Treating Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox Toxicity with Alternative Medicine

downloadURGENT! If you are currently taking Cipro (or any fluoroquinolone such as Avelox and Levaquin) and are experiencing negative side effects, or if you are THINKING about taking Cipro but are worried about the potential dangers, or if you have already taken Cipro and now you need a CIPRO “CURE or ANYTHING to REVERSE THE HORRIBLE SIDE EFFECTS cause by Cipro, PLEASE read through this website immediately! CIPRO is a TOXIC and extremely DANGEROUS drug!

If you are looking for information about the side effects of Cipro, Cipro Toxicity, Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome or information about a Cipro Toxicity treatments, look no further. In fact, you can read the Cipro package insert here. But maybe you have already read that. Maybe you read it and it was a bit disturbing and now you are looking for something more useful. Perhaps you are suffering a side effect, many of which are very serious and dangerous, and now you need direction toward a Cipro Toxicity resolution. I’ll tell you right now, the ugly truth is that there is no anecdote or magic formula that will make it all go away. This menacing drug is being excessively distributed, recklessly prescribed, heedlessly consumed, and it is ruining people’s lives. If you are like me, and are now suffering the hideous consequences of taken Cipro or any fluoroquinolone, I’ve created this website for you. THERE IS HOPE AND I WANT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!

The fact of the matter is that Cipro Toxicity (CT) or Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome (FTS) is a real problem and it is affecting an unknown number of people all over the world. If you have been searching the web for more information about Cipro side effects, Cipro Toxicity or a Cipro “cure” you have probably found more websites trying to sell you Cipro than websites actually offering you any information that is useful to your dilemma. Of course, if you spend some time getting creative with your search words, you will eventually be able to find little tidbits of information that you can piece together into a larger more helpful picture, but for me, that journey has been extremely discouraging. I have found most of the easily accessible information about Cipro Toxicity and Cipro side effects to be extremely depressing and I have really struggled to find websites that offer anything positive for me to wrap my head around. Trying to find information that will be useful to my recovery has made my journey towards wellness rather trying at times. So, for whatever its worth, I have decided to create a place where people can go for answers. Maybe not the kind of answers that are really solutions, but the kind of answers that can help you better understand what is happening to your body and how you might be able to feel better. Basically, I’d like to share with you what I have discovered on my journey and hopefully you can draw some comfort or direction from my story.

Perhaps more importantly, I’d like this website to be a place where you can find some success stories. When I was first “floxed”, I started looking for a Cipro Toxicity “cure” and I got a whole lot of something else. I was inundated with horror stories about people who were hospitalized, paralyzed, institutionalized and worse. People have died and committed suicide after taking Cipro. As it happens, thinking about how many lives have been ruined by Cipro or Levaquin side effects did not do a lot for my positive outlook or mental health, and I quickly found that I needed to get off those websites before I slipped into an irreversible state of despair. Eventually I got smart and set an intention to only search for “Cipro recovery stories”. As it turns out, there aren’t a lot of happy endings to read about, but there are some, and the recovery does happen, we just don’t hear about it. There are a lot of people who have suffered wretched side effects and posted their stories and ideas about recovery treatments on the web. And a lot of these people claim that they will post again to let you know how their “cure” is working out for them, but most of them don’t! I have to assume (utilizing that “glass half full” effect) that they started feeling better and moved on with their lives and never revisited that website, leaving the current seekers of relief hanging. Well, if you or someone you know has suffered any side effects from Cipro or ANY fluoroquinolone and have recovered or found a “cure”, I welcome and encourage you to please share your story here. It will be so helpful to those who are still seeking relief from their suffering.


28 thoughts on “Treating Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox Toxicity with Alternative Medicine

  1. not yet, but thanks for asking. you can sign in for updates and i will notify you if we go in that direction. right now, the update is limited to a welcome letter, but i’m hoping to add more content very soon. thanks again.

  2. I am a victim of the Levaquin poision. I think that is the same as Cipro ?

    Studying the informations available on the many websites about Levaquin I learned that the reason for all the side effects are that Levaquin ” Destroys the patients Immune System” . So the first step for relief would be to rebuild ones imune sytem . How ? Medication , Pills ???

    I hope You have suggestions and answers on how to do that .

    The Immune system is Mother Naturers way to keep one healthy !


    1. Hi Bud,

      Cipro and Levaquin are both fluoroquinolones and can have similar effects on the immune system. How you strengthen your immune system is a personal choice. Personally, I have accomplished this through the use of IV glutathione and nutrition. The more you support the organs in questions, the more energy they have to regenerate and heal. Best of luck in your healing.


  3. My Levaquin sideeffects started after five days. Severe Tendonitis in the left ankle and could not walk. Severe pain that traveled up and over to the other side. The orthopedic surgeon put me in a cast for 6 mont and with the help from Kerri Knox , the tendonitis expert (, and her precribed custom made medications based on special lab test results my legs were heeled in one year after original original symptoms . She saved me .

    Unfortunately after 3 days of feeling normal I woke up in the morning with severe pains in my upper body, shoulders ,arms, wrists and fingers. The orthopedic surgeon diagnosed that as arthiritis. I dont think that sever arthiritis can happen over night but “Levaquin Arthritis” does !

    After 2 month in severe pain the orthopedic surgeon gave me an injection in both shoulders and that helped some what but still have constant daily pain in my arms and hands .

    Levaquin Arthiritis is more difficult to manage than regular arthiritis . I have found some natural medication that I am starting now and we will see if it start helping in a week or so.
    I have been disabled by the Levaquin Poisioning for almost one and a half year and still am !


  4. I took a 5 day course of Cipro for a bladder infection twice a day. The medication was extremely effective and the infection was almost gone within 3 days of taking the medication (Cipro). The side effects at first were regular as far as I know, I don’t often take medication. The last course of antibiotics didn’t effect me in any severe fashion and since the last antibiotic I took was to treat a spider bite about a year ago I was under the impression that whatever I take after that will have little or no side effects. Well clearly I was wrong, the first cause for alarm was a bout of fatigue and anxiety, I assumed that my body had perhaps an internal schedule that caused some sort of temporary addiction, cause if I exceeded my regular time to take the Cipro, I would get somewhat nervous and anxious. I assumed this is natural.

    The second cause for concern was when I was in the shower as a result of this inexplicable anxiety, I saw a bright blue flash, that I could not explain in any logical way, I’m not a medical expert but I assumed it was due to the hot water perhaps playing a trick on my eyes maybe.

    The third and possibly the most alarming reaction was, I noticed that within completion of my 5 day Cipro course I woke up extremely anxious, confused, paranoid, I was even convinced that I’m still asleep half the time, now this more than any of the other side effects caused more concern. The previous day and the next morning were meshed together, with no memory of my dreams, this continued a few days after I completed the medication, therefore I assumed it would subside a few days later.

    This then began what I can only describe as a nightmare, I was in a daze for hours on end with no grasp of the cause of my mental anguish, I then decided to read through all of the contra indications for Cipro, the most alarming out of all the side effects were, (anxiety, self endangering behavior), so I then researched the severity and time frame of such side effects the range was, a few days to a few years. A term used for some of these long term effects was ‘Brain fog’, basically it is losing your ability to recall the simplest information like what’s your first pets name, accompanied by an impending sense of doom and just down right pessimism, to the extent that you constantly have to think to yourself, who am I, walking through an all too familiar route, watching your favourite episode of friends all of these things we take for granted become, painfully nerve racking. The most painful is when you struggle to recall simple mental pictures of yourself, family members who you don’t see often.
    The natural thing to assume in my opinion is that no medication, even after weeks of completing can effect you so severely and even the fact that a simple antibiotic can almost change your personality and life for the worst.

    Anyhow with all this said, I’m here to tell you that there is hope and as far as my expirience is concerned its not another pill that will cure the cause of the first.

    Human beings are born with an inherent sense of self preservation, it is where the will and the drive to live presides, the human spirit. Our insticts tell us no matter how incapacitated we may be that something is wrong, hence the reason why you are reading this. As another victim of Cipro said as far as I remember, pray, piss, sleep. The day I heard that my recovery efforts were strengthened a great deal.

    Secondly what has entered the body no matter how potent or embeded will eventually exit. Water as much as you can stomach, prayer as often and regularly as you can do it, sleep for as long and often as possible, if you live in the city, please contact anybody whether it be a family member, friend, work collegue if they have a place somewhere quiet go there as often as you can for as long as possible. If you have a hobby don’t stop it go at it full force, if you are employed and have accumulated leave take all of it, if you have the option of quitting, quit you decide, your mental well being? or your job? All these things do are create the nescessary conditions to allow the body to go through its natural healing process, the water flushes the toxins out, and the most important thing is family, if you don’t have any, friends if you don’t have any, a willing listener just somebody who will hear your story so you can shed a degree of the daily struggle you go through as a result of Ciproflaxin’s adverse side effects,

    I was fortunate enough to discover a helpful post like this online, I hope mine will help some one out there. Another important thing to remember is, if you drink coffee or alchohol on a regular basis, put it on hold for the next couple of months so as to allow your body to fight off the Cipro’s side effects.

    Remember the next time you wake up nervous, anxious, depressed, morose, pessamistic it will pass just establish a regular routine to get the water in, sleep, hobby, listen to music, meditate, get accupuncture, just do whatever you feel will be sustainable. I have been on water and prayer regime for about a month now and the results were astounding. My memory is getting better or to put it in context of the brain fog, the fog is disapating . If you aren’t religious, just find a way to believe in something, cause its a rough ride, think of the heavens or something but it won’t be easy without God. Basically find a way to hold on to yourself, no matter what creed, denomination or whatever believe you will get better so it shall be.

    1. Dear Swelihle,

      You wrote this quite a while ago since this is November 18, 2012 today. Thank you for your post. The prayer part is what I do and keep telling myself this too shall pass and recounting Paul’s thorn in the side. Wel, this toxic, toxic drug is definitely our thorn!

      I had had a very bad year health wise in my 42nd year of teaching with one asthma episode after another. Finally, my doctor said I needed to quit work; my immune system was at dire risk. I was also on prednisone which my longest dose of 21 days really wrecked havoc with this old body!

      Then for a simple UTI that I asked for Macrobid as my previous doctor always gave to me, I got Ciprofloxacin and took it for 8 and half days out of the ten. I started the cipros dose September 20, 2012. My life has not been the same. I cannot sleep due to the pain. It seems that just like with the prednisone any existing conditions worsen – so both the arthritis and the Restless Leg Syndrome are raising havoc and causing me to lose more sleep than I ever had. 🙁 I’m a Christian who believes in prayer, but the severity of this drug is starting to make me feel just a wee bit like Job in the Old Testament.

      Family does come first and then friends – all who have been most supportive. That, too, helps in the healing process that has to be out there and on its way. The other post I read was about beng a survivor as a human and I agree with that, too. However the power of prayer and positive thinking can go a long ways. Thanks again so much for this medicinally healing post!

  5. Hi, I am the pray piss sweat girl (:
    I loved what you wrote. I am so glad if it helped you in any way through the nightmare of toxicity.
    I still find that the mental aftermath of the FQ toxicity can be a struggle, it was always the HARDEST part for me, the mental and emotional unraveling….so scary! did you fall though your bed?
    but slowly, slowly, things are meshing back together. I am so anti pharma, always was and more so now. But I’m no longer am AFRAID. cipro haunts body & mind, (and soul at first for me). I have my soul back, even though my body and mind still sometimes struggle with the debilitating after effects.
    I am so glad water has helped you. I use only distilled water now to drink or cook (no minerals, I have trouble with minerals), and it abates the nausea I live with and allows me some appetite. I find simple yoga stretch but mostly the yoga breathing very helpful. Katie

    1. Thanks for your post, too, Kate. All of you on hear help those of us on hear to combat this insidious, diabolical drug that should definitely be taken off the market! My daughter does yoga and pilates, but I forgot in my earlier post to mention that I do Lesley Sansone workourts and have both of hers on the above exercise, though I prefer a 1 mile aeorbic walk with a stretche band for building strength in my legs. My left leg lost its strength and I almost fell down getting out the door. Exercise is a great relief and help in getting over the toxins in our body as Lesley Sansone says in her Walk Away Belly Fat 3 mile walk of which I do, 1 and a half with this disabling toxic reaction. Thanks for posting about the yoga! Keep enjoying! Keep doing what you’re doing and I pray that all of us will, indeed, be survivors. That will to survive is deep within us!


  6. Katie, and all those who have been poisoned by Cipro: Please read this!!

    About three weeks ago I was given Cipro for a bad UTI infection. I had not finished the whole prescription, when I woke up one morning and could not catch my breath, and had a pounding (101) pulse. As I tried to get out of bed, I had severe pain all over my body, especially in my calves and top of both feet. I also had extreme weakness in my lower back and shoulders and arm pain. I developed blisters on my lips and inside on my toungue. I lost 5 lbs. in one week, as I had no appetite. I immediately called my Dr. and she replied, “Just stop taking it”, and seemed to brush off my severe reaction. I did not know about what a “BLACK BOX” warning was until I did further research. Why oh why do Drs. still continue to give this out with no warning to the unsuspecting patient? I decided to take things into my own hands, and do something about the way I was feeling. I began taking Milk Thisle 1000 mg. three times a day with PLENTY of water. This is known to flush out the toxins in your liver, and I did check with two Pharmacists who concurred with that. I could not even walk up a flight of stairs without extreme pain and agony.

    I am happy to report that today, three weeks later, I am well on the road to recovery. I still have some residual leg pain and cramping, but for the most part (with Aleve), I can go on with my life!! I might add, that I prayed for a miracle to happen (that is what I believed it would take), and my prayers were answered. If I can help one victim, I would be happy. I have NEVER been through such a horrible experience in my entire 68 years of life. God Bless and Be Well.

    1. Thank you so much, Bonnie. I just turned 69 in August on Woman’s Suffrage Day, August 26th. (1943 however, not 1920 like one of my 7th graders told me that I didn’t look THAT OLD. 🙂

      I miss my students after 42 years of teaching middle school, but was advised by my asthma doctor to quit work if I wanted to enjoy retirement at all. Wow! And then a long bout with an adverse prednisone reaction. Just coming off that with the power of prayer – thank the Good Lord – and for some reason my doctor gave me Ciprofloxacin HCL instead of the Macrobid that I ususally took with no problems and it did the trick.

      Well, like you said Cipros works, but it should definitely be taken off the market. On my prescription infor it says not to be given to people over 60. I’m questioning why I was even given this drug that is making our lives miserable and effecting us so much. Everyone that talks about different symptoms, I think, oh, yeah, I’ve had that, too. (Except so far for the mental anguish) but I guess the pain is mental anguish, when you think about it.

      Thanks for the advice about Milk Thistle -1000 mg. I will definitely try that! God bless and congratulations on finding with God’s help a cure to the diabolical toxins of this horrid drug! Take care. God bless!


  7. Katie, thank you for the additional encouragement. As you can tell my post was in a rambling style, so I think I was in the grip of a mini Cipro episode. I must say the lack of appetite is really worrying because I have gone for almost 2 days without eating, I have lost about 9lbs or 4 to 5 kilos in the past month.

    Katie, could you please tell me how long you have been off the Cipro? Funny that you say you are getting your soul back, I said to myself its like I’m human again, because how I felt was nothing I wish on any human being absolutely awful.

    I hope this post and the last can reach somebody else out there. There is hope you can beat the side effects of these drugs, just find a way to hold on to yourself. Faith, nutrition and rest will help you through this difficult time. Be strong sister or brother.

    Swelihle, South Africa.

  8. Hi, Swelihle,
    I took the cipro June 2009. I had the massive systemic poisoning toxicity 6 months later in Jan 2010 and was on disability thru Aug 2010. (tho I did have some signs ALL ALONG, starting with 1st pill), I pushed thru them, I am one trooper on physical pain. but it eventually took me DOWN. straight to hell.
    So I am three years out from the rx, 2.5 yrs out from the nearly year long horrid hellish reaction. I took the 10 day, 4xday course, 500 mg for bad kidney infection (stones, obstruction).
    btw, I love your posts ~ very encouraging. and that’s what people are looking for here.
    faith is crucial.
    I could not eat for a very long time. At my Mar 2010 CT, the tech asked, Honey have you eaten at ALL? I said, I told you I am just too sick to eat.
    Eating HURT, at first immediately, in time, 15-20 minutes later. My guts (as I told the drs) felt as if they were laying at the bottom of my abdomen .( I had a ligament , ribs to groin, go wacky. so i think my guts were really truly loosened from their moorings)
    I was white as a cloud, then yellow for a while. (CT did show liver cyst and of course stones)
    NOW, It no longer hurts to digest (: but sadly I still have very little appetite.
    I really did survive on refridgerated sweetened condensed milk (google it, it’s actually healthy), a spoon at a time. You gotta put something in you, S, something gentle. pudding? cream of wheat?ice cream? soft foods.
    I just could not tolerate lumps (food): too painful
    I think the soul thing goes with the deep spirituality (and my Catholic upbringing tho I am so NOT catholic for decades: I am spiritual, NOT religious), which you also seem to share.
    and my loss of soul was worse by my own personal Cipro mental anguish/crazies & depersonilization.
    Do you feel DEPERSONALIZED? by the cipro?
    Cuz isnt that like soul stealing? someone (cipro/big pharma) stole me from myself! While I watched helplessly .
    I felt depersonalized from the start. My words to my spouse were: “I feel like I’m on the end of a kite string that someone keeps letting out farther and farther. Im too far from me and my life, and scaring me” and that was before the massive ADR.
    It’s a long way back, still not there. but closer! sometimes i refer to my present day self as a replica. see, i still have some of my humor at least (:
    The crazies milder and infrequent and RECOGNIZABLE now. I think that is largest part of having/getting soul back: knowing it’s the cipro haunting, yes haunting, yr body & mind. So I can now say and recognize my inaccurate emotions (or lack thereof) or weird thoughts are not really me but the haunting. Can I stop them? no. but it passes. and i KNOW & have faith and pray for it to pass quickly.
    It was terrifying. And we don;t always address those cipro crazies, do we? Very hard to verbalize. Last June (ciproversary) I was on the web searching for others that had mental aftermath issues.

    Right now, sweet S, just try to eat something SOFT and nutritious. Baby steps. You know faith, rest, and nutrition are key. When I dont eat, i dont rest well then the mind starts muddying up…

    There was point in my poisoning/recovery where i thought…
    1) i would only ever be able to take so many steps a day. NOT SO!
    2) I would never be able to eat painlessly again. NOT SO!
    3) I was unfit for humankind. NOT SO. (Tho I still have days where I consider myself ‘unfit for human consumption’ (:
    Cuz I still struggle with depression, depersonalization, etc. Lots of us floxxies do. I (along with my daughter) do not think I am a good candidate for meds for this tho. I tend to react badly to meds. ( YA THINK ?!haha) and avoid them however possible. Plus, I like to think Iam slowly recovering.
    Baby, you gotta eat something. The water is good, great even, but not enough, ok?
    Eat anything that sounds good to you. yr fam is prob freaking out trying to pique yr appetite.
    Most of us only gain a FRACTION of the lost weight back.
    ~~~~~~~~WHEN did you take the cipro?

    But try not to be afraid& remember this scripture:
    Do not be afraid, nor yet be dismayed, for I, the Lord your God, am with you whereEVER you shall go. (yep even in flox hell) This line from Joshua, I believe.
    Please post soon and let me know you have found something foodish you are able to put into yrself, ok?
    Others may be also having same eating/digestive issues, so they will want to know too.
    Blessings upon each and every one of us.

    1. Amen! Thanks for this wonderful curative post, Katie! Love the quote. God bless you my dear and may he heal you and keep you healthy!


  9. I also took Levequin for a sinus infection but had pains immediately after taking it in my feet and legs. I tried to get another appointment with my doctor but she couldn’t see me. I told the receptionist to let her know I wasn’t taking this medication anymore it was making me feel terrible. She put me on Cipro then (I did not know it was the same class of drugs) and had such pains in my hands I woke up from them. I threw everything away. BUT I have the lasting effects – tendinitis in my left ankle, soreness all through my body at times. I have been to an podiatrist, orthopedist, neurologist, and had an EMG, Nerve conduction testing, and NO “cause” for my pains. I tell the doctors I took Levequin and they look at me (they know what it does) but continue to try to diagnose with their “specialty” So when I don’t fir their mold I get pushed to another doctor! And forgotten because they have no answers! What natural methods are being tried? Fish Oil? Magnesium? Please give me some insight into other alternatives. And Facebook is a great place to share information. The page is also there.

  10. Katie thank you again for the encouragement and everyone else who has shared their stories. I see it has been a few months since your reply Katie. But I can’t thank you enough your words always reach me and whomever is going through healing at the right time. I took Cipro I believe in April a 5 day. 500 X2 a day. Its getting better each and every day, in June I actually started to feel as close to normal as I recall, I got my appetite back, sleeping pattern returned back to normal. I must say Katie, you have managed to put in words an abstract experience ‘de personalized’ yes indeed, I feel robbed of my memories, emotions and so many other things. Never the less with all that considered I feel fortunate knowing that as I begin to piece everything that has been undone I have been given by God or the Universe an opportunity to reflect on my existence and humanity in the most in depth and intense way possible. With that I can safely say that my humanity and spirit are my saviors, I reached out beyond all hope and you and everyone else who has shared their experiences gave me hope beyond hope that this ordeal can be overcome.

    I am also very fortunate since I am self employed and my occupation is my passion, music, that has aided me more than any drug. I found that when I lost my mental identity or as you put it ‘de personalized’ the music and all the things I thought insignificant, like home videos little shells collected at the beach, friends you don’t often speak to. All of these things help piece my life back together and it all started with a little prayer. I absolutely agree with all your sentiments. I was recently while in the midst of some anxiety, I was very angry with my Dr, my Girlfriend and just anyone I could connect to me taking this medication, I then realized that this was a futile exercise. I had to go within myself and say, you are here now, make the most of this strange perspective you have gained and change yourself for the better, this helped me buck up and keep my attitude positive. I thank God for each day, I must say I am fortunate enough to have my appetite back, my mind is wandering less and less each day, my smile is now sincere and my sense of humor like yours Katie is still there. 🙂 I told a friend about my experience and I said to her you know as messed up as I feel I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, she replied jokingly not even the guy whose dating your girlfriend and I said yes not even him :).

    To anybody who is under the great mental anguish caused by Cipro and drugs like it, keep hope alive you will make it. The physical I can’t really speak on but the mental effects I know I have suffered. They can be overcome take back your life a memory at a time you will be able to piece it all together, just be patient with yourself and God. You will make it, you would not have been given such a burden if the God and the Universe did not deem you fit enough to overcome. Re learn and take each day as the opportunity to get it all back together. We are resilient beyond measure. Be strong my floxed sisters and brother and check back in every coupla weeks to let us know how you coming along.

    Swelihle, South Africa. Please feel free to email me if you choose,

    1. Hi Swelhile, & all, was so good to hear from you! I’ve wondered about you often (:
      One thing I love is what Nicki says about every down cycle makes us a little weller.
      I find this true at 3 yrs + out.
      I read distilled water has no flouride, btw.
      O! and when I’m pissed at /almost/ everyone, it’s definitely ME.
      Here’s a poem, my fav:

      Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
      and remember what peace there may be in silence.
      As far as possible, without surrender,
      be on good terms with all persons.
      Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
      and listen to others,
      even to the dull and the ignorant;
      they too have their story.
      Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
      they are vexatious to the spirit.
      If you compare yourself with others,
      you may become vain or bitter,
      for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
      Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
      Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
      it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
      Exercise caution in your business affairs,
      for the world is full of trickery.
      But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
      many persons strive for high ideals,
      and everywhere life is full of heroism.
      Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
      Neither be cynical about love,
      for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
      it is as perennial as the grass.
      Take kindly the counsel of the years,
      gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
      Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
      But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
      Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
      Beyond a wholesome discipline,
      be gentle with yourself.
      You are a child of the universe
      no less than the trees and the stars;
      you have a right to be here.
      And whether or not it is clear to you,
      no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
      Therefore be at peace with God,
      whatever you conceive Him to be.
      And whatever your labors and aspirations,
      in the noisy confusion of life,
      keep peace in your soul.
      With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
      it is still a beautiful world.
      Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

      Great poem, eh?
      Kris, unless you snap a tendon, drs won’t dx.
      Nicki, this site, has a page with natural remedies;I get lost on the pages of this site sometimes.
      I myself make stones of magnesium and calcium etc, so I avoid things, except distilled water…plus no ins, and pretty broke in today’s economy.but DO check out the other pages of this site! There are people talking about that (: Keep posting. Health & blessings to us all!

    2. Thanks so much for your post! Those are the kind of posts that will help us all to survive.
      Thanks BIG TIME!


  11. I am all smiles once again Katie, thank you a million times over. What a poem 🙂 I actually took some time to research DP and DR pretty rough stuff but it puts in words the mental side effects to the T. Katie you and my family are my beacons of hope.

    I have noted also these DP and DR symptoms seem to come in cycles, so I try by all means to centre myself. So that when the DP and DR comes around I can rationalize it, I initially believed that this was some sort of lesson in Karma, perhaps it was. For such a profoundly personal condition gives one a perspective only reached through intense contemplation and meditation. But as the journey unfolds, we as in all of us suffering from these bizzare side effects are given coping skills and resiliance most people never imagined.

    To be an observer in your own life is bizzare to say the least, but speak of your anguish, when you strain to articulate something so abstract your mind is alleviated of a great deal of anxiety. It is in the quiet moments are when we gain the most ground against such a cunning foe, my heart goes out to everybody struggling to make sense of this affliction, please know that you are 1. Not alone 2. You will get better 3. DP and DR can also be overcome 4. If you are suffering from dettachement or dis illusion, we are here to hear you out and help guide you back to yourself 5. The thoughts that occupy your time can be replaced with way more positive things. And finally nothing that men and corporations have made can rob you of your humanity, you exist friends, so speak out Look up conditions like De-Personalization and De-Realization to help you articulate your condition to loved ones and even MEDICAL PRACTIONERS.

    MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, SISTERS, FATHERS, BROTHERS, SONS keep hope alive you will get better, the physical and mental effects are temporary and they will fade with time, just be, rest and nourish your body and mind. 🙂

    Wishing everybody a speedy recovery from sunny South Africa
    Swelihle 🙂

    PS Thank you again Katie and everyone who is brave enough to share their personal suffering to help us all remain hopeful. Floxed today Healed Tommorow 🙂

  12. Oh another important thing, please do not consume any caffeine or alcohol, I have read on several sights that it will not aid in a speedy recovery, the effects of caffeine are heightened and the alcohol once it has worn off will bring you way down and if you were suffering from DP or DR it will start a really intense spiral, I’m sure no one wants that. If you have read the black box warning note that it is written very tactfully and
    Is riddled with euphemisms, its sad but the likelihood of contra indications is much higher than indicated. If you are genuinely in distress consult with your GP. CIPRO and Antibiotics like it is no joke.


  13. Hello Swelihle and all. I’m pondering the karma lesson…cipro changed me, for sure…and I never want to be bitter about it. I’m 3.5 yrs out from rx.
    I haven’t been posting much: fundamentally I disagree with throwing a bunch of pharma, nattty or otherwise, at a floxxed body. BUT! :
    Here it is FALL, the last two were pretty hellish. This fall (oh I hate to jinx myself), I feel GOOD, centered & balanced, body, mind and soul. Tis a LOVELY feeling, a blessing for which I regularly thank the Creator.
    I would honestly say this is the BEST I have felt since Cipro ate me up and spit me out in broken bloody chunks!
    No, I did not ever gain much weight back. No, My muscle tone has not returned.
    Yes, I sleep just fine now. Yes, I use caffeine again and eat whatever I like.
    YES! I still only consume & cook with distilled water. That will NEVER change, other waters wreck my gut & appetite.
    I’ve let go of the shock and resentment/blame and wtf happened to me thinking. Maybe I have positively integrated the floxxing experience into my overall being?
    So it’s the same old idea: Hope for the best and expect the worse. I know I will likely slip/relapse/cycle….but,
    had I not been floxxed to hell and beyond, I might take mobility and a clear head and the joy my fam & students provide for granted. So there’s the silver lining. Let it shine!

  14. I am a 52 year old male and I went to the doctor two weeks ago for kidney pan. He had me give a urine sample and I was told I had blood in my urine. He prescribed cipro 500 mg tablets twice a day for 14 days.

    After 10 days of the medication I began to itch all over my body so I stopped taking the medication. This was two days ago that I stopped taking it. I have been taking Benadryl at night to sleep. Last night I woke up with severe itching and difficulty breathing. I got out of bed took two more Benadryl and walked around the house. After about 30 minutes I went back to bed but rather than lay down I sat up in bed until I fell asleep. For some reason it felt better to sit up.

    Does anyone know if this condition can be caused by cipro?
    Does anyone know how long this condition will last?
    Does anyone know of anything else to do other than take Benadryl?

    Please help!




  16. SORRY, MAKING SPELLING/GRAMMAR MISTAKES = TOUGH OL’ BIRD NOT TOUCH OL’ BIRD. DUH. 😉 my energy level is low and my mind plays tricks, but I feel overall I’m getting better and hoping and praying that you are, too! bYE FOR NOW, ALISON

  17. My son, who was severely floxed over a 3 year period and has severe pain all over, constant muscle twitching, and extensive muscle wasting started a regimen of 3000 mg of glutathione twice weekly given as an intravenous push. He is now undergoing daily Hyperbaric oxygen treatments. We know Cipro messed up his DNA somehow and we believe his cells need more oxygen. This regimen was prescribed by Dr. David Perlmutter in Naples, FL. It’s expensive but I believe God led us to this Dr. Who believes in the ADRs of fluoroquinolones. I’ll let you know if this works for him.

    May God bless and heal all of you who have been affected.


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