Cipro, or ciprofloxacin, belongs to the quinolone family of drugs and is pressed into service to treat a wide variety of infections of the lung, urinary tract, skin, bones and joints.
However, side effects can be nasty and range from restlessness and insomnia to lightheadedness and even tendon rupture. The drug affects the liver and could even allow caffeine and theophylline to build up to toxic levels within the body.
Cipro patients have lots to say about this drug. Carole writes, "This a dangerous medication and only used in emergency. There are lawsuits on it for ruptures of tendons; usually starts in feet and legs but can injure any tendons. It can cause your liver to shut down. Take with care. Any side effects should be reported. This medicine made me very sick…"
Another Cipro patient holds similar views: "This medication is terrible. Within a day and a half (3 doses of 500 mg) I broke out in terrible hives. Huge painful itching welts all over my body. Everywhere from behind my knees, under my arms, my back, thighs, neck, scalp, I am completely covered. This is day 2 after stopping the Cipro and I am in even worse pain.
"The welts are hot to the touch and feel like a sunburn. They just started itching again and I am about to lose my mind. They didn't warn me of any side effects before giving this to me. I have never been allergic to any medication before. I am miserable and will never let anyone in my family take this medication! Benadryl sort of helped and allows me to sleep at night, but I have children to care for during the day and am stuck in misery."
Another unhappy Cipro customer writes, "Just before she was released from the hospital, my 90 year old mother was given Cipro when a catheter resulted in a urinary tract infection. Within days she developed a rash, which quickly turned into Stevens Johnson Syndrome. Her entire body was "blood red" and she was returned to the hospital and placed in the burn unit. Over the next month her skin flaked and peeled. Her eyes were affected and she could no longer watch TV, read the paper, etc.
"She was originally in the hospital for colon cancer."
And then there's Marie, who says: "My mom was given Cipro for a urinary tract infection. It ended up not being a urinary tract infection but gallbladder problems while in the hospital she was given more Cipro. Her gallbladder was removed and she was still taking Cipro. To make the story short she developed C-Difficile a bacteria infection caused by the Cipro killing all her good microorganism and bad."
Tendon rupture is another side effect of Cipro, an issue that served as the catalyst for the black box warning that was mandated by the FDA for Cipro in July of last year. Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group that is always up for a good fight when patient safety is at issue, lobbied strongly for the black box warning in an effort to protect patients from the nasty side of a drug still available on the market.
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The key therefore is to be aware of these various known side effects, and be prepared for them just in case they come to roost on you. You may wish to have the number of a Cipro drug lawyer close by if you have been harmed, or affected negatively in any way from Cipro side effects from the Cipro antibiotic. Many of the side effects noted above have caused patients to lose time off work, which can affect an individual's job and finances.
If you have been adversely affected by Cipro and you were not aware of the risks, you should speak to a Cipro attorney to look into compensation.