Lawsuits and the FDA

Update November 2016

Avelox lawsuit – click here

First of all, if you are suffering negative side effects from Cipro and are currently trying to stay positive, I do not recommend you read this section of my website. The FDA and Bayer may be responsible for what has happened to you and they have yet to offer you a cure for your condition. If that makes you angry, reading any further will not be useful to you at this time. For reasons I do not yet understand, the FDA did not send out a notification to our nation’s doctors and hospitals, warning them of the box label they mandated in 2008. This is the reason that it is still over prescribed for conditions like sinus and bladder infections, even though it is ill advised and when other antibiotics are available for these conditions. This is also the reason that your doctors may have no idea what is wrong with you and have stubbornly refused to believe that you have been poisoned by a fluoroquinolone. So, for your peace of mind, I caution you about exploring too deeply into this topic.

In my opinion, the whole business of the FDA has been corrupted over decades of funding issues combined with the unimaginable influence and affluence of BIG Pharma. What can we expect when over 50% of the FDA’s funding comes from major pharmaceutical companies? What studies get funded? Are studies chosen by consumer demand? Or do the funding dollars go toward the approval process for new and profitable products? How many products are approved by the FDA only to be removed at a later date when they are finally proven to be dangerous or even deadly? Whose interest does the FDA protect? These are all good questions, but the answers are not too pretty. The reality sucks and it is alarming to think about how much faith the public has entrusted to these criminal master minds.

Once you begin to contemplate the corruption, deception, and callous disregard for human incapacitation and extermination, you may feel frightened and angry. You may consider suing someone since that is the legal way to make a person “pay” in this country. And as far as injustices go, knowingly poisoning and destroying the lives of thousands, and doing everything within your power to resist any interference in doing so, is pretty unforgivable. In fact, it is sick. I’ll even go so far as to say that it is evil. So what can you do about it? Well, in the legal sense, there is not a lot you can do these days. You see, when the FDA issued that little box label, they also issued Bayer a get out of jail free card. Now that the label exists, you have officially been warned, which means that you took the drug fully informed and completely responsible for your own actions. So once the label was issued, the lawsuits against Cipro stopped. If you took a fluoroquinolone other than Cipro or if the prescribing physician was negligent is some way, a lawsuit may still be possible, but you have to weigh the risk to your health against the potential monetery benefits that may result from such an endeavor. Lawsuits are expensive, time consuming and stressful. Stress causes pain and anxiety which can be devastating to a floxie.

The good news is that lawsuits are not the ONLY way to make them “pay”. You can use your voice. Your voice can be very powerful. I would start by telling everyone you know about what has happened to you, and tell them to tell everyone they know. Talk to anyone who will listen: doctors, neighbors, politicians, the mailman, etc. and get them all to start THINKING about their CHOICES. We all have choices and freedoms we do not utilize. We blindly turn the wellness of our bodies over to virtual strangers and ask no questions just because they wear a white coat and studied medicine. That is ridiculous. Use your voice to encourage people to read labels, ask questions, make informed decisions and to say “NO”. It might not sound like much, but if you do it, and I do it, and everyone we know does it, etc., it will eventually put the power back where it belongs, into the hands of the consumer.

This is the email I sent out to EVERY email address in my book, and it was circulated many times over by the original recipients:

Hello everyone,I am writing to share with you some disturbing news. Towards the end of July 2010, I took an anti-biotic commonly prescribed for sinus infections and UTIs called Cipro or Ciprofloxacin, and within a week my life was “irreversibly” changed. I have been confined to my bed for the last 2 months, have experienced numerous odd and temporary conditions including blindness, and can no longer walk. That’s right, I am now dependent on a wheelchair for mobility and I can’t drive. I cannot tell you how drastically my life has changed and how deeply my family has been affected. All of our perceptions about life and our future have been challenged in the most profound ways. Not only am I living with the pain and the inconvenience of not walking, but I am outrageously sick with damaged central and peripheral nervous systems, and most recently lost the use of my right arm. I require full time care and assistance, so my husband has essentially quit working in order to care for me and our two children. I won’t go any further into detail here, but if you are interested in knowing more about my story, this drug, or this condition, you can contact me. Also, you are welcome to share this with anyone and everyone, as that is really the point, to educate and protect as many people as possible.If you are receiving this, you probably know me, but to be honest, as I send this to every address in my email address book, I find that I do not recognize all the names, so this may not have the same impact as if I were a personal acquaintance of yours. However, weather you know me well or not is irrelevant, since my main objective here is to spread the word of caution about the dangers of certain antibiotics. Obviously, the drugs themselves are dangerous, but the real danger is the fact that MOST DOCTORS ARE UNAWARE OF THE SERIOUS AND OFTEN IRREVERSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE MOST COMMONLY PRESCRIBED ANTIBIOTICS ON THE MARKET. What that means, is that YOU, the consumer, needs to be informed and to protect yourselves and your families. Cipro and other fluoroquinolone drugs are self admittedly extremely dangerous and while the FDA has issued a black box label on this drug, the FDA has uncharacteristically failed to notify all the doctors and hospitals. Since this has happened to me, I have either spoken to or been examined by dozens of MDs, of which only ONE was aware of the black box label. In the 3 days I spent at UC Davis Medical Center, a notorious teaching facility, not a single MD was aware of the warnings issued by the FDA, and in fact refused to believe it, until we provided the proof. In the emergency room, I was actually told, “there isn’t black box label on that drug, and we prescribe that drug every single day, several times a day, in fact.” I do not expect anyone to take my word on this, and I strongly encourage you to do your own research. Just Google “Cipro” or “Cipro Toxicity” and brace yourself. Finally, if you are ever prescribed any medication, especially a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, please read the insert and THINK about what it says. I read inserts, but I always shrug off the warnings and I think that maybe those horrible things happened to one person, or maybe those things happened to someone who was really sick and weak or had some other illness that made them more susceptible to the side effect than a normal healthy person. That is NOT TRUE. In order for a drug manufacturer to admit to those hideous side effects and publish a warning about it, it first needs to be proven time and time again that the risk is substantial. And “less common” side effects, are not reserved for anyone in particular, and are not necessarily “rare” in the way you might think of it.In conclusion, please be careful. None of us are immune. This can happen to anyone. Please don’t let it happen to you or someone you love.



As a final note about lawsuits, if you have been searching the web for help with your Cipro side effects, you may have stumbled upon a plethora of “Cipro Attorney” and “Cipro Lawsuit” websites. The websites claim to have 24 hour phone lines and extensive experience in dealing with matters like yours. As I have discovered, they still keep the web pages in operation, but they do not respond to your inquiries as they claim because they don’t take Cipro cases anymore. If you leave your info, you will probably get a letter in the mail telling you as such. This is not to say that you shouldn’t look into it. If you have the inclination and energy, a few phone calls may be in order, but I think you will either find that it is a dead end or you will redirect your interest and focus on your own health and healing, especially since this experience has probably reminded you just how short and precious our lives really are.

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  1. In July of 2004 I was a very healthy, fresh out of college, in my 1st apartment and my 1st real job and I got health insurance. I had one health issue, just one. A swollen prostate. I was put on an antibiotic and lost everything I had and myself.
Here are the events that took place in chronological order.

    Having new insurance I went for a physical and my doctor said my prostate seemed a bit tender and I should see a urologist. I scheduled an appt with a urologist in August of 2004. At that appointment and exam I was told that I may have bacterial prosititis and I would be put on 3 weeks of Cipro, 500mg a day. Trusting a doctor and not questioning an antibiotic I accepted and went to CVS. I filled my prescription and went home.

    After a few days of work and preparing to move into my 1st apartment, I started to experience hip, shoulder and leg pain, also headaches, dizzy spells and major fatigue in all parts of my body. I brushed this off thinking it was my physical activities and continued with my week. Taking cipro 2x a day faithfully. Within a week I was experiencing back pain, fatigue, sore arms, muscles crunching and popping in my back, as well as all my joints starting to snap and pop. I still put no connection that this was my antibiotic… I well on my way into a Cipro Adverse Reaction Toxicity.. but I kept on strong and living my life, unaware. Around my 2 month mark I realized that something was happening and I brought it to the attention of my urologist who told me that Cipro could not be causing such affects and the only damage that might happen is to my Achilles tendon. I was then given a 3rd months prescription and sent on my way with a follow up a month later. A total of 63 days of cipro I was on by the end. WELL into my cipro treatment came my next appt…..

    In September of 2004 I was to have a root canal, this was not affordable at the time so I had a tooth pulled and I was to have an oral implant put in via surgery. The surgery was scheduled and it was a quick 1 hour oral implant procedure. After surgery I was being prescribed medications for the surgery by my periodontist and his nurse. I was told that I would be put on an antibiotic to prevent any infections and 10 days of a prednisone packet to strengthen the implant. At that time, I made it very clear that I was on Cipro 500mg for over a month for a prostate issue. This was marked in RED pen on my file. Right underneath is marked the prescription for Prednisone.

    already well into a Cipro adverse reaction and damage, then topped with Prednisone (major drug interaction)..

    Within 2 days, I suffered an infection in the implant, the periodontist called in a prescription for Penicillin VK, Buspar for teeth grinding, NSAIDs and Vicodin for pain. These medications should never have been mixed with the already potent CIPRO and STEROIDS I was on. 3 weeks later I would call the dentist and inform them that Cipro and Steroids should never have been mixed, nor another antibiotic or nsaid. That their office was in negligence for not investigating interactions before prescribing. Within a week from that call I was called back asking “Are you holding our dental office in blame for your medical issues and damages”… I said “I do not know who to hold blame, you shouldn’t have mixed those medications”… my payment plan was quickly released to a collections lawyer and they never took my calls again.

    Within 2 weeks I was unable to get out of bed, I lost major muscle mass and weight. I went to the ER, I went to doctors, all of this is fully documented from day one in my medical records that I went for HELP, over and over, telling them that I was suffering from a major adverse reaction from the mixture of Cipro and Steroids, and then having put so many other medications into the mix it had finally crashed and destroyed my young body. I was put through every test you can think of. I was also marked as a hypochondriac very quickly as no doctor would believe that an antibiotic could do such things. The damages continued quickly and painfully.. I started to have tearing muscles in my back, burning and tingling nerve sensations in patches on my back, and arms. The snapping and grinding of each joint, in my arms, legs, shoulders and spine were becoming constant and hurtful. Until this day I have not healed, I have ruined muscles, nerve, cartilage, chronic full body and spine pain, unbelievable fatigue. But I live. I will not surrender to it. I live.

    While sitting at my grandparents one day, I felt a rib POP near my sternum. I touched my chest and I felt my rib cage clicking back and forth. I immediately went to the ER and they could not explain how it could have snapped. I went to my hospital and I was questioned about my medications. I told them that Cipro caused cartilage destruction in weight bearing joints and muscles. They said this could not be the cause at all, it had to be something else. I told them I had been swimming the week before and that was about it.. during physical exercise for my sore body. This was written down as the possible cause and my honesty about the cipro ruining my joints and such was brushed off.. This was now the medical reason to have part of my ribs removed in a one hour surgery. There was no swimming accident.

    I started to write to the FDA, To Bayer, To Lawyers, To anyone that might listen, only to be shot down and told that there was no way that anyone would go against a pharmaceutical company and that yes, I was a victim of medical malpractice, and yes my doctors believed me as they knew me before hand, but it was not in the medical journals and that if I had printed the 50 paged warnings of Cipro, rather than relying what the bottle said “do not drink or operate machinery”.

    I have lost everything, my college degree earned teaching job, my healthy body, my home, my partner, the friendships and family that cant help. For 5 years I have emailed, mailed, talked, tried to get help. I have been in touch with 100s of victims, belong to support groups, 100s of other people my age, younger, older, all in the same position as I am.. a very damaged body, a victim, ignored and left to suffer with the consequences.

    I was perfectly healthy and happy before this medication. I had a life in order and I was ready to begin it and within weeks I lost it all. I trustingly took these medications from my doctor with the hope to fix my prostate. Over the past 6 years I have gone into financial disgrace, Ive had to move home with my family and I am in chronic full body pain and damages that no physical therapy and major medical visits are not repairing. I am so afraid of future, if I hurt this much at a young age I cannot imagine the pain as I age.

For my own sake and proof, from day ONE I kept a journal of every test, every pill, every exam I was put through. I also paid to have every medical record, dental record, doctors not, prescription, xrays, you name it… copied. I have a binder that shows a 25 year old healthy person in 2004 and then after that over 500 pages of medical records, exams and physical issues. The proof is as clear as day, in time line order. This has not been good enough for anyone Ive spoken too. Sadly, the other victims, who have just as long as a list as I do, suffer from the same ignorance from the medical and lawyer field.

    What is dis-concerning in the end is that my Primary Care Doctor, My Rheumatologist, My Physical Therapist and many other doctors believe what happened to patients.. but they are not willing to take the stand or point out that these medical adverse reactions are not in their medical journals and that they are ill-informed of these events. Ive been told that the pharmaceutical companies also keep this from their doctors when selling the item. Like many of the victims, our doctors knew us before we took this drug when we were healthy people who happened to end up with a UTI or Prostate Infection that was mass dosed by Cipro or Levaquin.. only to have it ruin us fully.
My medical life is taking over. My body has not healed at all, it has become worse.

    The FDA knows the power of cipro, all the people taking it via Anthrax were damaged so bad it ended with a major law suit. The sister drug Levaquin is in the middle of major law suits due to the same damages… In 2008 the FDA black boxed Cipro due to its physical damages on humans.

    I have no idea what to do with my life. On my right side I am damaged permanently and cannot work or collect disability. On my left side I have 85,000 in student loans that are ruining me financially into bankruptcy (which I cannot file as I have nothing to file for other than my student loans).

    I need help. There has to be a class action law suit for myself and the victims. We all have our medical records, we all have proof, we all have rights. 

Search: Cipro, Steroids, Fibromyalgia, Tendon Rupture, Muscle Wasting, Fluorquinlione support groups and toxicity.. you will see for yourself. As for the power of facebook there are 2 Fluquinilone groups with peoples photos and stories. We need someone with a voice.

    In just a facebook victim group (mind you, not all victims know of this group or have facebook).. there are 764 people.. growing everyday. Thats almost 800 letters sent just from one small support group to FDA and BAYER to no reply or help.

    Christopher King
    Boston Massachusetts

    1. SEPT 2015 I took cipro and levaquin 2014 and 2015 I’m 65 and forced to retire because of ruptured achilles tendon and a possible shoulder tendon tear, Ill know Monday, I had an MRI yesterday. Im sorry for your problems it makes me so mad because all these people have had their lives ruined because of this drug. I had big plans after retirement but this has put a hold on everything. Could you tell me if anyone has contacted the TV stations?

      1. I now have a tendon rupture in my shoulder. how can i get a bunch of us to try TV to gey this baf drug out in yhe open!!!!!

    2. Been on Cipro since at least 2010. My docs just thought I was looking for pain pills. Not even because I have end stage liver disease, which I’ve just learned is a Big No no!!, Now my right leg nerve is not functioning at all, suffer from nausea all day long, headaches, can’t walk without extreme pain, let alone climb stairs, crouch down and can’t stand back up, play with my dogs, ride my horse, muscles have wasted away to nothing,,and the list goes on….. Needless to say I need a lawyer or I’m going to figure out a way to take these off the general market and only to be used with extreme care. They are as dangerous or more so than narcotics are!!! These drugs will kill you just as fast or make our lives a living hell!!, Of course the doctors won’t admit it but maybe the lawsuits need to start with them!, Makes sense to me they prescribed it!! Contact the lawmakers to see how they would feel if it was themselves or a loved one!!! I was a very active 47 year old that did road construction, and had my own roofing company lifting and carrying shingle to and on the roof!! I loved to ride horse, take long walks, go hiking, swimming, fishing and hunting plus much more!! Now screenings a struggle and lives not so great!!!

    3. i have taken cipro many, many times over 20 yrs. now I have a pain nerve disorder called RSD. it affects my life everyday with extreme pain, muscle issues, and discomfort to touch. I was appalled to learn that a supposed medicine ment to help done such damage. someone should pay for all the lives it has ruined. p.s. sorry what happened to you

  2. I also took Cipro (within the last six months) and suffered severe pain in my joints and muscles. My doctor had prescribed it for what she said was a urinary tract infection — but turned out not to be the case. So, I received Cipro for no reason/by mistake and am still feeling the consequences. I am an older person (just turned 60), but was active, exercised regulary, in basically good health. Now I walk like I am hobbling along because of the pain in my achilles heel and tendons. I told my daughter to enter in my records that I was severly allergic to Cipro and to never prescribe it again. My doctor never informed me of the side effects of Cipro which would have allowed me to weigh the options of whether I wanted to take this antibiotic or not — and these are some serious and major side effects to be considered. That’s the part that I am totally floored about. I trusted the healthcare provider to be knowledgeable and to inform me accordingly. Instead I was told a mild antibiotic would clear up the pain I was experiencing in my side. My doctor’s diagnosis was incorrect and no apology made. Just an administrator who called to respond to my complaints of pain after being on this medication. I have pain in my heel and tendons that is unbearable at times. I regret having taken this medication without first reading about it for myself. I no longer have that kind of trust in any healthcare provider or the FDA. I feel that their degrees, certifications, advice, etc. are no evidence of skill above my own — especially in this age of internet information, blogs where people of similar circumstance can share and display common evidence of how anything can be affecting them . . . the power of the masses communicating is a major indicator of what the FDA and providers should be listening to — not their profit lines — if they really care about quality health for the citizens of this country. I pray for myself and those that have been affected by this medicine (CIPRO) and will pass what I know along to others who may be considering use of this antibiotic. Please continue to add your voice which along with other information is helping me to better understand that it’s not just an individual thing that happened to me and that my body was unique in this reaction. There’s a problem with CIPRO and it needs to be fixed NOW with restrictions and stronger precautions in prescribing it for any medical condition. The way I see it is: I could have had a urinary tract infection which could have possibly cleared up on its own and maybe even caused some other concerns later OR I could take CIPRO. If I had known the side effects of CIPRO, I would have had no problem saying NO to the use of this medication which litterly takes away the quaity of living a balanced good life. I was better before CIPRO and now I live life with daily pain. I am dwelling on the positive side that the voices of people like myself WILL BE HEARD and an effective change will be made SOON to severly limit the use of this antibiotic!

    1. I have nerve damage to my fingers from this drug I believe. My fingers are numb all day long, in varying degrees, some days my entire hand is numb from the finger tips to the wrist. Is this going to get worse? Can one course of Cipro, prescribed for an ear infection, do this? My fingers are numb as i type this.

      1. This is peripheral neuropathy.. And it generally is progressive…very commonly caused by cipro. Lawfirms are no taking cases of cipro induced neuropathy.

    2. Pauline please contact me I would like to get known to the world, but I need as many people as I can get to get this out. I am contacting someone who may help.

  3. There are other serious side effects of Cipro that involve cartilage degerneration which no warning was given. Lawyers and injured people should be informed about this Tendonitis is one of the many side affects. Flouride os one of the components of these toxic and l ethal drugs Car

    1. I was perscribed cipro over the past 10 years 2 to 3 times a year for sinus infections. Over the past decade, I have developed peripheral nueropothy all over my body. It is the most painful thing I have ever experienced. There are days I cant get out of bed or want to die. I can no longer work or drive. The nerve damage, I was told is permanent. My life is ruined but I am not to complain. The docs blow me off. If I didnt have my faith, I would of given up by now. I wake up from sleep thinking I am burning in a fire-the burning pain through my body is so horrific! As the years go by my legs are getting weaker and weaker I can hardly walk. My balance is almost gone. My muscles and joints ache every day like the flu. There must be some help out there? I saw the cipro lawsuits out there and had some hope, now all I see is that they are saying” they no longer take clients”. Just like I now hear, “we are no longer taking peripheral nueropathy patients-sorry”….

  4. Wow, I cant believe what im reading.I woke up dizzy today.I have been on cipro for chronic sinusitis.I have been in pain in my right arm and last night it started popping. it has been hurting for awhile. also when I walk I feel pain in my ankles and feet.I could go on and on about how I have been feeling, but I see that all the symptoms are already addressed in these posts.I will definitely spread the word.does anybody know if cipro is prescribed to children?I sure hope not.the only hope is to turn this over to God who sees all prayer is for all victims to be healed from all the poisoning in our bodies.God you see all things you know the motives that are behind all this. protect and heal all your people.bring these people to your us to find the right source that will compensate us for their wrong actions against us.

    1. Because the FQs tend to kill kids and seniors (not just poison/damage indefinitely),
      drs are not allowed to rx them unless life or death. (i think)
      Keep spreading the word! When I was floxxed 2 yrs ago, there was FAR LESS public awareness.
      People need to know, looks like it’s up to us floxxies to inform Joe Citizen.

  5. This is just so unbelievable, i am so angry. I on my 9 th day of taking
    Cipro and flagyl teice a day. My calves are achy, my dry eye 10 times
    Worse, i am having horrible anxiety, hotflashes 3 x worse, so depressed
    Crying constantly, diarreha 3 x worse, restlessness cant sleep but so
    I was prescribed this for lower left adominal pain, they so far dont know what
    Is wrong. I didnt take it untill about a month after being prescibed it because
    I dont believe in taking antibiotics as a, “lets just see if this works”. My freinds
    talked me into just doing what the doc says. Well i have moved and
    Live 100 miles from them, alone, estranged from my family, off work on short
    term disability.
    My doc gave me no warning about this, nor the pharmacy. My last 4 pills of this
    Med from hell is not getting taken. I hope to God i recover from taking this
    I was perscibed this for nothing that i have been diagnosed with. It was
    Just in case i have diverticulosis, and i havent had my colonopony yet !
    Whats bad is I read ” ask a patient ” usually before taking anything.
    I just started finding this info one hour ago and one week into this horrible
    I am so sorry for what this drug has done to you and other people. I bet the
    Manufacture wouldnt let their family take this drug

    1. i am so sorry for what you are going through. the mental havoc wreaked by FQs is highly underestimated. (That poison can cross blood/brain barrier!)
      You need loving support right now, mental, physical, and emotional.
      It will ease with time and faith. this is a positive website, that”s better for yr headspace right now. You were right to stop the med, you must never take FQs again. I understand your anger! Please use it to educate everyone possible about the menace of FQs. It will be hard, they won’t believe you, esp, medical drs. (which adds to the cipro crazies). So we have to let PEOPLE, everyone!, know, since the medical community does NOT inform us sheeple.
      Push yourself a little, drink lots of water.

      1. Yes, I was told the drug Cipro can get into the sensitive tissues of the brain and nervous system and leave toxicity that is permanently damaging. I know, I have nueropathy-permanent nerve damage from the drug.

      2. Go on line and find a cioro attorney. They are now taking cases of cipro induced neuropathy.

  6. Mostly… I only would want a lawsuit to get this drug off the market. At least just reserve it for Anthrax or the MOST extreme cases necessary. However, the product warning label does NOT warn against the effects that you don’t know about until just after taking the medication. It’s too late to stop taking it then. I actually had no idea that’s where my problems came from until the second prescription a few months later made everything worse. At that point, I had a short term script and I assumed the problems were from the infection I was being treated for since the first course had already started the effects. After the second course, my dizzy/upside down brain became a daily struggle to deal with. No medical answers so far… just the knowledge that all of the symptoms correlate with taking Cipro. I read the insert and I just reviewed it again. It definitely doesn’t state clearly anything about the symptoms that show up later and don’t go away. (Other than the tendon problems.) I’m disappointed that my doctor can’t put this all together when I keep returning with problems. Maybe doesn’t want to???

  7. My hearts desire for many years was to open a small bakery. Over a year of building one out I finally opened my own place in June 2011

    In November 2011, I went into renal failure. 6 surgeries over 9 weeks–and non stop doses of Cipro, from November through June 10. The crazy, unexplainable symptoms started. Finally, the tendons in my arms became so weak that I could no longer work. Symptoms resembling seizures became frequent. I had no choice but to close my bakery.

    As I am posting this comment, my legs are in casts from severely torn achilles tendons. I told doctor after doctor what was happening, showing them articles, printed pages from cipros own website…and not one would acknowledge the drug as the cause.

    I’ve lost my source of income, my house went into foreclosure, I applied for disability–being told it could take up to 6 months, I’ve had to apply for food stamps. One day my life was full of promise–today it’s a struggle to move. My heart is broken. All of my doctors will be out on this lovely summer evening, I will spend mine icing my hands, elevating my casted legs, and eating a .12 package of ramen. I don’t want pity I want justice.

    1. I’m almost 60 & have felt floxxed most of my life due to overused injectable penicillin, which I doubt any other person on earth has been subjected to because of a mental unstable r.n. Mother. The symptoms have varied over the years, but I can certainly tie in cipro & levaquin to my vegetable state over the last 15 or so years. These drugs are not the only source of toxins, mold can be too. I don’t want to get too detailed but back when I started to feel like I was dying, the CDC said mold hasn’t been connected with getting sick Locke floxies. My disability for a moldy workplace was turned down because of this. However there was ONE profession that rule was exempt from, and that was a baker. Apparently flour contains a substantial dose of the mold aspergillus. You might consider this as contributing to your poor health. Going gluten free will help everyone else also & avoiding meat of animals given antibiotics. I’ve also noticed avoiding produce treated with Roundup helps but have yet to figure that out. I’ll let y’all do your own research on that.

  8. I was forced to take Cipro while inpatient at a psychiatric hospital for a UTI I was not given the information on side effects and I also have Addison’s disease for which I take Prednisone a steroid that is never to be given with Cipro because of drug interactions. I was given the Cipro in Sept of 2011 and suffered a left Achilles tendon tear. It took me until Mar of 2012 to find a Dr who was willing to do surgery because they were afraid I would not heal due to the steroids I was on so now it is Sept 2012 and I still walk with a limp and have muscle pain in my neck.

  9. My life has been destroyed by Avelox Cipro Levaquin and Tequin. I want justice I feel the doctors need to take some responsibility to this. I was prescribed wat to many FQ’s

  10. i was given levaquin in 2005 and 2007 and have debilitating tendon/joint pain in my elbows, feet, wrists, back, shoulders…….. makes if very difficult to work and live.

    it would be nice if the medical world would acknowledge this so we could get some form of disability/financial relief, or a CURE.

  11. I was prescribed Cipro twice, once in 95-96 I believe, and then again in 2010/11 for urinary infection. within days I was dealing with tendon injuries and stopped the drug as I saw that it was one of the possible side effects, never knowing that it could have been part of the problem with some of my neurological problems I am currently having. Shame on the FDA.

  12. IMPORTANT; I am a research scientist with a Ph.D. in Biophysics. I ran my own research laboratory at The American Health Foundation and studied the photosensitivity reactions associated with the fluoroquinolones. I discovered that through a unique photodegradative mechanism the fluoroquinolone antibiotics will cause a specific type of DNA damage that is associated with the induction of squamous cell carcinomas. The damage is not easily repaired in humans and the incubation period before seeing the onset of this type of tumor could be ten to fifteen years. So forget the tendinitis and other issues….this is the one that is most serious. An hour or two on the drug and out in the daylight is sufficient to cause photodegradation.

    I reported my results to the FDA and they blew me off. I published my data in reputable peer reviewed journals in 1994-97 and still the FDA and pharma companies ignored the risk. No warning label or black box label was ever attached to these drugs. Finally I designed the ONLY photostable fluoroquinolone that Bayer now manufactures as AVELOX… it is now FDA approved.

    I was asked by specific parties to conceal the photocarcinogenesis risk data but refused. My laboratory was closed down when I did not capitulate. They must have thought that if they closed me down I might not publish. That was not the case….but to date the FDA and the public have no idea of this serious risk.

    Does anyone recall the date the postal workers took large doses of cipro going out for 30 days after the Anthrax scare? Was that about 10 years ago?

    1. Great work! You are a real hero no bull. I hope your life is going well despite all of the nonsense. Perhaps going on CNN as this is true news. Take a few of us with you to make it even more real. Let me know if you want me to try to get it set up. Good luck!

      1. I am a new to this Cipro damage and I am totally disgusted for the way the medical field is handling this. I would love to see this on Good Morning America as an investigative program. I know I am floxed and I know when it happened and the PA I saw had to deal with a very angry patient and of course he did not agree with me. I took 3 doses and could not walk or do my daily functions it moved from both legs and hips tp just me right lower leg with pain radiating to the hip area. I have a walker and a cane and I have ordered a wheel chair in case this get worse. My Dr nor the Ortho Dr wanted to agree with me but I am adamit it was the Cipro. I have found that the only meds that give me any relief is Gabapentin 600 mg 3 x day. So if you should need my help or assistance in exposing these FQ drugs please let me know.

        Karen Lee

      2. Karen, I have read articles that say neurontin ( gabapentin) causes damage to brain synapses so I refuse to take it. I googled it and gave a printed copy to the dr who ordered it! Btw this same dr refuses to believe Cipro could have done such horrible damage yet he admits he has never read any black box warnings!! So have no dr at all right now. Looking all over for one who can READ!! Am thoroughly fed up!!

    2. This is peripheral neuropathy.. And it generally is progressive…very commonly caused by cipro. Lawfirms are now taking cases of cipro induced neuropathy.

    3. Anthrax scare was 2001. Was just reading an article about Bayer agreeing to pay $257 million in drug fraud against Medicaid. It involved Cipro and using horrible deceit to increase profits!!. Check out I had googled to see profits of Cipro for Bayer! Article dated 4/17/2003 by Melody Peterson. I was floored! Am horribly floxed after only 2 Cipro pills and no dr believes me. My life is a nightmare!

  13. I was recently told by a lawyer that law firms were paid not to take on Cipro cases. If this is true it would make a great case for us all. I for one am going Pro Se to my District Court and will bring all of the documentation including Social Security Disability’s agreeing with my filing of Cipro destroying my work career case. They approved me the first time out.
    Don’t be afraid to go to court by yourself as the truth will prevail. Besides, Bayer will probably call you to settle before you ever see the courthouse. Good luck!

  14. I found your story by accident but I find it to be informative. My story too is similar to yours. In 2007 I was suffering from a UTI. My P.A. prescribed me ciprofloxacin. I took it and the UTI wasn’t cured so I was given it again, then again- four months straight. During my medicated haze, I started having symptoms of something not “right”. I assumed it was due to the meds as I know they do carry warnings. I never saw a black box warning. I’m funny in the fact that certain drugs I won’t take due to symptoms being, what I consider, too much for me as I don’t want to put my life at risk over an antibiotic (some meds say “can cause heart attacks, death, etc, these meds scare me,but you get the point). Had I read anything about ciprofloxacin causing all the problems I suffer from, I would’ve never taken it. Even though I suffered some small symptoms while taking these meds, I never truly started really suffering until the following year. I was going numb, having severe muscle pain, my joints hurt, and I was having issues getting around as I once did. I was then diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Not long after I was sent to an orthopaedic as my shoulder was bothering me. I had had a car accident in 2005 so I assumed it was due to that. I had tendonitis, bursitis, and a tear in my rotator cuff. I had surgery to repair this, even though it’s worse now then prior to surgery. As all of this was going on I was also dealing with numbness and tremors in my arms and legs. My P.A. told me she thought I had peripheral neuropathy. I had never heard of this before now. She never once said all of these symptoms could be from this medication. She just assumed it was due to my car accident. And of course since that was the only “logical” explanation, I thought that too. I was never officially diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, with no known cause, until December 2013. Which, in July 2013, I was prescribed ciprofloxacin again 2 times for pneumonia. Still never knowing that there was a black box warning. Here it is six years later and I’ve been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, arthritis, cysts, tendonitis, bursitis, tremors, sleep apnea, and seven other medical conditions. I’m sure some have nothing to do with this medication but I’m also sure that some absolutely have to do with this. I had been a waitress for five years prior to taking this. I was also an active mother of five. Since then I’ve become a “vegetable” basically. I can’t do much of anything I used to enjoy. My kids get upset that I can’t go stand in lines for roller coasters, I can’t go anywhere I know I’ll have to stand around for any period of time, etc. I had to file for disability, which almost ten years later I’m still fighting for, I haven’t been able to work, my life has pretty much ended and I’ve had to obtain a “new” life to conform to my limitations. I do stay somewhat active as I was told by my doctor that if I didn’t I’d be worse. Now, you mention that the lawsuits against this manufacturer ended after the black box warning but what I wonder is that if the doctors didn’t warn you, if they didn’t know or if you took it not knowing of these repercussions, wouldn’t you still be able to go after the manufacturer?? Black box warning or not, this manufacturer still allowed this medication to be made to be prescribed to unsuspecting patients. This is ridiculous that they can knowingly cause so much harm and destruction to someone’s life and not give a damn. My quality of life has been ruined. This manufacturer should have to pay in some way. Maybe they should be given this medication until they have to live how so many others have to live due to their negligence.

  15. Took Cipro ongoing throughout 2013 for a series of uti’s and sinus infections. Now in 2014 I’m suffering from Achilles tendinitis when I haven’t done any form of strenuous exercise–really hurts to walk. I have ongoing joint pains. After reading this blog I feel certain the Cipro may be the cause of my weakened tendons and concerned about the squamous cell carcinoma I read about above–good Lord. I agree with the blogger above. Prayer and believing God to help us after being exposed to this is what we must do. Walking is very difficult. I pray it subsides.

  16. After reading all these posts I feel a little out of place with my Cipro problems. In May 18 2012 I went to the hospital by ambulance after 12 hours of severe abdominal pain and vomiting. I was admitted and kept at the hospital for 3 days. I was given Cipro through out my stay and prescribed it as well. I was back in the hospital almost monthly with the exact same problems every time. By the third ER visit a heart doctor was called in and I was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome with Symptomatic Bradycardia and scheduled to have a Pacemaker implanted. I had just turned 45 when this all started and had never been sick. My last visit to the hospital was in July of this year. In the ER I am now treated like a pill addict. I have had an ER doc ask my what I wanted him to do because I had been there so many times with no diagnoses for the pain and vomiting he didn’t know what I expected him to do about it. I have been threw every test imaginable with the longest stay in the hospital being 8 days. I was single when this started with no insurance. Even though I have done everything the doctor’s have asked of me and submitted to every test, because the doc’s can’t figure out what is wrong I am treated like the crazy one. Once I was left in my hospital room floor vomiting for 7 hours. I no longer have any faith in the medical profession. I ended up taking myself off of every medication I had been prescribed and visited an All Natural doc.My attacks are getting farther apart and less severe. Yet nothing changes the fact that I now have a Pacemaker implanted in my chest. In the last 2 years I have had strange swelling and bruising in my lower calf and ankles. I started researching Cipro and was sick the more I read. And to read the supposed lesser side effects is astounding,,,abdominal pain, vomiting, etc. Why would you prescribe that to someone who was there due to Abdominal pain and Vomiting? I know in my heart that Cipro is the cause of myself almost losing everything. I am slowly getting back on my feet financially but still have pain and vomiting, debilitating back pain , I will stop there. It is obvious we all know the wonderful side effects. I can only pray that something is done about this , for lack of a better word, Medication. I also pray for peace and comfort to all the people who have been affected by this..

    1. I neglected to add that I had also researched Long QT Syndrome and found that is was diagnosed in children being typically genetic, not adults. If it is diagnosed in an adult it is most likely due to an injury or medication. At my first Pacemaker check I shared this with my heart doctor and asked him if Cipro could have been the cause of my heart problem since we all new I did not have a heart problem prior to taking Cipro. He looked at me and said NO. He could not faithfully state that Cipro did not cause the Long QT.

  17. A doctor take me Ciprox for an infection, that make me feal very bad, I use to see things on my mind very bads, and my nerves are destroyed one Doctor say to me that pills destroy my Central Nervious System. I fell bad because my life change a lot and I dont know how to reverse that damage

  18. even if you do read the side effects of this drug, it leads you to believe that ruptured tendons is the worst that will happen. I was prescribed Ciprofloxacin in Aug.2013 for a UTI that I did not have. and suffered the Fall and Winter of 2013 with painful joints. that my current Primary care Doctor told me was Arthritis, but he kept asking me if I’d fallen at some point because the amount of pain that I was experiencing was extreme for regular Arthritis. This continued until April of 2014, when I started losing control of my right side arm and leg. and couldn’t breathe. Thinking I was having a stroke I allowed my family to talk me into going to the ER. Where they found out that I had very little blood. I was not bleeding the blood out, believe me they checked everywhere. And gave me 5 units of blood in the ER, before the doctors sent me up to Cardiac Care, where they gave me 3 more units. my family was told that I was about 1 half pint away from being dead, when I got to the ER and I would have died in roughly 6 hours if I had not been given the blood when I got there. Come to find out Bone marrow suppresson is a ‘rare’ side effect of Cipro. Rare or not it should be warned against due to the severity of the condition. Now I’ve got medical bills that I’ll probably never pay off, because I can’t work, My husband hasn’t been able to go back to his regular work because he works far away from home normally, sometime as far away as Canada, and he didn’t want to be that far away in case I had to go back to the hospital. we’ve sold everything we had just to pay the house lease, and bills. I took the Realestate agents course thinking I could maybe manage to do that. but even that is a bust, because of the lack of oxygen to my brain, I now have siezures, and can’t drive a car, and I also have a damaged heart due to the fact that my heart was trying to pump the blood that I did not have. so now I have A fib. was told by the Hemotologest that blood is only viable for about 120 days when your body produces it, which explains why it took about 5 months for me to feel the full brunt of the problem. I believe Bayer should be made to pay, also anybody that works for Bayer that had a hand in keeping this poison on the market, should be made to take it, But mostly I feel that the government should clean house at the FDA. This is not the first thing to make me question the FDA’s doings. ie; May 2014 the patent ran out on Celebrex one of the most effective arthritis medications, so instead of allowing generics to go ahead and market, they extended the patent for another 6 months. so thats another six months that retired folks will have to shell out roughly $200.00 per month just be able to get around and do daily things that most of us take for granted. and we’re talking about people on a fixed income. Shame on the FDA.

  19. Just saw this last night. Bayer can’t be bothered to acknowledge the real problem with the drug Cipro, but they can settle 74 million on other Big Pharm. in anti trust case. story follows,

    San Diego, CA: A partial settlement has been reached in an antitrust class action lawsuit involving the prescription antibiotic Cipro. The lawsuit claims Bayer Corporation, Barr Laboratories, Inc., Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc., Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and The Rugby Group, Inc. violated antitrust and consumer protection laws by agreeing not to compete with each other, and by keeping lower-cost generic versions of Cipro off the market. This settlement is with Bayer Corporation only; the case against the other manufacturers continues.

    Neither the case nor the settlement is about the safety or effectiveness of Cipro. Bayer has paid $74 million into a settlement fund that will compensate consumers and third-party payors (Class Members) who paid or reimbursed for Cipro in California between January 8, 1997 and October 31, 2004. Cipro purchasers not eligible for settlement payments include: (1) anyone who received Cipro through the MediCal Prescription Drug Program, (2) anyone who purchased Cipro to resell it, (3) government entities, (4) the manufacturers and related entities being sued, and (5) all purchasers of Cipro who paid a flat co-payment and who would have paid the same co-payment for a generic version under their health insurance policy.

    Individual payments will be based on the total number of valid claims filed and how much the Class Member paid or reimbursed for Cipro. Attorneys’ fees not to exceed one-third of the fund, litigation costs, and other fees and expenses will be deducted prior to distribution. Full details about the settlement can be found in the Settlement Agreement, which is available at

    Class Members must submit a claim form by March 31, 2014 in order to get a payment. The claim form and instructions on how to submit it are available at .

    Class Members may comment on or object to the settlement by October 16, 2013. Details on how to comment or object are available at

    The Court will hold a hearing on November 15, 2013 to consider whether to finally approve the settlement and whether to approve Class Counsel’s application for attorneys’ fees, reimbursement of expenses, and service awards for Class Representatives. so once again you suffer and the only one who get paid is the Lawyers.

  20. I over two years ago was prescribed cipro for a uti a while later I began to have pain mainly in ankle I was prescribed ankle wrap and a boot to be warned i believe two weeks, which means I couldnt work,I had a stoke which only appeared to have affected memory,but I continued to work although in bad pain,well with all the stress and trauma my spouse died in Jan.grandaughter killed in feb. I go to md. for burning given cipro again ,began to have symptoms worse than before simular to stroke pain in leg neck etc.primary care says I see it all the time went to computer seen where my gyn had prescribed cipro,my only hope has been prayer and faith in God.

  21. I was give Cipro, after continuous bile duct obstructions. This began for 14 years +. Now 20 years later, my body is failing me. I was diagnosed with Poly Neuropathy, in the Spring of 2013. I am no longer a Diabetic, and my blood sugar levels were OK. I also have Fibromyalgia, diagnosed in 1997. I began taking Cipro in 1993, for what I noted above. I came across this article at the side of the page. It was in regards to Cipro causing Poly Neuropathy. It’s like I was hit in the head….I was shocked! Angry! What is happening. I don’t now what to do, Please Help Us! This isn’t our fault! Help Us! We wantour lives back! Sarah

  22. I was on chemo in 2009 for breast cancer and had a clot grow in my mediport site it ended up going all the way down my left arm,i devoloped a infection when they removed my mediport and put a new one in on the outher callerbone.I was given 1,000mg of cipro for 30 days that didnt make me get better so they gave me 1,000mg of levaquin for another 20 days I kept telling my dr. my right knee was killing me he told me it was the drugs he gave me,then I fell down my apt stairs I could no longer stand and I tore my shoulder.Then he took me off the drugs and a few days later I saw the news where they talked about these 2 drugs.I have not had any luck finding a lawyer.I am now disaled can’t stand more then 30 mins,had bellpalsy last year for almost 10 months my right side of my face is paralized,major back spaz 24/7.who can I turn to to sue the crap out of the makers of this drug.?

  23. OMG! I feel like I am in a nitemare ! I just discovered the Cipro problem today 1-3-15 after being on it constantly for the past 16 yrs. A facebook friend complained about problems she had after taking Levofloxacin so i started reading and discovered this about Cipro. I have had chronic bladder infections most of my life. I am 66 ( almost 67) yrs of age. I am allergic to bactrim and macrobid and most other antibiotics give me severe diarrhea but Cipro seemed to work well . Starting around 1999 I think I was prescribed my first dose of it . I remember it costing me a small fortune and I had no insurance at the time . After many procedures to try and find a cause for my chronic uti’s , no cause was found. Since 1999 and up until about 2012 I have been prescribed and took Cipro ( 500 mg ) approx at least 4 times a year and some years more then that. . several times I took it back to back ( for almost a full month ) because the Uti was not responding to it . This last year I have managed to keep the uti’s under control somewhat by taking over the counter cystex etc and taking one sulfa antibiotic every week . Low dose of the sulfa seems to be ok for me . My last dose of Cipro was just recently this past fall a couple months ago . I will take no more ! For the past 10 yrs or so ( age 55 or so ) I have been suffering chronic constant muscle and joint pain , hurting all over . Just walking causes pain and i can hardly walk . I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by several different doctors and also told I have osteoarthritis . I had no idea that Cipro could be the cause until today. I have had 3 back surgeries , several broken bones , a broken rib , cataracts and none of these should have happened My head is in a constant fog will take me most of the day to compose this . After my last dose of Cipro this fall my left shoulder became frozen and had to take a steroid . And now I learn that lawyers are no longer taking any cases .Also looks like I even missed the lawsuit that involved pricing . .. Are there any lawyers at all that anyone knows of that will take our case or any global settlement we can still get into ? If so, please reply to my post …

  24. Just found the information about Cipro and all my symptoms were listed there. I suffer from neuropathy in both feet & ankles going up my legs. Things got worse when I used Cipro for my cataract surgery. I took Cipro or the generic at least 6 years ago and have been suffering since. Last year I had a severe foot problem when my nerve got imbedded in my foot—tarsal tunnel syndrome. I take lots of supplements and they help a little but nothing takes the pain away 100%.

  25. About 15 years ago I stopped taking antibiotics, until last year when I had an infected wisdom tooth. I just realized it was then that the nerve pain in my feet started. Last week I got the other 3 wisdom teeth pulled, and more of the antibiotics. My nerve pain has been getting worse all week. Where do I go from here. Why are these drugs even on the market still? What does it take to ban a drugs use? How many lives must be damaged before action is taken? As a hiker, these people have ruined my life. I want them to pay!

  26. My symptoms first surfaced in August of 1987. It began with numbness from T-1 down my entire left side. I was hospitalized for a spinal tap and milogram. The neurologist was looking for evidence to sdupport a first strike attack of MS. All tests came back normal and the diagnosis was periphrel neuropathy os “unknown ediology.” I went for second, third, fourth and so on opinions. I was tested for everything under the sun and nothing. I have never had diabetes!! I’ve had back pain, numbness and burning pain for the past 27 long years. I just saw another commercial asking for patients prescribed Cipro to contact the listed attorneys to join a class action lawsuit against Bayer. When I first saw this ad a few months ago I responded but got no response. Heck I still have one of the 500 miligram tablets from 1995. I too had recurring UTI’s abd Cipro was always the drug of choice. I contacted my neurologist who didn’t seem to feel than Cipro could have caused my PN. I’ve been on neurontin, tramadol and pamelor for all these many years. And for the record, I was prescribed Macro;bid once and immediately experienced almost every listed side effect. I will never take that again. I’ve been on SS disability now since 2005. No amount of money can give me back the quality of life I have lost but it would help me pay off my existing mortgage. I feel for anyone who suffers with this dibilitating condition. Numbness, pain and burning in my lower limbs only describes the tip of the iceberg.

  27. Cipro, crippled me, I had a horrible reaction immediately. My hands, arms, feet,and legs started burning with pain. I stopped taking it. The next morning when I awoke I was blind in my right eye. Total darkness, then it looked like an explosion,then foggy.I am having cataract surgery next week.I had no eye problems two weeks prior to taking Cipro. I had just had an eye exam. My vision went fast.The optometrist was in a panic, he was afraid for me,he said he had never seen so much damage,and that something was going on with my health. He scared me.He said I was too young to have so much damage to my eyes.I was only 52. After my cataract surgery I have to have laser surgery. I started taking hyaluronic acid supplements, it helped relieve the pain and burning in my joints.It gave me my life back.I recommend it to everyone. It helped me. I thought my life was over. I couldn’t work, drive, sleep, or even exercise. Don’t give up.Take the hyaluronic acid with lots of water.I take 400 mg. everyday. It took about 60 days to relieve most of the pain.I want to help as many people as possible.I know how it feels to be in chronic pain.

    1. Hi Dee,
      At last a positive comment. All the negatives are so depressing. I will start taking hyaluronic acid asap. Any other suggestions? I have periferal neuropathy from Cipro given me at different times through the years for Uti’s. Last one was in 2012. Developed PN in 2008 and my life has been so screwed up since. Its impossible to stand for even a minute. the only thing that even touches the burning pain are very strong pain meds which I can’t even take anymore because they made me start itching very badly.
      I would like to correspond with you if you want.

  28. I also have neuropathy. I was given ciprofloxin for months after a kidney transplant at piedmont hospital. I was also on prednison at the time. I am in pain every day. The doctors will not recognize cipro as dangerous. I took my self off of ciprofloxin after feeling bad. I will pray for all of us!!!!! I know your PAIN

  29. Hello All,
    I took 6 ciprofloxacin tablets over a 3-day period to prevent possible infection after a medical procedure on May 12, 2015 and have since been having tendon and joint pains, tingling, occasional dizziness and vision problems. Usually, drug side effects subside after completion of the dose but apparently, the reverse is the case with cipro. It is unbelievable that Bayer and the FDA would put this drug on the market knowing fully well its devastating effects on the unsuspecting public. There were recent news reports about accidental shipment of live anthrax by the Army to some laboratories and I suspect that some of the lab workers will no doubt be put on cipro or other quinolones as a precautionary measure, not knowing what they might be getting into. Is there a way we can use this opportunity to once again urge the authorities to take this drug off the market? Can we appeal to states’ Public Advocates, the new Attorney General, congressmen, or anyone else in authority who can help with this matter?

  30. My daughter was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and prescribed Cipro. Within a week, she was having delusions, anxiety, and major depression. I took her to the ER, but the doctor didn’t listen to me because my daughter was 18 years old. He prescribed more Cipro because her infection was still there. Withing days, my daughter went into psychosis. She was hospitalized 3 times within a year. My daughter had just graduated high school, gotten her first car and her first job, and had started college. All of that is gone today. She barely functions. She is no longer the child I raised for 18 years. Cipro destroyed her. It wasn’t until my son researched the antibiotic Cipro that we discovered one of the side effects is psychosis. Also, at our neighborhood pharmacy, we met a woman who had been hospitalized for 3 years in a psychiatric hospital before she discovered Cipro had done the same to her. If two people in less than 5 miles of each other have had this reaction to Cipro, I can only imagine how many others are out there. While on Cipro, my daughter couldn’t even get out of bed. She tried to commit suicide 3 times. She had severe delusions and heard voices. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and mood disorder, my daughter is no longer the happy, well-adjusted child she was. I am so angry that the medical world is so untouchable! This stuff destroys lives, and the rich don’t care. Please, never take this antibiotic. It will change your life forever.

  31. I was prescribed Cipro for a UTI for 7 days. Within a day of me taking this drug, I became temporarily blind while driving and jumped a median into oncoming traffic. When EMS arrived my blood pressure had dropped to 80/40. I couldn’t feel my legs , had severe body aches, and I had a severe pounding headache . I was taken to the emergency room where they ran a number of tests and had no other explanation other than Cipro being the culprit. This is a very dangerous antibiotic and knowing the risks now I would never have taken this to begin with. The medication bottle said nothing about using care and caution while driving. It stated that the medication may cause dizziness. I am thankful I didn’t kill myself or anyone else for that matter. If you are taking Cipro and having any of these neurological issues I would consult with my dr and stop taking the drug. The ER physician switched me to Macrobid and I have had no issues other than nausea.

    1. Dizziness, low blood pressure, double vision. And my gut is destroyed. I took Cipro 2 1/2 years ago and haven’t felt right since. I also suffered a shoulder injury which may have been exacerbated by Cipro.

  32. No Web-site did go public a year ago on WSBTV in Atlanta special was done by Jim Stickland. In Atlanta Georgia on Cipro and Lav. Would like to go more public to warn people.The word needs to get out. No one should have to live like this because of a drug and greed. I think Phillips Webster Law Firm maybe taking cases. Good luck and God grant you strength everyday to fight. My words, “keep moving” if you can, fight for that to continue to have some kind of life.

  33. In Aug 2015 I ended up in the emergency room due to cipro, I am still out of work, in pain, in a brain fog, and overwhelmed by anxiety and depression. I am just looking for help to deal with all of this and to understand how they can get away with this. My life for the past 8 months has been horrible and isolated and I don’t know if I am going to get any better which is very depressing.

  34. Since taking Ciproflaxen, I have terrible peripheral Neuropathy (feet and Hands all screwed up, few times foot tried to curl up)which I now know to be permanent, also burning tendinitis and my right arm can get so bad, it seems like someone elses arm

  35. I took a round of Cipro around Christmas of 2014 for severe urinary pain. Turned out to be kidney stones passing, but an Antibiotic was added just in case. I did not have all of the side effects right away and am just now putting the pieces together.
    That summer while water skiing I ripped the forearm muscles clean off of the bone and pretty much ended my competitive season. Designed a strap system to take the load off of the arms and continued to ski at a lower level. Pulled up out of the water one time and ripped the left groin muscle loose causing SEVERE pain and shut down my season for good. Going from one of the top older skiers in the state to can’t get out of the water. This was my back or drag leg. NO real pressure on it during that move.Could not understand it!!
    Then last month I was skiing with my special vest for my arm and could finally get out of the water. Skied well and was coming in to dock the boat. Reached out for the dock and my right elbow pretty much dislocated and ripped several forearm muscles again with SEVERE pain involved.
    After the 3rd disabling muscle rupture It was time to figure out a pattern. Which has led me here. LOOKING for answers.
    Thinking Detox and ligament products, but anything that people have found that works for this part of the toxic effect??? My problems are very annoying, but survivable if I can get them to stop. Many people in here are FAR worse and I am hoping to head it off before I get to that point.
    Thank you guys in advance for any help

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  37. Hello, I had no idea there were so many people harmed by this drug. I went to an urgent care for an earache in 2010 and was given cipro. Within 2 doses of taking it my heart started going nuts with palpitations and nsvt and I had to see a few different doctors who wanted to go in a do a heart study and put me on beta blockers!!! I was on a heart monitor for 2 periods equaling 60 days!!! Since then I am not able to drink coffee or have any stimulants or I run the chance of it speeding up. It’s a condition called nsvt. Never had it before cipro. I am a single mom of 3. I get palpitations now but it has calmed down. if I am still able to sue them, please call me because I had no idea. I did report it to the fda

  38. I was prescribed Cipro for a sinus infection. A week later my right foot and ankle started hurting and a week after that my left ankle started hurting. i went to a foot and ankle specialist who took X-rays and didn’t see anything so he gave me shoe inserts and prescribed physical therapy for tendinitis. This didn’t help at all. In fact, it kept getting worse. I couldn’t even walk a block without horrible pain. I was unable to go up and down stairs. I gained weight and lost all joy in life. I was 45 years old with the legs of a 90 year old. I knew something had to be wrong besides regular tendinitis. I went to the Mayo Clinic and within two minutes of looking at my MRI he said I had unraveling-torn Achilles’ tendons in both legs and he asked if I had had an infection about the time the pain started. I told him about my sinus infection. He said he knew it, because the only way I could have a tear like I had-a hole down the center of my Achilles- was from the Cipro family if antibotics. So for the next year we did everything we could to see if it could heal on its own. An air cast for six months, nitroglycerin patches to increase blood flow, dry needling. Increased rest, ice packs…nothing worked. I just had my first tendon abraidment surgery. Pretty much sliced my donut of a tendon and clean out all scar tissue, fold into a solid tendon and stitched it up. I was just happy that they didn’t have to transplant a tendon from my foot for reinforcement. I’ll be off work for several weeks and it will take six months of physical therapy before its strong enough so that I can have my right leg operated on. Then, I’ll be off work for a few months because I won’t be able to drive with a cast. This condition caused by Cipro has changed my life forever. I worry what my repaired tendons will be like when I’m 70. I haven’t walked my dogs in over 2 years. My husband and I limit everything we do because of my legs..or I have to load up on pain meds just to do minimal activities. I now have Cipro and all the rest of that family of meds listed as a drug allergy. All of this because I had a basic sinus infection. When I tell people they can’t believe they have never heard anything about it. It scares everyone I talk to. Those drugs need to be used with more care. The Mayo clinic said they see people all the time coming to them for Tendon issues caused by Cipro. That the actual number of tendon problems caused by Cipro and the like is grossly underdiagnosed because most doctors are unaware of the black box warning. Many people are thinking the tendon problems were caused by age/ degeneration or sports induced. Im lucky that I have good insurance, and I pray that my surgeries are successful.

  39. I was misdiagnosed with a UTI and given CIPRO. I took two pills and by the next morning I was in the hospital with renal failure. Teh ER department misdiagnosed me as well with kidney infection in both kidneys. The attending doctor stated I didn’t have a UTI to be on cipro to begin with nor was he convinced that I had kidney infection. After discharge I saw a Urologist who confirmed there was no UTI and No kidney infections. The outer part of my kidneys were swollen which meant it was induced by the medicine. No one at either medical facility will own up to their mistakes. I keep getting we followed protocol. So disgusted with healthcare in the US and it is only gong to get worse.

  40. My husband was given Cipro for a UTI,he took it 6 or 7 days ! He vomited and was sick the whole time he was on it ! They gave him Zofram for nausea, he had blisters in his mouth, they said was from his teeth not fitting, he had blurred and double vision ,they said it was from his diabetes ,he had blotches on his body, no one would listen ! They gave him benadryl for that and a ligdacane rinse for his mouth ! My husband was in a rehab- skilled care hospital he had a stroke when they did a heart catherisation . They had to get him back in shape to regain his being able to walk again ! He was eating fine before the Cipro was given to him ! He was getting better except the side effects from the drug! No one listened to me ,my daughter’s or his sister ! I talked to him at 7 pm on February 5 the, at 5 minutes till 1 inthe morning on February 6 the the hospital called and said he had turned for the worse! The nurse said he said My God I think I am dying ! Get me the Hell out of here ! She also said he had shallow breathing while going to a regular hospital ! He died ! Before he got there ! 20 minutes and he was gone ! I read that with all his medications ad being a severe diabetic ,he should not have Been on the Cipro,! He was a heart patient and had problems with. His shoulder already ! What can we do! We lost him because of side effects of this drug ! All I know is he gone ! He just turned 66 !

  41. I recently was prescribed cipro for a UTI. I took the cipro for 5 days and started to have problems with my Achilles heel. I called my doctor and was to stop taking the cipro. It have been two weeks now and I am still having problems. I can barely walk sometimes and having a lot of pain.

  42. I sit here in tears… reading everyone’s comments!
    its Great to know I’m not alone. I feel like my body is slowly killing me.. to the fear one day I’ll never be able to walk.
    My pain and Doctors ignorance has led me to a very dark place of suicide. Everyday is a battle between myself and my body.
    I dream of the old me a Nurse and Advanced EMT. Highly trained professional. Who loved what she did. Now I can barely get out of bed.. but I push through it in front of family/friends.. I go off into another room cry n fall apart .. then come back smiling… my family thinks I have a neck ache
    They wouldn’t.. couldn’t understand the amount of pain I’m going through..
    After reading the stories here.. I’m convinced I was right that, it was these antibiotics that did this too me…
    I’ve gone over my symptoms w/ my Dr , but he said well given your type of infection you have no other choice but to continue to take Cipro

    I have been on Cipro 5 Months at 500mg daily.. the continued therapy play is 10 total months.
    I am convinced this a death sentence.. and my eulogy..
    Something needs to be done to stop the use of this drug …

  43. I can barely muster the strength to write this. Over the past year my health has been drastically going downhill. I am 31 years old and just celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary. I am currently awaiting test results because I recently got very sick after sun exposure and a lot of my symptoms look like Lupus. Now reading this I am thinking it could be Cipro toxicity. I have a history of UTIs and one kidney infection. I have taken Cipro more times than I can count on both hands, and have had at least two Levaquin shots. Where the last shot was administered I have burning pain that comes and goes in my right cheek. I also have intermittent heart palpitations. I have had terrible joint pain, in places where I didn’t know you could have pain like the bottoms of my feet. My whole body feels like burning sometimes as well. The brain fog is terrible at times, I am not myself anymore. I also am often incredibly fatigued. I used to be a very fit person. I studied opera at Juilliard, opera singing is incredibly demanding physically. I will never have the stamina to sing for more than a little while now. I have never been able to swallow pills and the doctor would prescribe me Cipro in a suspension form. If you gave me a blind taste test of antibiotics I would be able to tell you which one is Cipro. This is absolutely maddening information to find out. I am going to call my doctors today to ask how many times I have been prescribed it and possibly see what legal channels I can take. If I can’t find a lawyer I will represent myself.

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