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Ciprofloxacin
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Ciprofloxacin Side Effects

Ciprofloxacin

Serious side effects of ciprofloxacin

  • Joint or tendon issues, particularly swelling in the tissues that hold the bone and muscle together, which are signs of tendinitis.
  • Severe muscle weakness that can cause breathing issues and death, in rare cases.
  • Hypersenstivity to ingredients contained in this medication, which may result in anaphylactic shock, skin rash, swelling of the face and throat, itching, and hives.
  • This medication may also increase the risk side effects in the central nervous system, such as seizures, tremors, and depression or hallucinations.
  • Phototoxicity, or sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea, which causes persistent, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping, bloody stool, and dehydration.

Common side effects of ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin may commonly cause less serious side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness. This medication may also cause an elevation of certain enzymes in the liver which can affect liver function tests.
  • eugene j pikor

    given cipro for upper respiratory infection ended up with vomiting / severe diarhea for several days until blood was coming out intestines never the same afterwards frequent diarrhea at least 2x week acid reflux and has limited my diet in a major way this has gone on for several years

    • Mark A Girard

      Hello, Eugene, I’m sorry to hear you got floxed. I hope things have improved for you. I just wanted to tell you about Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group in facebook. If you are still dealing with FQ toxicity and you have not found your way to us yet we offer comradery with people who understand your horror story all too well and we can answer many of your questions. Please watch for screening messages from our hard working admins if you join. Best wishes to you in the lifelong battle with this
      awful condition! Mark A Girard, Senior Admin, FTG

  • paolapitufina

    Was given Cipro 3 times in two years for diverticulitis. I am convinced that Cipro gave me Fibromyalgia which I know have for the rest of my life!

    • im fucked

      took cipro two time once b4 it had black box warning and all my fingers in both hands have trigger finger. thanks multi million drug company im 26 years old with 70 year old hands

      • Lyman Duggan

        Trigger Finger #Floxed like me and fixed with Cortisone omg double screwed~! It can take years for the lights to come on, eh~!
        3rd Cortisone shot and no trigger finger. 7 years ago.
        First time I was conscious of Cipro was 8 years ago.
        Could have been Fluoroquinolones before then too.
        First heard of Cipro at time of 911 as it was the big thing for Anthrax and given to Posties by the thousands and they are reporting problems. Gulf War Syndrome another situation.

    • Mark A Girard

      We call it Cipromyalgia! I’m sorry to hear you were floxed. I hope things have improved for you. I just wanted to let you know about Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group in facebook. If you are still dealing with FQ toxicity and you have not found your way to us yet we offer comradery with people who understand your horror story all too well and we can answer many of your questions. Please watch for screening messages from our hard working admins if you join. Best wishes to you in the lifelong battle with this awful condition! Mark A Girard, Senior Admin, FTG

    • Lyman Duggan

      Cipro can also give you diverticulitis. It screws up the mitochondria in your intestines. A chicken or the egg thing.

  • Steve Morris

    I was given cipro twice and a few months after I torn both calf muscles. After the second they finally made the connection that is was cipro. One of the side effects is tendon and muscle tears.

    • Mark A Girard

      I’m sorry to hear you were floxed. I hope things have improved for you. I just wanted to let you know about Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group in facebook. If you are still dealing with FQ toxicity and you have not found your way to us yet we offer comradery with people who understand your horror story all too well and we can answer many of your questions. Please watch for screening messages from our hard working admins if you join. Best wishes to you in the lifelong battle with this awful condition! Mark A Girard, Senior Admin, FTG

  • Kurtz25

    I was just given Cipro for 5 days. After reading the side effects, I really, really thought about whether I actually wanted to take it, but I decided I was concerned enough about the condition that I’d take the chance. On the first morning, I felt a little nauseous, but I usually do on the first dose of an antibiotic. I felt fine the rest of the time. But then, on the day after the last dose, I woke up to intense pain in my left Achilles tendon. “What did I do to my ankle yesterday?” —I thought, and then: “Oh… Oh crap.” The scariest side effect for this is permanent nerve damage, so a few hours later when it felt like my whole left leg was asleep, despite following my normal routine, I started to panic. I called the pharmacy and explained the symptoms and asked if they sounded like those listed for cipro. The pharmacist told me that that was not possible, since I was finished with the course. I pointed out that I was only taking it once a day at breakfast, so if this started in the night, that was actually my 5th day. He told me if I’d had had a bad reaction, I would have known right away. I pointed out that all the side effect info on tendon damage seemed to indicated that it would happen AFTER. I also told him that my knee had mysteriously started hurting while I was on it, like I’d twisted it, but now that I thought of it, I hadn’t done anything like that. He basically told me to go away.

    Now, a week later, my Achilles tendon doesn’t hurt, but it keeps popping, my leg still sometimes seems to go to sleep, and my knee is week and painful, again, with no reason I can think of. I am not overweight, but I don’t exercise, and I’m only 40. That all should put me in the lowest-risk group for this, but these symptoms are weird.

    It is possible this is all psychosomatic. I did, after all, read the list of possible side effects first, and I am very leery of antibiotics, as I have actually had some really scary reactions to those in the tetracycline group. But maybe it’s not.

    The problem I was taking it for hasn’t cleared up. This either means that it wasn’t enough antibiotics or it’s not an infection. Before I accept any more antibiotics for this, though, I am going to ask them to determine that this is actually a bacterial infection, rather than the “Hell, I dunno. Take some chemicals designed to kill living cells for a week and call me if it doesn’t work out” approach, which is how antibiotics are normally prescribed. I won’t be accepting any more from this group, though.

    • rudy

      Don’t have time for lengthy email, go to YouTube search ciprofloxacin. lots of information there. Scares me and I had only taken 5 tablets (500mg) when I had many adverse reactions all at once. I am now afraid I will never be the same physically.

  • Mark A Girard

    In 2007 I was given Cipro and then it’s sister drug Levaquin, back to back, in conjunction with a bunch of other drugsw that are contraindicated, meaning they should not be taken at the same time. I am the senior admin in Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group, the largest and busiest of many support groups for victims of FQ toxicity, which is a syndrome of system-wide damage from the fluoroquinolone class of synthetic antibiotics. These are the most common “antibiotics” now and the horrific damage they do is far far more common than your average pill pushing doctor believes they are so you really need to know about them. The short list of damage that fluoroquinolones (FQs) did to me includes blood clots, broken blood vessels, bloated failing veins carved from 13 entry points, erratic blood pressure, hemochromatosis, liver damage, kidney damage, pulmonary edema, collapsed lung, hernia, torn lumbar muscle, half dozen bulging discs when I had none a few years before, peripheral neuropathy, shrinking eyeballs, tinnitus, multi-chemical sensitivity, gastrointestinal distress, hair loss, crumbling teeth, nosebleeds, nails fall off, spontaneous tendon ruptures, a cartilage transplant, ligament damage, cognitive impairment and horrific mental anguish, psychosis, anxiety attacks that had me cowering in a corner, from nothing, and one of the worst, was intense altitude sickness which forced me to bail abruptly from the town I loved so much, Leadville, Colorado, and now I can’t even go to the lower parts of the state without becoming terribly sick. There were/are about a hundred or so other “symptoms” of my fluoroquinolone toxicity, but that gives a quick snapshot of what the last 9+ yrs have been all about. I cannot tell you how important it is for everyone to learn what the names of these drugs are and to make sure you do not take them, unless you are exposed to anthrax or the plague, and I would actually try my luck with the plague, seriously. I really wish they would have done something less drastic than giving me Levaquin, like sawing off my leg. That is how awful being “floxed” really is. I would like to invite everyone who has taken any of these drugs and who has suffered from any unusual health problems to join the main support group, FLUOROQUINOLONE TOXICITY GROUP, for information and comradery with people who have had amazingly similar experiences including the denial of the obvious by their medical teams. Please watch for screening messages from our hard working admins. Best wishes everyone! Mark A Girard