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Cipro, an antibiotic used to fight infections, has been linked to serious side effects, including an increased risk of Cipro tendon rupture. Other Cipro side effects reportedly include an increased risk of liver toxicity and an increased risk of Cipro tendonitis.


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Cipro Side Effects

Cipro (generic name Ciprofloxacin, also known as Ciproxin and Ciprobay) is used to fight bacterial infections, including bronchitis, pneumonia, sexually transmitted infections, skin infections and urinary tract infections. Numerous Cipro side effects have been linked to the antibiotic, including tendon ruptures. Recently, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, maker of Cipro, issued a warning that there are also liver toxicity issues associated with the Cipro antibiotic.

Cipro Tendon Rupture

Cipro tendon ruptures can involve the Achilles heel, shoulder, hand, bicep or thumb. The risk of tendon ruptures or of Cipro tendonitis (tendinitis) increased in patients older than 60, people who have received kidney, heart or lung transplants, and people on steroid therapy. Tendon ruptures can occur in patients who do not have any of those risk factors and can also occur several months after patients finish their Cipro treatment.

cipro tendon ruptureCipro antibiotic is in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, a prescription drug used to treat common respiratory infections including bacterial sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia in adults.

Bayer AG developed Cipro—the first fluoroquinolone to be on the market—in 1987. Since that time studies have shown that Cipro and other fluoroquinolones have been misused and overprescribed.

One study on lab rats found that the rodents' Achilles tendons underwent "degenerative alterations" shortly after Cipro therapy began and ruptures continued to occur even after the animals stopped receiving the drug. Researchers now believe that Cipro may cause a toxic effect on connective tissue structures, thereby explaining tendon ruptures. Researchers speculate that Cipro tendon rupture may be as high as 1 in 250.

As of July 8, 2008, Cipro carries a black box warning alerting patients to the risk of experiencing tendon ruptures or tendonitis (tendinitis). The black box warning was added after Public Citizen, a public interest watchdog organization, sued the FDA, asking the court to force the FDA to respond to a petition, filed by Public Citizen, requesting a black box warning on Cipro.

The FDA recommends that physicians should advise patients to stop taking Cipro at the first sign of tendon pain, swelling or inflammation, as these symptoms can precede tendon rupture.

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If you or a loved one has taken Cipro and subsequently suffered from tendon rupture or tendonitis, please click the link below to send your complaint to a lawyer who will evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.

Last updated on Jan-5-11


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