When I first read any insert that accompanies a prescription drug, my first reaction is to quickly and efficiently convince myself that none of those awful side effects will happen to me. In fact, I always let my thoughts drift to the assumption that if the drug in on the market, it must be mostly safe, with a few obscure and unlikely exceptions. I now know that this is simply not true, particularly where Cipro is concerned. Anyone can suffer a negative side effect from Cipro. You don’t need to be really old, diabetic, really young, generally unhealthy, rich or poor for these debilitating Cipro side effects take over your life. Honestly, Cipro side effects are so dangerous, that doctors don’t even prescribe it for children anymore. Cipro side effects have literally killed children within moments of their first dose. So when you read through the “possible Cipro side effects”, you might want to consider that if it is “possible”, it may also be “probable”. And when you read about the “rare” Cipro side effects, you might want to consider what “rare” means. Does “rare” mean that it happened one time, to one person, who was otherwise really weak or sick? Or does “rare” mean that it happens to less than 30% of the people? Less than 1%? Who decides what “rare” means? Be careful that you don’t make assumptions about some of the subjective language commonly used in these drug inserts. With Cipro, the percentage of people who will experience side effects varies with different information sources, but I have seen reports that claim over 50% will experience a negative Cipro side effect and 9% will experience a severe or “rare” floxing, requiring hospitalization. The reality is alarming.
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