Update November 2016
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.