This antibiotic will ruin you. 

4739Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and got too overwhelmed and abandoned it. Well here goes…

The antibiotics you took or are taking for your sinus infection, UTI, skin infection, laser eye surgery…ect…may have already damaged you.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible. Permanent you guys. Here is the link for the warning if you are a doubting Thomas: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm. Take a gander real quick if you are reading this with an eyebrow raised. Trust me, I wish I had been given the opportunity to soak up this information before it was too late.

In 2010, I took Cipro for a UTI and it changed my life forever. A round of antibiotics literally changed the path I was walking, into a path that I couldn’t even crawl on. Multiple spontaneous tendon and ligament ruptures, spinal degeneration, and arthritis that is widespread. We are talking multiple joint dislocations and surgeries to most of my large joints and spine. Twenty surgeries in the last 7 years if you wanna count. I said T W E N T Y. This class of antibiotics were supposed to be only used as a last resort antibiotics, if all other options had failed. They never were supposed to be given for common infections. They damage the body so seriously because they actually damage the mitochondrial DNA. Those affect all cell function. Fantastic. You now have tissue paper tendons and ligaments. You are a human piñata at a party and life is whacking you left and right. Do you know what it feels like to hear and feel your shoulder pull apart like taffy, or your achilles pop and tear apart like an old rubber band? It gets even better. Flouroquinolones cross the blood brain barrier. This can result in psychiatric events, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I was incredibly fortunate not to have the psychiatric side of this.

Here is another sickening truth…the damage is cumulative. The more exposures you have to these antibiotics, the more damage is done to your body. Not just for some people, ALL people. A hundred percent of people who take a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic, show changes in blood flow to the tendon, cartilage, and ligament in their bodies. Each person has a different breaking point depending on their own unique DNA. Some people fall apart or die after 1 pill. I fell apart after my 4th round of Fluoroquinolone antibiotics in my life and some people are on their 25th round and are still oblivious to what is happening inside them until they break. It might not even be a physical one. It may be a psychotic one. By then, it’s too late. The damage is done.

This was my nightmare. It gets worse. There is no cure. No treatment. No relief. No specialist even. Im telling you…if it hadn’t been for the knowledge that God is ever present and with me…I would have walked out in front of a bus. He is the reason I am sane…well mostly.

I am writing this in hopes that you will educate yourself and your families. Don’t take that antibiotic in ignorance one more time. Don’t take your chances. Don’t be afraid to demand an alternative. You get only one life.

I am convinced that a large portion of why God allowed this in my life, is so that I could use my loud mouth to educate you. To share the blessings and miracles He has given me throughout this journey and to be my obnoxious self for a cause that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. If you take a Fluoroquinolone by choice…please don’t tell me. It makes me have anxiety and it makes me worry about something I can’t control. Only you can control what goes in your body. When you tell me you take these antibiotics, it makes me feel physically ill. If you only understood the risk you are taking, you wouldn’t take it. Save the explanation. There are alternatives if you demand them. I’ve refused these medications on multiple occasions and so has my mom who is allergic to penicillins and Cephalosporins and Sulfa. There are other options if you demand them. If you don’t have Anthrax poisoning, or pseudomonas bacteria…my family doctor will tell you, they can figure something else out.

I am going to share some trustworthy Fluoroquinolone warning links. If you look them up…I am sure you will be glad you did. Do it for yourself and do it for your friends and your family.

Over the last 7 years, I’ve been to 3 Rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons and spine surgeons, physical therapists, physical medicine and rehab specialists and 3 different primary care doctors. There is no treatment but to try to put back together what breaks.

I have seen multiple docs from Mayo clinic and they are in the same boat as the others. They don’t know how to reverse it. They can’t. The science is not there yet. I contacted a doctor from Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, his name was Jay Smith, and he had been part of a research study of the effects of Fluoroquinolones on the musculoskeletal system in the athletic population. He actually wrote me back when I asked him for a consult and told him I would even fly there for an appointment if he thought he could help me. He said that he didn’t know how to treat it. They know the science behind the damage that Fluoroquinolones cause, but the science is not there yet in how to reverse it.

I will tell you this. I reached an incredibly low and dark place when he responded with this. You have to understand that I have had a miracle. God is what has gotten me through this and I can’t put the credit on anything else. The ministers at my church prayed for me with blessed oil. In the Bible it talks about this in James chapter 5. I had an incredible experience during that “administration.” My son was 8 years old at the time and he had a dream that night where God spoke to him and told him that “He was going to heal his mom, but we had to be patient.” This was 5 years ago. I am hiking mountains regularly now. My body still has many problems but my progress has been a miracle and all my surgeons and doctors will tell you the same. God is the great physician, and He alone is the answer. I did write a book about this. It’s called “The Magnificent Story of a Lame Author.” It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. There is also a link directly to Amazon from my blog homepage. I have had countless blessings through this and the credit for the improvement is God’s.

We have to get this information out there. Spread it to everyone you know. Print the FDA warning and show it to your friends and family and even your doctors. Sometimes the warnings slip through the cracks and they don’t know. You could save their lives. Alright people, let’s make a positive difference! Below are further medical study links and warnings associated with Fluoroquinolones. They were sent by a German contact who has compiled this information. Some cannot be directly linked, but if copied and pasted in the search bar, will be accessible.

  1. Ciprofloxacin not only damages cartilage in children and young people, but also in adults:

https://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC164164/pdf/412562.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10663387 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11685846

  1. Cipro causes serious arthropathies in adults:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8453165 → DOI: 10.1177/106002809302700308

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-72450-3_21 http://www.zeitschrift-sportmedizin.de/fileadmin/content/archiv2003/heft06/Martinek.pdf
Tendon damage and tears (and other muscle-scelettal issues) can occur months after discountinuation of the medication:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080593/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7860672

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20215992 → DOI: 10.1097/CND.0b013e3181d23a9c https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080593/
For patients with Myasthenia gravis the use of this medication can lead to death:

https://www.arznei-telegramm. de/html/2012_09/1209404_01.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21879778 → DOI: 10.2165/11593110-000000000-00000
The medication can lead to myalgies which require emergency treatments:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/24196595_Ciprofloxacin-related_acute_severe_myalgia_necessitating_emergency_care_treatment_A_case_report_and_review_of_the_lite rature

Cipro can lead to lasting vision disorders:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300586 → DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2007.01427.x

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2910230

Central nervous system disorders including suicide:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18677343

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51139497_Quinolones_Review_of_Psychiatric_and_Neurological_Ad verse_Reactions.

https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1590140841.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202555/

http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1064665

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC2360825/pdf/postmedj00087-0063.pdf http://www.psychosomaticsjournal.com/article/S0033-3182(07)71051-4/abstract https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3513220/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301640337_Quinolone_antibiotics_and_suicidal_behavior_analysis_ of_the_World_Health_Organization %27s_adverse_drug_reactions_database_and_discussion_of_potential_mechanisms

Heart ailments and arrythmias:

https://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11505790 → DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1300083

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17388913 http://www.bvmj.bu.edu.eg/issues/25-1/13.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11772147

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319500

http://www.oapublishinglondon.com/article/1372 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15851230

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19387967

http://www.revespcardiol.org/en/a-case-of-prolonged-qt/articulo/13146861/  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21075583 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16386810  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319500  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22259166  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21271486

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17911203 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4410896/

http://cjhp-online.ca/cshp/index.php/cjhp/article/download/345/338&sa=X&scisig=AAGBfm2eyUpxyI0JDWKX7F3Wo4nv VpRTqA&oi=scholarr

http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002 -9343(09)00871-7/abstract

Long-lasting  problems of the gastrointestinal tract:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/pmc/articles/PMC2586385/ http://www.nature.com/ja/journal/v64/n1/full/ja2010137a.html http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1198743X14001025

Serious kidney and u-tract problems, including kidney failure:

http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022 -5347(05)67379-X/abstract

https://www.arznei-telegramm.de/html/1995_12/9512120_01.html

https://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12911170

Liver failure even after a single dose of Cipro; damages to the gall bladder;

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s100960100513 DOI:10.1007/s100960100513

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5036381/

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(94)91624-1/abstract → DOI:

1016/S0140-6736(94)91624-1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4026643/

Cipro inhibits the very important liver enzyme CYP 3A4

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elliot_Hersh/publication/8642018_Drug_interactions_in_dentistry_The_i mportance_of_knowing_your_CYPs/links/53db72090cf2a19eee8b7819/Drug-interactions-in-dentistry-The-importance-of-knowing-your-CYPs.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21190921 https://www.aerzteblatt.de/pdf/113/21/p18.pdf?ts=25.05.2016+09%3A40%3A08

Incidents of blood thinning and fatal bleeding

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00063-003 -1268-7/ → DOI:10.1007/s00063-003-1268-7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15070128 → DOI: 10.3171/jns.2004.100.4.0710 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17045852 → DOI: 10.1016/j.jcf.2006.08.002

Cipro given during pregnancy can cause either termination of pregnancy or deformities of the embryo:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0301211595025243 → DOI: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02524-3

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC105599/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15307429 → DOI: 10.1016/S0035-9203(03)80032-9)

https://www.innovativepublication.com/admin/uploaded_files/IJPP_3(4)_225-226.pdf

http://jms.org.br/PDF/v27n1a05.pdf

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0301211595025243 → DOI: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02524-3

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/2/3/e001077.full .pdf

Reproductive toxicity (reduction of sperms); Reduced fertility

http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/servlets/MCRFileNodeServlet/FUDISS_derivate_000000012195/Dissertation_Agnes_Foest.pdf

http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?rm08012

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17430273 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10623489 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850316/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23420823

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4312808/
Medication risks which are omitted from the package insert:

Cardiac death through Cipro

http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6196

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/834217
Lesions of the aorta

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e010077.full https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26436523

Life-threatening rhabdomyolysis

http://www.arznei -telegramm.de/html/2013_05/1305046_02.html
Lethal Thrombocytopenia

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12451346 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09537100801993040

Multisymptomatic Syndrom which leads to permanent handicap

http://www.saferpills.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/FQ-induced-serious-persistent-multisx-adverse-effects-BMJ-Case-Reports.pdf

Retinal detachment with permanent vision loss:

http://jamanetwork . com/journals/jama/fullarticle/1148331 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4183446/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24170197 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26967005

Uveitis and Optikusneuritis:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed/25275293 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300586 https://www.arznei-telegramm.de/html/1993_12/9312134_03.html
Fixed pharmaceutical reactions:

https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/48250/1/dv08224. pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4408714/

 

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Guillain-Barré-Syndrome

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24472364 → DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.12.009

von Willebrand-Syndrome

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(94)92748-0/abstract → DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(94)92748-0

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15070128

Permanent hearing loss

http://www.hc -sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/bulletin/carn-bcei_v14n1-eng.php
Systemic Lupus erythematodes.

http://www.ejmanager.com/mnstemps/36/36-1394092468.pdf?t=1411548312

Pyoderma gangraenosum

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3481820/

Stomatitis

http://databankws.lareb.nl/Downloads/kwb_2011 _1_fluor.pdf

Manic disorders

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11799346 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51139497_Quinolones_Review_of_Psychiatric_and_Neurological_Ad verse_Reactions

Pancreatitis

https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4026643/

Toxic and fatal epidermal Nekrolysis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed/9310730 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289163593_Fatal_ciprofloxacin-induced_toxic_epidermal_necrolysis_Lyell_syndrome_A_case_report_and_review_of_the_literature https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15115708

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276439054_Fatal_case_of_ciprofloxacin_induced_Toxic_epidermal_n ecrolysis

Fatal Vasculitis and frequency of vasculitis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19669086 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5208583/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley. com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.1997.tb02612.x/abstract → DOI: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1997.tb02612.x

http://www.cjhp-online.ca/index.php/cjhp/article/viewFile/508/505 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.1997.tb02607.x/full https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2911319 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7645562

https://academic.oup.com/ndt/article/22/2/660/1885713/Ciprofloxacin-induced-ANCA-negative-cutaneous-and

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8262601 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7941927

http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Citation/1995/06000/UNUSUAL_ADVERSE_EFFECTS_OF_CIPROFLOXACIN__PURP URIC.17.aspx

Gangrene which requires amputation

https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19892516

 

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2,743 thoughts on “This antibiotic will ruin you. 

  1. I was given Cipro almost 11 years ago to treat bronchitis. It worked but I had a residual cough. Everyone said ‘don’t worry, coughs sometimes linger for a few weeks after,” but almost 11 years later I still have the cough, which annoys me and everyone in my family and all my office mates. It sounds like it’s painful (it’s not) and like I’m hacking up a lung. I have been tested for allergies, vocal cord issues, seen a pulmonologist, an ENT, an allergist, an internist, and no one has been able to fix it. I started seeing a homeopath last September and she is the only one to tie it to Cipro, and to educate me on flouroquinolones. She is rebuilding my gut and my cough is slowly getting better.

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    1. How can I know if I have taken one of these? I have had an ongoing cough for over 4 years and no one can find a cause-it is bad enough to have broken up a 7 year significant other relationship! I have had several primary care drs in this time and 1 dead, and two quit and cannot get my records.
      Wow- just read all the comments and scary. About 4 years ago I was in Montana and had a bad UTI and went to local hospital-what ever they gave me was only 2 pills and it was cleared up immediately! Can one get that info from a hospital-I mean find out what drug they prescribed for me?

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      1. I have had damage from fluoroquiolones but doing well now compared to so many. I didn’t have a coughing issue but my husband did after by pass surgery. It seems to be quite common now that they take an artery out of the arm. Doctors don’t have a clue about the cough but it seem to last at least 6 months for most people. It is very intrusive, coughing every time he would try to talk. I go to a acupressure massage therapist who has been trained in Chinese medicine. Been to china many times. She knew right away that his lung chi was interrupted when his arm was opened to retrieve the artery. With acupressure and self massage he got over it rather quickly. I don’t know if this would be helpful for you but I would certainly try an acupuncturist if there is no one like my therapist in your area. I have also been to an acupuncturists and she has been very helpful. They use the same points. One uses needles and one uses there fingers. Good luck!!

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      2. Connie, I don’t know which essential oils might help you. The ones sent to me for my allergy cough and congestion are copaiba, peppermint, lemon, and lavender. I was told to put 3 drops of each in a gelcap and take 2-3 times a day. I did that for the first week, then cut back to 1 drop of each on a tiny spoon and placed under my tongue 3 times a day. I would check with the person selling them tho, rather than just guess that this combo may work for you. I hope you get relief soon!

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      3. Connie contact the hospital for your records ASAP while the records may still be available. Have you tried essential oils for your cough? I was very skeptical about essential oils being able to help with my allergies, but while taking claritin and zyrtec (generic versions) I was still having coughing all morning and nose dripping like a water faucet. My cousin sent me 4 oils to use together daily, the next morning my cough was about 95% gone and the nose quit dripping all day too. My cousin had sent Young Living oils because she is a 2 time chemo survivor and wanted to use the purest form available. BTW, a few yrs after her last chemo, she was floxed and that was when all her joint and nerve pain started. Of course she had no idea about the risks of fluoroquinolones until a year later after I started posting articles on FB every day, so she just took the meds as the doc advised, and now the doc says her joint & nerve pain must be from the chemo. We know it’s not.

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      4. My niece sells essential oils– tell me what to try and will get them through her. A am at the point of trying
        ANYTHING.

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      5. Is there any kind of test to see if you have had the drug–I NEVER THOUGHT TO WRITE DOWN ANY DRUG GIven for short or one time use.

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      6. Connie, If you were given 2 tablets for a UTI, I highly suspect that it was Bactrim (Trimeth-Sulfa) as that is a standard dose for UTI. I am not aware of any single dose of Cipro as treatment. Just contact the medical records department of the hospital in question to request copies of your records. Likely you will have to do it in writing by mail or fax, but call them first. They are allowed to charge you a small amount for this service.

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    2. My cough lasted five months. It was intense and constant. Three Dr’s and a Specialist later, no improvement. I finally consulted a wellness/natural medicine/homeopathic approach. Then had a functional chiropractor pull down my hiatal hernia that was keeping the esophagus open which was irritating my lungs and causing me to cough. Although I needed to take supplements and return for several chiropractic appoints, I walked out the door without a cough. Kelly at Divine Health Wellness is a God send as is Dr Vaughn at Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Physicians. It was the beginning of me blending natural homeopathic and main stream medicine for my life. They are knowledgeable, dedicated, passionate and committed to their work and it shows in their results.

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    3. I WAS GIVEN CIPRO AND ONLY TOOK 2 PILLS WHEN I STARTED HAVING HALLUCINATIONS. IT WAS THE SCARIEST THING. I KNEW IT HAD TO BE THAT BECAUSE IT WAS THE ONLY THING I WAS TAKING.
      I STOPPED TAKING IT AND IN A FEW HOURS I WAS OK. I THINK ANYTHING THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR BRAIN LIKE THAT HAS TO BE VERY DANGEROUS.

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      1. I took two pills for a severe bladder infection and muscles in my legs hurt and a rash started, I stopped it immediately. thank God. it did take a slew of other drugs ti rid me of this infection that i believe i got from the catheter after surgery

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    1. Omg. I take Cipro. I have arthritis , joint damage, depression, fybromyalgia. I am in bed most of the time. I live in the UK now. I have conic sinus problems and they have pumped me full of this stuff. I blamed everything for this. I had no idea in the world that an antibiotic could cause it. I am gutted. Looks like life will be viewed from my bed now. I am in so much pain.

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      1. Don’t give up just yet, Deborah! If you haven’t given up RX & OTC meds and other toxins in and around your home, and changed your diet in a way that it provides nutrients needed for cellular & mitochondrial health, you might want to do that now. Many people didn’t find out for decades what had happened to them, and they do get some relief and learn how to manage their bodies with the collective experience of thousands of others in the same fix. Watch this video, use the info to give yourself the best chance possible. And if you haven’t yet, join a support group to get more info. https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/ Use the info about what to eat and NOT consume as a guide, don’t dismiss it if it seems to extreme, I assure you, many people improve by following this as much as possible. Very importantly is to quit consuming toxins. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. http://terrywahls.com/minding-your-mitochondria-dr-terry-wahls-at-tedxiowacity/

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  2. I was on Levoquin for a UTI and pneumonia in March 2017. The reaction to the antibiotic was worse than the pneumonia and UTI. I am in constant pain.

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    1. Luella, This really irritates me. In July of 2016 the FDA updated it’s warnings on fluoroquinolones, which include levoquin, citing potentially irreversible side effects, including tendon damage and ruptures and trust me there is more. From what I understand is that doctors should not prescribe it unless there are no other alternatives. My daughter is a nurse at the ER and has told me the doctors are still prescribing it. I have read several other comments on here, even from other nurses, that this is still being prescribed and it isn’t because of there being no other alternatives.
      Google this for yourself and print it out to give to your doctor. I would then be asking why it was prescribed to you?

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      1. So just a little helpful tidbit, when reading things like the FDA warnings, pay careful attention to the precise wordage they use. The FDA states that they should not be used in cases of “acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options.” (I took this directly from the FDA webpage).
        So now we have to look at what it is still approved for which (taken from the FDA page as well) include “Nosocomial Pneumonia, Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Complicated Urinary Tract Infections, Acute Bacterial Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis, Complicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections, Uncomplicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections, Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis, Inhalational Anthrax, Plague, and Acute Pyelonephritis (kidney infection).
        It’s absolutely understandable to be upset at any adverse effects from the drug and it is very unfortunate that they occur, but we can’t be upset at the fact that they are being prescribed because it is still a very good drug that has lot of uses in medicine. Also, be mindful that we don’t know the other peoples medical history so when someone says they just had a UTI or bronchitis, we can’t be quick to make the assumption that it’s an uncomplicated case. Many factors go into determining if it is complicated vs. uncomplicated. Age, smoking history, diabetes, and occupation are just a small number of things that can cause it to be complicated. I mentioned before that since the FDA warning regarding the systemic toxicities only came out last year, I do believe we will start seeing better education given to patients and prescribing only when appropriate.

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  3. I had a horrible reaction to Levaquin which began with burning hands/feet and groin and resulted in years of neuropathy. I’m currently 49 and my right knee is bad–wondering if this is also related. I’m definitely in agreement–stay away from these drugs at all costs.

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  4. I’m pretty sure this is a silly question but how did they determine that it was the antbotics that did this to you I think I am in the middle of this and when I told my doc i thought it might be from cipro he looked at me like I was crazy sorry I know this is probably strange question

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    1. Shannon, this isn’t a silly question at all and it’s been asked many times. I will tell you that My doctor prescribed Cipro for me 2 weeks before my whole body began falling apart. When I started falling apart, we didn’t really know why at first. My doc noted multiple times over the course of the next several months that, “patient denies Levaquin use.” My Doc failed to realize Cipro was in the same family of drugs and causes the same effects. I didn’t know any of this till months later. I went to her after I typed Levaquin into google out of curiosity spurred by her asking me that question 4 times on different visit. I found the FDA warning and connected the dots myself, she actually agreed with me. She checked my records and verified that she had prescribed Cipro right before my body’s sudden breakdown. She actually states that in her notes from that day. She diagnoses my problems as having most likely been caused by the course of Cipro. Shortly after she got very cold and rude and I found another doc and got my records. I think she was afraid of being sued. We also had gone through 9 months of rheumatology referrals and genetic tests and biopsies, ruling out other culprits. This is the only thing that made sense.

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  5. One dose of Avelox, one, and I now understand what schizophrenia must be like. My brother had a similar reaction. Neither of us ever took more than that single dose and will never take that or any related drug ever again.. Truly frightening. Thankful that single dose was enough to warn us off or who knows what permanent damage we’d be facing. Genuinely sorry to learn of the torture you must endure, but you’re doing the right thing spreading the news! Here’s hoping you continue to find the strength to keep on keeping on and that some kind of treatment/fix is found in the not too distant future!

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  6. I have been on cipro several times but I believe it was years ago. How do I know if any of my diagnosis was caused by this drug? My life fell apart 4 years ago out of no where. I’ve been diagnosed From major depression, arthritis, anxiety, pinched nerves, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, bulging discs, adrenal insufficiency, anemia, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, diabeties, IBS-A, and now my eye site is now starting to go also. I may be forgetting a few. So how would I know if it caused any of these? Can it happen years later? How can I see when the last time I had this drug? Not to mention I had numerous surgeries such as gall bladder removal, appendectomy, heart Catherization, gastric by pass, hydro ablation, Miscarriage, I also had numerous shots (cortisone, and steroids) in my back because of the pain. Not to mention a I had a few tooth infections. Ugh and I’m only 43 years old. Just wondering now if they gave it to me in the hospital too?

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    1. Karen, it is possible that the Cipro or other fluoroquinolone has caused your problems as they are mostly the same as other victims of fluoroquinolone toxicity. Check to see if you took other fluoroquinolones or steroids and even NSAIDs prior to the onset of these symptoms. Here is a website with a comprehensive list of the different fluoroquinolone and quinolone antibiotics. The most popular are Cipro, Levaquin, Levofloxacin, but check them all against the list of antibiotics that you were given. If you had some minor aches and pains after the Cipro, then took NSAIDs or steroids/corticosteroids that could have contributed to the damage to your body.

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    2. So it sounds like you have an extremely complex, multifactoral case in which you won’t be able to pinpoint the exact cause because there isn’t going to be just one. Some of those nervous system, psychological, and musculoskeletal symptoms could certainly be attributed to it but the gallbladder, appendix, heart, adrenals, and diabetes are more than likely not. Please make sure you follow your doctors for these issues and remain compliant along with living a healthy lifestyle.

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    3. Fluoroquinolones damage mitochondria in some patients/victims. Damaged mitochondria can lead to many different symptoms and diseases. Many victims of fluoroquinolone toxicity have adrenal problems, sudden tooth crumbling, vision problems, hearing loss or tinnitus, along with multiple other symptoms. Many of us improve anywhere from a little to almost completely after several months of diet change and taking a few supplements. Please watch this video. You don’t have to follow exactly, but as much as you can, especially on what foods to eat and very importantly, what NOT to consume. http://terrywahls.com/minding-your-mitochondria-dr-terry-wahls-at-tedxiowacity/
      Excerpt from page linked here, http://www.mitoaction.org/medical-information?gclid=CjwKEAjwu4_JBRDpgs2RwsCbt1MSJABOY8an3PZ_B1tC0sc5zZ1sUXiWDECrneyjJmokW8eo5V6AWRoCb2Dw_wcB:
      The types of mitochondrial diseases are categorized according to the organ systems affected and symptoms present. Mitochondrial diseases might affect the cells of the brain, nerves (including the nerves to the stomach and intestines), muscles, kidneys, heart, liver, eyes, ears, or pancreas. In some patients, only one organ is affected, while in other patients all the organs are involved.
      Depending on which cells of the body are affected, symptoms might include:
      Poor growth
      Loss of muscle coordination, muscle weakness
      Visual and/or hearing problems
      Developmental delays, learning disabilities
      Mental retardation
      Heart, liver, or kidney disease
      Gastrointestinal disorders, severe constipation
      Respiratory disorders
      Diabetes
      Increased risk of infection
      Neurological problems, seizures
      Thyroid dysfunction
      Dementia (mental disorder characterized by confusion, disorientation, and memory loss)

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      1. Yes, I agree with you regarding the existence and effects of mitochondrial disease, they have been known for quite a while now. After doing research linking flouroquinolone usage and mitochondrial disease, some studies did find evidence linking the two but many determined their studies inconclusive. Now, this isn’t to say it couldn’t exist as more research is required, but it’s difficult to link nearly every disease a person may have to taking the medication. Obviously the tendon rupture, and other systemic toxicities are posted by the FDA, but why didn’t they post warnings about all the other disease it could cause? Again, pay attention to the words used in these studies, they state that they “may” induce x,y, and z, so until proven otherwise, we can’t count it as a scientific fact. Also as I stated before, we do not know these people’s medical history nor their lifestyles so therefor we cannot make assumptions. If the person was 300 lbs, only at fast food, and has a 30 year smoking history, what’s more likely to cause their symptom, their lifestyle or a medication they took? Not saying the people commenting here are ( I know you all are outstanding patients 🙂 ) but I’m just making the point that there’s so much more going on than what a comment posted can provide.

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      2. If the person was 300 lbs, only at fast food, and has a 30 year smoking history, what’s more likely to cause their symptom, their lifestyle or a medication they took? Well the medication might have been the final nail as their health had very little resilience. An unfit person gets an infection, their immune system cannot fight it off, then they get a powerful and dangerous drug known to damage soft tissues and possibly do more cellular damage, It’s a perfect storm.

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      3. You’re absolutely correct with what you said. The medication “might” have been the cause of their issues. It’s obviously well known harmful effects of an unhealthy lifestyle but current research hasn’t proven a causation between flouroquinolons and miotchondrial disease. Currently it’s still speculation and a hypothesis but that’s not to say further research may prove otherwise. Unit then, it would be much smarter and more efficient to focus on what is known to be a cause of their problem (the unhealthy lifestyle) or other medical history rather than pass it off on the medication.

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      4. Here is an article from Tulane School of medicine, teaching about the damage Fluoroquinolones cause http://tmedweb.tulane.edu/pharmwiki/doku.php/fluoroquinolones. They have listed, “Interference with the activity of DNA gyrase (bacterial topoisomerase II) & topoisomerase IV (the enzymes that cause DNA to rewind after copying).” It sounds like they have concluded medically that DNA damage does occur. “The Scientist,” published this article about Fluoroquinolones and the effect on DNA http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/36329/title/The-Downside-of-Antibiotics-/ . This article from Science Direct talks about Mitochondrial DNA metabolism targeting drugs http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169409X01001338 . They are talking about the effects on DNA like they are quite sure about the damage and the mechanisms behind it.

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  7. Yep. I took Cipro once for 30 days. I developed carpel tunnel and my joints have never felt the same since. If I get Anthrax and they tell me I have to take Cipro again, I will just take my chances with Anthrax. Nasty stuff. I guess I got off lucky. I did a 2 week course with Levaquin before the Cipro.

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  8. Hi Amy, Since you are not as old as I am I guess you never contacted Kepro’, a Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization, authorized by the Centers for Medicare Services. I did contact them and reported the doctors who told me that my problems could not be coming from Levofloxacin and sent me back home each time I went to the ER, in the same condition as I was when I went. They refused to monitor my heart when I got up to walk to see that my blood pressure was spiking in seconds upwards to 230/120, causing my heart to pound out of my chest and my head to feel like it would explode. They kept sending me back home saying nothing was wrong with my heart. Anyway I am telling you all this to let you know that I have heard back from Kepro and I think we may be getting some help from Medicare to spread the word. He said he had heard from the doctors and they are all saying that they gave me the proper care, but I told him all about what the Levofloxacin had caused etc. and he said he would check it out. He called me back yesterday and said that he had spent a good hour researching the drug and he could not believe what he found out. He said that he would be reporting my case to Medicare and that he wanted to add some of his own findings to my complaint. So just wanted to let you know about this and hope something good will come from it.
    Also I wanted to know if there is anything you can do to find out why I have stopped receiving my e-mails from Mountains and Mustard Seeds, I haven’t received anything since May 5th. I have signed up twice again and am still not receiving any e-mails from them. If you can do anything about this, it would be greatly appreciated. God bless you, Faye Murphy

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    1. Hi Faye, I don’t know why you haven’t received the emails. It may be your spam filter. You might want to check your spam inbox. I really have no way of checking from here, why you aren’t getting them. You could try checking your spam inbox first and if they aren’t there, re signing up for emails.

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      1. Amy they are not going to spam and I have signed up again for a total of 4 times now and still nothing. I really wanted to notified of new entries so am very disappointed, but I guess there is nothing to do except to check it every day and try to scroll down to find any new ones. Thanks anyway.

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    2. Also, thank you so so much for telling me about this situation. It’s very encouraging for there to be progress in these situations. Change starts one moment at a time, one person at a time. My hope is that some day everyone knows about these antibiotics and it won’t be the minority anymore.

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    3. Thank you for sending this article!
      Hope you’re doing better. Are you back on your feet…
      playing golf? Am recalling that you are.
      Hope you have a good holiday weekend.
      Paisley has her spring ballet recital Sunday so
      I’ll be heading south.
      Best
      Suzy

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  9. I have taken every one of these at least three times a piece. Looking over this information – it was shortly after the very first round of Levaquin that I was in a car accident – and though my injuries were incredibly mild considering, it seems as though since that moment my life has never been the same. I started having odd and strange migraines that look like a stroke and act like it to. They are NOT. My normal *haha migraines went from go to bed for a couple of hours to in bed for a week. Combined its ICU for a week or more. Arrhythmia where none was before. Veins that explode if touched with a needle (triluminal catheters are horrible. I do not recommend it). Loss of vision (major), teeth breaking and loosening with major bone loss through the body. Major Depression where none was. Incredible deep muscle bruising. Moderate to severe tremor in upper body, nerve conduction loss in both arms and hands. Foot and knee pain, neck and shoulders where there has only been minor from over exertion. Broad spectrum wide spread aching. and the list goes on.
    I cannot tell you how many times I have been told I was simply having conversion as a result of depression. Told it was just my aging body. (I am in my early fifties and I have been taking these types of antibiotics since 2001. They are among the very few that I dont have out right allergic reactions to. Reading all of this (and its not the first time this year its come to me), I am horrified. I have been trying to see a Heart Dr. because aortic aneurysms are an adverse affect this has and my Mother had THREE aneurysms misdiagnosed for more than a year after taking cipro for bronchitis ONCE. they found them, thank god, but Three on a body that had no such thing two years before? Not even a sign of it? So yeah. This sucks.
    I am to understand there is actually a Class Action Suit being put together over these drugs. But the question remains how on earth can we or them prove it was this medication that caused our ongoing and difficult medical issues?

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    1. There are many aspects of the current U.S. legal system that make getting compensation and justice for injuries caused by pharmaceutical drugs difficult, and there are two bills that are currently going through the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 985, the 2017 Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017) that will make justice for victims of pharmaceuticals nearly impossible. https://www.sott.net/article/345554-Two-bills-quietly-slipping-through-Congress-give-Big-Pharma-unlimited-power-zero-accountability

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      1. It’s not really the legislation that would affect whether a situation like this would be a successful lawsuit or not but rather of the medical provider can prove them used the medication as approved. If prescribed prior to 2016, when the FDA guidelines regarding its system toxicity came out, then it would be a hard case because floroquinoles were approved for almost everything. If it was after 2016 then it would need to be proven that it was used for an uncomplicated case of uti, sinusitis, or bronchitis. Even then it isn’t difficult to make the case that it was a complicated case.

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    2. There are many lawsuits going against the drug companies but in most states the manufacturers of the generics are protected against lawsuits. The reason these drugs cause so much harm to some of us is likely a fluorine molecule that adducts to our mitochondria. Read about it here. http://www.academia.edu/7562596/Fluoroquinolone_Toxicity_-_Human_DNA-adduct_Findings
      And if you haven’t yet, please join the support group of over 7,000 members, all victims of fluoroquinolone toxicity. https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/

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    3. Belle, that is the problem, anyone that has a doctor that will admit that any of their problems are coming from the drug is a very fortunate person. Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the things for which class action suites are taking place and I have it, but cannot get in on a suit because I took the generic of the drug. Isn’t that sad, but the makers of the generics are protected by law against being sued. I pray this will change soon.

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  10. I am 99% sure it is the fluoride in these products that do the damage. If anyone believes that these kind of drugs have damaged them, it would be to their benefit to avoid exposure to all fluoride as much as possible whether in food, water, medicine, clothes, or household products. Also, detox from the fluoride in your system. Google it, but a healthy diet and more iodine will help.

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  11. I have been given Ciproflaxion and lovuqion both I have had Diareah for about 4 years. lost 90 lb I have had a torn tendon with surgery that left my right hand so bad I can hardly use iI am in constant pain with arthritis

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  12. I was on Levaquin for a sinus infection and after a week could hardly walk or move my arms without pain…. every tendon in my body hurt! At first I thought I was getting the flu….and it all got worse and worse. When I went back to my doctor and told him how I was feeling, he took me off the Levaquin immediately. This was a few years ago and today I still have trouble with one of my knees.

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  13. I took Cipro in 90 the floxin then finally augmenting to get rid of a severe sinus infection. I never made the connection back then to costochondritis then thyroid goiter, ins, ulcer, interstitial cystitis that put me in a wheelchair. After that my tendons all over my body started getting micr tears. Spinal degeneration, herniated disk etc.. Now I’m permanently disabled. I’ve healed my bladder naturally. But I still struggle with everything else. No one understands or cares.
    Marci

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    1. Marci, I care. I am so horribly sorry. Your story, my story, all of these thousands of stories like us…that is the reason I wrote this post and my book. There are groups on Facebook as well. There is The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group and Christian Floxies. All good people fighting this stuff. Hang in there.

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’ve taken these drugs to fight chronic sinus infections and I had no idea how dangerous they are. Thankfully I have not experienced any health complications. I can tell you I will never let my doctor prescribe any of these medications to me, ever again.
    I’m frustrated that the public isn’t better educated on these types of warnings… that our physicians arent made aware of the warnings immediately, so that they can be sure to contemplate more avenues of treatment before considering one of these drugs.

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  15. Thank you for all the great info. I think God led me to this page as I have just been to a doctor after gotten over bronchitis and when looking at the prescription he gave me I noticed he prescribed Levaquin which I won’t be filling. I also am allergic to penicillin and will really watch what antibiotic the doctors give me from now on. Will be watching for future blogs. Thanks again.

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  16. Wow this is all so crazy they had my 9 Year old son on cipro for 6 days after he had surgery to get his appendix removed hopefully everything is OK with him after he had been given that its only been a week since he was on it .

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  17. These drugs ruined my life. I was going to doctor after doctor and being treated like I was a nut case and not one of them asked had I taken these drugs. I had one doctor, after about the third visit, snatch at my foot and say if I didn’t stop complaining he would just operate. I snatched my foot back and said, “No, hell you won’t!”. I had several rears where I could hardly walk much less run as I had done 5 days a week my entire adult life. Its been 15 years since I had any of these drugs and I still have bouts of being unable to walk because the pain is so horrible. Now, the first thing I say when visiting a doctor or clinic is that I am allergic to those drugs, do NOT give me any.

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  18. It has been 22 years since I was given fluoroquinolons. My pains kicked in about one week after I finish taking the floxin. For the first 13 years my doctors told me I just had arthritis. It was then that I discovered the connection between the Quinolones and my pains. Three years ago after cataract surgery, I was given fluoromethlone drops for my eyes. Which is a steroid, not an antibiotic. Five drops into its use, my pain was through the roof. The common ingredient is the fluorine! I have since learned, that fluorine is used in about 20% of ALL prescription drugs. I am overly cautious and ask doctors to review all medications for fluorine.

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    1. It’s in Advair too, which I used for a couple of years, until I found out in had Fluoride in it. All the rescure inhalers have it as propellant. That cannot be good for one’s lungs.

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  19. Found your site on Facebook. Thank you so much for this information. Looked through old pill containers, and found one for Cipro in 2008. Don’t know if any others. My husband took 2 rounds this winter. Never again. I just went to the doctor, and needed an antibiotic. I told her I wouldn’t take Cipro, Levaquin, or any of that group of antibiotics. I am so thankful you are writing, and letting people know about these poisons.

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  20. I would like to ask what I consider a painfully obvious question. Why are these antibiotics still on the market?

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  21. Dearest Christian Sister Amy,
    It is God’s faith that I found this article. While trying to do my best to Not tear up, I felt like I was being hit in the gut everytime I read another sentence. I literally thought I was going to vomit because it hit home so hard.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  22. I was prescribed Cipro for a listeria infection I had picked up in Ireland. After a week in bed I woke up feeling better and decided it was time to get my car washed. When I arrived at the car wash the cashier asked me: do you really want to wash your car. It’s raining. Somehow I hadn’t noticed, so I decided to pick up my dry cleaning which I had left (I thought) in the hospital parking lot. Drove all around the lot. Didn’t find my clothes but decided it’s time to pick up groceries since I had been in bed for a week. Got groceries, loaded car, went to drive home but the key had disappeared from the fob. Unloaded car, searched, no key. Went back into store but nothing in lost and found. Back to car where I found I had left trunk and all doors open, groceries on ground. Rain has turned to snow. Desperate, I call my son for help. He arrives, pushes the button on my fob that pops out the key. I’ve driven this car for years — how could I not have remembered. Tears. Son follows me home, sends me to bed where I lie thinking how lovely it would be to take a knife and slit my thighs open. Fortunately I am too tired to get up and look for a knife. Whew! And until I found this site I thought I was the only one to have had a negative experience with Cipro! Thanks for the listen…..

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    1. Claire, I am so terribly sorry you experienced that. You are not the only one who has had a horrible experience with FLuoroquinolones. There is a Fluoroquinolone Vigilance Foundation and a few pages on Facebook called Floxie Home, Christian Floxies, and Fluoroquinolone Awareness page. There are a lot of us and I am sure there is more more who haven’t connected the dots yet.

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  23. I was put on Avalox once and developed a rash on my thighs and legs. Went back to the Doc immediately and he put me on something else. Avalox is on my drug allergy list along with zithromax. I get hives and lose my voice when I take the Zpack.

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  24. Oh my heart! I cried reading your story and I wish I could hold your hand and give you encouragement. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate healer and comforter. I have Hashimoto’s and am dealing with my own healing through natural means and the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Thank you for your boldness to share and warn others. God has performed miracles in my life, physically and mentally, and I can testify that He truly cares deeply for you and will heal you through your son. That is such a blessing and rest on that promise! Don’t grow frustrated or impatient. The Devil wants you to focus on your pain and misfortune because it distracts you from the Great Commission. Love yourself daily keeping your soul filled and you will find that you can fill others in the same way. Don’t feel like you are missing out on your calling because of this. You are exactly where God wants you to be if you are constantly pursuing Him and He will bring you out of this. He gave us the ability to through the Holy Spirit’s filling, but wants your character to be refined in the waiting. I will pray for your healing and for your son.

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