Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.7 (1676 Ratings)

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 1  infection from a puncture wound After three doses: muscle pain ,shaking, severe vomiting that lasted twelve hours ,two days later still no appetite .Very weak. Hoping side effects will now subside ..... I called the ER and the Doctor there said he thought it was the flu ,even though I never ran a fever or had any other flu like symptoms such as coughing or runny nose .On monday I called our regular doctor and he said stop medicine immediately(which I already had done since I couldn't hold anything down .) sounded like side effects to him . M 20 2 days
11/20/2007

 1  sinus infection dizziness and vomiting I took 2 doses of cipro and became so dizzy i could barely get out of bed. i spent the day vomiting. its been two day and i'm still dizzy and have an upset stomach. Back in november i took levaquin for 7 days 500mg and have joint pain in my knees. I have never had knee issues before taking this family of antibiotics. I would not recommend it to anyone. Its too risky. F 35 2 days
3/29/2008

 1  UTI SEVERE Allergic Reaction!!! restlessness, dizziness, lightheadedness, insomnia, nightmares, hallucinations, manic reaction, irritability, tremor, ataxia, lethargy, joint stiffness, hiccough, photosensitivity/ phototoxicity reaction, flushing, fever, chills, angioedema, edema of the face, neck, lips, conjunctivae & hands, blurred vision, disturbed vision (change in color perception, overbrightness of lights), decreased visual acuity, diplopia, eye pain, tinnitus, hearing loss, bad taste.... it just goes on and on... Taking Cipro was the worst experience of my life. I have had issues with UTI's and my new doctor thought it would be a good idea to try out Cipro during an especially bad UTI. She failed to warn me of any symptoms or adverse reactions, simply said it was "the best", I never went to her again. After the first day, a fever devloped and it felt like my body was shutting down. Nearly all of the side effects I listed were present by the morning of the second day. I had to go to the emergency room that afternoon to find out it was a severe allergic reaction. I immediately stopped taking Cipro and was put on a milder antibiotic to treat the UTI. The symptoms/side effects lasted for 2 weeks after I stopped taking Cipro. I had to walk with a walker/cane for the first week after I stopped medication as I was not able to control my leg muscles efficently and would fall down when I tried to walk unassisted. I developed a bad rash in every pit/cravas (armpits, buttock, behind knees, ne F 25 2 days
4/20/2008

 1  UTI ankle (achilles tendon) pain and stiffness, leg pain This is a continuation of the previous rating. Although in the past I never experienced symptoms, this time I experienced lots of pain and stiffness in my ankles. I was extremely worried after reading the black box warning of the drug, so I stopped taking it after the third dose and asked to be switch to a different antibiotic. Looks like I'll have to deal with the macrobid tearing up my stomach. But still would rather have stomach pain than damage that could last me the rest of my life. I hope there will be no lasting damage this time. Pain lessened after my last dose, but 24 hours later I'm still a bit sore and stiff. F 23 2 days
12/1/2008

 1  Bladder Infection Awful pains in arms, hands, shoulder, neck... complete stiffness and aches. At times they felt numb and tingling. Vision was not right. Headaches. And major anxiety attacks with paranoia. I would never ever recommend this drug to anyone. It really is poison in a bottle. I seriously thought i was going crazy the first couple days until i researched the side effects and immediately quit taking it. It's been a few days since I've been off and still experiencing some side effects. Very scary medicine. M 28 2 days
11/24/2008

 1  bladder infection calf pain so bad i couldn't walk, I took it for 2 days 4 pills until I looked up side affects. I stopped taking it 3 weeks ago and still have really bad pain in my legs. I could bearly walk today, I was limping. I would not recomend this to anyone. F 51 2 days
12/31/2008

 1  pneumonis I took Cipro for two days, 500 mgs twice daily. On the second day, which was Christmas day, I started having muscle spasms and pain in my left shoulder and scapula. Within hours I was in the most excruciating pain I have ever felt in my life, and I am a dougle lung transplant recipient and did not have this much pain. I could not even get to the ER, because the pain was so severe when I would move, that my family didn't want to try to put me in the car. The next day, I decided to research the side effects of Cipro, and realized that the pain I was having was due to this medication. I contacted my physician and he advised me to stop taking it, which I did. The pain has subsided but is still there. I hope that it will resolve itself DONT TAKE CIPRO NO MATTER WHAT. 59 2 days
12/28/2008
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 1  UTI, kidney infection horrible rash all over my body on the 3d day after taking Cipro even next day after stopping taking cipro the rash got worse, spread all over my body: legs, buttocks, arms, neck, feet, hands swollen feet, skin: itching, burning, hives, petechia nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite horrible DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG! F 43 2 days
1/27/2009

 1  uti infection shoulder pain...neck pain and also stiff,little nausea...prescribed 250mg. GO HERBAL F 23 2 days
2/6/2009
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 1  UTI My second day on 500mg Cipro. I have very bad lower abdominal pain now, feel weak, like I been beat with a baseball bat. Usually very active & workout. I can barely get the stamina to run the vacuum. Took Keflex prior, no problems but did not cure UTI. So I am trying to put up with this torture. Thinking about cutting pills in half for a lower dose F 36 2 days
6/12/2008

 1  Diverticulitis Tingling, numbness and weakness in my arms and legs, a burning sensation like a sunburn or chemical burn on my chest, back, arms, legs and face, joint pain, feeling of skin crawling and burning tongue. Being outdoors in the sun is even uncomfortable. I only took it for two days (4 pills) and I'm still having these side effects even though I stopped the medication 6 weeks ago. Some days are worse than others. I have no idea why. I've taken this drug at least twice before with no side effects. At least none that I remember. When I realized that my symptoms could be possible side effects from Cipro, I read the insert again that was given with the drug and saw that it was rare, but nerve damage was possible. It said if it was caught early enough, it could be reversed. I freaked out and went to the emergency room right away. The doctor had to do some research on Cipro because he had not heard of anything like what I was experiencing. After 20 minutes or so, he came back and told me there have been a couple cases like mine, even after one dose. He did no tests at all, but referred me to see a neurologist. Days later when I saw her, she did a nerve test in the office and sent me out for some bloodwork. Two weeks later when I went back for my follow up appt., she said everything was normal and that the burning tongue could be hormone related since I am peri-menopausal and that the other symptoms would hopefully disappear eventually. It's very frustrating to think a drug that is so common, can be this ba F 50 2 days
7/2/2008
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 1  UTI Where do I start?...with slight stomach upset, bad muscle/overall body weakness, difficulty breathing and fatigue following my first dose, and then graduating to some very severe and bizarre symptoms: extreme weakness to the point it was difficult for me to lift my arms, extreme mental confusion (That was probably the worst part. I was having jarbbled thinking and trouble figuring out how to do basic things like pour a glass of water, when I was feeling okay an hour or so ago), difficulty concentrating (I felt like I couldn't put together one clear thought or focus on what I was doing), anxiety/nervousness, restlessness, mild carpal tunnel pain, vision change (everything seemed slightly blurrier, but it wasn't too bad), stiffness, body pain, an overall feeling of terrible heaviness, including of the chest. It felt like the medication was damaging my body; like it was eating away at my muscles or something. I felt like death, just a lifeless feeling at my best moments on this drug. Something about this drug doesn't seem right; Itís too strong and I shouldn't have this many side effects after taking it for such a short time. I even took a strong antibiotic once called Rifampin with worse side effects listed than this, and even had some of them, but it wasnít as bad. I donít want to continue a prescription that seems to be doing damage to my mind. Iím feeling better after being off of it for almost thirty six hours, but not completely yet. Hopefully I will, and may others too I pray. Please, somebody, get this drug off the market or provide more severe and detailed warnings with it. If that had been done, I might have thought twice before taking it. And then if people still want to risk their health they at least have the knowledge before they decide. The side effects listed on the paper that came with this drug did not prepare me for what I actually experienced. I am concerned for future patients who are given this and take it with F 26 2 days
9/3/2008

 1  UTI nausea, loss of appetite, loss of taste, headache,rash, leg pains, numbness in feet, hands,face, tongue, arms, diarrhea, sleeplessness, anxiety, panic attacks,extreme nerve pain When these symptoms hit me on Jan. 23rd after 2 days of taking this medicine someone recommended me this site. I'm amazed almost 2 months later how many MORE negative comments there are, and how SIMILAR they are to what I'm STILL going through. I was also on Prednisone. Cipro activates your immune system. Be VERY careful with this drug. It will be a slow painful recovery. I don't know why you would even want to try it. It's miserable. F 28 2 days
3/22/2009
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 1  Kidney infection Extreme fatigue; persistent headache; light sensitivity; vomiting; nausea; strange, unsettling dreams; hallucinations; depression; general feeling of being poisoned. I am a healthy, fit person in general. I was absolutely stunned by how ill I felt after 2 days on CIPRO. First dose was on Thursday evening; terribly sick dreams Thursday night. I coudn't move all day Friday. No appetite. General malaise. Thought I saw some strange furry animal in my kitchen! OK -- that did it. I called my doctor Saturday morning to get the prescription changed to a different antibiotic and had to end the call because I needed to vomit. Now taking Keflex -- no problems. By the way, CIPRO is the drug of choice for anthrax. You can bet I will never take CIPRO again. F 51 2 days
3/15/2009

 1  UTI Infection Extreme bloating, nausea and insomnia I took this for a UTI and quit after 2 days. This medicine is horrible. Now I have had extreme bloating, nausea and insomnia for 3 5 days and I only took this poison for 2 days. It should be banned and Bayer should be sued. Do Not TAKE I wonder if I will ever get better. I have always just been prescribed a sulfa medicine before for my UTI. Symptoms would go away immediately. Why are they prescribing this horrible medicine. Do the doctors get a kick back. F 54 2 days
4/11/2009
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 1  c diff After 3 500 mg pills, complete fog, exhaustion, strange dreams. Very Itchy skin. Stopped taking. Next day, the SEVERE joint pain began. First in shoulders and thumb. Unable to lift arms due to pain. Unable to drive. Pain Migrated to knees, neck, ankles, hands, lower back. Unable to open jaw very wide...then trouble closing.Pain Moving approx. every 24 hours. Unable to make a fist. Right wrist EXTREMELY swollen and very hot. Pain walking, actually causing limping. It is two weeks today since I took the 3 pills. The doctor was COMPLETEly dismissive of blaming the cipro, until he WITnessed the size of my wrist...he acted like I had been making it up before that. Now I've got his attention. Two courses of pred with no effect. Hives break out in the pm. Benadry and claritin have helped. Still experiencing migrating pain in joints, but have not had a SEVERE attack like early on in shoulders and hand. Counting this as improving. Perfect health before this, athletic. Praying for all that are suffering from this drug. There is no treatment or cure, just time and luck...every case is different. Take it only if your life depends on it. Even if you are okay with the original exposure, you may be injured in the future with the next exposure. F 21 2 days
4/17/2009

 1  UTI Morning after I took 1st 500mg Cipro, my left hip upper leg hurt...didn't equate it to Cipro...so I took the next dose, pain was getting worse in my hip. Took the third one and the pain was so bad I googled "leg pain cipro" and found this site. I can barely walk without serious pain...hip just gives out no warning and SEVERE pain. Obviously stopped taking Cipro. Hope this wares off. taking antiinflammatory in hopes it will counteract. Pharmacist said she'd never heard of leg pain with Cipro...yeah..right...The pain is excruciating. I hope this goes away now that I've quit taking it. only took a total of 3 pills 500mg. Pain started the morning after the first one. Wish I'd known then before taking two more. F 55 2 days
5/16/2009

 1  UTI My wife took this for 2 days and only took 4 250mg pills total. She wrote a suicide note last night and woke me up and told me she was going to die today. Now she has been up for over 46 hours and hasn't slept she's like a zombie and can't hold a conversation. The emergency room thought she was just crazy. This is a nightmare. We have 2 small little girls and she barely knows they exist. I don't know what to do. Please Pray for her. I'm her husband F 25 2 days
12/14/2009
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 1  kidney infection paranoia,body aches, anxiety, attacks of fear and distress If you get this message before you take Ciprofloxacin then bin them immediately. I only took them for 2 days and that was 2 months ago and have only just started feeling normal, you will think that you are dying and that the world is coming to an end. What a nasty,nasty evil poison. F 39 2 days
1/3/2010

 1  UTI Nausea (very bad) couldnt eat, tingling and numbness on face hands & feet, Anxiety, severe back pain near ribs, IBS, headaches, neck pain (like cramps) lip numbness, confusion and fatigue. TERRIBLE! Have been taking for 2 and half days, stopped because I felt it was the Cipro making feel so sick, I went to ER last night and Dr, gave me different medication to treat UTI. I couldnt take the back pain & heaches and thought maybe it was my kidneys. All of a sudden I have Anxiety and all the symptoms I described above. I did a search on cipro and found this site and now Im scared. how long will I have these problems. Nausea isnt as bad as its been last few days ( I ate twice today) had Diahrhea, headache still all day and pain still there. This is day 2 of not taking it. For the past few days I've been feeling like I'm deathly ill. No energy and very depressed. Today, I recall taking Cipro a few years ago and after one day I felt so sick & I went back to Dr for different meds, totally forgot. NEVER AGAIN!!! F 36 2 days
11/26/2009
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 1  prostatitis tinnitis; stinging/shooting pain sensations all over body on skin; headache, total loss of appetite, nausea, very sore achilles tendons, popping shoulder, knee, wrist joints; throat felt 'thick' (not sore, but uncomfortable; almost like it was slightly swollen); definite increase in 'eye floaters'; stinging tongue that gets coated much more quickly then it did previously (possibly changes to my saliva glands?) lots of anxiety (but whether that is due to the side effects or the med itself, I don't know - not that it matters). 6 weeks after taking the cipro - I've still been experiencing the 'thick' throat feeling, occasional neuropathy, loss of appetite/ nausea. It has now been over 6 weeks since I took two ciprofloxacin tablets (total 1 gram of drug). I am so glad I stopped taking it immediately (started having bad headaches and ringing ears after the first day of use). I've had a much better day today and yesterday, however - possibly due to my increasing my calcium levels (drinking more milk; eating 'tums' as calcium supplements - not sure what the science to this is, but if there was fluoride in my body causing these problems, i know that calcium binds to fluoride and perhaps inactivates it. the neuropathy has largely abated for now; that ridiculous 'thick throat' feeling has gotten *mostly* better as well. still recovering in the appetite department. For the first time yesterday and today I am feeling like my old self again. I will keep up the calcium supplements for the next few weeks. I definitely wouldn't be taking calcium if I didn't think it was helping, as I have a propensity to form calcium kidney stones. But I'd rather have the threat of a stone than the crap I've been dealing with for six weeks on the ciprofloxacin. M 26 2 days
10/30/2009
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 1  Sore throat The worst back pain ever, shortness of breath and just genuinly felt like I was slowly dying. I am so so scared and just cant stop crying reading these reviews. It's awful. Really really awful. F 26 2 days
11/13/2009

 1  UtI 2 tablets and I couldnt sleep had pain in my legs. They switched me to Macrobid and then the trouble really started. Cipro was still in my system too and after 2 tablets of Macrobid I had to go to ER. Severe pain in my kidney area, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, horrible horrible headache-all severe symptoms. They thought I was passing a kidney stone. All tests were fine-it was Cipro and Macrobid-all this after 4 pills. I felt as if I were poisoned. Now after 5 days, I have pain in my hands and my foot. I am still an athlete and if I get a ruptured tendon or nerve damage from these antibiotics, I dont know what I will do. Warn everyone you know about these antibiotics. F 60 2 days
10/5/2009

 1  Bladder and Kidney infection Ankles ache, Left elbow aches, tops of feet ache and are stiff, pains in legs, can't stand for long periods of time, legs tingle, ankle joints ache/hurt. Muscles make popping sounds a lot now I took 2 dose of Cipro in 24 hour period of time - 2x 500. I stopped after starting to feel side effects. Took Cipro on 10/13/2009 and 10/14/2009. It is 10/18/2009 and I still have side effects. No one advised me of black box warnings. M 34 2 days
10/18/2009
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 1  Kidney Stone I was given Ciprofloxacin 500 mg & told to take 2x daily. The first day I started having tingling in my legs and by the second day I could hardly move my legs because my knees became extremely stiff and painful. I am a healthy & active 27 yr old that has never experienced any pain in my legs before taking this medicine. I did not take the medicine on the third day and called my doctor and pharmacist. I am now taking Bactrim with less serious side effects. It's been 4 days since I stopped taking Cipro and I am still in pain! Not too mention my entire body has started to making a "popping" noise whenever I move! Do not take this medicine!! I am extremely upset that this was prescribed when there are far less risky drugs to clear up infections. With all the bad things I found out about this drug you'd think someone would take it off the market. F 27 2 days
10/24/2009

 1  throat infection DO NOT TAKE THIS PILL. I had no idea a drug could take over an entire body and cause so much pain. I only took half of my prescription too. One dose of 500mg a day is all it took. On the second day, I woke up and I felt like I had been hit by a bus. All of my joints and muscles were in so much pain, that I could barely get up. I felt like I was 80 years old and had arthritis all over my body. I could barely turn my head in one direction, because my neck and shoulder tendons were so sore and shooting pains were going down my spine. My jaw was in pain, my wrists and ankles. My hips were extremely sore and with every step, I felt like I was going to fall over. I could have used a walker! At age 26! My sore throat went away for those two days, but returned a day or so after I stopped taking Cipro. It is now three days since I have taken Cipro and I still have pain all over. My pain has subsided a little, but I am still in bad shape. I am extremely worried, after reading all of these review F 26 2 days
7/17/2009

 1  Bladder infection I only took it 2 days and had horrible side effects. I was dizzy, numb face and mouth. My heart was racing and I felt like I had a bad flu. My ribs had a burning feeling and my whole body ached. It has been 9 months since I have taken it and I am still not back to how I was before the medicine. I still have back pain and just don't feel 100%. Have had all kinds of tests run and cannot find anything wrong. It has to be the cipro. F 40 2 days
7/20/2009

 1  UTI I had severe pain in my leg muscles. Also now my heels are very tender. Feet swollen. I will never take this again! Only took 2 doses and it caused me these problems. Can't imagine if I had completed the cycle. F 35 2 days
8/22/2009

 1  Apparent UTI Body aches in hips, wrists, knees, shoulders. Fatigue. Headache. Lack of motivation. Depression. Over a year ago i started exp these sides after traveling abroad. I thought it was something i may have caught there, I have had blood tests a few times doctors find nothing and dont know what was wrong with me. Well a year later now i am starting to finally feel relief, i go to the hospital for extreme kidney pain. They prec. Cipro, say it is a UTI (i think it was a stone), anyways the aches are back full force! the pressure headache as well (it was so bad once last year i went to ER). I realize now that my ill health from the past year was from cipro i was prec. when i got back from my trip. Poison. there are other antibiotics you should try first, this does so much damage. read up on some faqs with this class of drugs http://www.fqresearch.org/ . big pharma care nothing about your health, it is all $$ this should be pulled or at least used only as last resort not for a friggin uti F 2 days
8/2/2009
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 1  UTI I experienced extreme tendonitis in my hands and arms. Slight tendonitis in my legs. Woke up the second day of taking this drug stiff and sore all over. Only took 4 doses. Its only been 2 days since stopping, but I can barely move my hands to type. I am a healthy, not overweight, active 37 year old. M 37 2 days
8/15/2009

 1  Unconfirmed UTI LIFE CHANGING ANTIBIOTIC FOR THE WORSE!! After two days on this drug, I experienced intense muscle pain, tendinitis, peripheral neuropathy, twitching muscles, insomnia, and heart palpitations. I was fortunate enough to stop taking this drug immediately after experiencing toxicity because many have been disabled for life. Go online and read all the stories. They are heartbreaking. Two months later, I still have mild neuropathy and can't do more than light walking. My diet is heavily restricted and I spend way too much money on supplements and doctor visits. My doctor never should have prescribed this antibiotic for an unconfirmed UTI. The medical community has been misled and deceived by the floraquinolone drug reps about its safety, which is very unfortunate for all of us. F 37 2 days
250MG 2X D
10/16/2013
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 1  ear infection Shoulder pain and loose joints. Cipro shoukd be taken off fhe market. M 50 2 days
500
9/21/2013
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 1  Suspected UTI/ Misdiagnosed Nausea and Headache Pins and needles in feet / ankles, progressing upwards to knees Pins and needs in hands Shooting/ Stabbing pain in toes and fingertips Shooting pain in elbow and left shoulder All this after taking 2 days. The Pins and needles started the day after I finished taking them and have persisted (8 days later) The GP doesn't seem concerned at all, I've been to see numerous amounts of pharmacists for their opinions - they too have never come across this before. Starting to get worried about this now. I'm a triathlete and now worried about running due to making this worse. How much longer will this goes on for?? I've warned my wife not to take this drug, as I believe there are safe alternatives out there. Very annoyed at GP as I didn't even have an infection but was given to me as precaution -Now the doctors don't even want to know! Even my wife is starting to think it's all in my head.. very strange drug and potentially very dangerous according to other reviews out there too.. M 30 2 days
500MG 2X D
11/25/2013

 1  typhoid fever On the second night of taking cipro I had a feeling of rodents running all over my body in d middle of the night and realized that though scared, I couldn't move my limbs. I had a terrible weakness in d left side of my body that day and had to support my left arm with d tight whenever I had to lift it. This is about a month later and I'm still being awoken every night with abnormal sensations in my body. Also have a metallic taste in my mouth up till now. M 31 2 days
500mg
3/11/2014
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 1  Uti Burning in legs arms and wrists. Some pain in right ankle. Pain in wrists. Moderate pain on left leg when stand too long. Possible tendonitis. Took 3 pills and stopped bc of burning feelings. Worst drug ever. Been two weeks and some days symotoms better and other days worse. Will post again if any new changes better or worse. F 33 2 days
500 mg
12/17/2013

 1  UTI I am experiencing intense hip pain after taking Cipro. I started doing my own research after taking 4 doses and I am in shock. I pray I have not done irreversible damage by taking this medicine. I am waiting for my Dr. to return my call. I refuse to ever take this or any drug in its family again. I feel so sorry for the lives that have been forever changed by this poison! Do not take this! The cons outweigh the pros! F 24 2 days
500 mg 2X D
1/8/2014

 1  Misdiagnosed UTI I was misdiagnosed with a UTI and prescribed Cipro(POISON). Excruciating pain in my elbows, muscle spasms, possible peripheral neuropathy, and extreme anxiety. I am otherwise very relaxed, but this crap has me on the edge of my seat with worry. Its been 2 days since I've been off this poison, and all I can do is hope that it gets better soon. I am healthy and very active, and I can't afford to be crippled by some pharmaceutical crap that should not exist in the first place. I will NEVER take it again and either should anyone. The folks at Bayer and the pharma reps must have no souls because they know the side effects, but don't care about people and only care about profits. The American Medical industry sickens me and is no doubt run by evil creatures that don't deserve to be called humans. How they can allow this stuff to be on the market is beyond words, and every one of those creatures should be put in prison or better yet, forced to take the drug themselves. I only took it for two days and luckily I found this website with all these accounts of adverse affects. I stopped taking it immediately and threw the rest of it in the garbage where it belongs.On the second day of dosage I went to the gym with a buddy of mine and the next day I started experiencing odd pain in my elbow joints. I have attributed it to lifting weights, and possible tennis elbow. I hope so much thats all it is. Last night I experienced such intense burning pain in my elbows it woke me up. It was some of the worst pain I have ever felt. Please whatever you do, NEVER TAKE CIPRO and I mean NEVER. There are plenty of other AB's out there and natural remedies for most ailments. I wish I had done more research before ingesting this poison. I am trying to remain positive about the situation as I am strong willed and have a great passion for life. I will never let it take that from me. I am way too young to have problems like this, and please do your best to avoid this drug at ALL COSTS M 22 2 days
500mg 1X D
1/18/2014
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 1  uti anaphylaxsis(severe allergic reaction) which required me to call 911, paramedics saved my life, spent all night in the ER i have severe anxiety and depression since taking cipro F 50 2 days
1/11/2010

 1  Uti EXTREME burning in the vaginal area that wasn't yeast or bacteria, extreme fatigue and dizziness. Random pains and muscle twitching. It's been 4 wks and burning is gone but still weak, dizzy, stomach upset etc. DO NOT take this class of drugs!!! They are terrible. I'm terrified. I've taken it many times before unaware of side effects til now. F 35 2 days
500mg 2xd
10/30/2013
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 1  Seroma extraction Started feeling like I was having a panic attack. Heart beating fast, palipatations. Insomnia. Feel scared. F 34 2 days
500 mg
5/28/2014

 1  diverticulitis Anxiety swelling purplish colored skin felt likei was gonna die couldnt sit still muscles very tense and sweating F 37 2 days
5/29/2014

 1  bacterial infection I ONLY TOOK IT TWICE I CAN BARELY WALK CAN'T USE MY LEFT ARM CAN BARELY TAKE A BATH EMOTIONALLY DEPRESSED CAN'T WORK CAN HARDLY WIPE MYSELF IM BEYOND DISCOURAGED BT IM CONTINUOUSLY PRAYING FOR BETTER DAYS. I RECOMMEND CIPRO TO NO ONE 26 2 days
500mg
5/13/2014

 1  UTI Worst drug known to mankind. Still experiencing side effects 3 years later. Achy joints, muscle tension, spasms and twitches, peripheral neuropathy, white matter deterioration on MRI, dizziness, the list goes on. If I was offered cipro or rat poison in the future, I'd take my chances with rat poison. Ask for anything other than cipro. If you experience the devastating affects of cipro, do whatever you can to ingest an anti-inflammatory diet. A daily chelated magnesium supplement helped my nervous system and muscles so much. Water, detox, lower your stress levels. Remember your body is designed to find alignment and you WILL heal over time. F 27 2 days
1X D
6/12/2014

 1  diahrrea re: poss. food poisoning Extreme fatigue, weakness, joint pain in hips and knees. Dr. prescribed this to take on a trip to SE Asia in case of an intestinal infection. That was the extent of his instruction. Prior to taking cipro I was very fit and strong. Shortly before taking I had been cross-country skiing every week and often walked 4-5 miles easily. After 4 weeks the extreme fatigue was gone, but still become fatigued much easier and generally feel like the cipro has aged me many years. 6 weeks after taking it, still have much hip pain after walking an easy mile. Becomes too painful to continue after 2 miles or being on my feet for an hour such as when shopping. Gait becomes wobbly due to weakness in hip. This not improved since I stopped the cipro. This drug is to be taken as a last resort in case of a life-threatening infection that nothing else cures. M 56 2 days
500 2X D
6/22/2014

 1  uti Central and peripheral Nervous System, tendons, ligaments. Neuropathies all over, really painful, and disabling experience. My legs withered within 2 months, and my foot flopped 4 days later after the 3rd & last pill. Severe stabbing nerve pains in my arms, temperature problems from one leg to the other. Endless things manifesting over several months then at one year still more. I did my research, I am very knowledgeable about this class of drugs. Criminal. Watch American Addict the documentary, or PBS NEWS HOUR " Certain Antibiotics Spur Widening Reports of Severe Side Effects" Honestly, there is no one person who could fathom the severity of these drugs...because it is that bad. This is truly a act of treason to approve a class of drugs that is so destructive & not inform the medical community about what it is, and does!! All these people being tortured, maimed,...for the profit of these corporations! I have been through a very challenging experience. I am deeply grateful to be able to walk and stand again, and buy my groceries, and clean my house, and walk into a mall on hard cement. Anyone who would like to learn about non pharmaceutical treatments I received, you are welcome to email me. There is no magic potion, but the treatment I got, turned things around and that is worth sharing with others. This would be for those that are disabled, like I was. Neurological issues, CNS, peripheral nerves & tendons/ arms, legs, standing walking. God Bless and stay faithful...do not give up. F 50 2 days
500 1X D
7/22/2014
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 1  UTI Took only 4pills. Told Dr could not take any more. Could not walk on 3rd day.Very wobbly,dizzy,lightheaded . then began to have pain in each joint ,tendon ,and muscle, one at a time , Then all at once. Much pain &,fatigue after just regular use. Hand tendons and ankles , shoulders , hip groin, elbows , knees ,neck, wrists . they all hurt now and still do after 1,month, although wobbliness has subsided Everyhing pops & cracks Have never felt like this & afraid it will last indefinitely. F 55 2 days
25O mg
7/14/2014

 2  To prevent an infection post surger Muscle / tendon pain in right hip, soreness and weakness all over and periodic sharp pains in different muscle groups Thank goodness for this site. It may have helped to limit or prevent long-term damage due to this drug. As soon as I felt severe hip pain I discontinued Cipro (after 3 - 500mg doses). It has been almost a week since I have been off this drug and I still don't know how long these effects will last. It sounds like, if you experience muscle pain, that is it important to "listen to your pain" rest the affected area and minimize use, to prevent further and possible long-term damage. I am also taking sea salt (1/4tsp) and water daily, getting plenty of rest, eating some dairy (yogurt) and praying that the side effects eventually go away. I do appear to be feeling a bit better every day. M 42 1.5 days
2/21/2009

 1  Possible diverticulitis Dizziness, numbness in back of head, tingling in legs and feet, chest pain and back pain, shortness of breath, some confusion. Have diverticulosis (results from colonoscopy), but no tests done for diverticulitis. Starting taking Cipro 500mg 2x daily and Flagyl 500 mg 3x daily, one and half days ago. Put in a call to the Doctor and am stopping meds on my own. Can't handle the side effects. F 43 1.5 days
3/13/2009

 1  Kidney Systemic Tendon & ligament pain and disability. Central & Peripheral Nervous System problems. Neurological issues. Unable to walk, stand, or lay on my side. Excruciating pain in limbs, and feet. Weight loss, gum loss, hair loss. Trouble using arms and hands. Severe horrific experience. Only took 3 tablets. Set off auto-imune response for Sjorgrens. Dreadful and terrifying experience. I am now able to walk, stand, work, exercise again. Anyone severely injured, or disabled is welcome to contact me if you want to learn about the safe/ care I received that got me walking again. This experience led me to the reality of the FDA & Pharma practices of profit from knowingly disabling thousands & thousands of people for their profit. I like so many of us are no longer putting myself or family in their hands again. F 51 1.5 days
500 mg 2X D
5/9/2014
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 1  UTI After 3 doses, I went to the ER as a result of side effects. I thought I had a kidney stone, the pain was so severe. I have had kidney stones, so I know what that pain feels like. I assumed I was going through the motions with the CT scan, but there was nothing there! I was also pooping yellow slime, which made me think my liver was failing. Nope. Liver and kidney function tests were normal. I stopped taking the Cipro and 24 hours later, the kidney pain is gone and the yellow poop is gone. I do have some pain in my foot, still. I thank God I don't have lasting severe side effects like so many of you. I will ask to have a note put in my file that I can't take this drug. F 49 1.5 days
8/2/2009

 1  chronic sinusitis Joint pain, panic attacks, insomnia, restlessness, mental fogginess, exhaustion. Feeling very concerned - side effects started immediately and have not been getting much better. I had been feeling quite healthy except for lingering congestion. This was prescribed just to "kick" the sinus infection. I have been feeling a mess since I took it and have no idea how to fix the problems. Feel weak and anxious. F 25 1.5 days
2X D
7/31/2010

 1  possible UTI After only 3 doses, I experienced weakness, numbness, tingling all over body- chills; pulse rate increased; blood pressure increase convulsions with hallucinations until Respiradal given. I would die before taking this medicine. I had a psychotic breakdown- absolutely horrific experience. I consider this as one of the worst days of my life. I am rarely sick- F 53 1.5 days
500 mg 2X D
8/3/2010
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 1  pre prevention for prostate biopsy after 2 pills first day that night I got very angry punched out a window threw stuff around the house. and my wife could not calm me down. stopped the pills right away. started to fast on water to try to flush out my body. I did a lot of praying and also braggs organic apple cider vinegar. I did have hands that started to shake and felt real tired,I hope I got it in time. If not I wont give up I will fight this tooth and nail. M 66 1.5 days
500 2X W
4/16/2010

 1  UTI Swelling of tendons in my fingers,hands and wrists. Itchey sensation on the inside of my hands. Could not close my hands or turn my wrists without pain. In the ER I was given cipro thru IV, my hands were swelling even then, but that was attributed to how fast the IV was being pumped in. By the next day I noticed the swelling the in my hands had not gone down but had gotten worse and now they were itchey, and ached. I called my doctor at 8:A.M. it took until 1:P.M. for him to get my paper work from the ER. He immediately said to stop the cipro (which I had already) however, now I have tendonitis in both hands and wrists. It has been a week, I take an anti inflammatory every 4 hrs, the swelling has gone down a little (had to cut off my wedding ring), the pain is awful. I WILL NOT RECOMMED CIPRO, EVER, TO ANYONE. I want to know how much money the drug company pays out to every doctor that perscribes this poison. F 56 1.5 days
500 MG 2X D
6/1/2010
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 1  UTI After the 1st dosage, I started to feel weak and had some joint pain. Then it got worse, and even the soles of my feet hurt, it was like the aches you get when you have the flu but much more intense. I couldn't sleep and all my joints and lower back were hurting (kidney area). I then started to have tingling or pins/needles in my feet and hands. My body was sentative to touch and it was difficult to bathe too. It's like my nerve endings were so close to the surface. It stripped away my appetite to. I was so sleepy and tried, I could hardly walk and was very very sluggish, every movement caused me pain. I was also experiencing extreme hot/cold flashes. Of course the Doctor told me these didn't sound like typical side effects. I stopped taking the meds after 1-1/2 days (on my own, as I made the connection) and called my GP. I explained to him or his after hours physician that I needed a new perscription. They called in something different for me to take, as the UTI symptoms were still present. I would not recommend this drug to anyone. People, please do your research! F 48 1.5 days
250 mg 2X D
5/16/2010
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 1  UTI Tendonitis, fatigue, severe joint pain, rhabdomyolysis, muscle fasciculations, peripheral neuropathy (limb weakness/paralysis, tingling and vibration in arms and legs), eye floaters, visual disturbances, anxiety, insomnia. I wish all of you the best. Get plenty of sleep and eat well. Take acetyl-L-carnitine and B vitamins to support nerve regrowth. Also, make sure you submit a MedWatch report to the FDA (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm). Hopefully we can get this poison taken off the market, and spare others the torture we have been through. As for me, three (yes, three!) measly pills have led to months of excruciating agony. Fortunately, the joint and tendon damage resolved after several weeks of rest, and for that I am endlessly grateful. I am being treated by a wonderful neurologist who diagnosed me with demyelinating polyneuropathy due to Cipro. Lyrica has helped give respite from the maddening pain and "bugs under the skin" feelings. I've been reassured that peripheral nerves almost always heal, although it may take over a year. After three months, I rarely need medicine, and have only residual tingling and muscle twitches in my limbs. I'm even able to do very light workouts at the gym, although I'm far from being back to my normal activity level. If you're like I was, you're reading this terrified because you are having these same exact symptoms and wondering if your life has been ruined from here on out. But be brave--your body wants to heal, and you will get better with time. See your doctor *immediately*, and demand that they help you with this. F 26 1.5 days
500 mg 2X D
5/23/2010
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 1   Muscle spasms, weakness in left leg, pain in knee, burning and numbness on right side of body, Do not take this drug! If I had known about the side effects ahead of time, I never would have taken Cipro. I took 3 pills and ended up in the ER. It has been over 2 weeks since I stopped taking Cipro and I am still having pain in my left leg and calf. It feels like Sciatica. F 40 1.5 days
500 MG 2X D
11/30/2011

 1  sinus infection It has been seven months since I took Cipro for a sinus infection and I am continuing to experience ongoing side effects. This side effects include: achilles tendon pain, heel pain, tendon pain in forearm, weight loss and neuropathy in arms and legs. Even though my symptoms have improved, one has to wonder if they will ever be resolved completely. Like many others I have good days and bad days. I have given up many activities that I used to enjoy, especially running. This is by far, the worst experience of my life, and I only hope that these drugs be taken off the market for the benefit of others who might fall prey to this poison. M 41 1.5 days
250 2X D
7/13/2011

 1  reoccurring Uti intense continuous arm pain, dizzy, head aches , Nauseous, weakness, vie only been on this for a day and a half and after work I was fine about 6 hours later woke up with intense pain in my left arm, to the point where I was crying it hurt so bad, read this site and knew immediately what it was. Vie taken this before and had no side effects , but I'm am not taking anymore of these little demon pills, the side effects are scaring me , I really hope nothing is permanently damaged, do not take this pill I can't believe my doctor prescribed me this. I hope when I call for a different medication they give it to me or I'm screwed, F 19 1.5 days
250 mg 2X D
9/6/2011

 1  Epididymitis Superficial muscle spasms which I would qualify as low level peripheral neuropathy. Low level pain in knees, ankles. The warning leaflet was interesting: Tendon ruptures in the elderly. Seeing this drug is fluorine based and that fluorine and any chemical containing fluorine is HIGHLY toxic I did some research. Thank Heaven Almighty for the internet. Thank all you brave people victimized by this drug for posting your comments on the internet. I took this drug 1.5 days. After swallowing the last pill it occured to me I MAY have been poisoned by this drug back in 92 making my life a living hell of malise, uncontrollable migratory muscle spasming and weakness-and set the stage for tendonitis and knee meniscus breakdown years later. Within 1/2 hour of taking the last pill I slammed milk, 200mg zinc and 150 mg magnesium to block absorption. I made the doctor switch me to doxycycline. Two days later I am still having superficial migratory muscle spasms but the joint pains have stopped. If I had done the full 14 day cycle I dare not think what could have happened. I cannot afford to be an invalid at 41 with a family of 5 to support. The drug works very well at killing offending bacteria but the cost is not worth it. I'll suffer a painful prostate and testicle for a month while slower working doxycycline does its thing. I pray for each victim of flouro-drug poisoning and pray the people promoting this drug will develop a conscious. M 41 1.5 days
500 mg 2X D
5/16/2011
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