In addition to showing you some official websites about the “known” Cipro side effects, I’d like to mention that a comprehensive picture of these dangerous side effects may not yet be developed. Unfortunately, it may be years or decades or lifetimes before adequate studies have been done on the adverse side effects of Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics (btw – several fluoroquinolones have already been removed from the market because of their known life threatening side effects). One reason that the list of adverse reactions is not yet complete is that many of the more serious Cipro side effects are yet “unknown” and many others don’t reveal themselves until long after the patient has discontinued the drug, resulting in a disconnect between Cipro and the delayed symptoms. This creates problems for all of us. If patients are already taking a lot of other drugs, or have other illnesses, many of these symptoms can be easily overlooked or discarded as the result of other health problems. More often than not, the sudden onset of bizarre symptoms in a healthy person will lead a doctor to diagnose a designer “mystery” disease. In fact, there is suspicion that the fluoroquinolone family of antibiotics may actually be responsible for the sudden and prolific rise in NEW illnesses, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Crohns Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome and others. How many people do you know who were normal and healthy one minute, and irreversibly crippled with one of these “mysterious” diseases the next? I wonder: how many of those people had taken a fluoroquinolone antibiotic prior to the onset of their auto-immune disease? Perhaps someday, someone will figure this all out and actually do something about it. Until then, it is up to us; to be informed, educated and responsible for our own consumption. It’s a little thing called consumerism.
There are many websites where you can read about the negative side effects of fluoroquinolones (Wikipedia has a good one), but I thought it would be most objective to show you what the FDA, the USDA and Shering (the distributor for Bayer) have published about the popular drug known as Cipro. This is a 38 page document about Cipro, but for some reason, the side effects are not provided for your reading pleasure until the END of the document, and then the information is spread out into different categories rather than being listed in one, easy to read, global picture kind of way. The side effects begin on page 31, but the whole document is worth reading if you are up for it.
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