Drug Ratings for CIPRO

Average Rating: 1.7 (1649 Ratings)

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 2  bronchitis Night sweats, sick stomach, insomnia, exhaustion, weak, unsteady,confused. My breathing has not got much better. I am feeling weak and totally out of it, I want to sleep all the time, but wake up feeling worse after 2 hrs. Vivid dreams, anxiety. I have read so many horrible things about this drug and now may attribute my foot pain/problems-barely can walk to taking Cipro several times before. F 52 5 days
250 mg 4X D
7/19/2010
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 1  colitis I started taking this drug and within 24hrs i started to feel like I was in a fog like I had taken too many decongestants. Nausea, lethargic, extreme fatigue, anxious, paranoid and my left shoulder and neck hurt so bad I can't turn my head. I am experiencing right calf pain and face pain. Burning headache like pins and needles in the top of my head. I have a weird sensation when I breath, like I'm taking in breaths of really cold air and it's numbing my airway and chest. I'd say it reminds be of flu symptoms but, I feel so bad right now I can't really compare it to anything. Do not take this medication. Please whatever you don't give it to your children. You wouldn't want your kids to feel like this F 27 3 days
500mg 2X D
7/19/2010

 2  UTI heartburn, tachycardia, lightheadedness, nervousness/anxiety, panic attack, sleeplessness, fatigue, indescribable sense of "something wrong" Recently (April 2010) I got a sulfa-resistant UTI and my doc put me on a five-day course of cipro. Three days into it I had a scary episode of racing heart, lightheadedness, hyperventilation, feeling like I was going to pass out, and a creeping sensation that something was going wrong with my heart. I'm not sure if anything actually WAS wrong or if it was purely a panic attack, but, whichever, it was a bizarre set of symptoms (I have never had a panic attack before). I discovered that walking briskly improved the symptoms. For the next week I had a string of episodes like this. I did not get any of the tendon or muscle problems described by others and my symptoms vanished rapidly as soon as I went off cipro. Fast forward three months, I get another resistant UTI, and I still have a few cipro left - so I take them - yeah I know, stupid. Day 1 was fine; on day 2 I got the sleeplessness and free-floating anxiety; on day 3 I got the lightheadedness, the about-to-pass-out feeling, bad heartburn, tingly face, aha, now I know for sure it's the cipro. The list of symptoms doesn't quite convey how creeped out I feel - this weird body-wide anxiety like I've eaten a toxic mushroom and can actually feel my major organs slowly breaking down. On the plus side it did stop the UTI dead in its tracks. If you have to take this, don't take it for more than 3 days. F 45 3 days
500mg 2X D
7/15/2010
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 1  UTI/Kidney Stone Skin lesions on nose and eyelids, anxiety, stuffed sinuses, raw and bloody nose, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares, headaches, foggy head This drug should be outlawed. I took it once before for Giardia and it trashed my stomach lining for years to come. This time I supplemented heavily with probiotics and though my stomach feels fine, I had tons of other symptoms. I was supposed to take it for 10 days, but stopped at 8 because I could not handle the side effects. I'm amazed this drug is still on the market. Do not take it for any reason! F 32 8 days
500 2X D
7/14/2010

 1  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

 3  Stomach Upset Feverish/Weakness even i dont have fever, sometimes tingling in joints specially knee, sweaty sleep,Dry mouth even drinking 4 litres of the water etc.. It's a good medicine but should be used as last option.It does not suit to everybody. Surely it will cure your infection but at the price of other systems of the body.I would advise elderly people just be sure before taking this drug. Even those who are satisfied with this drug they do also have similar symptoms.I cannot complete my course of five days and stop the medicine on 4th day,Even two days has been past but still something pinning in the body. M 26 5 days
500mg 2X D
7/13/2010

 1  Kidney infection, stomach ulcer Sever allergic reaction. Ended up in emergency room. Hives, blisters, splotches, all over body, including my scalp. Was painful and itch. Was treated with an adrenaline injection upon arrival to hospital. Then was put on an IV drip of steroids and Benadryl for 4 hours. Was told can never take this drug again...or any in that family of drugs which are called Quinolones. Muscle pain in left arm and muscle weakness...hard to grasp anything. This happened on July 5th, it is now July 13th, still have muscle weakness in left arm. Have tremors also..that have not gone away. Never ever use this drug. I feel like it is making me paranoid, want to avoid all medications of any kind. No longer trust the medical profession. F 56 13 days
500 2X D
7/13/2010

 1  uti extreme tendinitis, can barely walk. loss of balance. intestines feel like acid has run through the system. bloating, gas and constant diarrhea. dizziness. have been off cipro for 3 months. problems persist. i was strong and healthy, very active before taking cipro. I was practicing yoga 2 or 3 x/wk. was strong, flexible and had great balance. now cannot assume most poses and lack balance. F 68 5 days
30mg 2X D
7/11/2010

 5  sepsis from kidney infection Same thing as I usually get from any heavy duty antibiotic: loose stool, but I almost always eat plain live culture yogurt and that takes care of it. I just had none in the house this time. I am a frequent flier kidney infection, and sometimes if the doctor doesn't catch it in time, it goes to my bloodstream. I have been on the brink of septic shock twice in the last three years, and Cipro is almost always prescribed as a follow-up to IV antibiotics, either that or Levaquin. I know some people have bad reactions to it but it works extremely well for me. F 52 10 days
500 MG 2X D
7/10/2010
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 1  Ear Infection M 49
500 MG 1X D
7/10/2010
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 2  Sinus infection Sleeplessness, anxiety, heart racing, heart palpitations (heavy beating), weakness, mild headaches, paranoia, light tingling in fingers & toes, mild earache in right ear, random muscle twitching at random locations on my body I was prescribed 2 pills a day for 10 days. I stopped on day 9 because I just couldn't deal with the side effects any more. What's worse, I've been off of them now for 8 days and I'm still experiencing side effects. Apparently it takes this stuff a while to get out of your system. The side effects for me come & go, but I wish they would just GO! I'm never taking this stuff again. It did help clear up my sinus infection, but the side effects just plain suck. M 33 10 days
unsure 2X D
7/9/2010

 2  UTI headache, severe heartburn, stomach pain this medicine does not help!! i've been taking cipro and other antibiotics for a severe uti that I've had on and off for a few months. The medicine has not helped me. I'm really worried. I started feeling severe stabbing pains by my belly button the other day...it was so bad i thought it was my appendix. Yesterday, I've had severe heartburn. I feel so sick. I figure this must be due to the antibiotics. I have muscle pain...my neck hurts and my upper back hurts. I've been crying because NOTHING is helping me. Of course I have a yeast infection because of all this antibiotics. my breasts even hurt sooo badly!!! but the worst is this heartburn. has anyone else experienced horrible heartburn on cipro?? F 28 3 months
500 2X D
7/9/2010
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 2  Kidney Infection Headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, hair loss, soreness, tiredness. If you can get your doctor to prescribe you a different medication do it! this medication made me feel worse than having the kidney infection and everyday I would have headaches with blurred vision and dizziness. This is the worst Antibiotic I have ever taken and will never take it again. F 33 14 days
500mg 2X D
7/8/2010

 1  Precautionary post-surgery med Lips swelled up, awful anxiety and negative thoughts, abdominal pain, nausea I was prescribed these as a precautionary post-surgery treatment (gynae). I have never felt so ill....initially I thought my toothpaste had done something to my gums and mouth, it felt like someone had put a mini rubber-ring around my lips. Woke this morning with awful depression and anxiety, shaking like a leaf. Have eaten a pasty and small pie in nearly three days, no appetite, feel sick all the time, abdominal cramps. Just awful medicine, thank God I can't take it thanks to the reaction rather than having to try it again. F 35 2 days
500 2X D
7/8/2010

 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

 2  Prostatitis I took this drug once before for 30 days for the same condition and had no difficulty. This time, it felt "wrong" from the very first dose. The first two nights I had insomnia, but this passed. However, I'd have periodic nights of odd anxious sleeplessness. I kept with it until the 12th day, when I started to experience some annoying involuntary muscle movement...likes the movements you make when you're dozing off, but these occurred whenever I was sitting still...not necessarily sleeping. Later that night, after my evening dose, I had a really bad experience with a rapid heart rate and flushed skin, abdominal contractions, involuntary leg/arm movements, etc. I'll start by saying that I'm very sensitive to drugs. However, this drug is a mystery to me. I had a good experience with it the first time, but not this time a year later. None of the doctors I spoke to seemed to have encountered other patients with this side-effect. However, these my side-effects are mentioned in the literature, so maybe I'm just a tiny minority. My doctor switched me to Augmentin, which I'll start taking tonight. M 46 12 days
500 2X D
7/6/2010
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 1  epididymitis loss of breath, lack of sleep, sweats, trouble swallowing at one point, aching joints, aching tendons, anxiety, nausea. i went to an urgent care to get a diagnosis of my pains and it was an infection in my testicular area. the doctor gave me cipro just like that. the first day i took the antibiotic, i felt completely fine. until the days went by and i started feeling all the weird side effects. i have to take this for 14 days and it's only been 6 so far and it feels like hell. i've been freaking out about these side effects. it seems like i have symptoms of cancer, but i don't know yet, so i need to get a check up on what is going on with me, cause i didn't feel like this until i started taking this antibiotic. if anyone has felt this before just let me know via email, it would be greatly appreciated. M 19 14 days
500 mg 2X D
7/6/2010
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 1  Pelvic Infection Muscle weakness, tingling in hands, feet, legs. All of these side effects started 1 week after finishing the medicine, and have persisted for a full month, with no signs of going away. F 33 3 days
500 mg 2X D
7/5/2010
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 1  UTI Stiff neck, extreme fatigue, joint, muscle pain, headache, general malaise Please DO NOT take this drug. I didn't make the connection immediately, but now I know what's causing pain in my elbow, fingers, calves, back, etc. My neck is extremely stiff. I am a very active, healthy 39 year old female and feel 90 at the moment. I've never experienced anything like this before. I'm concerned about the residual side effects. Why is this medication still being allowed to harm us? F 39 6 days
500 mg 2X D
7/5/2010

 1  food poisoning Insomnia, Panic Attacks, Shortness of Breath, Tachycardia, loss of balance, fainting, angina...Initially went for food poisoning. After treatment w CIPRO had Shortness of Breath, back to ER. Rather than consider I was having a reaction to CIPRO, the Drs. put me through a lot of expensive tests to find a hole in my heart, which wasnt' there! I think that we should sue the hospitals. It is clear that they are benefitting from treating all of the "side effects" created by this drug. It is a cash cow for them. I hadn't been sick or to the doctor in years before this. Then I had to go to the ER 4 times in 2 months! Cha-ching! They have no interest in prescribing a less toxic anti-biotic! Someone at the top of these Corporate Hospitals has planned it this way! 2.5 months later...The Insomnia finally stopped. Tachycardia much better..Still very short of breath. Can't walk for more than 3 minutes without having to sit down. Anyone else with Shortness of Breath? F 48 4 days
500mg 2X D
7/3/2010
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 1  -possible- UTI This happened on 6-28-10. Not even 10 mins. after taking a pill, I broke out in itchy, red hives. From the bottom of my feet to my face. I also had red splotches all over. My throat felt a little tight, also. Went straight back to the doctor & they gave me a shot of epinephrine & benadryl. Cleared it up within the hour. I was so mad & still am!!! Horrible drug. I'm glad my reactions weren't worse! F 30 1 days
? 2X D
7/2/2010

 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  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

 4  Diverticulitis Horrible taste in my mouth that does not go away till treatment is discontinued. In the last 4 years I've had 2 bouts with Diverticulitis and being perscribed Cipro & Flagyl. I 've noticed a deterioration of my joints (shoulders, wrists and lower back) during this same time period. Coincedence? M 49 10 days
?? 2X D
6/28/2010

 1  Kidney Infection joint pain, swollen joints, swollen lymph nodes, dizzyness, fatigue, extreme thirst After the 6th day of taking this medication, I began feeling joint pain in my hands, shoulders, toes, knees, hips (virtually everywhere). I stopped taking Cipro immediately after these symptoms began because I researched side effects online and found mine were common. I am a healthy active 34 year old and now I feel like an 80 year old with extreme arthritis all over. My joints shift and pop and it hurts to hold a pen! Basic tasks are a struggle. I have two young children and don't have time to deal with these effects. I agree with others that state that there are plenty of other antibiotics out there and this should be used as a LAST resort. This is only the 4th day after stopping the medication and I am going back to the Doctor today for testing. I will post updates of my progress. Feel free to email me with suggestions on dealing with this. F 34 6 days
unsure 2X D
6/28/2010
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 1  uti Extreme fatigue, pain in my Achilles tendons and my hands... ... F 52 3 days
250 2X D
6/27/2010

 1  Urinary tract infection ruptured extendor tendon in my left hand while STRETCHING F 67 10 days
30 mg 2X D
6/24/2010

 1  UTI Depression, anxiety You must REALLY BECAREFUL when taking this drug about 3 days into it I started feeling different not sleeping or eating, I started to have really bad thoughts I felt like I was going crazy. I went to seen a Psychiatrist and they informed me CIPRO does cause a side affect that can cause depression. I was left with Major Depression and had to start taking anti depressants. Please be careful if your feel worried about taking this med let your doctor know. There’s other meds out there. F 26 5 days
500MG 2X D
6/23/2010
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 1  UTI Couldn't handle the drug. Cut the dosage to 250 per day. Still felt horrible. Exhausted. Jittery. Sleepless. Tingling hands and arms. Aching joints and tendons, and left me with an irritated bladder and urethra. I would never take this drug again. EVER. F 75 3 days
250 mg 2X D
6/23/2010

 1  uti Feelings of death and panic attacks. It is now 6 months since my last 50mg tablet and life is better but I am still depressed and dont know if i am ever going to get better. According to wikipedia cipro is a " chemotherapeutic " agent and is "but only a handful have found their way into clinical practice.[11]The fluoroquinolone drugs are the most toxic and dangerous antibiotics in clinical practice today.[citation " If you take this drug then it is like being on chemotherapy except for the fact that you are all alone and by the time you realise it is the cipro that is ruining your life then it is too late and the damage is done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! M 35 8 days
50 1X D
6/22/2010
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 1  Gut Infection Doctor gave this out like candy for a stomach infection - I had tendon pain within 24 hours, stopped at 6 doses. It killed the stomach problem - but did horrible damage to my 29 year old otherwise healthy body. Could barely walk do to body-wide tendon pain and joint popping. Then got diarreah. Worried that I was going to be disabled! Now taking Magnesium Chelate, B6, C, CoQ10, Omega3, probiotics, eating bone stock trying to recover my body and flush the fluoride out of my system. The summer and possibly this year is lost - can't exercise without joint pain. Recently got muscle spams and worried about nerve damage. Started a blog to post my research on how to cope with the damage: http://cirposucks.tumblr.com/ Should not be on the market, but they make billions a year to poison healthy people! Should only be used in last resort, but greed makes them lie to doctors and give it out like candy. M 29 3 days
250mg 2X D
6/22/2010

 1  UTI I had a UTI that I had foolishly allowed to advance to the point of needing an antibiotic. My doctor prescribed me a 3-day course of 500mg 2X per day. On Friday at 6:00pm I took one single 500mg pill. I felt fine; I went to bed at 10:30pm and at 12:30 am I woke up with the worst panic attack, sweaty palms, rapid heart beat, and I did not sleep that night. The next day, my brain became adulturated with depressing thoughts, and I knew not to take another pill. The next evening, I went to bed at 10:30pm and could not fall asleep until 3:00 am and woke up at 7:00 am. Today, I feel like I have eaten napalm. I look like I have been drinking tequila, and I feel terrible. Fluoroquinolones are very toxic; they cross the path into your brain. They destroy your GABA and your melatonin. Although the damage may not be permanent, it can take a LONG time to restore it. So what are the alternatives? Well, there is a MUCH safer antibiotic for UTI's called MONUROL. It is a one-time packet that you mix in water. Unfortunately, it cannot take care of serious UTS's. Another alternative sold in health food stores is D-Monnitol. This herb draws the E.Coli away and clears the problem away. BUT you can only use this herb once every 8 weeks; you can overdose on it, and it CAN be fatal. At least it won't affect your brain like the evil Cipro. F 41 1 times
500mg 1X D
6/20/2010
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 1  UTI After taking the 2nd dose, I started having horrible headaches around the same time everyday (I rarely ever get headaches). I had stomach cramping and green stool for 2 days. Then I started getting really worried because my joints started cracking/popping when I walked which at first was funny but not so much anymore. The back of my left calf is sore and my middle finger started aching last night before bed (an arthritic like pain). Calling the Dr. now... F 23 5 days
500mg 2X D
6/18/2010

 1  diverticulitis Before Cipro I was a healthy competitive tennis player. Since Cipro I have had surgery on 3 of my joints and have been told that I need 2 more surgeries - hip and neck. Cipro will destroy your joints and put an end to your active life. The other side effects - extreme weight loss, vertigo, ringing in my ears, vision problems, painful nerve sensations, memory loss - aren't fun either. Stay away from this drug. It is horrible. This drug must be taken off of the market. Too many people are having problems with it. IT IS VERY DANGEROUS. F 53 10 days
500 mg 2X D
6/17/2010
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 5  post colectomy pouchitis Very happy with Cipro. Stopped frequency / discomfort of bowel movements. More energy. Suffered from 18 month post total colectomy pouchitis. Drug prescribed for bladder infection, B Very happy with Cipro. More energy, enjoyment of life. Prescribed for uti, BUT side effects were great. Stopped symptoms of post surgical total colectomy. Stopped pressure / pain of lower bowel, anus. More energy, less depression, and I have been on antidepressants for years. Take only under drs supervision. It's my wonder drug. It changed my life for the better after two days dosage. If you have had a total colectomy, and are miserable with j-pouch trouble, ask your dr for Cipro. From reading allergic reaction comments, be very careful when first trying this drug. M 65 6 days
500 1X D
6/16/2010

 1  UTI or kidney infection After 2nd day and 3rd day had sleepless nights, felt agitated (prev. anxiety diagnosis). Leg cramps kept me awake too. On 3rd night when I did get to sleep woke up suddenly in the middle of the night with a headache and nausea. (I have other reactions to medication and when it happens I often get a headache in the back of my head on the right side when it is due to a reaction, as in this case). I didn't take it today - 4th day, which is good because after being up for about 3 hours felt sudden nausea and diarrhea. I tried to tell the doctor I couldn't tolerate it and should have trusted myself. I have a metabolism mutation - P450-CYP2D6 and have found I'm affected by other metabolizing methods. The patient information provided with the drug implies there is minimal liver effect. The truth is that it is a significant inhibitor to CYP1A2, and also inhibits CYP3A4 a major processing pathway. The result is major for someone like me who is a poor metabolizer. F 56 3 days
500 2X D
6/14/2010

 5  UTI NONE at all! Don't let a lot of the other reviews scare you. While Cipro is a very powerful antibiotic, not everyone has the scary side effects. This drug can be helpful to MANY when other antibiotics don't work. I recommend everyone who has bad digestive side effects from this drug to supplement with a potent probiotic during/after treatment. Cleared up a bad UTI in less than 48hrs. I kept taking it for all 5 prescribed days, though. F 23 5 days
500mg 2X D
6/13/2010

 1  possible bladder infection Extreme anxiety, thoughts about death but not feeling suicidal. paranoid. really tired.itching after the 4th pill. dry eyes and mouth.back pain. I want to add that Im 33 and have never had any kind of depression or anxiety problems in my life. I cant imagine a person that is prone to depression taking this. Ive never had a side effect from a drug. i will never take this again. I took it 2 days and called the dr. for something else. F 33 7 days
250 2X D
6/11/2010

 5  POSTOP INFECTION THE ONLY SIDE EFFECT WERE UTI, WHICH PROBIOTICS TOOK CARE OF AND ITCHING. I HAD MAJOR SURGERY IN NOVEMBER AND WAS HOSPITALIZED 4 TIMES. NOTHING CLEARED UP THIS INFECTIO9N. I HAD DRAINAGE AND NO ENERGY. I WENT TO A WOUND DOCTOR AND HE HAS ME ON CIPRO. NO MORE DRAINAGE AND TONS OF ENERGY. I REALLY FEEL THAT THIS DRUG SAVED MY LIFE F 63 60 days
500MG 2X D
6/10/2010

 2  uti eyes and face feel swollen and i already have been living with anxiety for a while and it has been under control for the past few years....since taking the cipro it has come back like a beast..i wake up feeling nervous and then I am "blah" all day long...hate it...it also made my stomach feel like it was eating away at itself...the heartburn and stomach burn is ridiculous ew F 27 7 days
500 mg 2X D
6/8/2010

 1  Cough This drug should be banned from the market. I took one dose of it and had the following: 1. Skin rash with slight hives 2. Swelling of feet, behind kneees 3. Anxiety and shakiness 4. Had to be treated with benedryl and Prednisone WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS DRUG. There are many other safe choices that would not give you a reaction!!!! F 48 1 days
250mg 1X D
6/8/2010

 1  UTI 16-year-old daughter went to E.R. with symptoms of mono (after being exposed to mono). They couldn't find anything else, and decided she had a UTI and prescribed Cipro. That evening, several hours after taking first dose, she suddenly just started "freaking out" with elevated heart rate, anxiety, and every symptom that accompanies severe anxiety disorder. She has taken Cipro before, so we didn't suspect this. In the last month, she has been to E.R. 4 times (the one that prescribed the stuff clearly thought she was crazy), Cardiologist (said it was hormones), GP (said it was not hormones, as she checked them--could find nothing in her blood work whatsoever, and recommeded counseling). Have not done this yet, but GP did put her on Buspar and Atarax. Seems to be helping some, but she still basically doesn't have a life. She's 16, and it's summer. HOW MUCH LONGER?? After reading this, I'm convinced this is the problem! Is there any test that will determine for sure in th There's got to be a different solution. This time it didn't even cure the bladder infection. She had to go on Bactrim. By the way, GP muttered under her breath that this was not supposed to be given to anyone under age 18. F 16 3 days
500mg 2X D
6/7/2010
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 1  cold and ear infection heart started racing, abdominal pain, vision impairment, feet started freezing, sharp and excruciating calf and leg pain, unable to walk on right leg I was prescribed this drug by the doctor because I had a bad cold. I took 1 pill and immediately started feeling like bad. My heart started racing, I was getting abdominal pains and my vision was blurring and was sensitive to light. I took another one that evening, not linking the drug to the symptoms and then my heart started racing again and my feet went freezing and my legs started paining and cramping up. I called the doctor and told him I thought the Cipro was the cause and he blamed it on my cold. I told him I wanted off of that antibiotic and he reluctantly agreed. The next couple of days my calves for worse and worse until I was limping and then could no longer take any weight on my right leg. I have been out of work and at home trying to recuperate for over a week now. My leg is feeling a bit better but I still cannot walk properly. DO NOT TAKE CIPRO AND IF YOU HAVE STARTED GET OFF OF IT RIGHT AWAY. THIS DRUG IS A POSION AND IT WILL HARM YOUR BODY. DOCTORS AND BAYER OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE SOLD THEIR SOULS AND OTHERS HEALTH OUT FOR A FEW BUCKS. F 29 1 days
2X D
6/2/2010
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 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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 5  dental abcess, bronchitis heavy limbs, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, soreness & tension in shoulders/back/knees, mild dehydration, delayed onset of tendinitis which subsided with painkillers and pilates after 2 weeks.) sensitivity to light (aided by sunglasses), sound, and occasional tingling in extremities. cipro was prescribed as an alternative to penicillin. i have taken this medication with success for over 15 years with no outstanding issue. this is the first time i've experienced tendinitis as a result of using cipro. i'd read on here that many people experienced this during or after the course, which is why i spent 20 minutes every day doing gentle yoga / pilates. i'm convinced those 20 minutes of gentle stretching every day of the course lessened the severity of the tendinitis that came 2 weeks after finishing. my advice to anyone taking this stuff - sleep through as much of it as you can, and if at all possible try to do some very gentle stretching every day to ward off extreme tendinitis. all in all cipro has been very effective for me, and i wouldn't hesitate to use it again if it were necessary. F 30 7 days
500 2X D
5/31/2010

 1  Kidney/Bladder Infection For me today is only day 2 of taking cipro and I have already experienced many of the symptoms I have read about. The very first dose I was ever given was two nights ago at the ER, a few hours afterwards I started hallucinating, lost my desire to eat, became very irritable and moody. Also started having terrible hotflashes, became weak and dizzy. It almost feels like a legal high sometimes, where my eyelids feel so relaxed and heavy. I constantly have to strain my eyes to read or drive, especially at night time. On the first day I noticed lower back swelling and alot of pressure there. As I said before, today is only day 2 and I am already having tingling sensations all over my legs and feet. Being on this medication it effects me enough that I cannot work. I have had to miss work for the past 2 days due to the side effects of cipro. Would NOT recommend this drug at all. F 21 10 days
500mg 2X D
5/29/2010

 1  diverticulitis About 20 minutes after taking my first dose, I experienced a feeling of faintness and anxiety. My neighbor came over and took my BP and it was 178/105. Normally my BP is very low, 110/60. She called the hospital and they told her to keep my lying down. After the first responders came I was put on Oxygen and my BP continued to be high. I went to the hospital by ambulance during this time I was very tired and slept. My BP was very irratic going from low to high while I rested. I was realeased from the hospital that day with a "reaction" to Cipro. I do not think that Cipro is a safe drug and should not be prescribed. F 57 1 days
500 MG 2X D
5/27/2010

 1  UTI The pain in both of my Achilles tendons started about 4 hours after taking Cipro. Next morning I went back to my doctor and she changed the prescription to Macrobid. Since then, the pain has intensified and now all of my joints are aching. My lower legs including the Achilles tendons are extremely painful, I can only walk with crutches. This is a terrible drug. I was very fit before taking Cipro, I used to race internationally. Now, I can only pray and hope that I can get out of this. I will update my experience with this drug in the future. F 52 1 days
1000 1X D
5/27/2010
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 1  UTI Shortness of breath and anxiety within first couple days, flu like symptoms within one week, after 2 months I hit the worst of it- paranoia & depression, resulting in severe panic attacks, head aches, constant dehydration, trouble focusing, chest pain, lack of flexibility (which I used to be), insomnia... these are the main symptoms I had but I am lucky for it not to have been worse. I should mention that I actually took this drug for kidney infections 4-5 times before this and was fine... It has been almost 4 months since I stopped taking the Cipro and although the symptoms I still have are manageable I am still paranoid and on some days depressed. I have become a hypochondriac as well. I have been reassured that I should be nearly back to normal after 6 months AFTER the worst of it... so it appears I have 4 months to go. this drug is wrong. F 21 5 days
30? 2X D
5/26/2010
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 1  Prostatitis Severe, disabling tendinitis in legs and shoulders. Tinnitis (ear ringing), vertigo, insomnia. I was very healthy and active before taking this drug. I commuted to work via bicycle. 2 months later, I now have an electric wheelchair. Do not take this drug! Researching on the net I now see hundreds of people have become disabled by it... the effects can be permanent or last for years! M 42 7 days
250 mg 2X D
5/25/2010
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 1  UTI 6th day after starting taking the drug I felt a small annoyance in my right elbow. I didn't connect it to the Cirpo, so I finish the treatment at 7th day. After few days the annoyance was growing until I felt real pain in my right arm. Other joints followed the elbow, as well as muscle pain. Sometimes the muscle and joint pain are so intense you are left disabled in bed. After two weeks discontinuing the drug, small signs of healing are showing up, but I still have to endure the pain. Taking Cipro for regular mild infections is not worth the risk. Side effects are serious and can last for much time even after you stop the tratment. Avoid it as much as you can. M 25 7 days
500 MG 2X D
5/24/2010

 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   If I could rate this poison a ZERO, I would. Imagine a drug that doesn't kill you, but instead cripples every tendon and joint in your entire body and then LEAVES you like that--permanently. That's Cipro. It'll make you WISH you were dead from it. Beware: The BLACK BOX WARNING on this poison grossly understates the likelihood, severity and duration of its horrific side effects. Take it from me--it's NOT WORTH IT. I am crippled for life as a result of this poison and there are thousands of others out there just like me. Ask your doctor for something safer (which is just about ANYTHING!) unless, of course, you LIKE being in a wheelchair. M 45 7 days
500 2X D
5/21/2010
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 1  UTI I've Experienced migraine headaches, stomach pain,nausea, lower back pain, body ache like flu symptoms Dont take this medicine it is poison. Ive taken cipro for five days ended up at the ER for severe headache come to find out I was having a migraine headache that i never had in my life. plu the UTI was still there. Called my dr.he told me stop taking it I was having an allergic reaction and he prescribed something else. My lower back pack is the worst. Been put out of work for two months and still havent returned. I've done so much tests and they cant find whats wrong.I did a CT scan, Xrays, Bloodwork, Seen a chiropractic. no one helped the pain. so I went an seen nerve study doctor and came to find out I have nerve damage. they saying the chemical reaction from the cipro has damage my nerves. If theres anyone who can direct me on what to do please help? F 35 5 days
500mg 2X D
5/20/2010
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 5  Pouchitis of ileo-anal pouch After 15 years the only side effect I've had is the occasional episode of sore knees for a few days at a time. I believe it's a wonder drug and if I happen to forget to order a new prescription in time and have a few days without any, I definitely know about it. I believe I will be on this drug for life! F 48 15 years
500 mg 1X D
5/18/2010
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 1  urinary track infection Was riding in back seat of work pick up when i had a seizure. Never had one before. F 38 4 days
500 mg 2X D
5/17/2010

 1  UTI Side effects started within 6/hrs of first dose. Intense headache, severe fatigue, loss of appetite, ringing in ears, bloated with sharp stomach pains, gas. On day 4 I called my Doctor who prescribed another antibiotic which cleared up the UTI. I will NEVER take Cipro for any reason again, the side effects were horrible! F 53 4 days
500mg 2X D
5/17/2010

 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  Post Surgical I have found healing from this nasty drug through the folks and supplements from Point of Return, they are located in California and their supplements not only helped me get off the anti-anxiety medication I was on due to Cipro toxicity, It also alleviated, Anxiety,depression,irregular heart beat, confusion, insomnia, fever. It has been 4 months since I was poisoned with this drug and i am 95% better and looking forward to working again. there is Hope! Point of No Return is a non-profit organization that helps folks with medication withdrawals and has helped me with Cipro Toxicity. Their website is pointofreturn.com M 32 5 days
700 1X D
5/12/2010
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 3  Chest Infection (COPD) I did not experience any side efects whilst taking the 5day course, but a few days on completion I had severe cramp like pains in my right calf muscle. This then also affected my left calf muscle. Walking was a very painful experience, although at rest my legs just felt heavy,tingling/burningand aching. Also some general bodily aches and pains. Being alarmed by this and having a nursing background I wondered if I had developed "Intermittent Claudication", I saw my GP who has referred me to a Vascular Surgeon. Only now, I wonder if this is now connected to the Cipro course I had taken for my chest infection, rather than a physical problem. I awaite to discover whether this is the case and will update my entry asap. F 64 5 days
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5/11/2010

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