Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.7 (1651 Ratings)

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 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
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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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 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  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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 1  Kidney Infection Started getting numbing/tingling sensation on left arm, spread to whole left side (arm, leg, face), anxiety attack (never experienced one before - horrible experience), inability to focus, and was dehydrated. My doctor's office was no help, my husband had to take me to the hospital where they thought I had suffered a stroke as only the left side of my body was affected and when they touched my left side I had loss of sensation. After all the tests they determined it was an allergic reaction to CIPRO. After 4 months I still suffer from the tingling in my left hand and problems with pain in my hand/finger. Would not recommend this to anyone. F 44 1.5 days
2X D
3/17/2011

 1  UTI Fever, chills, dry heaving, lower back pain, intense abdominal pain (very sharp), loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, headache, yellowing of the white of my eyes, face was red like a sunburn and slightly swollen, tightness of chest, developed a dry cough that hurt deep in chest, fatigue, muscle/joint pains- my jaw was very tender & sore, my ankles were swollen, overall entire body was sore feeling, light headedness/faint. I can't even remember the last time I had an actual fever. After taking Cipro for 1.5 days it felt like I was on death's door. I couldn't barely move, couldn't eat, had a fever of 100.6 and was shivering at the same time, freezing cold, woke up in the middle of the night shaking and sweaty, ran to bathroom and dry heaved on and off for 3 hours. Thought by morning I'd be fine, nope just got worse and worse. I had chest pain and then a strange cough that had a metallic taste. My friend who was with me got concerned when she saw my eyes, she said they were discolored, totally freaked me out. I stopped taking the drug. I'm slowly feeling better. This has been the worst! Doctors need to take a good hard look at this drug. It's toxic! F 30 1.5 days
250mg 2X D
3/14/2011

 1  Prostatitis Anxiety, dizzyness, palpitations, joint soreness, muscle soreness, tendon tightness. I took 3 pills. 36 hours after first dose I started getting muscle soreness in my arms, legs, and tightness and cracking in all my joints. 5 days later, things are getting worse. Please don't take this drug unless it is a last resort. I'm a 31 year old male who is in excellent shape. Now I feel like I'm old man with arthritis. M 31 1.5 days
500 2X D
4/3/2011
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 1  post-surgery infection prevention twitching, pain in feet, ankles, hips, forearms, knees, wrists, muscle twitching, depression, disorientation, paranoia, difficulty concentrating, mental confusion. I discontinued use last night after taking the third pill. This medicine is horrible. My joints are popping and my tendons are throbbing and twitching. I had a nightmare for the first time in years. I've a general sensation of torpor and and anxiety. I'm hoping someone can lend some advice for what, if anything, I can do to begin the healing process. I'm very fit and feel arthritic overnight. M 33 1.5 days
500 2X D
4/14/2011
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 1  UTI and GI infection Peripheral neuropathy, severe stabbing headaches and temple pain, stiffening joints in entire boby, worse in hands, elbows, knees, ankles and feet, cloudy and disoriented, severe teeth and jaw pain, extreme fatigue, severe eye pain, muscle tremors, severe lower back pain, on and off fevers, sore throat and flu-like symptoms, chest pain (aggrevated with decaf teas), neck pain, intercranial pressure, low blood pressure (80-90/45-55), dizziness/lightheadness, rapid heart rate, cold hands and feet, severe sunburn damage, generalized weakness and ill feeling, nausea,.......and the list continues I was diagnosed with a UTI and possible GI infection, the doc placed me on Cipro, like any other prescribed drug, I thought if there would be any note worthy side effects, the doc would let me know. Imagine my surprise after I became completely numb and unable to move after my third dose. I was rushed to the ER, but the doc didn't believe it was the Cipro. I was then placed on Amoxil, after 4 days on it, was rushed to the ER for confusion and blurring vision. After 4 more trips to the ER over a two week period, I have been given referrals to see a neuro and ID specialist. This is costing me a bundle, just because the doctors refuse to accept that Cipro is the culprit. I had to take leave from my PhD due to this medication, and my life is in limbo as I wait for test results that are looking for another cause for my symptoms. I have been prescribed paracetamol and codeine, and so far, it's the only medication that helps to alleviate the severe pains, which tends to worsen at nights. F 28 1.5 days
500mg 2X D
4/6/2011
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 1  sinus infection Anxiety, insomnia, joint paing, especially in the knees, pain in the feet, tendon pain, especially in the calf muscles. Really quite remarkable that this drug stays on the market. It is pure poison no doubt. What is more confounding is the fact that my ENT proscribed this for a minor sinus infection. I am still having these symptoms after taking on three doses of 250mg each and wondering if/when the side effects will subside. M 40 1.5 days
250 mg 2X D
12/7/2010

 1  Urine, Sinus and Chest Infections I have very severe pain in my right achillies. I did read the warnings and thought it an odd reation, so when i woke up at 2am this morning unable to sleep due to pain in my right leg, and walked to the bathroom, i feel like my achillies is about to go Not sure if my chest infection is worstening or if this is a result of the drug too, it is now 2:40am and will have to call emergency gp tomorrow (sat) to get another antibiotic. Pain in my right ankle is really bad. Glad i read the leaflets so i knew this had something to do with the tablets as i think it is a very odd side effect - and i'm not sure why it is or how it can affect it, but i know if i had not read the leaflet i would have carried on taking the tablets and wondering why i was getting worse! F 44 1.5 days
500mg 2X D
1/7/2011
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 1  sinus infection within an hour of taking the first dose I started to hurt all over. joint pain, muscle pain,back pain and headache. kinda like I had the flu. I only took 2 doses and stopped once I called the pharmacy and they told me that this could be a side effect as well as tendonitis..It has been 2 days and I still am in pain and continue to hurt all over. My doctor says that he does not think that my symptoms are from the cipro. Hope that is goes away soon and would not ever take this drug again. F 36 1.5 days
500mg 2X D
1/8/2011

 1  post-surgery infection prevention Cipro adversely changed my life forever. If you've ever suffered from depression or anxiety, do not take this drug. The psychological effects are worse than the physical. It has made me into a different, lesser person. M 33 1.5 days
500mg 2X D
7/30/2012
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 1  Urinary tract infection severe fatigue and extreme weakness After taking the medication 3 times I started feeling really weak (I could hardly walk). The day the side effects started I went to see a doctor and they took me off the medication. It took a few days for the fatigue to go away. In spite of the side effects, the medication did its job and made the infection go away. F 27 1.5 days
2X D
8/3/2012

 1  abdominal pain, UTI muscle spasms similar to an epileptic seizure lasting 10 - 40 minutes, restlessness, insomnia, bizarre mood changes I regret having taken this medication. My suffering this past week has been immense and I feel worse from having taken the drug. F 39 1.5 days
2X D
8/9/2012
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 1  UTI I experienced a very rapid heart beat, tightness in chest, sweaty palms, anxiety, feeling like I wasn't getting enough air, stomach distress and a bad sore throat. I am stopping and trying Bactrim instead. I will never take this again. F 38 1.5 days
11/10/2006

 1  prostatitis Tendonitis in the Achilles tendon; minor tendonopathy in wrists, biceps. Migrating joint pains. This drug is toxic to cytotoxic to tendons. Expect a two-week to two-year recovery time. The post-marketing incidence of these side effects has never been properly evaluated, and may be as high as 1 in 250 people-- which is not exactly rare! Currently have a brace on the right ankle and using crutches. M 29 1.5 days
10/25/2008

 1  UTI Diarrhea, constant nausea and vomiting, dizziness, headache, fever, chills, depression, joint and muscle pain. I had only taken 3 doses and symptoms disappeared within hours of stopping medication. F 35 1.5 days
7/16/2007

 5  diverticulitis (mis-diagonased) Disgusting the doctor and the pharmacist did not warn me this was a "Black Box" drug! If I had been told this was a "Black Box" medication I would never have taken it. The "Black Box" warning should be clearly stated on the literature given by the pharmacist. DO NOT TAKE UNLESS YOU ARE DYING!! I took ONLY ONE 500mg pill and after a few hours I had a severe headache, felt disoriented and cloudy. I felt pain in my legs, especially my calves. I went to lay down and when I woke up, a few hours later, I had difficultly moving in the bed and quickly realized I could not move my toes and feet and I felt very weak. I did not take another pill, I tried not to freakout,I drank fluids and went back to bed. The problem was I couldn't sleep, and when I did I had horrible dreams and hallucinations. THIS DRUG IS POISON!!! IT CAN HAVE LIFE CHANGING CONSEQUENCES!!!! From there it only got worse and I only took one pill. I was bedridden because I was so weak I could not stand up or walk. I was advised by a physical therapist to stay in bed so I would not rupture my Achilles tendons.for two weeks, or whenever I felt not so weak. I felt like a 90 year old woman. I could hardly move in bed, because when I did, I would get sharp shooting pains like I could feel every muscle and tendon not being able to function. It took over a year to fully walk again without pain. Almost 2 years later I still get pain in my calves especially if I climb stairs or do other things that put strain on my calves. I ate totally organic food and tried to detox my body to get this poison out of me and help my body heal. N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine can help. I also drank Ph water and lots of Coconut water. F 43 1 days
500mg 2X D
2/18/2013
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 4  UTI Muscle achiness, headache, general weakness in the body This is only my first day of taking it for a 3 day treatment, but the second time I've tried Cipro. I found it odd that the first time I took Cipro (which was about a year ago), I had hardly any side effects. But this time I am getting these side effects. Still, my UTI symptoms are improving already. I no longer feel the constant urge to go or pain when I urinate. If it'll clear up this infection, I can endure the side effects for 2 more days. F 23 1 days
9/13/2008

 3  diverticulitis restlessness, strong heartbeat--can hear it when resting, yucky taste in mouth(maybe flagyl), strange thoughts taking in combo with flagyl for diverticulitis. Hope I don't get any worse symptoms. I say a prayer over meds--all the good and none of the bad, Lord I pray. It sounds better in Spanish. F 45 1 days
7/30/2007

 2  BLADDER INFECTION ALLERGIC REACTION. RASH ON EXTREMITIES. ON TREATMENT FOR BLADDER CANCER. CONCURRENTLY WITH CHEMOTHERAPY. I JUST FOUND OUT I COULD NOT TAKE ALMOST ANY VITAMIN OR MINERAL( OR SOME OF THEM) M 75 1 days
5/4/2004
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 2  UTI/ possible kidney infection Back pain, neck pain, kidney pain, nausea, shaking fatigue, headaches...ect..we all know the effete Cipro is the worst anti-biotic I have ever used..That being said Im just posting this to help anyone who finds themselves in a position similar to mine. I had been prescribed Cipro for what seemed a routine kidney infection...DAY 1 The first serving I took I really didn't receive any side effects from the drug.. Later that night approx 12 hours later I took my second dose and literally though i was going to DIE not even joking my kidneys and back hurt excruciatingly bad i had to go to the ER and all they did was give me and IV and a drug to settle my stomach pains and could not stop shaking. DAY 2 my first serving went down fine it was not until second serving that hell broke lose again I was literally shaking and so nauseated and trouble breathing I begged my mom to keep an eye on my while I slept uncase i stopped breathing...And well for day three I went straight to my doctor and demanded a new anti-biotic and got bactrim which is working great..........untill recently approx 3 day off cipro did that back pain stop.........and a little info about myself incase you think I'm like one of those sickly kids with super aids I'm not I'm a 6'2" 225 pound male who competitively lifts and exercises pretty much a gym rat and in college..This is just my warning to anyone taking cipro if you develop back pain while using it or more kidney pain I would strongly suggest calling your doctor and asking for another anti-biotic..Thanks for reading M 21 1 days
500mg 2X D
2/22/2012

 2  Intestinal problems Treatment for diverticulosis. It makes me edgy and I found that it is a quinolone so I am stopping it. I took Levaquin a few years ago (same family of antibiotics) and was left with continuing joint problems, early morning stiffness and pain. I'm very active and it was devastating to me. Please try taking MSM to alleviate joint problems caused by this family of antibiotics. It seems to have helped reverse damage. Spread the word--others should try it. MSM is very inexpensive and is not harmful to humans, so it should be ok, but I don't make blanket recommendations. Let's keep our joints happy and healthy. Good luck! F 55 1 days
9/23/2009
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 2  possible uti ear ringing, headache, aches in knee/back/hip, start of a fever, starting to feel like developing a flu 250mg twice a day. (only took two pills before I stopped) Took first pill at night and had (ear ringing/strange feeling)-that went away by the 2nd day. Had a slight headache after taking it might have been from stress though. When I woke up my body ached some and it seemed to affect my right knee, back ..felt like I could pull a muscle or strain it easily. (Basically it mostly affected areas where I've put strain on in the past and are more prone to wear out from overworking them)..however I haven't been overworking them it was the result of cipro. Then took my 2nd pill in the morning. Started to feel flu like symptoms by the end of the day and took my temperature (developing a fever). I called the pharmacist and recommended not to take anymore and to talk to my doctor. She said most people do not have these reactions. I don't know if that's true. But I recommend to pay attention to the warning. There are some common reactions like nausea headache etc that are suppose to be more common. But there is a list of things that warns you if you have them to stop taking it. And flu like/fever is definitely one of those. As of now my body aches, feels like the flu and slight fever. I am going to avoid doing physical activity until I start to feel like my body is recovering. And am just laying around in bed, not lifting heavy objects etc bc when you have this reaction (achy muscles/straining) its easy to pull something. F 29 1 days
1/21/2010

 1  Uti I was afraid to take it because of all the side effects that it has, and all the comments that I had read about it. I started taking it after all and the second dose I took, I started feeling so much pain in my legs! I should've follow my instinct not to take it! I hope nothing else happens to me :( F 35 1 days
500mg
3/22/2013
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