Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.6 (1706 Ratings)

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 1  Cellulitis infection in leg First, I'd like to point out that the drug had no effect whatsoever on the infection - I had to go to another full course of antibiotics to kill that off. I took this medication the first full week of January this year. Skin rash, tendonitis in ankles, kness and shoulders, gout outbreak in 5 or 6 joints at once and depression for the first couple of weeks. Since then, skin rash has abated but I've still got problems with gout breakouts (and I am watching my diet so it's not because i'm misbehaving) and tendonitis - these things seem to come and go with no warning. Also, lacking energy and a general body ache. Does anyone have any idea how long these effects last? I would like to treat the prescribing doctor to a large suppository of Cipro for his efforts. M 59 7 days
500mg 1X D
3/29/2010

 1  prostatitis Muscle aches all over body especially in back. Bad to mild headaches. Joints a bit stiff. A bit depressed and hard to concentrate. I am glad that I found this site. I thought my muscle aches and headache were due to me being sick. Now, I am pretty much assured they are coming from Cipro. I took 3 doses and after I had the bad headache, I was lucky to find this site. I stopped taking them immediately. I am hoping that only taking 3 doses will allow me to recover quickly. The doc. put me on another antibiotic for the Prostatitis. I hope the muscle aches and headache go away soon. M 39 7 days
500 mg 2X D
2/10/2010
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 1  Minor UTI Permanent damage to my vision (nowhere on the warning label!), soft tissue and joint destruction making it nearly impossible to walk, skin issues, tinnitus, pain in my teeth!!! This is not a drug, this is murder in a pill. DON'T DO IT! M 45 7 days
500 2X D
9/26/2010

 1  suspected kidney infection PANIC ATTACKS...ANXIETY..ATTACKS OF DOOM AND FEAR..I WAS IN HELL I took cipro over 9 months ago and thanks be to god, things are slowly getting better now. I am still not the same person and am not sure if I ever will be again and to be honest, nobody understands what this drug does unless they become a victim as well. My only advice is to eat as well as you can, rest as much as you can, take daily magnesium supplements, folic acid( this one is a MUST as it helps to rebuild the damaged cells), and also vitamins. My GP tried me on various antidepressants and they made things FAR WORSE. Valium did help, but you gotta be careful not to get hooked. All in all, things get better VERY VERY slowly, so hang in there and just try and be positive, though I know from experience that it is easier said than done. If anybody wants a friendly chat then email me on dalemcmahon123@hotmail.com Do not use the links as they dont work! God bless you all M 37 7 days
1X D
9/26/2010

 1  Infection Permanently disabled me! One week on this poison and my entire life ended. Can't walk, can't work, I now live in bed. HORRIFIC that the FDA would allow this nasty substance to be marketed and given out as a medicine! Absolutely horrific. If you have had an adverse reaction to this poison you MUST file a report with the FDA or else Bayer will only continue to cripple people for profit. THIS HAS TO STOP! M 39 7 days
500 2X D
9/10/2010
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 1  Kidney infection/UTI Completely crippled, hell on earth. I was incredibly healthy before I was POISONED by my doctor with this trash for a simple UTI. I am now a cripple. Seven days worth was all it took. I cannot tell you the HORROR this has caused me and my family, and it never ends. I have lost everything (except for my infection! It didn't even work for that!) and I hope to see the day Bayer gets their @ss sued off for the absolute devastation this poison has caused me and countless others. Shame on this country for allowing such poison to be used on unsuspecting victims. I will warn everyone I come in contact with NEVER to take this "drug" until the day I die, which at this point I pray will be soon. F 35 7 days
500 2X D
8/28/2010

 1  UTI I took the 1st dose with breakfast & it made me nauseated. So I decided to take the 2nd dose w/o food to see if that would be better. It wasn't. It gave me an upset stomach also. The second day I noticed that my rt. achilles started aching as well as my rt. heel. Then gradually all the muscles in my body started to ache. My head felt as if it was spinning & gonna blow up. I was still nauseated & started feeling anxious for some reason. I called the Pharmacist after the 4th day & he told me that it was normal for Cipro to cause joint pain because it softens the cartilage? WTH? & not to do any strenuous activity & since I was nearly 1/2 way through my treatment to just keep taking it. Well I was supposed to take it for 10 days & only lasted 7. It's been about a week since I took it last & the stomach pain have since gone away but my whole body/muscles ache & I have excruciating pain in my right foot.My heel & achilles is jacked! The advice nurse to I will NEVER EVER take this med EVER again! Nor will I recommend it to anyone I know. F 34 7 days
750 2X D
10/6/2010
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 1  uti too many to mention, nausea made me lose forty pounds in four weeks! anxiety attacks make you feel like the world is ending, severe insomnia for two weeks (lost normal ability to sleep since then, 8 months ago) chronic fatigue ( you will feel like a truck ran over you) you will never be able to eat normal food again (antibitotics in meat and poultry) THE LIST JUST GOES ON AND ON, nightmares when you do sleep, DOCTORS wonīt beleive you and they may add to the injury by prescribing other drugs for the side effects which will worsen your condition possibly leaving you in a wheelchair for life, This drug is genocide, the people who say they donīt have side effects is because the side effects come weeks or even months after you finish the drug, you will never be the same again, you risk losing your job, family, mind, everything, do you want to take that risk? look for an alternative, one pill is all it takes and you will never be the same again! this is not a drug, it is hell in a pill! M 48 7 days
500mg 2X D
11/3/2010
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 1  UTI Felt like my chest was tight, heart beating too hard and fluttering. Felt like I was overdosed on caffiene, shaking, trembling, both freezing and overheated. Honestly felt like I was just going to die. Most horrible feeling ever. Muscles/joints started aching and hurting. Stomach was so upset I barely wanted to eat anything. That was after just two days. I never want to take this drug again. Still not back to normal. F 36 7 days
250 2X D
10/19/2010

 1  possible diverticulitis Horrible joint pain, especially in both knees and both ankles. Right foot is now totally numb due to a dead ligament killed by cipro. Now I have horrible pains in both of my shoulders and elbows. Completely bedridden now. The doctors are absolutely horrible. Totally dishonest. They tell me it's in my head. The doctor that originally prescribed me this garbage totally denies its a side effect. I keep asking them if it is so safe why don't they take this crap. I thought doctors were upright now I know most are totally morally corrupt. I've tried almost ever supplement known, Ginkgo, Bilberry, NAC, Vitamin C, undenatured collagen - nothing works. Now trying Chlorella but it prob. won't work either. Any ideas? It's been 14 months since I got floxed and its still getting worse. M 54 7 days
500 2X D
10/22/2010
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 1  UTI DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG! I experienced severe pain and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after a week on Cipro. I dealt with painful vulvodynia for six months after taking Cipro. Two years later, I have developed tendonitis. I feel poisoned. F 42 7 days
1X D
8/1/2010

 1  UTI extreme nausea, dizziness, ear pain, weird muscle pains, spike in anxiety/depression, joint pain The day after I began taking Cipro, I started feeling very nauseous. I was sick to my stomach for about 80% of the time while being on it, even throwing up. I also experienced dizziness and pain in my inner ear, so I thought I had an ear infection. I have been off for several days now but am still having side effects. I had joint pain in my knees and shoulders shortly after taking it and it's still there. I also am still having an odd sensation in my arms, almost like my muscles are fatigued and hurt, like I have been working out at the gym recently, but I have not. I'm very upset the doctor prescribed Cipro to me, because I had an existing anxiety issue and cardiac problem that I've been doing well coping with, and I informed the doctor of that. Shortly after beginning Cipro, my anxiety spiked and my heart began racing despite medicine to help it. I'm still nauseous despite being off the drug for several days, and hoping it subsides soon. It's hard for me to even sit up w/out being sick. This drug appears to have cured my UTI, but I recommend it only as a last resort. I had a different antibiotic for a previous UTI with no side effects (can't remember the name) and I wish they would have given it to me again. F 22 7 days
500 mg 2X D
7/21/2010
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 1  Kidney Infection? Panic / anxiety attacks, high heart rate, suicidal thoughts, general body/muscle/joint pain, nausea, vomiting, I am 30 years old,and I took Cipro on 4/20/2010 and I thought that I was going to die. It is now June 2010 and I am battling extreme morning nausea and dizzyness, every morning since taking this drug. It has gotten so bad that I am afriad to go to sleep at night, just because I know what will await in the morning. From what I read, this drug messes with the brain and enzymes, screwing up cognitive judgement and sensory reactors in the mind, and I can believe it! This drug is posion and should never be taken. I feel like I am 60 yrs. old as I walk thru the house and knees / ankles popping and cracking. It has been alittle over 2 months and hopefully I will be able to rid these symptons sometime M 30 7 days
250mg 2X D
7/2/2010

 1  UTI Tingling in face, hands and feet,rash, tendon in left hand and right knee sore and strained.Really very uncomfortable. I took this for a week about 1 week ago and felt horrible the last day and day after I finished the medicine.Symptoms went away very quickly and now have returned a week later.I am worried if this is permanent. M 48 7 days
not sure 2X D
7/8/2010

 1  Prostatitis Hip aches, calf and foot pain, muscle twitching Never really added it up, but after the foot pain increased recently, I started searching for side effects of Cipro and found thousands of negative comments. Fortunately, I don't have as severe of symptoms as some here, but enough to be concerned. My feet ache very bad since taking Cipro, but isn't debilitating. Any suggestions on what to take to flush and renew? Probiotics and Omega 3 seem to be popular. Hang in there, pray, believe and exercise. M 39 7 days
250mg 1X D
6/30/2010

 1  UTI EXCRUTIATING PAIN TO JOINTS!!!!! I cannot bend my knees, can't even get up from sitting position. After trying desperatly to figure out why my right wrist and fingers were hurting so much, I blmed it on my job (an RN), but when the pain started to spread throughtout my other joints (knees, opposite wrist, toes -yes, even those) I went online suspecting this drug and BINGO, I read all the comments here and made the connection, it is this drug, as I realize all the symptoms started right after my second pill, and have gotten worse to the point that I cannot bear weight on my extremities, suport my body on my hands to even get out of bed, and writing is just horrible. I'm only 32 years old, feel like 90. The sad part is, joint pain is only slightly mentioned on the medication sIde effects, BEWARE! F 32 7 days
250 mg 2X D
7/14/2010

 1  UTI 2 days after stopping Cipro, woke up with severe spontaneous swelling, about 8" long and 2" wide, down front of rt. leg, to the right of the bone. Painful to touch. I knew I hadn't bumped it, so as it was the 4th weekend, and my doctor unavailable, went to local "walk-in" clinic. Didn't know what it was, but suggested I go to ER if it developed redness. Late that day I had bright red area 1" x 4" down center of swelling. Went to ER. I mentioned that I'd recently been on Cipro, and could that have caused this. Didn't know. Said it might be a hematoma and may bruise. Said to ice it and take Tylenol for pain. Diagnosis: Spontaneous ecchymoses. Now it's 9 days later, swelling is still there, but a bit less, leg has alternately turned blueish red, below area of swelling, and as I write this my foot is now swollen and black and blue. I am a very active 72 year old who has never had anything like this in my life. After reading all these posts, I wil Why is this drug being given if there are so many people with side effects, one more devastating than the other, and these are only the ones we hear and read about. F 72 7 days
250 2X D
7/10/2011

 1  Uti Urinary retention, pain in toes, legs, ribs, lightheaded, vision problems, constipation, insomnia, bad taste in mouth Would not ever recommend this ever! Did the trick but not worth it! F 22 7 days
500 mg 2X D
6/23/2011

 1  UTI Nine months ago, prescribed cipro for an un-confirmed UTI. Within 5 days, I was having severe joint infalmmation, popping joints, anxiety attacks, neuropathic pains throughout my body. It is a living hell. My symptoms slowly got better over the first 6 months. But recently I have felt like I did months ago. Do not take! POISON M 34 7 days
500mg 2X D
6/16/2011
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 1  Prostate pain I am 20 months out now and, among countless other Cipro-induced horrors, I still cannot walk. I doubt I'll ever be able to walk again, as my legs and feet are utterly destroyed. I'm only 30 and prior to this had never had ANY problems of this sort--I was incredibly active and healthy. Cipro has cut my life incredibly short. All the little things you take for granted? I can't do those things anymore. How I've made it this far without ending my own life is beyond me, but every SINGLE day I am severely tempted. The things this horrific poison can do to your body and your health are beyond your wildest imagination, and your absolute worst nightmares. Don't trust doctors to tell you the truth about this poison--they're in Bayer's back pocket and even docs cannot fathom what this crap is capable of doing to the human body. Warn everyone you know to stay AWAY from all quinolone antibiotics! We are being POISONED and the government doesn't give a f---!!! POISON: RUN!!!!!!! M 30 7 days
500 2X D
6/7/2011

 1  Urinary Tract Infection PAIN in tendons in arms..feel like my arms are broke at times and can't lift them (nice..I am a hairstylist), extreme fatigue, depressed, legs are swelled big time and have a weird pain in my chest F 46 7 days
500mg 1X D
8/12/2011

 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
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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
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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

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