This antibiotic will ruin you. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Cipro causes serious arthropathies in adults:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cipro can lead to lasting vision disorders:

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

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

Central nervous system disorders including suicide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heart ailments and arrythmias:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes:

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

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

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

Long-lasting  problems of the gastrointestinal tract:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1016/S0140-6736(94)91624-1

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

Cipro inhibits the very important liver enzyme CYP 3A4

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

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

Incidents of blood thinning and fatal bleeding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reproductive toxicity (reduction of sperms); Reduced fertility

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

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

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

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

Cardiac death through Cipro

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

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

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

Life-threatening rhabdomyolysis

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

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

Multisymptomatic Syndrom which leads to permanent handicap

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

Retinal detachment with permanent vision loss:

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

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

Uveitis and Optikusneuritis:

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

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

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

 

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Guillain-Barré-Syndrome

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

von Willebrand-Syndrome

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

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

Permanent hearing loss

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

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

Pyoderma gangraenosum

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

Stomatitis

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

Manic disorders

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

Pancreatitis

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

Toxic and fatal epidermal Nekrolysis

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

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

Fatal Vasculitis and frequency of vasculitis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gangrene which requires amputation

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

 

 

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3,198 thoughts on “This antibiotic will ruin you. 

  1. I am an RN, practicing for almost 45 years. I’m very sorry you’ve gone thru this misery. I’ve taken Cipro for UTI’s &will take it again if necessary, as it is the only med that works. I’ve never had a problmem & I’m I’m 73. Unfortunately some medications react differently on differently on differently people. I don’t know how long you took it, or what the circumstances were surrounding your illness, but please don’t condemn a medication that has helped millions of people because you had a problem. Now you have brought out people who now think they may have had a problem. I have read every single letter in this journal. I do. believe some of these folks who have written are ill, but not necessarily with what you have. I think you may have alarmed some people, & now millions of people are not trusting their physicians, or their medications. Is that what you want to do or what? We have to trust our medical system, it is all we have. If you don’t trust your MD, get another, don’t care for your medication, don’t take it ! You will only be taking your own life in YOUR hands. Isn’t that what you wanted to do anyway? It is your life. Make up your mind, don’t complain about it. I’m 73 as I said. I have a DNR in place which means no one in my family has to make adecision whether or not I am to be resitated or not. It is all taken care of.

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    1. Hi Cilla, thank you for taking the time to comment. Out of exhaustion from typing the same thing often, I’ll copy and past my response from the last comment that said virtually this same thing. Hopefully this helps you understand the research and FDA warning I refer to, and exactly what goal I have. True it has saved lives. This is why I’m not trying to get it pulled off the market. I am just trying to shine a spotlight on the fact that these side effects are being touted as rare, and the research shows otherwise. In this study, NCBI states that 100% of tendon samples showed changes to the cells https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10843129/ . Their conclusion states, “Compared with unstimulated control fibroblasts, culture media from Achilles tendon, paratenon, and shoulder capsule cells that were exposed to ciprofloxacin demonstrated statistically significant increases in matrix-degrading proteolytic activity after 72 hours in culture. This study demonstrates that ciprofloxacin stimulates matrix-degrading protease activity from fibroblasts and that it exerts an inhibitory effect on fibroblast metabolism. The increase in protease activity and the inhibition of both cell proliferation and the synthesis of matrix ground substance may contribute to the clinically described tendinopathies associated with ciprofloxacin therapy.” One of the doctor’s who studied the effects of these antibiotics, Dr. Charles Bennett, wrote the FDA with his research and was the momentum behind the FDA updating their warning to state that in cases of uncomplicated infection, “The benefits don’t outweigh the risks.” Dr. Bennett’s research led him also to speak at a Pharmed out conference with this research. Here is that information http://www.pharmedout.org/pdf/R3DSlides/Bennett.pdf . Here is the Department of Health and Human Services letter back to Dr. Bennett after his petition https://www.pharmamedtechbi.com/~/media/Supporting%20Documents/The%20Pink%20Sheet%20DAILY/2016/May/SONAR_citizen_petition_FDA_response_05132016.pdf . This led to the changes of the labeling to a black boxed warning. Dr. Jay Cohen is also an expert when it comes to Fluoroquinolone research. His research page can be found here http://www.jaycohenmd.com/fluoroquinolone.html and the side effect percentages he site’s in his studies I will quote, “Many subjects reported multiple side effects from multiple systems. Dr. Cohen found that 36 (80%) subjects had severe reactions. Many were still disabled years after taking a FQ. Of the 45 subjects, 33 (74%) had taken Levaquin, 11 (24%) Cipro.” These antibiotics are dangerous enough that they are supposed to be saved as a last resort after all other avenues are exhausted. If you look up “Fluoroquinolone Warnings on google, you will find 22 pages of warnings from trusted medical websites. That is just the tip of the iceberg. I have over 20 pages of links associated with the research and news stories and I find more every day. These medications can save your life, but they also have a large enough chance of permanently crippling you or causing psychiatric events, that the FDA is even saying they need to be saved as a last resort. If you want, I’d be happy to send you all of the links. I don’t want to crash this site though. Feel free to email me, and I can email it to you.

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      1. Just one correction that probably should be pointed out so that everyone can have all the correct information. I have read that many people have said the drug should only be used as a last resort. This should instead read “as a last resort 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” That’s just 3 of the many other indicated uses. Also be careful of what is considered complicated vs. uncomplicated.

        Also just saw this that might be good to pass on:

        [05-10-2017] As part of our ongoing review of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, FDA is informing the public that patient cases identified by the FDA and findings from published studies currently do not support reports that these medicines may result in detachment of the retina in the eyes, or bulges or tears in the aorta blood vessel called aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. We will continue to assess safety issues with fluoroquinolones and will update the public if additional actions are needed.

        I think I read a couple comments stating that someone had a aortic aneurysm and thought that it might be caused by the drug.

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      2. My husband had a “complicated” UTI as it went to his kidneys, however, it did not take a fluoroquinolone to cure him. Personally, after what I went thru and am still dealing with, I would refuse any fluoroquinolones unless there is no other option. My husband felt the same way since he witnessed how quickly my pain and disability came on. He would have chosen to go in every day for months for IV cocktail of antibiotics before he’d take a fluoroquinolone. He is at particular risk of damage since his mom had an adverse reaction to them as well, hallucinations and serious thoughts of suicide.

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    2. Hi Cilla, you might want to read this article from the Emergency Physicians Monthly publication. Everyone should question the use of these antibiotics, they should only be used when no other option is available. My husband recently had a UTI & kidney infection, of course the doc wanted to RX Cipro, but with culture & sensitivies run on the bacteria it showed 4 different antibiotics would be effective against the bacteria. He opted for ceflex, it didn’t clear it up completely, 2nd round of RX was amoxicillin, and it wiped out the remainder of the bacteria. We did also use lactoferrin which breaks down biofilms that bacteria grow to protect their colony. Biofilm is often the cause of chronic infections. so no fluoroquinolones were needed, no painful long-term or permanent disability involved. I am also a victim of fluoroquinolone toxicity, it is real and not so rare as docs believe. http://epmonthly.com/article/fda-puts-kibosh-fluoroquinolones/?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=EPMonthly_TrendMD_0

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    3. Floxins are very dangerous, and I believe if you took them and they did not harm you, either you did not notice or got lucky. For most of us, it is not worth the risk. However, you are right that maybe floxins are not the only thing to blame for tendon tears and fibromyalgia etc. Some of it is the accumulation of toxins like fluoride and heavy metals, and vaccinations, and all the pollutions from the industrial age in our food, water, and environment. Some of us could not endure the knock out punch from floxins. If you have frequent UTI’s and only Cipro works, I would wonder what the underlying cause of that was, and could it be addressed. My step-father had a standing Rx for Cipro because he had to cath all the time, as his bladder did not work, and he got frequent UTI’s from it. In his case that was just one of many severe conditions he endured any one of which could have killed him. I worried about it, but what can you do? He was dying anyway.

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    4. Cilla, you sound like part of the problem rather than the solution when it comes to the lies and cover-ups that are perpetrated on society throughout the industrialized world from pharmaceutical companies, the CDC, compliance by governments, and the ignorance of medical practitioners.

      I don’t believe that medical practitioners are intentionally causing harm to their patients, but they (and you) have been indoctrinated from the time of medical training, which is controlled by the pharmaceutical companies from which doctors get their information on what to prescribe to patients without even knowing what is in medications or side affects. Serious examples are the of the fraud perpetrated concerning cancer treatments and the life altering harmful effects of mandatory vaccines that have caused an unbelievable rise in developmental atrocities, such as autism, ADD/ADHD, seizures, cancers, allergies, asthma, SIDS, etc.

      It’s a FACT that the US has the highest rate of infant deaths….and these are directly related to vaccines given to the pregnant mother and the toxic laden vaccines given from day one of a child’s life. The quality of health and life has proportionally decreased with the increase of vaccines. And you have the nerve to lecture this young woman who has been crippled by a medication that actually is known to cause serious complications for telling her story to warn others.

      Incidentally, just because you are 73 years old doesn’t make you an informed expert… it just means you drank the kool aid have been part of the problem for many years. I would go even as far as to call you a danger to society.

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      1. Goodness it sounds like you have some personal animosity towards Cilla calling her a danger to society…not sure how the OP feels about personal attacks. Anywho… I would love to know where you got your infant mortality data. There are a variety of lists depending on what countries are included but the U.S is pretty far down on each list. I think common sense would say that a third world country just might have a little higher infant mortality rate than the U.S. You mention the frauds perpetrated concerning cancer treatments, what do you mean by this? Also I don’t think the original poster wants people to get into anti-vaccine theories on here. It’s a dangerous subject that can lead people down the wrong path. I’d be more than happy to have a discussion regarding it about you however. Finally, what role do pharmaceutical companies have in medical training. When going through the didactic portion of school, students are only taught the generic names. Now certain drugs have their brand name automatically attached (such as Tylenol since we all recognize it as such), but you don’t learn the different brands. It sounds like you have a lot of experience with drug reps and what they talk to medical providers about so I’m not sure why you said they don’t go over the side effects and what the drug contains when they certainly do.

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      2. I am not wanting to go down certain paths here. I allow comments as long as they stay civil, I will either delete or not allow comments that start bridging into personal attacks. We have a few here by the skin of the teeth. I will not discuss vaccinations and I also do not allow sales pitches for products or nasty retorts. Thanks guys.

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    5. I have had UTI’s several, various times in my life. I took the medication only 2 times, because I always felt like God who gives us “everything we need for life and godliness” (2Peter1:3) surely has something natural to help.
      I’m 72, I learned about Apple Cider vinegar and now I take it at the first sign of a UTI–and yes, sometimes I end up taking 1/2 a bottle but it works and I escape med’s side effects. Our medical system is not all we have! I pray you find the Great Healer of your soul before you meet Him as we are both old enough for that to happen very soon!

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      1. Some people who have recurring UTIs take D-mannose regularly, and if the recur soon, then lactoferrin may be helpful as well. My 60 yr old husband just got his first UTI/kidney infection due to repeated mild dehydration over the course of a month where he logged over 1000 road bike miles. He didn’t need a fluoroquinolone altho it was one of the 4 antibiotics that the bacteria was sensitive too. He was cured after a round of cephalex and a round of amoxicillin. Doc wanted to give him Cipro but husband refused since both his mom & I have been badly affected by these antibiotics. doc threatened him with having to go in daily for over a month for IV treatment of other antibiotic telling him it would be very inconvenient. Husband replied not as inconvenient as long-term or permanent pain and disability. What the doc failed to tell us is that home infusion is usually an option as well. Infections need to be confirmed with a culture and then sensitivities run on the bacteria to see which antibiotic(s) will be effective. My husband and I would opt for long term daily IV treatments rather than ever take a fluoroquinolone again.

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    6. With respect, it’s hard to fathom how you could have read the thousands of letters in this thread. I believe the author of the original post stated clearly that these are the clinical studies, this is the FDA warning about this drug…that it is harmful to EVERYONE, that everyone sustains some kind of damage which may or may not show up immediately and that it should only be used in dire and specific circumstances. Her post is so well documented it would take days to read all of the links and studies. But she has taken the time to share all of this…without an ounce of hysteria or self pity.
      In my estimation the correct response is a THANK YOU for taking the time, while this ill, to share her story and to post the very serious medical warnings now in place on this drug. Many doctors and most patients didn’t know.

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    7. You need to go back to school Cilla! READ THE REPORTS! This is not a fluke happening – it’s happening every day to MANY, MANY people!!! This is what’s wrong with the medical community – typical response from a medical provider…you’re the problem, not the medicine, you’re overreacting, I’m the medical professional! I’m glad you won’t be practicing in the medical field. We need medical professionals that are looking out for the true wellbeing of their patients! I’m glad you haven’t had a problem. The next person may not be so lucky! Don’t throw out comments like this when you really don’t know what you are talking about! Someone may be listening!

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    8. Did you actually read the linked articles Amy posted? I, too, am part of the health establishment in this country and have a hard time believing that an RN can be so close-minded and irresponsible as you are in your reply (not to mention your atrocious grammar and punctuation errors). If science – and particularly medicine – has taught us anything in the last ten decades, it is that few things are actually (in their entirety) what we believe them to be. Our field is continually changing, discovering, adapting, and recanting. Continually. And we must listen to patients with humility, an open ear, mind, and heart if we are going to proceed down the path of life, health, and overall wellness. The truth is, we inflict way too much injury and suffering, despite our hopeful intent. If you are going to mindlessly defend an establishment that is guilty of countless and unnecessary deaths, then you are part of the problem – not the solution. Amy has acted responsibly by sounding the alarm on potentially life-devastating pharmaceuticals and doing the necessary research that absolutely should elicit a monumental reaction to Fluroroquinolones. At the very least, there should be hold put on these drugs until further unbiased, independent research can be done. Hell, we have plenty of subjects in the country on which to do it. We have to ask ourselves, “how many lives have we devastated and relegated to the ‘we don’t know why this is happening to you’ pile”? If we are not asking ourselves difficult questions, if we are not listening to our patients, if we truly believe that everyone should blindly, implicitly and unquestioningly trust the medical establishment, then we are doing something seriously wrong. You’re 73 – you were birthed into a generation of Americans that did not question authority, did not challenge the modus operando, and considered it disrespectful to disagree with parents, teachers, and doctors. The world has changed, my friend. This young woman is undeniably within the realm of rightness to sound the alarm. You – especially as a nurse – need to check your stats on how many people die in hospitals every year in this country as a result of error, neglect, misdiagnosis, toxic meds, hospital-related staff infections, etc. It is astronomical and unacceptable on every count. Shame on you and may Amy and all whistle-blowers continue to have the bravery and generosity of spirit to sound the alarm – no matter what the implications for anyone’s “profession”. It is the only way we will advance.

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      1. Very well said, DJ!! I am 69 years old and have had a few health issues over the years but the worst ones and I would estimate 75%, were caused by doctors. I was injured by Cipro after telling my doctor I had bad reactions to Levaquin. I trusted her and didn’t investigate Cipro. When I questioned her she said she thought I needed it. Of coarse she didn’t feel the need to have a conversation about it. It was for a mild diverticulitis attack that probably didn’t even need to be treated. Luckily I have always been open to alternative treatments and after 4 years I am 95% recovered. Cilla’s attitude makes me very angry!

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      2. Well said D.J. I was extremely frustrated reading Cilla’s post. I also don’t believe that it is rare that people are being effected by this family of drugs. Out of the thousands of posts on here I would guess that most have not even reported their effects to the FDA. I am one of them. Before taking cipro I was a very physical strong woman and felt great. After taking the drug, with in weeks, I hurt my back and neck at the same time doing the same job I had been doing for years. Not long after, because of living with constant pain through out my body, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. If I could go back in time I would not take the drug. For some people, Amy’s post may save them from enduring this life changing ordeal. A few years back there was another post similar to Amy’s and it also churned up hundreds of people commenting on how they were effected.

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    9. Lady if all that happened to her had happened to you, I dare say you would be telling any & every body you could! My gosh you must be like a long t of nurses & have no empathy for the truly sick! She wasn’t complaining about it – she was warning others of what it can do. As for me my eyes & ears & mind are wide open to what she has said & will never take that drug again when there are other ones available! There are plenty of drugs our there that need to be taken off the market but the Drug companies make too much money 💰 off of them & they fight against it – just like there are cures to some cancers but the drug companies pay FDA & others off to not approve them because they make too much money off of the radiation, chemo, & other cancer meds ! Thank goodness for people like Amy who care enough to keep the people informed, where as you want her to keep her mouth shut because she could save a life with her information – & you a nurse keep silent – I would hate for me or my family to have you as a nurse!

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    10. Cilla, had you not heard of the class action lawsuit against Fluoroquinolones, aka Cipro, Levaquin a couple years ago? I, myself, have been affected with debilitating muscular symptoms that have caused my legs and feet to have numbness & paralysis. I did not realize what the cause was so had many tests run, MRI’s, etc and then I saw the lawsuit ad on TV AT THE EXACT SAME TIME i WAS TAKING LEVAQUIN for a continuing sinus infection. I immediately stopped and called the 800#; however, the lawsuit was ONLY for people it had affected negatively up until a certain year (of which now I can’t pinpoint) that was something like 1975. Are you kidding me? What about all the people it has affected since that time? Do WE not count? You might be a RN but evidently you’re not a well educated one in this area.

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      1. I was just given Leviquin to take for a Bladder Infection. Since reading about the dangers involved, I refused to take it. I took Cipro off and on for about 10 years. I’ve had two surgeries in the last year. I hate that we’ve all been told these drugs were safe to take. My primary Doctor said ‘’it only messes with your tendons and muscles ‘’…well, HELLO……I’m there! I’m so sorry you are also having problems. Prayers for you and others who have our problems.

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    11. Dear, Cilla Stratton RN

      You are so very wrong. Im here typing in pain all my tendons have been damaged from this medication. Im 2 months out form this. My list of problems from this medication is astronomical.

      ITS TRUE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      If it wasn’t for this blog I would have no hope!

      I was a healthy 30 year old women. Amy gives me hope she gives me a future … Only god can see my future sense I am so early into this. If I would have read this blog before I would be in the situation I am now…

      My life and path has forever changed from this medication.

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    12. You are an RN who has mentioned the decisions you’ve made with regard to your plan of care and your wishes. I’ll assume that you’ve done so with careful consideration under our Informed Consent Laws. How dare you admonish this victim about creating public awareness of her medical harm! Obviously, this victim was not given Informed Consent. Far too often in the United States, healthcare workers routinely violate and ignore a patient’s right to Informed Consent, which is not just a signature on a piece of paper, but a very important legal process that is the responsibility of the provider making the recommended treatment or drug. If a Doctor does not fully inform a patient as to the risks of a treatment or drug, they fall below the standard of care and can be at risk of civil and/or criminal prosecution. Predicated on a patient being fully informed as to the risk vs any so called benefits of a treatment or drug, the patient has a right under Federal and State Law to accept and more importantly, to refuse. Preventable medical harm is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Pharmaceutical harm is the 4th leading cause of death in the US. We most certainly to not “have” to trust a healthcare provider; they are supposed to partner in our care, NOT dictate it!

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    13. I have taken it off and on through the years with no problems….until this year. I was put on a quinolone in ?November and again in February. I noticed in November my heart was doing weird things, palpitations but something else I never experienced before. A kicking or thumping. It continued and I did nothing about it, in February I was put on another quinolone. Ten days later I went to see my PA and he found I was in atrial fibrillation. I never had heart problems! Only rapid heartbeat and some palpitations after using my rescue inhaler. I went through a very thorough cardiac work up showing no problems whatsoever, other than continued in and out of atrial fib. I am now on warfarin as AFib puts me at risk for stroke. I 100% believe this was caused by the quinolone meds. I also started having a problem with a huge floater that just appeared in my right eye and have been having some flashes of light in the peripheral vision of that same eye, like a crescent moon shape. Now I am reading that quinolone can cause floaters and detachment of the retina….and the timing of this falls right into the same time scale. I am 68 years old. I also have a DNR in place signed by my doctor.

      I have told my PA that I never again want another quinolone drug, he has noted this in my chart.

      Doctors faithfully give meds, assuming they are safe with no real dangerous/serious side effects; they blindly trust drug companies and they dole them out to their patients for a “cure”.

      If it didn’t have any I’ll effects when you have taken them in the past, are you willing to take the chance it won’t in the future given all the info we have on this class of drugs seriously harming people?

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      1. I hope you have consulted an electrophysiologist regarding your AFib. It might not be related to being floxed, AFib is very hard to identify triggers, and even marathon runners get it. Have you had a sleep study? Sleep apnea is known to cause AFib, as well as low thyroid. Non-EP’s can have a very casual attitude about, just tell you its something you need to live with.

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    14. Cilla, this is they typical, uninformed response that I have received (just like so many others) from the mainstream medical community. These drugs are believed to be responsible for most of the “mysterious” chronic illnesses of our day, such as Gulf War Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Syndrome, and the list goes on and on. The reason so many people and health care providers do not make the connection is due to the way these debilitating side effects frequently come on over days, weeks and months after finishing the medication. Also, because even though so many of the symptoms are the same – it obviously affects every one a little differently. And honestly, in my experience, doctors don’t want to believe they are permanently damaging their patients with their beloved Cipro. I had also been prescribed and taken Cipro many times over the last several years, with no obvious problems – until that one pill when it changed my life! That was 5 months ago. I have been to many doctors over the last few months and I guess I was one of the “lucky” ones and a rheumatologist who has seen patients with this new exactly what had caused all my sudden and debilitating symptoms. So for you to tell the writer of this post to basically stop scaring people is appalling to me! The information is out there and for the health care community to stick their head in the sand and claim that “they don’t know” or “they’ve never had a patient” or “they don’t believe that the Cipro caused this” is in my opinion negligent! They are handing these dangerous drugs out like candy and then dismissing the patients when they are injured and just looking for help. Not to mention, the FDA has a Black Box Warning siting “permanent connective tissue and nerve damage” – these drugs should be pulled from the market – period.

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    1. My husband has just gotten over a UTI & kidney infection. Of course he was offered Cipro to begin with but after the bacteria was cultured and sensitivities run (this tells which antibiotic can kill it) then there were 3 other antibiotics identified that would also be effective. He opted for Ceflex, but his infection was not cured, so next round was amoxicillin and I also had him take a supplement, lactoferrin. A study at University of Iowa showed “Even small amounts of lactoferrin stopped biofilms forming, the team found. The protein did not kill the bacteria or slow its growth – but it successfully kept individual bacteria on the move, preventing them aggregating into groups. The bacteria then remained exposed and vulnerable to antibiotics.” Biofilms prevent the antibiotics from reaching the bacterial colony and is sometimes (often?) the reason infections persist. After the amoxicillin the infection was gone. I was also p[oisoned by fluoroquinolones nearly 2 yrs ago. I still have muscle fatigue and wasting, sore tendons, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms even tho there are no markers for RA in my blood. I’m lucky, I’ve recovered a lot thanks to the knowledge of others who have been dealing with this for years.

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    2. Katherine, I have listed alternatives multiple times but they are buried in 3,365 blog comments. You can take a different family of antibiotics such as Penicillins, Erythromiacins, Sulfa, Cephalosporins, ZPack, or Macrobid. Every antibiotic has side effects, it’s just that Fluoroquinolones happen to permanently damage so many body systems. That is why the FDA specifically states in their updated warning that Fluoroquinolones should be used as a last resort after other avenue’s have failed, because the benefits generally don’t outweigh the risks in cases of uncomplicated infections.

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      1. I took the same medication and had same issues as this woman. So I give her all the credit in warning people because now that I came across this post I know now that it was that medicine that messed my tendons up. It’s not a couinsidence that we both had the same issue. I pray to anyone that runs across this stuff. This stuff needs to be taken off the shelf .

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      1. Cathy, I don’t think so. Each antibiotic has risks, but Fluoroquinolones are kind of in a league of their own. I do think you always have to be cautious and read the antibiotic pharmaceutical packets. I hope this info helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

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    3. I have found out about a product named ‘’D Mannose’’. You buy it at a Health Food Store. Cures UTI’s. Take (3)Per day for 3-4 days. It’s all natural. I also now take (1) daily to be safe. So far it’s working for me! Hope it helps y’all, too!!!

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  2. I was given Cipro for a UTI in April.. I took it for 3 days and started feeling horrible. I quit taking it.
    I have not been able to regain my endurance even though I’m averaging 4,000-6,000 steps a day to try and get better. I can not stand for any length of time. I can’t function and keep up with my family. A day of work wipes me out. I can no longer work two days in a row. I am taking Advil daily for relief. I just want to feel better.

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    1. Sandi, I am so sorry this happened to you too. I’d suggest stop taking the advil tho because after having adverse effects from fluoroquinolones, Cipro, our bodies have a very hard time handling any toxins including RX and OTC drugs, NSAIDs and steroids being some of the worst offenders. Please join the support group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/ where you will find over 8000 others who are looking for answers and sharing info on what works for them while also providing moral support which we all need. For me, I found a lot of healing from Dr Terry Wahls ideas on what to eat ( and not eat) to support our bodies at the cellular level. I believe this has helped me a lot since these antibiotics are known to damage our mitochondria. Here is a link to the video loaded with information for us. I don’t eat the amounts Dr Wahls suggests, but I do eat the foods recommended and very importantly, I eliminated all the foods that are not helpful and may also be harmful. Hope to see you at the support group. http://terrywahls.com/minding-your-mitochondria-dr-terry-wahls-at-tedxiowacity/

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    2. No problems with Cipro but in trying to resolve my recurring bacterial UTI’s a specialist prescribed Nitrofurantn for me to clear it up before proceeding with testing. I immediately encountered many flu-like symptoms to the point of a CT scan to check for pneumonia…..it all lead back to the Nitrofurantn. I couldn’t walk across the room, no oxygen or energy at all, 2+ weeks to recover from the medication. Very disturbing to have this happen to you so I understand your problems.

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  3. After reading these comments, I learned that taking Avelox can cause aorta aneurysm. I did not know this. I was diagnosed in 2010 with an aorta aneurysm. I took Avelox in 2009 and nearly died, hospice was called in but by the grace of God I survived.

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    1. The FDA just reported back in May that there is not a relationship between the flouroquinolones and aortic aneurysms. I posted their report on it a little further up. Be sure keep your blood pressure down.

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  4. I recently had pseudomonas and was treated in hospital…when time to come home, they
    Couldn’t find a vein big enough to give me IV at home…so it was Levaquin (750) for 7 days.

    Don’ t know what else to do after trying everything else….any ideas? I am also 83 years old
    And have taken cipro, Avelox. And the works for many,many years. I also have played team
    Tennis up until 2 months ago when I got the pneumonia…….
    T

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    1. There are many natural antibiotic witb no side effects, only benefit. Oregano oil, turmeric, collidal silver, garlic and many more. Also decreasing acidity in the body helps with healing from any illness.

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  5. I was put on Levaquin a few years ago and I had a bad reaction after taking only a few pills. My skin on my hands started peeling off in big pieces and I got a rash and big blisters in my mouth. I will never take any of the fleuriquinolone drugs again. Medicines are a scary thing, I don’t like to take any drugs, I only take my blood pressure medicine. These drugs should be taken off the market.

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  6. I am a 41 year always working RN…full time. I had an unfortunate experience after superstorm Sandy in 2013… On Long Island we were destroyed….after cleaning out my ruined home and rebuilding….I moved back to my home in june2013 I was one happy girl after much hard work and an eye opening experience!! I was feeling well…tired but good. It was just so wonderful…I had been fortunate to have stayed in a friends unfinished basement with my 3cats….and as humans do I adapted. The summer progressed and slowly putting my life back together.i had no complaints of pain discomfort bowel changes…nothing except loss of weight which I attributed to stress….In the week prior to Labor Day I was at work and felt poorly…I went to the ER….and ended up having emergency surgery….ended up with a hole in my colon….woke up with a colostomy and an incision that ran the length of my torso….boobs to pubes. Spent several days in ICU…then to a surgical unit. On to recovery!!! Nope….ended up with an MI and pulmonary embolism 4th day post op…back to ICU….incubated again…then SEPSIS!! In the next couple of weeks on a vent….I was given every antibiotic known to man( l worked in a teaching hospital) via IV….thankfully I recovered…at the I was 58 years old. I was kinda pushed to retire…I was 36 yrs in the delivery room and couldn’t work in a sterile area with the colostomy and with my issues…I retired kicking n screaming.it was hard work to recover….colostomy reversed in 2015 thank god….more antibiotics…. Today I am all recovered pretty much as normal as I can be…I have some copd,see cardiologist,pulmonary dr,and primary on a very regular basis and do not seem to have any residual anything from antibiotic use….and as many ppl die from sepsis…I am lucky to b well at this time. What happens to one person with antibiotic use…allergic,sensitive,side effects may not happen to another thank god…and these meds are lifesavers. Important to report to MD if the meds give any problems….so that’s my story and I am now happily retired but poor……and loving every day I’m alive…..thanx for reading!!!!

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    1. Lorene, I am glad that you are doing well now and don’t seem to have any long term effects from this. These antibiotics do effect 100% of those who take them, but they may not realize it until they have had multiple exposures. This NCBI study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15890441, concluded that, “At concentrations, which are achievable during quinolone therapy, 3mg ciprofloxacin/L medium significantly decreased type I collagen; similar changes were observed with 3mg ciprofloxacin or 10mg levofloxacin/L medium for the beta(1)- integrin receptors. Effects were intensified at higher concentrations and longer incubation periods. Cytoskeletal and signalling proteins, such as activated shc or erk 1/2, were significantly reduced by both fluoroquinolones already at 3mg/L. Furthermore, time- and concentration-dependent increases of matrix metalloproteinases as well as of the apoptosis marker activated caspase-3 were found. Apoptotic changes were confirmed by electron microscopy: both fluoroquinolones caused typical alterations like condensed material in the nucleus, swollen cell organelles, apoptotic bodies and bleb formation at the cell membrane. Our results provide evidence that besides changes in receptor and signalling proteins apoptosis has to be considered as a final event in the pathogenesis of fluoroquinolone-induced tendopathies.” The results only varied dependent upon the concentration and durations of exposure, but all samples showed changes to the cells. Dependent on your own personal DNA, you also have your own personal threshold for breaking. Mine was after 4 total courses of Cipro in my lifetime. Your breaking point may be during your next course. There is no way of knowing until you reach it though. As I”ve been clear to state, I’m not trying to get these taken off the market. I am just trying to get them to be prescribed correctly and according to the FDA’s updated guidelines which state, “Health care professionals should not prescribe systemic fluoroquinolones to patients who have other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis (ABS), acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (ABECB), and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI) because the risks outweigh the benefits in these patients.” That warning can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm511530.htm .

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      1. Oh my goodness this happened to me back in 2014 I thought I was going crazy and falling apart . I had taken ciproflaxin for a viral infection in my stomach, after I took that I could barely walk without being in such major pain. I thought oh this was all coming from me having the viral infection ,but I kept reading about side effects to any medicine I was taking . And this one happened to say it can cause tendon issues and saw it was used for anthrax for christ sake , I stopped taking it immediately and never took it again. I just so happened to see your post on Facebook today and was so shocked to see this has happened to someone else. It took me up until last year to feel my self again. Took two years to half decent again. But I hope all is well with you . And hope your healing well . Take care !!!!

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  7. My husband was recently prescribed Cipro eye drops. It seems most of you that have been affected here have take the drug/drug class orally. I’ve scoured the internet to see if there are like stories with the opthamalic solution but have yet to find info other than what you’d read in the drug leaflet. Can anyone say if they have experience with this? Having a little bit of an anxiety attack thinking about him using this. Already 1 dose in. Thank you!

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    1. I was given the cipro eyedrops after cataract surgery. The eye was very painful, burned & itched but I just thought it was part of the healing process. On 2 wk check-up, doc thought my reaction was probably due to the artificial tears’ preservative (this didn’t make sense to me because I’d been using the same tears for yrs prior with no issue) but he had me stop all eye meds except preservative free tears. The eye cleared up but the vision has never been what doc & I expected after the surgery. I do know that the ear drops can cause damage, my friend’s dad was disabled from them as it destroyed his balance so he can’t walk without a walker.

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    2. I have heard of adverse effects from both both FQ eye and ear drop (ear drops used on babies primarily, but have not experienced those myself.

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  8. Amen, & thank you for getting the word out. After my 3rd experience with Cipro for an attack of diverticulosis in 2014 resulting in a short hospital stay, I developed a detached retina. I laughed when I saw one of your commenters deny that a detached retina is a side effect of fluoroquinolones. I’m here to dispute that. By the time I had emergency eye surgery it had to be in the doctor’s office because my sight was almost already fully gone in my right eye. I could see from the top half of my eye & the bottom half was already gone dark. The 4th time it was prescribed in 2015 by the ER for 7 days after another attack of diverticulosis. I couldn’t raise my right arm after 5 days of Cipro. The tendon pain was excrutiating. My GP thought 7 days wasn’t enough, so she prescribed 3 more days of Cipro. In those 3 days both shoulders were then affected. I couldn’t even get myself dressed any longer. I went to the best sports orthopedist in Greensboro, Dr. Fields. I had to use nitroglycerine patches for months to speed healing, plus intensive physical therapy. I was so lucky–again–I was able to heal within a year. Dr. Fields told me he had treated 23 yr olds whose achilles tendons were so damaged by Cipro that they could no longer walk again–ever. Keep telling people not to take this class of drugs unless it’s a matter of life or death. Some doctors prescribe them as a first drug of choice for minor infections, as it was the first two times I took it years ago. They can cause debilitating harm to you for life!! Refuse them, I was told by one doctor, because there are too many other options available.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your story Amy. I have had two experiences, first with Levaquin and second with Cipro, with somewhat crippling affects that went away fairly quickly the first time but not so the second time. I shared your story to help get the word out. It is shocking when it happens to you.

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  10. In 2014 I ripped my ACL in half after taking Levaquin for a sinus infection. Generally they only reported on heel tendons or shoulders. I’m sorry you had to go through this– but thank you for sharing. ❤

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  11. Several years ago I was prescribed Levaquin for a UTI, when I took the first dose I had an immediate allergic reaction, my throat swelled and I had labored breathing. I was rushed back to my doctor’s office by coworkers and was given Benedryl and breathing treatments. It was very scary as my condition continued to get worse until the treatments began to help. I’m grateful I have no known residual effects and know I’m allergic and won’t take any of this family of medicines.

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  12. This class of antibiotics not only breaks the mitochondria in your DNA, maybe not the first time, but eventually..it can break the brain barrier not allowing it to function on a regular cognitive level. It is derived from mustard gas, which in turn derived into chemo, then fluoroquinolones. I went to the doc 18 months ago for bronchitis and was prescribed 3 weeks of Levaquin and cortisone. I lost a large amount of my hair, hideous rashes, insomnia (2-3 hrs a night for months…still), extreme fatigue, hallucinations, and am still fighting. They were killing an ant hill with an Uzi As mentioned my doc also prescribed 3 weeks in tandem with steroids in spite,of the fact, and he wrote the script and the pharmacist filled it in spite of the fact (I go to one pharmacy) that the FDA issued a warning 8 YEARS earlier to not do so. In 2017 Dr Margaret Hamberg, Former Commissioner of the FDA hid the facts, both internally and externally to continue the use of Levaquin, the drug I was on. Her husband, a wealthy hedge fund manager owned a great deal of stock in J&J, which makes Levaquin. His salary went from a meager 10M to $125M a year. If I saw her today in Mayberry, I would be on the front page of newspapers nationwide. SHE KNEW, and now I know. I’m sorry if this sounds convoluted.

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  13. I shared your information on Facebook and have told others. Where I just skim most of the email bulk mailings I get, I read every one of the ones you share. You deserve a medal of some kind. I had written of my experience with Cipro to you earlier tho it was a short but very ugly one. I hope that nurse comment you just sent out was not from one of those nurse practitioners that are being substituted for doctors these days. It’s good that you shared it because people do need to be made aware that those dumb dollies are working medical practices. I know you aren’t going to share this note publicly, but I just wanted to give you another thank you.

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  14. Hi, and thank you for these warnings. I’m also very sorry you went through alot of trials in your health and praise God you are better. Can you please tell me with all your research what is a safer antibiotic? or a lighter one for UTI’s? My mom gets UTIs quite often. She is elderly and really hard to get her to drink cranberry juice or other liquids.

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    1. Even if your mom is elderly, can you explain to her what is happening? also, a big issue is detoxifying. You can use a commercial product, or just use activated charcoal, or bentonite clay. They will draw poisons out of the body and expel them with the waste. She may not want to be using the bathroom so much, so she doesn’t want to drink, maybe you can find a way around this ( bedside commode?) if she is tired and achey she likely does not want to get up and down. She could take the cranberry capsules, no sugar, so better than the drink, but she still needs lots of pure, clean water. Also my friend takes the D-Mannose powder when she has a UTI and it works quickly for her, is not expensive, and is easy to take with no side effects. Go to : http://www.mercola. com and search for detoxification. I hope you can help your mom. Thanks for being a caring daughter.

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    2. Elle,
      For me personally, drinking cranberry juice tends to give me heartburn due to the citric acid they add as a preservative. So I have found that a daily OTC cranberry supplement (in ligui-gel form) to be helpful for my urinary tract health. It is important for your Mom to stay hydrated as dehydration can actually cause UTI’s.
      Peace to you, Melanie

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  15. Thank you. I couldn’t think of the correct term. Go to an emergency room around here and unless you push it you get to see a Nurse Practitioner. They also substitute them for doctors out here in Illinois and they can give a diagnosis. For those who don’t know — “A Nurse Practitioners (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who has additional responsibilities for administering patient care than RNs. What Does A Nurse Practitioner Do? NPs can prescribe medication, examine patients, diagnose illnesses, and provide treatment, much like physicians do.” When they come into a room you should ask who you are seeing. My experience with them has generally been negative. Shocked me the first time it happened.

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    1. Some of the best care and concern I have ever had was from a nurse practitioner. They listen better, take the patient’s ideas in to consideration and accept alternative ideas. I see one who specializes in women’s health for my yearly checkup. She is wonderful!

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  16. This kind of information is only too valuable; however, I totally disagree with the snide comment made about a NP. I find them to be excellent listeners, making eye contact instead of eyes glued to the computer screen.

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    1. Barbara, I have had good and bad experiences with all medical professionals. I actually have loved NP’s, PA’s and MA’s, but I’ve had some negative interactions with a few too. It all depends on the situation and person themselves. That being said, I could say the same about Doctors. I think the important thing is communication.

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  17. Thank you for finally sharing your story. Cipro (4 pills) = my liver failure. I was out of work for 5 months. My regular physicians could not believe it was caused by such a small amount of the drug, but my liver specialist knew exactly what had happened. Although I have ongoing issues with discomfort and have had to make some life-long changes to be kind to my liver, it is working. As you said, the damage does not un-do itself, and things can happen long after you stop taking the drug. I have yearly scans to keep check on things. I also have tendon issues in my left leg/ankle that are worsening with time. My mother used Cipro and has had Achilles tendon problems for years. She has not been able to wear shoes with a back on them since the injury. I have no trouble letting family and friends know how much damage this class of drugs can cause. Thank you again for sharing this important information to a wider audience. October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month. Drugs that damage your liver can be an underlying cause. Ask you doctor AND your pharmacist about alternatives. If you have ever had a negative reaction to any “flox” drugs, do not take them again – ever.

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    1. Hi Dawn, you might be interested in joining the facebook support group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/about/ You might get some good info there on how to manage the ongoing issues of having been poisoned by Cipro. My poison was Levofloxacin, I feel about 99% healed thanks to the help I got there, but it is likely a lifetime management, not true healing.

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  18. Thank you so much!! I was having serious pain in my joints and head after 3 days of taking Cipro. I read the side affects and it said to contact your Dr. Immediately.
    My Dr. had a message on his phone to call back on Monday and it was Friday. I just stopped anyway and prayed for God’s protection, provision and to heal the bladder infection. I’m so thankful for your post. I thank God I listened to my body and Him.
    So happy you are hiking and leading a more normal life again. Thank you Lord.

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  19. I took two pills and then developed numerous blood clots in the arteries on my left arm and hand. They say there no correlation but I still think that this had something to do with it.

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  20. I am a quadriplegic and I’ve had issues with UTIs my entire life. If it wasn’t for Cipro I would not be breathing anymore; your post is irresponsible.

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    1. Can you explain what part of sharing a published FDA warning that has been amplified to include the very damage I sustained, is irresponsible? I didn’t write the warning, I only shone a light on it so people can educate themselves, and Doctors can stay up to date. I believe it’s irresponsible not to share a known warning especially after you are injured by the danger you are sharing. I guess I am just different than you. If I’m injured by something, I feel responsible to warn others so they don’t have to endure the same injuries. I feel it’s irresponsible to sit by and watch as others are hurt, and not say something.

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    2. It’s very fortunate that you are not one of the many who are negatively affected by fluoroquinolones. There are thousands of people on a single support group and millions of others around the world that are suffering with pain and disability and some no longer with us, due to being treated with Cipro or other FQ antibiotic. I’d say it’s even more irresponsible to NOT warn against inappropriate prescribing when some other antibiotic would be effective. Overuse is also contributing to the increase of antibiotic resistant bacteria, what will we do then? Yes, these antibiotics serve a purpose, as a last line of defense, and should not be given otherwise.

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  21. Thank you Amy for sharing your story and telling the appalling truth about these antibiotics. The fluroquinolone antibiotics including ciprofloxacin are the most horrific antibiotics in our world and should be banned. There are thousands of people all over the world that have been permanently damaged by these antibiotics and yet the medical profession and the pharmaceutical companies continue to deny it when anyone makes a complaint. As well as being seriously damaged by ciprofloxacin, given to me in error, I know of countless numbers of men and women who have suffered long term serious damage, neurological, gastric, tendon and muscular, mental and whole body break down. I know of one person who took only one cipro and their tendons ruptured overnight. I myself took a whole 6 weeks of them and tendon and other serious body failures occurred shortly after. I have never recovered, yet the doctors do not want to know. How these evil antibiotics could still be marketed is beyond my comprehension. The drug companies and doctors know about all the evidence, yet they still prescribe them. I am in the UK and doctors give them out like sweets here. The message has got to be put out there. So many other antibiotics are so dangerous. It is 11 years since I took these things and I still suffer.

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