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 cells. Those are the cells that are supposed to heal any damage to the body. In this case, it damages the cells that are supposed to repair damaged cells and tissue. So…you can only heal tissue to the integrity it was when it fell apart. 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!

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2,423 thoughts on “This antibiotic will ruin you. 

  1. Thank you so much for this. I have had many problems and will check to see if I took one of these drugs. Also,my husband was forced to take a lot of Cipro when he was at the National Enquirer office during the anthrax attack after 9-11! He was given no choice.

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      1. Do you know anything about doxycycline mono, I thought I had swimmers ear, ent said had bacteria infection in ear, had been taking doxycycline even though it hurt my stomach, but he now has changed to levofloxacin, I’m allergic to penicillin, I have not taken it yet.

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      2. Levofloxacin is Levaquin generic and is a Fluoroquinolone. It does have the side effects the FDA warns of. Doxycycline is not a Fluoroquinolone. Every antibiotic I’ve ever had has made my stomach upset. I don’t know how to avoid that. Fluoroquinolones will tear up your gastrointestinal system, nervous system, joints and tendons and may even mess you up psychiatrically. Those are all known listed side effects according to the FDA. I can’t tell you what to do, but I personally wouldn’t take a Fluoroquinolone ever again for any reason. I would choose a quick death over the horrendous long and unending breakdown I experienced that made me actually at one point pray for death.

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      3. So I have been following this post for a little bit of time now and find it very interesting and a great topic of conversation. I do like how the last few posts have tried to reiterate that the class of fluoroquinolones shouldn’t be avoided altogether, but instead everyone should be educated on it as with any medication. I will say this even for medial practitioners, being fully educated down to the last “T” on the thousands of medications out there is near impossible due to the ever changed pharmaceutical market. I don’t think the OP meant to make the post seem like nobody should ever take a fluoroquinolones ever again, but some of the comments certainly come off that way. Reading through many of the comments I noticed a lot of red flags because for one, we know nothing about each others medical history, meaning that (like most things in medicine) what they are experiencing may be multifactoral. Also, a fluoroquinolones is indicated for many (not all) but many of the cases that people are presenting on here. For example, I remember reading one post about an anthrax exposure (which it’s either cipro or certain death) and many chronic UTI’s and pneumonia’s. In those situations, the fluoroquinolones class is absolutely appropriate to use and no blame can be put on the person prescribing it. That being said, I agree that with the new FDA recommendations, more patient education regarding the potential side effects needs to practiced and I am 100% certain that this will happen. I read many comments on how people took the medication years and years ago and the side effects. The new recommendations just recently came out within the last year or two so no knowledge of said side effects were know to the medical community at that time, therefor no patient education could be given to you.
        One other note, please do not give or follow certain medical advice on the internet. I believe I read somewhere that said eating 6 cloves of garlic would be just as efficacious as taking amoxicillin. Please don’t follow this! I saw many posts asking what should they ask to be prescribed instead and the only person that can answer that is your medical practitioner, they are the one’s who know your history, can interpret any diagnostics and went to many years of school for it.

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      4. I agree with you Denton. I am the original writer to this blog post. I never was an advocate for taking it off the market or even steering clear of modern medicine. I only wrote this to share my experience and spread the FDA warning and information links. I want people to know the risks associated with this class of antibiotics. No medication is without side effects, even natural medicine. Some “natural remedy’s” are just as potent as modern medicine and can cause terrible things as well. I am an advocate for having a very open conversation with your own doctor and discussing concerns like this. My own doctor is very good and actually uses some natural remedy’s along with streamline modern methods. She is aware of the problems with these antibiotics and has told me she only prescribes them in life threatening instances like the FDA states. She has told me that many doctors are reluctant to admit the risks with these medications because they do have to still prescribe them in some cases. If they admit knowing the risks and one of those patients has fallout from these medicines, it can come back on them in the form of a lawsuit and they can say, “You knowingly gave these to me and I’m permanently damaged.” This is why it’s so hard to be diagnosed. My doctor asked me what I would want in the case of an infection that required a Fluoroquinolone. She knows I’ve had 20 surgeries. I told her to just let me know how long I have left to live, because I don’t want them under any circumstances. I make this decision only for me and my body. This is my opinion and stance. Someone else who hasn’t already fallen apart from these medications like a dollar store toy, may want to take their chances in that type of a circumstance, which is why I still think they should be left on the market. I am only advocating they be prescribed as the FDA states. As for some of the “cures, and remedies” suggested in the comments, the absolute distain for the medical community as a whole, or the idea that it’s a conspiracy, I do not share the same views. I feel I have to allow these comments for fairness and also to allow room for the opposing view to state their opinion. I have only deleted comments that were outright pointless and cruel, or the comments where someone is soliciting sales of something they sell. As for how someone integrates that into their opinion, I feel it’s only right to allow all viewpoints to gauge from. As for my medical history and the ability to prove this was the cause, the best I have is my varying surgeons, and doctors medical notes the size of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, stating that I have “Fluoroquinolone associated tendon and ligament ruptures and spinal degeneration. I have surgery reports and biopsies and they have been stored in various places should I ever need to prove this, however I feel like it’s a direct invasion of my privacy to share them if it’s not demanded by a lawyer for legal purposes, which I am fully prepared for since I did look into suing the FDA and drug company. Unfortunately our lawyer said they are too protected because they did issue the warnings in pharmaceutical packets. They wanted to sue my doctor for not knowing the warnings. I couldn’t ethically do that because by then I knew that the FDA and drug companies had never notified the prescribing physicians of the changed warnings. They were put in a PDR for doctors to pilfer through in their free time. You and I both know they have no free time between patients. The system is a mess and not patient oriented. Insurance demands 7 min appointments with one complaint per visit and a ton of patients per day. How on earth is that ever going to work out for the doc or the patient. It comes down to the fact that each person is their own advocate and has to make their own healthcare decisions. I am just trying to get the warnings out there to people who want to make the most informed decisions about their healthcare for themselves and their families. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      5. It is my opinion that while doctors may know which RX drug can treat a patient, almost none of them will advise on a course of treatment that excludes RX drugs, but that does not mean that natural treatments or change of diet doesn’t work. For instance, many cases of reflux can be taken care of safely and quickly with a change of diet, some regular fresh squeezed lemon water, or a tsp of baking soda, and yet, my doc instead prescribed RX meds. Many patients with IBS or other intestinal issues can also see significant changes with diet, a few supplements for helping eliminate candida, boosting healthy intestinal flora, and yet again, drugs are the first line of defense. Type 2 diabetes can very often be reversed with diet as well. It seems to me that allopathic docs either don’t know (which I really doubt) or are not allowed to recommend non-RX treatments for their patients, and that the focus is on medicating a condition, rather than working towards eliminating the problem or managing it without drugs.

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      6. Hi Kat,

        Key word here is allopathic. It would be like going to a car dealership and wondering why they aren’t recommending other modes of transportation. There are other providers who are trained in other schools of thought that people can go to. That being said I definitely agree that other means of treatment should be recommended. The issue with this, as in the case for the treatment of reflux or diabetes is that it takes patient compliance to accomplish and idk if you are in the medical field or not, but it is extremely rare to have patients that are as complaint as they should be. People are going to continue to live the lifestyle in which they have always lived and they don’t like people telling them that they need to change. Also, these non pharmaceutical methods will work solely only is early disease stages. Most people with diabetes are at the point that their pancreas is burned out or they are too resistant to insulin that they need more help than just diet and exercise. In a perfect world, life style modifications would take care of 90% of diseases but it’s not the world we live in.

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      7. No, I’m not in the medical field, just had to do a lot of research to find a way to try to recover from fluoroquinolone toxicity. And I agree, patient compliance is needed for non-RX treatments to work as well as for RX treatments. Many of the RX treatments require life-long compliance of taking a drug that is making the patient feel sicker and causes new diseases to spring up as “side effects”. My point is that doctors should be helping us to heal, not just giving us RXs to deal with our poor lifestyle & diet, but may not be allowed to? IDK. I do think docs should first counsel the patient on how to get well, then tell them if they don’t care about their health enough to make changes and would rather cover up the symptoms and create some new ones, they have a drug for that. I know not all disease and sickness can be treated, reversed, cured with diet, lifestyle & a few important supplements, but many can and I dream of a future where that will take place…and be covered by insurance!

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      8. Now getting into insurance is a whole other beast of a topic! Hands down one of the most frustrating aspects about medicine.

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      9. Christine Mills
        I don’t know if you take probiotics but if you don’t you should take a GOOD one every day because of it’s benefits but you should always up them when taking antibiotics. Take one an hour after taking the antibiotics. This might help your stomach and it certainly helps your gut and immune system recover from the antibiotics. I think my damage from
        levaquin and cirpo was less severe because I was taking them.

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  2. My doc sent a smear sample to the lab and prescribed Cipro at the same time. The lab test came back negative, no infection, but he said I would have to have surgery to remove “the abscess.” The doc who was to perform the surgery prescribed a different antibiotic and sent a smear to a different lab, although the results of the first lab test were available to him. The results of the second test also came back negative, but he went ahead with the surgery (minor, in office). When I took the bill up to the window to pay, I saw that he’d scratched out abscess and written in something else. When the lab report on the surgery came back, it said he’d missed part of what he should have removed, and the problem might return, which it has. In this case, I would have been far, far better off if I had never gone to a doc at all. Sometimes they’re life savers, but sometimes….

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    1. Robert, I’ve come to the conclusion that for the most part, we need to try to stay away from the medical system and instead try to heal our bodies naturally, and when there are tests that show we have a problem, like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, osteopenia, research non-drug ways to correct the problem. And if doc does suggest something, they also need to give us a thorough explanation of why we need any precedure, drug or other treatment. Many of us have been taught to “do what the doc says” but unfortunately, with the way the medical system has shifted towards covering symptoms with drugs rather than “healing” us, we can no longer simply do what the doc says, we need to question everything. I hope controls will be put on these antibiotics, not just warnings, the disabling of patients needs to STOP!

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      1. Kat S.,
        I came to that conclusion long ago, and my family have criticized me for it. But I think we’re right. The old saying, “you’re the doctor,” meaning whatever you say goes, is risky. A doc I was listening to on the radio was talking about the importance of getting a second opinion. He said more often than not the second opinion doesn’t agree with the first. Another doc on another program was talking about how important it is that we take care of ourselves. The next thing he said was that doctors are often wrong. The theme of his program was “bad drugs.” He named a bunch, but omitted fluoroquinolones. I phoned his show and he agreed that FQs should be on the list. Most people think taking care of ourselves includes seeing a doctor as soon as we have a problem, but maybe we should be cautious about that. For one thing, a doctor’s office is a great place to meet sick people and find germs. Almost as good as a hospital. They are necessary and wonderful when we need them, but we should be careful about rushing there. It’s possible and often simple to do a lot of homework on the Net these days. I made the mistake of not reading the sheet that came with the Cipro before I took the first pill. Big mistake. I always read those sheets, but that time I read it after I took the pill. I had asked the prescribing doc about it, but he didn’t answer me, and my druggist didn’t say anything until the next day, when I was changing my prescription. Then she said I shouldn’t have taken it.

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  3. Reblogged this on TINA FRISCO and commented:
    If you have taken fluoroquinolone antibiotics (e.g., Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox), BEWARE Amy Moser details the devastating side effects she endured, necessitating 20 surgeries. Should you be skeptical of this information, she lists myriad links to fluoroquinolone warnings. And since fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs damage mitochondrial DNA, parents should take special heed…

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      1. My wife took two Cipro 500 mg for UTI. Had quinolone reaction causing hypoglycemic coma with blood sugar of “7”. When I found her unresponsive. Was not diabetic nor ever had a blood sugar issue. In coma for 5 days. Survived event but body totally messed up. Had two strokes 6 months later and died.
        Had 2 physicians agree was Cipro caused but other treating physicians had never heard of such a thing. If they may have heard of such their response was “oh that’s rare for anyone to have that”
        I know for a fact she went from normal healthy person with mild uti to in coma and never same again and only thing new in her body were two Cipro 500 mg

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  4. I’m 68 now. In my 50’s I was given Cipro for 7 years. A total of 84 months. 500mg each day.
    I ended up with only some ligament damage to my back. Very fortunate that nothing else has shown up, yet.
    I have started doing the Platelet Rich Plazma (PRP) injections in my back along the areas where the ligament damage is. I have seen an improvement in just the last couple of months. I will be doing 2 or 4 more treatments depending on how things improve. I’m very happy with the progress so far. If you haven’t yet you may want to look into this.

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  5. Thank you so much for this information. I too have been given Levaquin many times. I took Cipro for more than 6 months for a prostrate infection. I have had several orthopedic surgeries on my shoulder, and knees. In fact I have a lot of tendon problems. I just got over an Achilies tendon problem that left me limping for 18 months.
    I wish you the best and I am so glad you have had the strength to endure this.

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  6. Omg I get prescribed Leviquin every time I get sick..Now I realize why my spine is such a mess, I have had 3 spinal surgeries in the past 8 yrs and the Spinal Dr. Says I need a 2 disc replacement in my neck and another back surgery. I had shoulder surgery to repair the ligaments & tendons and 5 yrs later they are torn again and I need another surgery for that. Thank you so much for posting your story, I finnaly know why my body is falling apart! Good luck to you I know what your going through sending prayers your way, and thank you again!

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  7. Lucille,
    It seems to be quite common that the docs can’t find anything wrong unless it’s something physical and obvious, such as a ruptured tendon. I find that magnesium oil works at least as well as pills. I spray some on my legs every night.

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  8. My fiance was prescribed a 2 week course of Cipro 9 months ago for a uti and hes currently been having muscle spasms. Bouts of depression …anxiety. hes 49 and the drs after several tests tell him hes healthy as a horse despite the Fact he has lower back pain. Twitching in his leg…etc. its like they dont care or just dont get it..
    I read that magnesium can help so we got some today…i try to get him to take small naps but he likes to be as active as possible.
    .ty for your article and info and i believe God is the great healer …God bless you!

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  9. I was on Levaquin for pneumonia multiple time during chemo for colon cancer….I went to bed ok one night, woke up got out of bed and collapsed on the floor from spontaneous damage to the tendons in my right knee. I had 6 surgeries in 2 and 1/2 years…3 were on my knee…here is the irony: the only antibiotics I can take are the Cipro family. The rest make me swell up and quit breathing…

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    1. I have the same problem with me being allergic to so many antibiotics. The doctors have prescribed cipro, and levofloxacin to me several times. After the first time on cipro I developed many problems with the neck and back. I was extremely active and strong prior to taking it. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia shortly afterwards also. I got lymes disease a couple of years ago and they normally prescribe doxycycline for that. It took them quite awhile to figure out what to put me on but ended up giving me cefuroxime. It is to treat bacterial infections. I found out I can take this one so I will never take the fluoroquinolones again.
      Don’t know if this is something you have tried so thought I would mention it.

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  10. The problems coming from fluoroquinolone antibiotics are far more severe than the symptoms of fluoride toxicity effecting 5% of the community drinking fluoridated water. Dutch doctors researching the effects of fluoridated water discovered side effects in around one in twenty people taking fluoride medicated water. https://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/affidavit-moolenburgh.pdf When fluoride medicated antibiotics are given, the fluoride gains easier access to cell mitochondria. Thus so many types of cell undergo a change leading to fluoride induced reduction of cell energy production. Cell repair mechanisms slowly start to fail. That is why such a large range of different illnesses slowly start to develop from fluoride in water, but a much more rapid intensity of illness comes from taking fluoride containing antibiotics.

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  11. How long after taking this did you guys start to see symptoms? My husband was prescribed this for 2 weeks (Dr. In Mexico for possible nose infection. Cipro XR ciprofloxacino one gram) And today was his last dose (he obviously didn’t take it). Now I’m worried about his well being.

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    1. I took 10 days of Cipro Color for a UTI. I didn’t notice anything wrong until 2 weeks later when my knee blew out. A few weeks later both wrists, then a shoulder and the Achilles. They figured out after 9 months, that the Cipro I’d taken right before all of it, was the culprit. Many more injuries followed after that.

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  12. I was diagnosed with bronchichitus, possible pneumonia & was prescribed Levoquin. After taking one pill I was in in pain like I’ve never known. Every joint and muscle hurt – a dull all absorbing pain like a migraine for the whole body. It hurt to move, it hurt not moving. I reported the effects to my doctor who said “Stop taking it, if it goes away, it’s the med, if not it’s something else”. When I asked about my bronchitis & fever, she said she want even sure I needed an antibiotic. Needless to say, I dont see her any more. It got better, but since then I have some joint pain and stiffness in my back that doesn’t go away. Furthermore, I have learned that Levoquin is an antibiotic given to animals to keep them …healthy…, consequently, at any random time, I can get the same symptoms as before from eating a piece of chicken, steak, or hamburger that apparently was given this drug.
    Good luck to everyone out there exposed to this drug, & avoid it if at all possible.

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  13. Last time I took Cipro, I had horrible pain in the achilles, back and legs, took weeks to get back to normal. Lucky for me the pharmacist had warned me and I recognized what was going on. Threw the rest away, but it took some time to get better. I don’t know if I will ever be normal again tho. I now have several toes on my foot have no feeling at all, just needles and pins. Never taking that junk again.

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  14. Cipro and 2 other “cins” saved my husband’s life when he was septic from a staph infection. That’s all I have to say about antibiotics. If you have a real bacterial infection, you don’t have a choice. You have to take them or you die.

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    1. Solaira, that is exactly the type of case where they are supposed to be used. These antibiotics are supposed to be used as a last resort. I’m only trying to help people be aware of what the FDA warning states. They are supposed to be used as a last resort, like in in your husband’s case. Unfortunately they are prescribed in cases of minor infections that could be treated with something else without taking such a huge risk.

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    2. Cefuroxime if for treating bacterial infections. I just found out I can take this one. I have several effects from taking cipro and levofloxacin.

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  15. I’m so sorry to hear about your ordeal. Thank you for sharing your story. I was prescribed Cipro by a quack HMO doctor twenty years ago. After the first dose, I became violently ill and reported it as an allergic reaction. I’m thankful my body rejected it so quickly! I tell me children to report it as an allergy too. No one in my family will ever take this drug again. May God Bless you on your recovery journey.

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    1. The same thing happened to me. I was prescribed Cipro for a kidney infection, but the one IV arose thy gave me at the hospital caused the worst migraine I’ve ever had. I told them I needed to be switched to something else, then researched the Cipro. Thank god my body rejected it early! I was supposed to take it for 10 days.

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  16. I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am to have read this post. I’m 25 years old and I am allergic to almost every antibiotic there is right now, I can take only one at the current time that doctors are sure of. I have never been introduced to this antibiotic but knowing this information may have saved my life eventually, as well as many others. Doctors are always trying to toy with new antibiotics and see if I’m allergic or not, so I know now that I have to take a stand if these are ever mentioned.

    Thank you so much. I am so sorry to hear of your struggles and pain but I do know that you have probably saved the lives of many with this. You’re an angel in disguise, god bless you.

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    1. Awe, Kellie I’m so glad it helped you. Thank you for sharing that with me. I am just trying to spare others from having this to deal with. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone ever. I feel very thankful that God has allowed this information to spread and that people are taking notice. It’s so important. God bless you as well.

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  17. I fully and 100% believe all of this. Physicians HAVE begun to warn about overdoing antibiotics. I completely believe when I was 30 years old and developed a sinus infections so severe they almost hospitalized me but instead, my doctor put me on massive doses of a very strong one called Augumentin for MONTHS and I am completely convinced its at the bottom of my body developing full blown fibromyalgia within 5 years. I wasn’t given it very much as a kid, which is lucky, but then as a kid I was rarely sick and if I was it was the flu or poison ivy or things antibiotics aren’t used for. But when I hit my college years and my 20s, they went nuts with them. The sinus infections were the main problem. I know doctors only wanted to help people with these, but the long term damage has been so great they’ll never know the entire toll.

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    1. I believe my fibromyalgia came from cipro. I was diagnosed with it a few months later and also had to have neck surgery and developed back problems at the same time. I am having MRI’s in a week on both the neck and back because of having more issues. I am sure I will have to have the neck surgery again.

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  18. So sorry – your story seems common. I took this drug multiple times for lyme disease. On the last time I began having excruciating pains in my legs (pins and needle sensation times 1000). Ended up in ER whereas they gave me pain meds and sent me home. When we brought up that I had a UTI and they gave me cipro they said couldnt be that at all. We looked it up when we got home and were astonished. Even after I learned all the horrors and told the pharmacist and doctor they still acted like there is NO WAY A antibiotic could do that. REALLY! They shucked it off and its almost with certainty this will come up in someone’s life tomorrow and the next day and it goes on. It took almost two years to get back to some type of normal but I still have issues.

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    1. Tessa, I’m so sorry you have had to experience this. It’s such an uphill battle with spreading this information. People feel safer thinking we’re crazy, than wonder if this medicine is as dangerous as the FDA itself states it is. It’s dumbfounding. All we can do is keep shouting the warnings until something changes. Sadly there usually has to be massive fallout before this stuff is changed. We are getting there, but at the cost of healthy lives. Keep your chin up. We are all in this together.

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  19. I had a hysterectomy and had tried to get back to my routine and tore a stitch and bleed for quite awhile so my doctor put me on cipiro for about 3 months, and I have a pain in my right side of my stomach that won’t go away, have had every test you can think of and it’s not my gall bladders, kidneys, etc and my Back and legs hurt so bad daily that most days it is so hard to get out of bed. I’m beginning to wonder if it is from the Antibiotic?

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  20. I was on Maxequin about 16 yrs ago and had anto allergic reaction. Have had severe reactions to other antibiotics since. I can only take penicillins and tetracyclines. I am now disabled with many autoimmune diseases. Have had knee surgeries to repair knees on both and replaced one and need other severely. Degenerative Disc Disease. Degenerative joint disease, have had back surgery, neck surgery and now have a spinal chord stimulator. On and on. Probably started it and I heard Maxequin is no longer available. 10 surgeries and more needed. Pain all day everyday. Please people be careful.

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  21. I had three different episodes of tendon problems severe enough I could barely walk lasting for up to six months each time. (Years ago). Took levaquin for lung problems. The tendon problems were not instant so it took a while for my rheumatologist to figure it out. Finally they come out with this warning, never again!

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  22. I was given Cipro many times for a UTI infection then in 2004 they gave me Avelox for a sinus infection and within 15 minutes I was the Michelin Man I completely blew up stopped breathing it took my husband drove me down to the emergency room it took them 11 hours to revive me they said I came close to death several several times I was in ICU for 11 days and I felt like I was going to die. My husband said he was in the waiting room and he could hear them yelling Debbie don’t leave us he thought for sure they were going to come out and say I’m sorry but we lost her. I remember the doctor telling me this is very important please remember this if you ever take anything in the fluoroquinolones family again you will die, don’t misunderstand this it’s extremely important in fact I would recommend you wearing a medical ID bracelet because you will not come out of it next time.
    It took me a very very long time to feel anywhere near normal after that. I do have issues with my shoulders and my neck my C 4 5 and 6 are messed up and my muscles in my whole top of my neck and back and shoulders are severely damaged. Even though it says it in my charts it’s funny because when I go to a new doctor and they want to prescribe medicine fluoroquinolones are the first thing that they want to prescribe and that’s one of the first things that I tell them please make sure that they don’t prescribe that for me and I always double check with the pharmacy.

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  23. Thank you for sharing this.
    Unfortunately I do not have health insurance right now (but I will have it very soon) and I got very sick 2 months ago. I had to take one of my kids to our NP and she could see I couldn’t breath and was, like I said, very sick. She listened and told me she believed I had pneumonia and if I had insurance I should needed to go to the hospital but since I didn’t our hospital wouldn’t do anything so she gave me Cipro because it is on the $4 antibiotics list at Walmart. I am very careful when taking meds and I read the warning papers and I was appalled at the side effects of this medication but it was all I could afford at the time. I’m happy to have read this because if I have to have any antibiotics again anytime soon I will be sure to proclaim my disdain for this type of antibiotics and I hope to have a way of making sure I don’t have to have them again.
    God is good and I’m so happy to hear your doing better.

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  24. I have been on many of these antbiotics and then some over these past 20 years. I am a Diabetic of 58 yrs and my ammune system is weak and healing does not happen for me quickly. I had a licline for approximately 9 weeks in 2016 and a picline back in 2004. I have had no awful effects from any of my antibiotics. My Doctors and medical staff are very highly regarded. Any and medications have side effects and can be tough on the body .

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  25. I was given Levaquin for a suspected blood infection, which turned out to be a severely deficient magnesium level, and after 2 pills I started having suicidal thoughts and was overwhelmed with fear. I woke up screaming out of my sleep. It took 5 days for those 2 pills to leave my system! That medicine is from the devil. Awful side effects!

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  26. Dear Amy, I am deeply sorry to what happened to you!!!
    I have UTI for one week now and I tried to heal it naturally , last night I got worse very high fever and my kidney hurt . I went to E.R and the Dr. Subscribed me Cipro 500Mg for7 days . Now I read your post and I am terrified . My husband and mom and everyone keep telling me to take them and stop reading because antibiotics are same as driving ; accidents can happen, that’s what they are saying .
    I really don’t know what to do I am in a very bad position, I don’t have an insurance because I can’t afford one since o haven’t been working for a year in a half because I lost my when I had my baby .
    I am terrified !

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    1. Zita, I would call the ER and tell them you need them to call out a non Fluoroquinolone antibiotic. The FDA warning is clear, it should be used as a last resort. I’m In the first paragraph, it says that for uti, upper respiratory infection, the benefits do not outweigh the risks.

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  27. I keep getting this article in my newsfeed, and I am deathly afraid that this way of thinking will gain traction. I went into sepsis shock in August 2016 http://www.sepsis.org/faces/mindy/, what you are failing to realize when you post these articles, that for people like me who are allergic to most of the major traditional antibiotics out there, we have no other options. Had I not had lavaquin I would be dead, had my infection not responded to the lavaquin I would be dead. Infections even in their beginnings can be deadly, we take for granted living in an era with antibiotics the seriousness that simple infections like UTI’s, Strep and other everyday infections can have are real. People die everyday from infections still. I have nerve damage from the drugs most likely, but I weigh out everyday, dead vs. nerve damage. Please be considerate of those who have no other choice.

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    1. Misty, like I’ve stated, I am only advocating that doctors prescribe these according to the FDA guidelines. As a last resort such as in your case. Here is the FDA warning, if you would like to read for yourself where it states “We have determined that fluoroquinolones should be reserved for use in patients who have no other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis, (ABS), acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (ABECB), and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI) because the risk of these serious side effects generally outweighs the benefits in these patients. For some serious bacterial infections the benefits of fluoroquinolones outweigh the risks, and it is appropriate for them to remain available as a therapeutic option.” https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm511530.htm . I ask that you also respect those of us who have had these adverse and permanent side effects and understand that I myself prayed to die around my 14th surgery to reconnect tendon to bone. I am going to spread awareness of these dangers till the day I die. If I only have a wart to move by then…I will use it to repeatedly copy and paste the FDA warning into every news feed I come across.

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    2. Please know that there are many people given these drugs without thought and individual care for illness that may or may not be real. People permanently damaged, lives changed when there were choices that would have worked for them if only the doctor would have cared to consider them. I had a reaction to Levaquin and even thought the doctor I was going to a few years later knew of my history chose to give me Cipro, I foolishly trusted her and didn’t question her. It was a very mild infection, probably shouldn’t have even gone to the doctor.My reaction was devastating. It took me over 6 months to get my life back and I still have nerve damage in my hands and feet and extreme fatigue. She put me through all kinds of tests said I might have MS and it was another doctor she sent me to for these tests that told me it was the Cipro and that I should have never been given it because of my history.The original doctor pretty much said it was all in my head.Even after all of that I feel very lucky compared to so many. As people have said before in a life and death situation maybe these are called for but these are given out far too easily and too many lives are ruined for no reason.
      People need to be informed and be their own advocates.

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    3. I never read anywhere in this blog that fluoroquinolones should never be used, only that they should not ever be used if there is another safer choice. Personally, I would look into bacteriophages if I am ever told that fluoroquinolones are the “only choice”. And it’s important for us to question the docs’ choices. Even if we are told “it’s the only option” we should question that as well, because it may mean that it’s the only option to take orally at home. Had I known that I could have avoided all the damage to my joints and connective tissue by doing home infusion of a “cocktail” of antibiotics, excluding fluoroquinolones.

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  28. It was clear to me from the start that this blog is not about whether flluoroquinolones should be banned. It’s about alerting people to the risks associated with these drugs. My doctor didn’t say a word to me about the risks when he prescribed the drug, and I foolishly took it before I read the sheet. If I had known, I would never have taken the drug. If you’re fully informed and an intelligent, rational adult, you can make an informed decision. The less you know, the less chance you have of making the right decision. Many examples have been provided of why simply trusting your doctor adds to your risk. Amy is doing her best to inform everyone, doctors, patients, potential patients, and the relatives and friends of patients and potential patients of the risks fluoroquinolones pose. She’s not trying to take your drugs away from you.

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    1. Very well said, Robert. We need to be able to make an informed choice. There would be a lot less injured people if
      we had been told the risks verses the benefit and if doctors looked at us as individuals.

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  29. I heard on the radio this morning that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country. Food for thought I guess.

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  30. I remember a commercial that ran a few years back with the line “You are the captain of your healthcare team.” No one is more interested in your health than you are (with possibly a few exceptions in rare cases). It’s hard to be the captain if the team members aren’t giving you all the info.

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  31. So glad I came upon this. Diagnosed with pneumonia yesterday in the ER and was given Levaquin 750 mg along with prednisone while there with prescription for 6 days of the 750 mg. An acquaintance at my gym mentioned in passing several months ago about this side affect, but I could not recall the name of the antibiotic. Read your article and made the connection. I just emailed my regular Dr requesting an alternative. Just hoping the one dose I took won’t do any damage.
    God bless you for sharing your story!

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  32. The antibiotic mentioned, Fluoroquinolone, contains fluoride. One of the aggravating factors for side-effects is already having a toxic load of fluoride in the body (bioaccumulation)… by fluoridating our tap water (which my city does), we are causing these drug side-effects to be more prevalent – and, if people (and their doctors) knew about the issue, it would also remove from the treatment options many powerful drugs (i.e. chemotherapy), due to a body already overloaded with Fluoride. 😦

    http://www.slweb.org/ftrcfluoroquinolone.html

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  33. I took Levaquin in 2015 800 mg for Bronchitis. I begin having upper leg problems like my joints and muscles were giving out on me me. Then found out I had degenerated disk and bulging disk. I didn’t think the two went together but I had never had problems before. I contacted one of those lawyers about it and was told they couldn’t help me. now I have long term problems I can’t work anymor from the trouble with back and legs

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  34. My husband went to the doctor for wheezing and was given three different lots of antibiotics – each with repeats – one after the other with no testing to find out what the problem was, for a chest infection. A third visit to a different doctor revealed that he didn’t even have a chest infection in the first place. He has had some unusual things happening since all of these antibiotics so I’ll be looking into what they were in relation to this article. Thank you very much for making this information available.

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