Cipro (generic name Ciprofloxacin) belongs to a group of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolones and is also known as Cipro, Ciproxin and Ciprobay. This group of antibiotics is used to fight infections, from bronchitis and pneumonia to sexually transmitted infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and more.
Since at least 2003, Cipro has been linked to Achilles tendonitis and other tendon ruptures among patients who were prescribed the drug. In December 2003, a study was published in Clinical Rheumatology associating Cipro with Achilles' tendon rupture. The report also advised a Cipro warning that linked the drug's use to the risk of tendonitis. It further reported other adverse side effects from Cipro's use including seizure, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, depression, blacking out, chest pain, suicidal thoughts and numbness.
Manufactured and sold by Bayer A.G., Cipro was approved by the FDA in August, 2000. Since that time, it has been prescribed for a variety of conditions, and is most commonly used to treat infections of the skin, sinuses, bone, lung, ear, abdomen, and bladder. It can also be used to treat some sexually transmitted infections, some forms of infectious diarrhea, and typhoid fever.
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In December 2007, John (not his real name) was in hospital with an infection and he was given Cipro. "Shortly after starting treatment with Cipro, I felt a "popping" in my shoulders," he says. "At the time, I could barely move my arms and since then I have suffered constant pain; I am only now starting to improve thanks to physical therapy."
If you have experienced muscle soreness, swelling or tenderness during or after using this anti-bacterial drug, it could be a sign of a ruptured tendon and you should consult your physician. And you might want to contact a lawyer regarding a potential Cipro lawsuit.