turning red. The next thing I noticed was some mild swelling in my right hand and arm. I decided to take a Benadryl, hoping that it was just because it was my first time taking the medication and that it would go away. By that night, my arm was sore and pretty swollen and was starting to hurt. It felt like I had a pinched nerve. I had even tried to do the dishes but ended up dropping the dishes because I couldn't grip anything. The next day I woke up and it felt like someone had beat me up in my sleep. My legs felt like dead weights, my arms, shoulder, and upper and lower back were so sore, I could barely move. At random times, my lower back would be numb and at others, I would feel a sharp pinching between my shoulder blades and my shoulder stayed constantly sore and tender. It hurt to c F 24 7 days
500 2X D
10/16/2011

 1  sinus infection They might just as well have pumped poison into me. Had a bad reaction to Cipro? Join the discussion on the Facebook Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Toxicity Page, facebook.com/FluoroquinoloneToxicity F 42 7 days
500 2X D
10/10/2011

 1  Suspected UTI Numbness & tingling in hands & feet, horrific anxiety, insomnia that didn't abate for over a year, burning nerve pain, tendonitis, digestive issues, headaches/migraines, and chemical and food sensitivities I'm still dealing with 3 years later. There were many other scary side effects in the beginning which I can't even recall now. This drug is a poison that destroys lives. Do not take Cipro or any other Fluoroquinolone antibiotic unless you have a major infection and have exhausted all options. If you suffer an adverse reaction, most doctors will either tell you it's not possible or it's all in your head, or they will not know how to help you. This drug can cause irreversible peripheral neuropathy, tendon damage and rupture, and longterm or permanent CNS issues. Some people are unaffected by these drugs, BUT WHY PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE to find out if you will be one of them? Request a different antibiotic for your infection. F 33 7 days
250 mg 2X D
9/25/2011
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 1  UTI Violent vomiting, severe nausea, joint pain, dizziness Shortly after taking the first pill I had an episode of vomiting so violent I thought I would die. The contractions in my kidneys was reminiscent of the back labour I experienced with my first born! The next time I took a pill, I didn't vomit but felt as though I would and had that same feeling for the duration of treatment. I did finish all the pills reluctantly and the nausea subsided somewhat after 24 hours but joint pain has started which scares me after reading all the comments. I hope it's short-lived. This is one medication in which I felt I'd rather have put up with the infection than the side effects! F 38 7 days
500 mg 2X D
10/1/2011

 1  sinus infection Tendonitis, seizures (in combination with ibuprofen) About a year and a few months ago I posted on here, extremely distressed about the side effects of Cipro. I had a lot of side effects same as listed here but the 2 that I remember most include the unbelievable body pains and the 2 seizures I experienced when I took ibuprofen for the pain weeks later (after the regimen) for about a week (must have been the buildup?). Learned later: bad combination. Never had seizures before and none since. I'm not going to spend a lot of time explaining because if you're here, you either already are or are going to become a lot more educated about this drug, and many of these horrific side effects people are talking about are real. Here it is a year and some later, and I still have "aftershocks" of pain, very minor (and who knows, maybe unrelated) compared to the hell of the first 6 or so months. Had MRI which confirmed tendonitis. Detoxed with chelates and more (and took expensive collagens) and eliminated a lot of fluoride sources in my diet, all of which I believe helped significantly. This stuff sure lingers. I remember reading that Cipro in a petri dish dematrixes collagen cells within 72 hours. I remember reading that many of the anthrax letters guys back around 2002 (?) after 9-11 refused to take Cipro. I remember reading a LOT and having to find the thread of truth amongst all the user submissions. Well...anyway, I survived it, and have distant rumblings that feel like a re-emergence on occasion. Effects may never completely F 53 7 days
500 mg 2X D
10/27/2011

 1  urinary tract infection on jan. 24th, 2010, i went to the e.r. with pain i had never experienced so bad in lower abdomen, i was diagnosed with u.t.i. and given an rx for cipro 500 mg. twice daily. i got very paranoid, especially when i tried to sleep and thoughts of jumping off my 3rd floor balcony, i was crying, had no idea until later this may be related to the cipro i was taking, i also had/have sudden, severe muscle loss and soreness all over body that was unexplained until i started researching online. i also had my ring finger and little finger tingling and numb, went for e.m.g. and was told i needed elbow surgery but i decided not to have it. i was told i had ulnar tunel syndrom and it was severe but i decided to try b vitamins, the e.m.g. guy said it might help but mine was pretty bad but i did not want to have surgery so i tried it and it got almost all the way better. i wish i had known about cipro side affects, i have no idea what other affects this stuff had on me, i know i do not feel like F 57 7 days
500 mg 2X D
11/12/2011
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 1  UTI/Sinus Infection I rated this below and said don't read the negative comments. If you think it, you will have it, but I just have to say something about this drug. AWFUL.... AWFUL .... AWFUL .... Fatigue, pain in my left ankle tendon, headaches, insomina, ANXIETY, dry mouth, just not a good feeling. I made it through five days and that was all I could handle. F 41 7 days
500 2X D
11/15/2011
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 1  sinus's staph infection I have horriable hip pain,left shoulder,left knee cap and lower back. I feel disorientated...like my head is cloudy...been having ice pick headaches in my right temple...can't truly rest. wake up in pain. Just don't feel right..and the headaches are blinding. I was given Cipro with amoxicillin 500 2xD also. I'll never forget what the doctor said " I'm given you a double whammy" well, I guess he did.. i would never take this again... F 45 7 days
500 2X D
2/27/2011

 1  skin infection Started to have digestive pain and reflux, then sore throat, then chills, achiness in body, felt like a bad flu, nauseated This is poison. I was supposed to take this for a week and after reading other posts regarding other people having the same side effects I stopped taking it and woke up the next day feeling normal again. Just a litte weak from not being able to eat because of feeling nauseated all the time. DO NOT TAKE THIS, IT IS POISON. F 46 7 days
2X D
11/30/2010
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 1  uti Bloody stool. Pain in right side .throat became shore. Nauseated. Belly hurt after taking couldn't eat. This drug was recemended formy uti. The er doctor also said my thrg it than oat was little red. He tested me for strep didn't have it. So he gave me his drug. I have felt wrose taking this than when wasn't. Today I noticed bloody stool and right side pains. When I started taking it it upset my stomach I couldn't eat or set without it eritating me. My throat.has gotten shore now and constantly thursty. I hope and prayothers readng this do not go threw with taking this. F 19 7 days
500 2X D
12/21/2010
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 1  suspected kidney infection Anxiety,panic attacks,depression,absolute fear and feelings of doom from nowhere. Luckily 18 months have passed and things are slowly getting normal again for me. I am now a fluroquinolone expert, and advise EXTREME CAUTION to anyone who is thinking of taking an FQ like ciprofloxacin or levaquin. These are some of the most poisonous chemicals that medical science has in its arsenal and I now liken them to Chemotherapy drugs used in cancer treatments. They are good antibiotics, but wreak havoc on your body. They also cross the blood-brain barrier and destroy brain cells, particularly GABA receptor sites, which is the " calming " neurotransmitter. NO CELL IN THE BODY ESCAPES!!!!!!!!!! and that is why side effects are so varied and so intense. Sometimes patients are given 2000mg daily which is a LARGE amount of toxic chemical. M 38 7 days
500 3X D
1/6/2011

 1  laparoscopic appendectomy edema - feet, ankles, torso, oral gingiva diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, itching all over body, rash on abdomen that worsens when exposed to heat or moisture lethargic apathy, suicidal thoughts, depression. overnight weight gain from swelling and bloating - 15 pounds and climbing before I realized the Cipro caused the swelling. Discontinued Cipro immediately after my daughter showed me websites (such as drugs.com) stating that if you have the side effect of swelling, ankles, feet, etc. to stop taking and contact the FDA immediately. Hmmm... why is this drug on the market? I can't imagine what would have happened to my body if I had continued to take it for another 5 days as prescribed. I am 5'4" with a normal weight of 145. A 15 pound weight gain is huge when it is all in my ankles and abdomen. I had a simple surgery and went home sicker than I was when I arrived in the ER - all because of Cipro. It has now been 3 days since I quit Cipro and the only remaining side effect F 55 7 days
500 mg 2X D
4/25/2011
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 1  Infection - Diverticulitis Tinnitus, Headache, Nausea, joint pain, snapping tendons, funky taste in mouth/loss of taste, burning tongue, burning skin (not sunburn...), extreme fatigue, brain fog/loss of concentration, inability to handle detailed thinking/track multiple details, depressing/blues/sadness, nightmares, also flights into "manic" or over-excited rapid-talking episodes (like being on "speed" I think), cough, plantar fasciitis, Cipro and its family are to be avoided. ALL of the fluoroquinolones are extremely toxic, and the effects are cumulative. You might get through one round okay, but next time look out. I took it for 7 days in 2008 (3 years ago) and had bad headaches and depression, but other than that bounced back fine. This time it was a whole new thing. More effects and discomforts. Finding out some of these effects can be irreversible is terrifying. I will never buy so much as an aspirin if Bayer's name is behind it. I don't recommend anyone take it unless the alternative is death. Which there ARE alternatives. I'm almost out of them since I can't take penicillin or sulfa. I'm scared to death of getting another infection. I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TAKE THIS DRUG without doing a lot of serious research and weighing the consequences. There seem to be a lot more people out there who have been hurt by this than modern medicine will acknowledge. F 57 7 days
500 mg 2X D
4/23/2011
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 1  Blood found in urine/ UTI Stabbing pain in left upper quadrant just right below the ribs, Diarrea and severe nausea trough out the day and worse after eating. I have always suffered with UTI'S and antibiotics always made me feel better within the next day or two of taking them. With the Cipro I traded one problem for a couple others and i very much regret ever taking the cipro! I have lost a huge amount of weight because of this drug. I am terrified of food because i get so sick after eating and when i do eat i take a few bites and feel full as if i can't eat no more. I do not reccomend this medication to any one and i woukd much rather be put in macrobid because i know it always works for me and i never had any side effects from it. F 24 7 days
500 mg 2X D
5/16/2011
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 1  Urinary Tract Infection Three months after taking this, I am STILL coping with daily pain in my muscles and joints, sleeping problems, and anxiety. F 35 7 days
1X D
3/23/2011
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 1  Suspected Prostatitis Joint & muscle pain, shooting pains, muscle twitches. Pain seems to come and go and move around. Sometimes pain lasts for hours. I was prescribed Cipro for suspected prostatis. My original rx was 500mg 2x/day for 14 days. By day 7 I was having pain in my hips, knees and ankles. After googling and finding out about this drug, I quit taking it. I figured over the next few days my pain would go away. It has been 7 days now and I don't feel any better. The weird thing is my pain comes and goes. Sometimes I get quick little pains (like little shocks) in my forearms, wrists. Mostly my hips, knees and ankles are sore, but one of my shoulders near the neck gets a cramp like someone walked up behind me and grabbed me hard. Sometimes my joints hurt for a few hours, then the pain goes. Just when I think it's gone for good, it hits me again. Also I notice I've had lots of muscle twitches (legs, back, arms, etc.) Prior to taking this drug I was going to the gym 4x a week and was pretty active. I still go, but my weights are way down and I can only do cardio for short periods of time due to the pain. Can anyone tell me if the pain will stop?? Has it stopped for you? How long did it take? Thanks. M 40 7 days
500 2X D
4/7/2011
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 1  Kidney infection I am 100% crippled due to one week's worth of Cipro. No one EVER warned me Cipro could permanently disable me! Those poison pills have caused me unfathomable pain and injury, the likes of which you'll likely never know. My entire life, utterly destroyed. I PRAY FOR DEATH. If you've been prescribed Cipro, STOP TAKING IT IMMEDIATELY!!! I don't care what your doctor says, STOP TAKING IT! It is NOT worth the devastating and life-ending risks that Bayer vastly understates on their warning labels! Bayer deserves to have their @$$e$ sued off for the death and destruction they've forced upon an unsuspecting public with this poison! Absolutely unconscionable! You will never know the level of suffering those pills have caused me and continue to cause me every minute of every single day of my now-tortured existence. ALL fluoroquinolone antibiotics are POISON, and hell has a special place reserved for the drug companies that manufacture and distribute them. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE FROM THIS GOD AWFUL POISON!!!!!!!!!!!!! M 28 7 days
500 2X D
3/30/2011
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 1  UTI Extreme abdominal pain, severe pain in joints and muscles. Worst side effect was left arm numbness and tingling that went away. I had never taken Cipro before. I started taking for a UTI and the side effects started near the end of the course. Went to the doctor for the abdominal pain and left arm numbness. The doctor sent me to the ER to be tested for heart attack, blood clot, stroke, etc. Nothing came up. My wife said the Walgreens leaflet that came with the Cipro mentioned these rare serious side effects, but the doctors all laughed it off and said they prescribe this poison 2-3 times each day and have never heard of that happening. I would not recommend this to anyone. The worst part is the doctors not realizing what this medicine is capable of doing to people in apparently not so "rare" cases. After three weeks of joint/muscle pain, the pain is virtually gone, thank God. I believe it was helped my me taking magnesium, which supposedly renders the drug up to 90% ineffective when taken at the same time. When I found that out (after the fact) I started taking my regular multivitamin and M 36 7 days
8/7/2007

 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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3/15/2012

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