Washington, DCThe list of Cipro side effects for the Cipro antibiotic prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ask for a black box warning for Cipro. Even so, while useful at treating a variety of hard-to-treat infections, the Cipro drug has been found to be more problematic than helpful for a lot of people.
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.
As the safety pendulum swings from benefit to risk, the black box warning is the strongest weapon in the FDA's artillery save from removing a product from the market altogether.
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.
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Posted by Mary
I have been taking cipro 500 mg twice a day this is the third day. I have been itching all over, and have edema forming in legs and abdominal area. Even with the very severe UTI, I did not have edema until I started this medicine. I also am dizzy upon arising, and have balance issues while walking. You may respond to my email, if responding. This is a very evil medicine.
Posted by Mike
Im takeing 500mg of cipro twice a day i have sensitive skin before the medication and everytime Ive tooken a dose I itch so bad cant sleep have alot of anxiety I has caused alot of trouble in my relationship though I thought someone was drugging me do to the fact that im paralyzed from upper chest down due to a terrible car crash so diagnosed PTSD so I need help getting my food and water brought to me I seriously thought my aids were trying to off me thank God I read this before I got rid of my aids thanks for the posts Im not touching it ever again
Posted by Cecelia
I was given Cipro for my diverticulitis and was told that it is the best thing for it. I was experiencing nausea,head fogginess,headaches, joint pain making it hard to walk the first three days. I thought, I can deal with this to get better.My fourth day got really interesting. The new side effects that night were: tingling throughout my body, very moody, restlessness especially in my legs, legs feeling like jelly whenever I walked, having to take deep breaths, heart racing, constant nausea making it hard to drink at all or take meds also a trembling feeling inside my body along with Anxiety and Insomnia. Oh, and hallucinations! I was freaking out and told my husband while in tears that I cannot continue this medicine. It's like a poison!! I sometimes wonder if Doctors themselves take this crap.
Posted by T
I am on Cipro for a UTI, this stuff is brutal it has made me feel so sick, like flu symptoms. I feel achey, fatigued, anxiety, heart races, really depressed suddenly. sweating really bad when I sleep. I dreaded taking it this morning knowing it would make me feel worse. I have a day and half more. Think I'm going to pass. I've missed a week of work cause I cannot function on the Cipro.
Posted by Sasha
I took cipro for a blocked gland in my vagina which caused a mass to appear. It was either take Cipro or have them cut the inside of my vagina in the vaginal canal to rid the blockage. It worked very well and got rid of the mass in about three days. Taking one 500 mg twice a day so about six pills got rid of a mass that would have had to be drained for about a week and then heal for about three weeks. Because I'm a waitress ,this would have never worked for me, to be out of work for three weeks. The doctor told me to not take anymore of the Cipro since the mass was gone. So I only used what I needed. I cannot report any of those side effects while taking the meds.
Posted by James D
This cipro stuff is terrible causing severe nausea depression leg pain foot pain major brain fog dishy confusion ready for the er
Posted by rose mary hocutt
Everytine I have to take cipro I vomit something fierce!! I break out in hives and get the worst headaches!
Posted by Joanne
Took Cipro for only two days and experienced itching and swelling that drove me to the ER twice. Two weeks later, although the symptoms are getting better, I'm still having bouts of blotchy skin and itching. I feel like my immune system is messed up. Doctor's tell me it can take some time to get back to normal. Two weeks seems like a long time and I get the feeling the doctors really don't have an answer for me.
Posted by Penny
I am now relieved seeing that I am not the only with the "pregnancy" symptoms.
I struggled to sleep for the past 2 nights and nausea was the bell of the ball in those 2 nights.
I even resorted to a pregnancy test because my breast also feel very tender, I am bloated and feeling very sick.
Posted by Randy
I'm 4 days on this stuff now and sick bruising has began, and vomiting and more I'm sick as scxxx right now , I should have checked this site out first
Posted by Joe
Yeah, this stuff seems pretty intense. My dog has a UTI and within two hours of her taking it, she was getting big red welts on her body, legs, and on her face around her eyes.
She has never had a reaction to anything, so having such severe side effects so quick really caught me off guard. Human or animal, I would use this stuff with extreme caution.
Posted by lynn
It really is bad i cant eat nor drink im throwing every single day my stomach swollen and bloated and tight
Posted by rhonda somerton
Cipro is very dangerous and should be banned-gave me C-Diff and put me in the hospital and I'm still screwed up. Martin is probably a shill for Big Pharma...you know they put those people out there....if not wait 'til he gets deathly ill then see what he has to say....
Posted by Marika
Recently prescribed Ciprofloxacin by doctor for UTI problem. They were 250mg tablets. Twelve hours or so after taking the 1st tablet became "super dizzy" and nauseous. As prescribed I took another and became dizzier and started to vomit over and over. It was an ugly ordeal. Stay away from this stuff…it should be banned for its terrible side effects. I never had any allergic reactions to any antibiotics ever…until this one. It is the motherlode of toxicity. BEWARE!!! Check all your medications and prescriptions out before taking them…if you have some older folks in your family do it for them if you don't they might inadvertently kill them.
Posted by Kristin
I don't have any infections. But my friend was looking up pills that they had received earlier that day. They looked it up and were reading it. Disgusted with the results of reading it and obviously any man would be too. So as a female I read what it was used for. It was pretty intense. Then I thought bout it. I said if u think bout it, its a cleanser for women and I should take one, though I didn't have n e infections for what it is originally used for. I took the pill thinking it will surely cleanse my system. I hopped in shower. N sure enough , an hour and half later. I started cramping. I felt nauseated, weak,shaky. Embarrassed, I told my guy friend I wasnt feeling good. Basically, it made me constipated, yet have diarrhea, dizzy, weak, shaky, can't walk, its been almost 24hours since I took it. I still feel like show shit. So I learned a lesson. DONT TAKE ANYTHING UNLESS U KNOW WHAT SIDE EFFECTS ARE!!! I can't walk, every time I wake up and my alertness comes around I deep sick again. I have been sleeping almost whole time. Nothing helps. Took so pepto tablets. They are helping. I regret this. I wanna die. This is sucky feeling.don't take this pill unless your supposed to.
Posted by Crystal Allen
Martin. Yeah right. You have tendons rupture, and get on disability like myself... Cipro disables some people, and for that reason- people SHOULD be held responsible for serious complications from Cipro and other medications. How old are you? Obviously young, and not having ever faced serious troubles in your life. You need to learn COMPASSION, young man.
Posted by Joe
I agree with Martin. Every drug has a laundry list of side effects. You except those effects when you go to the doctor or when you pick up the prescription. If you blindly take a medication, then you deserve what happens to you. People should weigh the two possible outcomes: develping some mild-moderate side effect or dying when they become septic.
Posted by J.
Keep taking your Cipro like a good sheep, Martin! Make sure you fill out your disability papers and get yourself a wheelchair beforehand! You'll be needing it.
Posted by Martin
EVERY medication has stuff like this happen to some people. BAN ALL MEDICATIONS! SUE EVERYONE!
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