Hi 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.
- FDA: Warning for Fluoroquinolone antibiotics
- Department of Health and Human Services: Warning for Cipro
- New England Journal of Medicine: Achilles Tendinitis and Tendon Rupture Due to Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
- New York Times: Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects
- ResearchGate: Musculoskeletal Complications of Fluoroquinolones: Guidelines and Precautions for Usage in the Athletic Population
- Medscape: Musculoskeletal Complications of Fluoroquinolones: Guidelines and Precautions for Usage in the Athletic Population
- PubMed: The mitochondria targeted antioxidant MitoQ protects against fluoroquinolone-induced oxidative stress and mitochondrial membrane damage in human Achilles tendon cells
- WebMD’s warning about Cipro and similar antibiotics
- Oxford Journals: Fluoroquinolone-Associated Tendinopathy: A Critical Review of the Literature
- Oxford Journals: Electrochemical characteristics of five quinolone drags and their effect on DNA damage and repair in Escherichia coli
- NATA Journals: Fluoroquinolones and Tendinopathy: A Guide for Athletes and Sports Clinicians and a Systematic Review of the Literature
- The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology: The Risk of Fluoroquinolone-induced Tendinopathy and Tendon Rupture: What Does The Clinician Need To Know?
- NCBI: The vasculature and its role in the damaged and healing tendon
- Medication Sense: New Warnings for Cipro, Levaquin, and other Quinolone Antibiotics
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. For more information and links, please read my post, “One Floxie Lady,” found here: https://mountainsandmustardseedssite.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/one-floxie-lady/
List of Quinolines, Quinolones, and Fluoroquinolones:
Types of Quinolines
Types of Quinolones
- nalidixic acid
- quinolinecarboxylic acid
Types of fluoroquinolones
Generic name: lomefloxacin
- Baxdela (Pro)
Generic name: delafloxacin
- Proquin XR (Pro)
Generic name: ciprofloxacin
- Factive (Pro)
Generic name: gemifloxacin
Generic name: nalidixic acid
Generic name: cinoxacin
Generic name: trovafloxacin
Generic name: sparfloxacin
- Ciprofloxacin not only damages cartilage in children and young people, but also in adults:
- Cipro causes serious arthropathies in adults:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8453165 → DOI: 10.1177/106002809302700308
Tendon damage and tears (and other muscle-scelettal issues) can occur months after discountinuation of the medication:
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.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21879778 → DOI: 10.2165/11593110-000000000-00000
The medication can lead to myalgies which require emergency treatments:
Cipro can lead to lasting vision disorders:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300586 → DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2007.01427.x
Central nervous system disorders including suicide:
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
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:
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:
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
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(94)91624-1/abstract → DOI:
Cipro inhibits the very important liver enzyme CYP 3A4
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/pubmed/15307429 → DOI: 10.1016/S0035-9203(03)80032-9)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0301211595025243 → DOI: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02524-3
Reproductive toxicity (reduction of sperms); Reduced fertility
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
Medication risks which are omitted from the package insert:
Cardiac death through Cipro
Lesions of the aorta
Multisymptomatic Syndrom which leads to permanent handicap
Retinal detachment with permanent vision loss:
http://jamanetwork . com/journals/jama/fullarticle/1148331 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4183446/
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://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24472364 → DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.12.009
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(94)92748-0/abstract → DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(94)92748-0
Permanent hearing loss
Systemic Lupus erythematodes.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11799346 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51139497_Quinolones_Review_of_Psychiatric_and_Neurological_Ad verse_Reactions
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
Fatal Vasculitis and frequency of vasculitis
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
Gangrene which requires amputation
Neuropsychiatric side effects and Brain damage, including PTSD and Gulf war Illness in the Military:
3,786 thoughts on “This antibiotic will ruin you. ”
my husband had a detached tendion after taking a quinilone drug
With all of the overwhelming evidence and your experience, why not aim to remove them?
There are a couple things that no other antibiotic can cover. Anthrax and pseudamonas are a couple of those. With those 2 things, you are going to die left untreated. A Fluoroquinolone antibiotic in those cases, gives the patient and doctors an option, allbeit a knarly one. You nay want to give them a shot in those cases, otherwise short of a last resort, these antibiotics should not be prescribed. Its like chemo for cancer. The cancer will eventually kill you, and the chemo may kill you also and leave you damaged as well, but it also may save your life from cancer.
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I have bronchiectasis with pseudomonas and have to take Cipro when I get any infection that activates the pseudomonas. Any infection can do this. Several years back I was on a long prescription of Levaquin. After about a week my back was killing me and I went online just to check it out. All I saw were pages of lawsuits. Then the pages of side effects. My right thumb went out of joint and still does easily, my feet and ankles have hurt for years. My doctor said he was trying to keep me out of the hospital. I told him I would rather have spent a month in the hospital than what I have been left with. But the worst is Cipro, for the pseudomonas. I have lost a great deal of smell and taste. It will never improve and I have lost so much pleasure eating. Beef tastes almost rotten to me. Like you said, no other drugs for my infection. I’ll just keep limping around I guess especially after sleeping or sitting. And when people get around me coughing, I could choke them for being in public spreading bacteria for folks like myself to get seriously ill and having to take these deadly drugs. A great article, thank you.
Pan, I’m terribly sorry you have to live with this. My grandma had mycobacterium pneumonia and took Cipro. We didn’t link her sudden personality change and the beginning of her crippling anxiety to having to take Cipro, until years later when we found out the culprit for all of my problems. I know it’s a major life struggle. Hang in there.
They gave my mother the strongest antibiotics and she had to go through dialysis the doc said they gave her the wrong one it was too strong caused her liver n kidneys not to function right … well my mother was getting to weak from everything (dailysis) my mother passed away last year June 22 2017 R.I.P. Pheobe Thompson – Quinn
I am so very sorry Autumn.
I’m so so sorry about your mom.
Would a stem cell transplant be applicable? How about the Platelets rich Plasma Injections?
My very best wishes to you, Amy.
We send people to the moon yet cannot undue the damage done by drugs… Never give up!
My daughter is presently undergoing some very complicated dental treatment im Turkey caused by rubbish work done in Canada and England.
Search medical tourism. The standard of care in the developed nations is much worse that in many countries we consider inferior. You would be surprised.
Daugjger neede and mri scan which was done the same day she inquired. She begged the doctors for the scan in Sngland and was refused and offered narcoric pain killers for her chronic pain.
Keep searching. There is a solution you just did not come across it yet.
Yes we can send people to the moon and yet so many drugs are debilitating or killing us? The answers lie with the drug companies. There is a cure for cancer out there somewhere. But drug companies want it to be silent. They wouldn’t make their billions made from cancer patients.
Thank you for pulling this information together. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid Arthritis, diabetes, tinnitus, Neuropathy, joint failure in knees and shoulders, autoimmune syndrome, all considered to be from unknown causes. As I look back on the past 11 years since this began, I realize I had taken Cipro for an infected tooth and after a root canal. I’m now confined to a wheelchair.
Keep warning people.
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I am so sorry Angela. I will. I can’t stop myself. I feel that once you know a danger exists, you have to warn others.
Thank you so much for your bravery and validating blog. I truly believe these antibiotics disabled me and took my life as it once was. I cannot find a doctor to acknowledge this and don’t have the financial resources or the strength to fight this. I can only hope that people will continue to spread the truth and pray. God bless you!
I am so sorry Mary. I know so many of us have had a hard time finding physicians who were informed about this. Hang in there. Hopefully this will eventually be common knowledge.
Thank you so much for this info! I’m living with so much pain and discomfort daily. I feel that it can be contributed to these antibiotics,. I have taken both and more several times! I’m in my fiftys now. I have been on as much as twnety plus medications more than once a day tocopewith all of my physica, emotional,l and mental issues. I have carefully cut back on my own using diet and essential oils with the helpof my family. I have been diagnosed with
Adhd, bipolar, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, osteopenia, rhuematoid arthritis, fibramyaljia, gerd, reflux, ibs, degenerative disc, herniated disc, lupus, diabetes, hypo thyroidism, carpal tunnel, repetitive tendonitis, muscle spasms, cronic migrains, shingles, mersa, and food n environmental allergies. I thank God for being able to live happy and to copewiththese on a daily basis. I will be looking for yourbook and passing this information on.
I had some of your diagnosis that I began experiencing at 48 years old. I decided to have a hormone panel test and it showed I was very low in vitamin d and testosterone. Previous to getting checked I was experiencing digestive issues like bloating, joint aches, severe anxiety, reflux. The doctor diagnosed me w/hypo-thyroid. Took me a year going to Primary Care , GI docs, GYN docs, to finally get a diagnosis Hyp-thyroid which causes a lot of the symptoms I was experiencing. I began pellet therapy and my symptoms improved by 90%! I’m am a lot happier!!!!
June, I too live a very similar life as you. I am 63. About 5 years ago I slowly cut out the 13 pills I took each day. Some of those I had been taking for over a decade. Now that I am clear minded,I see the damage my body had endured. My physical body is old and frail. Mentally I have constant brain fog. But every day is a new day and I try my best. And I am more happy knowing that each day maybe, just maybe, my body is overcoming the side effects of these toxins. I hope for the best of health to you.
I thank you for your diligence in providing all of this information. I’ve taken Cipro on many occasions as well as Levaquin and have been plagued with many symptoms that have yet to be explained or diagnosed. It all makes perfect sense now. I live with chronic pain and at the age of 53 can’t even imagine what my life will be like in 10 years. It’s quite depressing. Like you, it is my knowledge of a Loving God and my faith that gives me the courage and strength to persevere. I wish you the very best in your attempts to reach those who have not yet been affected. Your target audience should be young people who still have the opportunity to choose for themselves and their children not to use these drugs. Knowledge is power. Thank you for your efforts.
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I salute you!I was given cipro for an infection after bladder surgery in 2009. It affected my Achilles tendon. I still have problems walking on my left foot! This was preventable! Shame on these doctors….
I’m so sorry Rose.
I suspect my 23-year-old is in the beginning stages of suffering from taking a round of Cipro for common UTI. I have spent all day researching and reading all I can to understand this horrific condition. Your blog has not only informative, but it has given me hope. I pray that my daughter doesn’t have to endure what you went through. You are strong, and I admire your strength and faith. Science and God can work together. We don’t have to pick one or the other. Time will tell what my daughter will be faced with. In the meantime, I will praying.
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Oh Molly, I’m sorry to hear that your daughter may be dealing with this. I will pray for her too.
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I’m so sorry your daughter is having to deal with this. Having been affected myself I worry all the time about my 26 & 28 yr old children not paying attention to what they are being prescribed and also being poisoned by these antibiotics. Consider joining the facebook support group, there is a special one for younger people also, but most youngsters stay in the main group where all the conversation is. The group has helped me tremendously. https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/
Thanks for this encouragement
I used to work as a medical dr but got multiststem issues particularly very weak leg muscles ,heart arrhythmia, very dry eyes amongst dither things
My mobility is affected
I used to run and enjoy sports and now I’m isolated and sadly also divorced partly because husband couldn’t cope with the debility
I’ve felt duocidal at times but I am s Christian and God has promised me healing
I am however finding the daily life very tough and still grieve the healthy body I used to have
Your testimony gives me hope
Please pray for me believing for full recovery for Gods glory
Lucy, please join us on the facebook support group, Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/ There are over 9,000 members from around the world, all helping and learning from each other, what helps, what makes our condition worse. Some members have been affected for over 20 yrs, gotten bad advice and treatment from the medical system that made them worse. You can learn how to manage this and improve your health, even if it’s not a cure. Hope to see you there.
I suffer with very weak leg muscles and fatigue after taking the antibiotic Macrobid for a UTI over 3 months ago. Same symptoms 9 years earlier after taking Levaquin. It took over 3 months then to return to normal. Missed work
Missed fun w friends. Cancelled a trip. Thankful for suppotive bosses and spouse! I am not back to normal.
Almost 4 months. Doctors are unsure what to do.
I am so sorry Berty.
So, I’ve been prescribed this (these) class of antibiotics on NUMEROUS occasions and, have also seen my health decline over the last 20 years. How do I even go about finding out if this is exactly my problem? What tests do I need to ask for? From your blog, there’s no cure, but is their a way of “managing” this? I’ve suffered for so long, I’ve contemplated suicide, I’ve relied on God, and I’ve never applied for disability. Now I am to that point, but don’t even know where to start.
I’d suggest joining the Facebook support group, Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group where there are over 9,000 others from around the world, all helping each other and learning from those who have been dealing with this for many many yrs. The collective knowledge within the group has helped me immensely. It’s a private group so you have to ask to join and answer a few questions to maintain the privacy and integrity of the group. Hope to see you there, https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/
I’m so sorry Faith. Diagnosis is more vorrelariin of symptoms beginning with when you took a Fluorowuinolone, and process of eliminating other possible genetic and autoimmune disorders. Managing symptoms has been a juggle since the beginning. Physical therapy that is gentle by a therapist who knows about the fragile connective tissue, surgeons to repair ruptures, good regular doc to keep an eye on heart health, and maybe a psychologist if you struggle with psychiatric side effects from the medication. I have even wished to die at times, and from the extent of this damage and degree of pain, I don’t think it’s uncommon among all of us affected. God is all that keeps me from despair. I am so sorry, I send you my love and hugs. I have improved over time. I’m nowhere near normal, but its better than it was at one point in time.
I just wanted to share that there is a product called Protandim that actually heals mitochondrial DNA. It’s all natural and is an amazing product and people have seen amazing results with it for a mmultitude things because it does affect so many of our body’s functions. I’m so sorry you went through this, and so appreciative that you shared it with so many others!
I was that “ one pill” person who almost died! It turned off my kidneys within minutes of taking it. It tor my tendons on my feet. I have never ever been the same again, its so sad, but on a hood note I livedto tell anout it!! I am very very thankful to be alive but at times I wished Ihaf my normal life back. Exercise and industriousness witha vibtant spirit now I dont have those things becausr of pain. A recent car accident affed insult to injury!!!
I am so sorry Adrienne. So many of us out here understand exactly where you are coming from.
Isn’t there a class action law suit on this??? If not, I am shocked! I’m pretty sure that I have taken this antibiotic in the past and that scares me……why isn’t this more widely known? I’m so sorry for those that have been adversely affected by this “medicine”. So terribly sad. I pray for all of you.
Hello this is Chet. Ive been taking Cipro since I had a 1998 wreck in Dallas Texas . I was just prescribed Cipro for a kidney infection . I feel terrible all the time . my kidneys back and legs hurt constantly now. I just today heard about this article from my mother an hour ago. Did I mention the muscle spasms. Someone help please. I’m stopping taken these any more . I hope the damage isn’t already done
Chet, it’s never to late to try to recover from the effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Most recovery recommendations include eating only whole organic foods and possibly taking some supplements to provide nutrients for mitochondrial health, and NOT eating processed foods that may have additives and sugars that cause us more inflammation & pain. Consider joining a Facebook support group, such as the Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/ which helped me greatly in getting at least some recovery from the horrible effects of these antibiotics.
I have had your book for a long time. I am one of the lucky ones who never suffered damage from past uses of both cipro and Levaquin ! I am so grateful for your testimony. I like to
warn people about these drugs. And I will never take this class of drugs again! God be with you !
Marilyn Piepho 💕
I am so glad you haven’t noticed any of the damage! That’s a huge blessing! Awe, thank you so much. I really appreciate it more than I can say.
I was given Cipro ( non generic ) back in the mid ninety’s and ended up with several complications which I have listed already on this site. I have read a lot of the comments on here and have learned that you can not sue if you have taken a generic form. It seems I read where there was a civil suit for people that had damage from the drug if taken before a certain date? Do you happen to know if this is true?
Norma, I’m sorry I don’t know. I took a generic myself.
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A shocking and horrifying read. My loving thoughts are with you. In your place I would find the best and most innovative homeopath (one who is constantly studying, going to courses and experimenting) and let her/him treat me. It may take years but this is the most gentle yet powerful form of healing I have found in all my 72 years and I have experienced, seen and heard of miracles. Namaste, Autumn and thank you for thinking of others during your suffering. You are an inspiration to us all. I wish you healed, soul sister.
A shocking and horrifying read. My loving thoughts are with you. In your place I would find the best and most innovative homeopath (one who is constantly studying, going on courses and experimenting) and let her/him treat me. It may take years but this is the most gentle yet powerful form of healing I have found in all my 72 years and I have experienced, seen and heard of miracles. Namaste, Autumn and thank you for thinking of others during your suffering. You are an inspiration to us all. May you receive your own miracle, soul sister.
Amy, I want to thank you so much for sharing your horrendous experience. I would never have heard of this other than reading the slips that come from the pharmacies whenever I get a Cipro prescription. I have begged doctors NOT to prescribe me Cipro…because I do have allergies to some other antibiotics, they tell me thats all I can take. I happen to have A-Fib and Cipro is horrible for anyone with heartbeat irregularities. No one cares. Where do we turn? It can blow up your aorta!! And no one cares. I am calling my cardio tomorrow and ask him what to do and see if he cares. God Bless you and may a miracle to you and for you and anyone else that has been affected by these meds. I hope we get some answers and a cure.
Oh Donna, I do identify with your predicament. I have PAC and PVC’s following Cipro and now a right bundle branch. I will pray you are able to find a safer alternative next time you are faced with the decision.
I have shared this site in the hopes of helping others; thank you for taking the time to raise the alarm. In 2008 I had a reaction to taking Cipro. My skin was sloughing on during a bath. After I got out, I rubbed my arms over the sink and the skin just came off like parmesan cheese. It was tanned skin, so I knew it was not normal skin cells. My sister found on article online about a woman whose skin began peeling off in layers after taking Cipro! I told a manicurist about it and she said she took Cipro multiple times. The next time I saw her a year later she had had multiple shoulder surgeries. She tossed a doll to her daughter and the ligament or tendon (?) attached to her shoulder had ‘melted’ and was no longer attached. How sad that we cannot trust our doctors, but have to do our own research. Most people do still trust their doctors. Well, no more for me; I am my own doctor now.
Oh Kathy, I am so sorry. I hope you are doing better now. Thank you so much for sharing!
Fluoroquinolones are also one of the many antibiotics that can cause cdiff, a deadly colon infection. I know cause I have been dealing with cdiff since September, 2018. There are 500,000 cases of cdiff every year and 30,000 people die every year. 80% of the 30,000 who die are over the age of 65. Check it out! I got cdiff from clindamycin which is directly linked to cdiff.
My wife was given Levaquin by IV for 5 days in the hospital for a toe infection 4 years ago. We were not told of any possible side effects. It caused severe reaction to deep and shallow nerves all over her body. She was declared 100% disabled after extensive nerve tests. She describes the pain as like when you fall on gravels. It never stops. We have been to over 35 doctors and specialists. The only temporary relief she has gotten is from deep tissue Laser therapy.She has no feeling from the knees down, making it almost impossible to walk. The pain is now concentrated in her hands, but continues to cause multiple other problems. Hand tremors, confusion, cataracts, insomnia, etc. EVERY doctor we have seen still prescribes Levaquin! We checked into possible class action suits, but attorneys all said the warnings cover the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson.
I am so so sorry Mike. That is miserable. It’s an atrocity the amount of damage these medications have done. Countless patients crippled all because doctors continue to believe the side effects are rare and the manufacturer continues to prioritize greed over the well being of human beings.
I was given Levaquin for a bad sinus infection. Come to find out I was allergic to it. The nurse didn’t look in my file to check. I just remembered PCN. I got shingles, drooping eyelid, swelled my arthritic knees so bad I could barely walk. Tore a ligament in my right ankle which caused my left pinky toe to go numb. Made my other toes grip up called hammertoe. I walk with a limp and get off balance because my pinky toe is useless. So I pray no one ever has this problem. I’m damaged for life
I am so very sorry you have also experienced this. I know how frustrating this is. You are not alone. Hang in there.
My first, and only round of Levaquin, resulted in dramatic altered sense of taste and smell thst started day 2-3 of starting this drug. Two years later food still remains bland. Loss of sense of smell is scarry….Cannot smell smoke, a factor that aids in realizing fire nearby. No longer able to detect bad food or milk. $$$ and attempts by ENT to find a way to reverse, no luck. Seems a large number of md’s are uninformed or turn blind eye to side effects of these drugs. Sadly, just one dose can have life long effects, let alone the cumulative effects over time.
Seems like a class action law suit over all side effects might wake up medical/drug community…..not just one for ruptured tendons.
There have been many class actions. Sadly, I don’t think what they’ve paid out has made a dent in their multi billion dollar profits.
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Probably the worst part of being “one of the victims” of this drug is that doctors will continue to prescribe it in its various forms. They say there is no other choice for you because you have run out of options for your type of infections.
My wife took this twice. She was never informed of the side-effects of this drug and how common they are. The first time she took it, she thought her symptoms were due to some other issue coincidentally at the same time.
The second time, it was life-altering, and as you explain, she has never recovered.
When she told her doctor the symptoms, he said to stop the antibiotic immediately. He was led to believe that only athletes, the very young, and very old were normally affected this way. My wife is none of those. Fortunately, my wife can still walk and use her arms, but with great pain.
The pharmaceutical companies are very aware of the extend of the damage these drugs are causing. It is a marketing decision to keep selling these dangerous drugs to doctors while downplaying the seriousness and frequency of the side-effects.
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Brett, I agree with you. We as patients have to inform ourselves and protect ourselves. I’m so sorry you guys are dealing with this.
Levofloxacin made my Ehlers Danlos syndrome (that I had no idea I had) 100x worse and that’s what causes the joint dislocations, because these drugs have DNA altering abilities, they can make rheumatoid, autoimmune or other genetic conditions and mutations that an individual has, appear/become more obvious, or become worse. Would be worthwhile if you experience dislocations (like the author) to get tested for EDS.
Do you know anything about your statement “If you don’t have Anthrax poisoning, or pseudomonas bacteria”? I have pseudomonas and was wondering how this all affects me. Thank you and God bless!
Hi Kim. Yes, I know that very few things kill Pseudomonas bacteria. I believe this is one of the last resort situations the FDA refers to. This is the kind of bacteria that usually warrants a Fluoroquinolone. This and Anthrax are last resort situations. This is the reason that I’m not trying to advocate for taking them off the marked completely.
Kimberly, here is a good article talking about treatment options. Pseudomonas is very hard to kill and Fluoroquinolones as well as Carbapenems and Cephalosporins. I would ask for a Carbapenem or a Cephalosporin alternative before I resigned myself to a Fluoroquinolone. You have a serious infection, but they can try the others first if they think you aren’t in a life and death situation and they haven’t already tried them. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5978525/
I believe there is a cure or at least a treatment and I have found a treatment that works for me but I caught the symptoms early. When I got floxed I was on fluconazole which seemed to trigger it. My symptoms were head noise in ears, head pressure. High bp. Over 200 and the bottom got as high as 140. Nervousness, feeling feverish and sick. Terrible weakness. Some aches and pains. I began to take chlorine dioxide in my water that seemed to snap me out of it. The worst part of it be8ng in my head but for the weakness I take gluthione, PQQ it helps to replace those cell powerhouses that get destroyed. And lecithin. That helps for the nervous system. Also helps my ladycare magnet. But have to take these daily. I also have to keep my low blood sugar under control. I may have to take these for the rest of my life so this does not progress further. God blesses eCh of us with His wisdom. Also I started taking sulfur and selenium. I tested one day I stopped and felt my arms getting weaker and weaker so I got right back on gluthione, plus PQQ. Those are essential to recovery.
I may have had my ligaments effected by Cipro. So far Dr. Centeno in broomfield, CO has helped me. I hope to continue getting stronger. Centeno-Schultz Clinic.
I took Levaquin for pneumonia, unaware of the negative effects. I now have irreversible altered smell and taste. Spent 6 months with specialists trying to find a way to reverse to no avail. Food has become a chore, inability to smell smoke, house fire…etc, has become scarry when going to sleep, very little on a nightly basis. Wish there was a way to make them pay.
I am so terribly sorry Sharon. So many of us so handicapped by this class of antibiotics.
I’m so glad you are still here with us as you have a beautiful family:)
Are you able to email me all the info on all of this and what specific meds do the damage as I need to run this all by my PCM. I’m not very old and my body from head to toe is demolished:( I almost died of staph Pnemonia easter of 2016:( I’m very blessed to still be here! My body from head to toe has not been the same since:(
So sorry for the suffering you have been subjected to. And it sounds like its been for a very long time.I work for an MD that now practices holistic only. She says its “Not integrated, because she doesn’t write any prescriptions or apply medical treatments now”. I was skeptical, however, have seen some really remarkable recovery/improvement in patients that i thought were gonners for sure.
There is a video on Youtube she recommends to patients often “Death by Medicine” by Gary Null. I was kinda shocked & a bit skeptical when I watched it. Then Doc had me read about “John T Rockefelle. Real special creep that man..In 1913, when he realized he could have drugs that kinda matched active parts of herbs from the stuff left over from the oil he owned. I think he was the richest man in america then. And not a nice man by all accounts. He had his scientists make these crappy synthetics from the left over from his oil…then he patented the drugs….so no-one else could make & sell them. Then the bastard charged huge ridiculous money for these drugs he owned that he claimed were miraculous cures. Next he spent $100 million changing up the hospitals, clinic and medical schools throughout “all of America ” crazy right. They were using the natural things like foods & herbs back then at many places. Hospitals & doctors, and medical school people in charge objected to this money mongers drugs & control tactics. However, he just had the objectors shut down, or put in prison….This is all on record people…the whole thing. Now here we are 100 years later and these hoodwinked doctors are still being pumped out of the medical schools & hospitals like donuts in a line at Crispy Creme….all filled up with the same poisonous mess.. And from what I’ve seen with my Grandma…the doctors don’t give a heck about the patients. You might want to watch that video #1…and keep as far away as possible from the doctor and hospitals. If you really think about it…i mean stop and Really think clearly…Why would taking poisons and cutting out parts of the body make a sick body healthy?? like duh right! After you watch the video you might want to look into a natural medicine doctor, or a good herbalist, and an acupressure person, or massage therapy….someone who actually cares and wants you to get and stay well. The doctor here says “There are no incurable diseases…Only incurable people” I hope this helps you . You sound nice, and look kinda like my favorite aunty . sorry this is long. im out
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Oh my gosh. This resonates so very personally for me right now! My dad went to ICU in critical condition due to a horrible rash caused by a drug interaction. His primary doctor did nothing to address it for months. He also had a seizure from low electrolytes, and a gastric bleed from ulcers, the bleed due to blood thinners. He was put on steroids which have now caused a fungus in his esophagus. Fortunately, he has been taken off his statin (don’t get me started on those) and blood thinner. But now that he is on antibiotics for the fungus and ulcers, he can’t take his urinary medication and now has a catheter, which is also causing an infection. The side effects from all these drugs is disastrous. He had been on some really amazing supplements that I send him, but for some reason stopped taking them around Christmas. I want him back on them in the rehab center because I know they will help him win this battle, but I am 1500 miles away (going back this weekend) . My sister says they have to get permission from the facility to give him the supplements. I say just give them anyway! This is literally a life or death situation! None of this would have happened if he had been totally medication free! I am so angry! I am now on a mission to get this message out to our senior citizens through a blog, youtube, facebook, whatever. I also have a vision to build True Health Senior Centers that will give seniors everything they need – body, mind and spirit – to live pharma free! Thank you so much for sharing the info on the youtube video and Rockfeller. I will definitely check out both!
I am so very sorry about what your Dad and your family are going through.
My husband took this medicine. and he died from it. Please read the paper that comes with your medicine. It will kill you. no doctor will say that it causes this to happen to you. He was in 5 different hospital. no body would say this is what happen.
I am incredibly sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine how painful and upsetting this is for you. It is a trashed that this is happening to so many people. So often the medical community is afraid to blame a medication even when the side effects and risks are clearly stated. They are told so often that it’s “rare,” that when it’s happened right in front of them, they don’t recognize it.
I am so happy that you are getting well for your family.
Thank you Marlene. I do still struggle daily, but I do have good days mixed in with the bad and I’m very thankful for that.
I am so thankful that my story is not this bad.
I am too, but I am sorry you had trouble.
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Yes, I believe you are absolutely correct. Fibromyalgia didn’t even exist until Fluoroquinolones were on the market.
I know this sounds crazy… but my wife devastated by CIPRO in 2014 improved to say 80% and that seemed to be the limit…. with one or two serious setbacks each year that we had to deal with. But since COVID and her fever spikes to 104degrees… she has noticeably improved. perhaps the fever purged her lymph nodes? joints? no clue. tried to post it on the FB group but they (understandably) don’t allow the word covid to be mentioned.
That is really interesting. Glad to hear of her progress though.
Did she have the vaccine? A lot of people noticed improvements after having the vaccine.
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> mountainsandmustardseeds commented: “That is really interesting. Glad to > hear of her progress though.” >
I have been vaccinated and boosted. I’m not sure if the vaccine has affected the Fluoroquinolone damage in any way but I do believe the vaccine is beneficial for my personal health due to some other pre-existing conditions.
I was prescribed Avalox for a sinus infection. After that I started suffering with onset of R.A. auto immune disease and have had spontaneous tendon rupture. I believe it is all because of Avalox. I was given no warning about the medication
What are alternatives (if any) to ciprofloxacin for treating pseudomonas infection?
In some cases there are no alternatives, but in some there are. Here are some links with some options that could be talked over with your doctor. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33148986/ , https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9137685/ , https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40121-022-00591-2
Check out this link. A friend of a friend was told there was nothing left to try to kill the infection, basically, go home and die of the infection instead, she went to Georgia, the country, and had phage therapy and survived. UCSD was, maybe still is doing studies with bacteriophage treatment, you might want to check there too https://ann-clinmicrob.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12941-020-00389-5#:~:text=Bacteriophages%20can%20be%20used%20to,stopping%20the%20quorum%2Dsensing%20activity.