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: 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. For more information and links, please read my post, “One Floxie Lady,” found here:

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


  1. Cipro causes serious arthropathies in adults: → DOI: 10.1177/106002809302700308
Tendon damage and tears (and other muscle-scelettal issues) can occur months after discountinuation of the medication: → DOI: 10.1097/CND.0b013e3181d23a9c
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 → DOI: 10.2165/11593110-000000000-00000
The medication can lead to myalgies which require emergency treatments: rature

Cipro can lead to lasting vision disorders: → DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2007.01427.x

Central nervous system disorders including suicide: verse_Reactions.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC2360825/pdf/postmedj00087-0063.pdf of_the_World_Health_Organization %27s_adverse_drug_reactions_database_and_discussion_of_potential_mechanisms

Heart ailments and arrythmias:

https://www.ncbi → DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1300083

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes: VpRTqA&oi=scholarr -9343(09)00871-7/abstract

Long-lasting  problems of the gastrointestinal tract:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/pmc/articles/PMC2586385/

Serious kidney and u-tract problems, including kidney failure: -5347(05)67379-X/abstract


Liver failure even after a single dose of Cipro; damages to the gall bladder; DOI:10.1007/s100960100513 → DOI:


Cipro inhibits the very important liver enzyme CYP 3A4 mportance_of_knowing_your_CYPs/links/53db72090cf2a19eee8b7819/Drug-interactions-in-dentistry-The-importance-of-knowing-your-CYPs.pdf

Incidents of blood thinning and fatal bleeding -1268-7/ → DOI:10.1007/s00063-003-1268-7 → DOI: 10.3171/jns.2004.100.4.0710 → DOI: 10.1016/j.jcf.2006.08.002

Cipro given during pregnancy can cause either termination of pregnancy or deformities of the embryo: → DOI: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02524-3 → DOI: 10.1016/S0035-9203(03)80032-9) → DOI: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02524-3 .pdf

Reproductive toxicity (reduction of sperms); Reduced fertility
Medication risks which are omitted from the package insert:

Cardiac death through Cipro
Lesions of the aorta

Life-threatening rhabdomyolysis

Lethal Thrombocytopenia

Multisymptomatic Syndrom which leads to permanent handicap

Retinal detachment with permanent vision loss:

http://jamanetwork . com/journals/jama/fullarticle/1148331

Uveitis and Optikusneuritis:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed/25275293
Fixed pharmaceutical reactions: pdf



Guillain-Barré-Syndrome → DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.12.009

von Willebrand-Syndrome → DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(94)92748-0

Permanent hearing loss

Systemic Lupus erythematodes.

Pyoderma gangraenosum

Stomatitis _1_fluor.pdf

Manic disorders verse_Reactions



Toxic and fatal epidermal Nekrolysis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed/9310730 ecrolysis

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 URIC.17.aspx

Gangrene which requires amputation





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  1. Mental health treatment and science also can help people who are trying to remain “sane” not everyone can just pray mental illness away. Suggesting you didn’t commit suicide due to “GOD” is great but irresponsible. Thank you for the antibiotic info.


    1. Michelle, God is hope to me, and lack of hope is usually what causes people to commit suicide. Any mental health expert will tell someone suffering with depression, to focus on what gives them hope. Mental illness may require medication, but hope is necessary for endurance. I didn’t suggest anyone pray mental illness away, nor do I believe mental illness is a lack of God. I do believe mental illness is benefitted by a close relationship with God, because it instills hope and a greater purpose for life. I won’t apologize for what has helped me. I need it, and promote it, because it’s working for me. Not everyone will try it and that is their decision, but I hardly think its irresponsible to share what is helping me.

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      1. Excellent response to Michelle’s comment!!! There are times in this crazy world when people have endured such pain, hurt, abuse, depression, etc. that the only way you can get through the day is to turn to God. Someone who has never had to experience such a low point in their life can not understand this nor do they know or feel the strength and hope he can give. Even without God in one’s life, you are right, hope is the only way out of depression. Even seeking someone who is educated in mental health they will try to instill you with hope.

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    2. Thank you for giving God praise…He is to get all the glory !!!!! He can work through meficine and prayer together. HE is the Creator of all and every good thing…and gave humans a nind to manufacture medicine to help people. Again thank you for acknowledging God as your supreme source. You have spoken TRUTH, and that is not irresponsible. It’s just that people aren’t reading His Word, which is the TRUTH. As believers we praise His name , because our help comes from the Lord. God blesd you !!!! Keep lifting up God. Not many people do it, and especially online. TO GOD BE THE GLORY for the GREAT things He has done for you and us. He deserves PRAISE….

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    3. Michelle, gee, I’m glad she prayed. Irresponsible? Who are you to tell her not to pray and say God healed her? Maybe you should stop and think about your eternal future. We’re not promised the next hour. You’re a wet blanket to all that is good.


    4. HI Michelle,
      I am a Christian, but I can say that when I took Cipro, I nearly lost my faith – I had so many horrible physical reactions – coupled with Suicidal thoughts, Horrific nightmares, I was so scared of what I might do to my myself. I begged my husband not to leave me alone. Eventually I was hospitalized – and was treated with medication — though the process of getting stable was a nightmare in itself, because everything they tried in the beginning was actually making me worse. (before I was admitted to a private care facility)
      I kept telling everyone to stop forcing me to take these drugs BUT no one listened to me.
      Eventually we found the right one to help stabilize my mind — I’m 2 years post-floxing and have already reduced my medication in half. I have discovered so much about these horrible drugs but also due to a genetic mutation in the MTHFR gene – any folic acid does not methylate in my body to produce the necessary brain chemicals to balance everything. Therefore my serotonin and 2 other chemicals became seriously low – which probably caused the severe anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. There is so much to all this that cannot be explained here on this forum
      I want to say this: I am eternally grateful for my Lord and Savior. I know He held me together even when I doubted he was even listening to me. He saved my soul 20 years ago but He saved my life from Cipro and suicide 2 years ago.
      Understand that because of my faith in God and my family – both that I love very much, I didn’t succumb to that tragedy. That doesn’t mean others haven’t – it doesn’t mean they didn’t know or love God. If my husband, son and dearest friends hadn’t prayed for me daily, even hourly, and got me the care I needed every day – I wouldn’t be here. God does work with and through people to help us. And it is VERY RESPONSIBLE and NECCESSARY TO SEEK HIM FOR HELP AND GUIDANCE.
      I AM SORRY IF YOU PERSONALLY OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS STRUGGLING OR EVEN LOST THEIR LIFE TO CIPRO EFFECTS. I wish you peace and comfort. And know this….it’s taken me a long time to talk about all this that happened to me 2 years ago. I didn’t want to talk about God because I was afraid. But now, I can and I am certain I am alive today because of Him. But even if I had not survived, He would have taken me safely “home”. And He would still be a kind, compassionate, loving and healing God and Savior either way. God be with you. ❤ ~ Leigh Ann

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    1. It is astonishing after reading this article and the follow ups that anyone still believes an abx and the rest…

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  2. Levaquin killed my grandmother a couple months ago… like so many similar stories in the comments, she was given Levaquin for a bladder infection, had a seizure, blood clot in her brain, massive stroke, passed away a week later.


  3. These drugs were created to kill super bugs…when other antibiotics didn’t work. We as humans have abused antibiotics or..starting them and when feeling better..not finishing them then the next time you need a stronger antibiotic because the original antibiotic no longer kills the same bacteria because the bug/bacteria is resistant. Another situation involves being given antibiotics for a virus whether you doctor did this or a patient or family member refused to leave without an antibiotic so the doctor felt forced into giving the antibiotic…the doctors do stand their ground today and refuse to give antibiotics for a virus. The first line drug for virus or bacteria is FEVER…your bodies natural way of killing the bacteria or virus….the fever won’t kill you and it doesn’t cause the seizure…taking Tylenol or ibuprofen to reduce the fever keeps the fever from protecting and healing you and when the fever medicine wears off and the fever comes back very quickly…that causes the seizure….the rapid rise or fall of a fever causes seizure that rapid rise or fall is from taking a fever reducing medicine. You may feel like the fever is going to kill you but it will not. Drinking lots and lots of water and rest will get you through…normally in 24-36 hours the fever will reduce and you will start feeling better and can start eating ,continued large amounts of water, and rest. Talk to your doctor there are some age related, past medical history, and past antibiotic usage that will require a different strategy…but if you start your kids out using the fever to kill viruses and bacteria and limit the usage of antibiotics. Always finishing the antibiotics if prescribed. Allergies to medicines are not genetic mom and dad can both have an allergy but that does mean you kids will. I always request penicillin, amoxicillin, reflex, or bactrim. Each has a specific type of bacteria they kill and if you have not abused antibiotics they will work. The strongest antibiotic I have ever taken was one specific for meningococcal meningitis exposure taking care of a patient who had it in the ER and was exposed before what the diagnosis was. I only had to do that 2 times in 25 years and that was early in my career. Before gloves, masks, and special gowns were used. So we all need to be studying what you can do to not have to use antibiotics and when to use the older antibiotics that do not kill the superbugs….always question do I need that antibiotic is there one not as strong not as dangerous? All drugs are dangerous they all have a long list of possible side effects you will almost always see may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation….but today they list almost every remotely possible side effect. Have a family doctor use your family doctor so they know you and you know them it makes it so much easier to ask can I wait and do this or that before I have to take the medication…

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    1. you have you mean keflex? that is a powerful antibiotic and taking too much can reverse in you and start eating your body… a close friend had that happen and was nearly lost..she had taken it for dental procedures and had some disfugured her beautiful face. not sure what they gave her to cause the keflex to die off. it was awfulfor her..


  4. In 2009 I was given Levaquin. I picked up the prescription from the drug store. I had a cup off coffee and took television. I drove 10 minutes to my office and could not get out of my car. I felt strange..every muscle and joint in my body hurt. I never went in the building . I knew I had to get home asap because something was terribly wrong. I could not sleep I hurt every where. Twenty four hours it took to feel normal again. I now have Levaquin on my list of allergies. However just 6 months ago my pharmacy called regarding an antibiotic the doctor prescribed which happened to be in the same family as Levaquin. …the pharmacist saved me from a lot of pain. I THANK YOU for writing about these drugs….I thought I was one of a few that was hyper sensitive to this dangerous drug. I THANK the great spirit that my reaction was so quick and intense. I am so sorry for you and what you have and are still going through.

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  5. Several years ago I suffered from Achilles tendonitis. The first question the orthopedist asked was had I recently taken a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. The answer was yes, for the treatment of a UTI. She said to never take that class of drugs again and that it was especially dangerous to people over 60 years of age. Hopefully, more people will become aware of the dangers of this class of drugs and heed the FDA-required black-box warning.

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  6. Thank you for sharing . I am having some procedures done on my veins and I think the antibiotic they prescribed is one of those. My insurance wouldn’t pay for the one I was supposed to take so I was prescribed a different one and I didn’t take it because I saw it could cause a very bad syndrome that was irreversible and could lead to death if I was out in the sun and I have to work in the sun so it was t going to work for me. Now I am glad I did not take it. Thanks.

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  7. I took a 10 day course of cipro and two weeks later my anterior tibialis ruptured (large tendon in the front of the ankle), requiring surgical repair. I’m one of the over 60 active people it can affect. that was in 2014. In November 2017, 3 years after taking that darn antibiotic, my hamstring tendon detached from my “sit” bone. I fear more issues but I haven’t let it slow me down; I won’t let the fear shut me down. I’ll be 70 soon and there isn’t a day go by I don’t wonder “What next?” I was advised to list cipro as an allergy. Thank you so much for finishing your writing, excellent information, absolutely excellent!! I did share your post.

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  8. Avelox is the one in the same class of antibiotics that almost killed my husband. I have it on all of my families medical charts that we are allergic to florquinolones just so the doctors never try to prescribe it to any of my family members ever again. They are toxic and freely prescribed for simple ailments.

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  9. My daughter age 19 took this a few years ago. She has been unable to play soccer as she used to, stretch (she can’t touch her toes). She has continual ankle, knee, hip pain. She actually just threw her hop out yesterday. She struggles with headaches. A few years ago, she was just a normal teen. Is there a specialist that can actually test to see if her symptoms are linked to this?


    1. Im so very sorry Cindy. There is no specialist per say. Its mainly finding specialists to treat the symptoms that arise. They diagnose it by history with a Fluoroquinolon, when the symptoms started, and by ruling out other possuble underlying causes. I was sent to 3 different specialists to rule out Ehlers Danlos. Finally one wrote a letter basically saying, stop sendung her to Rheumatologists. It’s not that.


  10. Thank you for this information, many blessings to All who have & are suffering from these man made chemicals. Iv felt our EPA has failed the American people & the worst drug dealers are the ones who go to our doctors offices with free samples as representatives of big pharmaceuticals. I pray for doctors the majority are just trying to help.


  11. Add Biaxin to the list! It’s what broke my husband. He contracted Acute Myeloid Leukemia after he took Biaxin for an ear infection within a few months. Turned out he was missing the MTHFR gene that metabolizes antibiotics. So his FLT3 gene activated & released leukemia cells into his blood stream & many of his chromosomes broke as a result. My husband needed a bone marrow transplant and died 9 months after it.


  12. I am very happy that I am allergic to most antibiotics. Cipro is one of them. However, I did take a few doses of Cipro and others before the allergy showed up. I had a heart attack in 2006 and have had multiple issues since. God bless us all.


    1. Good question, but they do it all day, every day. I have Cipro listed as an allergy in my chart. I tell every doctor I see about my experience with Cipro, yet they still prescribe fluoroquinolones.


  13. at 42 my son had been taking cipro 500mg twice a day for quite a while for cold or something and few months later had a seizure. every test available was given and no probs. researching the fleuro…. i saw where this ingredient was in cipro and could cause seizures but no doctor would acknowledge it, but NeuroDoc said if no physicsl signs and tests all negative, we will tag him as an epileptic. he has had a few more praise GOD light ones but he is on lamotrigine now…we pray for GOD’S CONTINUAL BLESSINGS and my son worries when will the next occur. most time has been under stress, due to his youngest daughter and grandson worries…please pray for Marc and thanks for info…blessings..


    1. Hi Jim, yes they are still being prescribed. There are several reasons why. Number 1 is that they do kill a majority of bacteria and things like pseudamonas and Anthrax. Number two, is that this brings in litteraly Trillions of dollars per year. They also are just now starting to realize the scope of damage these cause. I believe we are at a half way tipping point. We are about to see the pulling back of using these antibiotics, and we are already seeing that. I believe they will eventually be prescribed correctly and only as a last resort, like the FDA guidelines suggest. Its going to take the education of doc and patients alike, to get us there though.


  14. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! You were given this, or allowed to go through this because you are totally special in God’s eyes. Who among us would choose this or be agreeable right? I am so very touched that you would have the courage that you have to go on. You are amazing and that is not a catch phrase. You are an amazing sister in Christ. I have words, but I also have no words. I am not ashamed to tell you here that I wept when I read your story. I am sure many have as well.
    I am going to get this out to as many people as I can. The knowledge that God is Great Always, is so TRUE!!
    Bless you for keeping the Faith, and your Faith is exactly what heeled you.
    Simply amazing. I admire you and I know I am not alone. Thank you so much for sharing this. Thank you.

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      1. Not to take away from your miraculous story, none of us is more special to God. Jesus died that all night be saved. We each are given a gift and a duty.


  15. you have you mean keflex? that is a powerful antibiotic and taking too much can reverse in you and start eating your body… a close friend had that happen and was nearly lost..she had taken it for dental procedures and had some disfugured her beautiful face. not sure what they gave her to cause the keflex to die off. it was awfulfor her..


  16. Perhaps you can pray harder for healing when you’re sick so you won’t need Science at all? If you profess to believe in god and god controls all things then pray god will make you healthier always. Ask god to make it so no one will need antibiotics. Good thing you have a blog so people will buy your book.


    1. And, God gave us a brain. He helps those who do something to help themselves. You might not realize it, but most scientific discoveries actually came from Christian priests and other clergy/religious members. Will definitely keep you in prayer as well. Blessings

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      1. There is no scripture to back up the comment that God helps those who help themselves. He tells us to not lean to our own understanding, but in every day acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path. He says we can do all things thru Christ who strengthens us and that nothing is impossible with God. We are to ask and it will be given into us.


  17. My family has a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Our bodies make defective collagen so we have issues with anything consisting of collagen. We have subluxations (partial dislocations) all day long and dislocations due to lax ligaments and tissues. I tore a muscle while simply pulling a T-shirt on. We have tendon and ligament ruptures. We avoid fluoroquinalones at all costs. We “normally” have these issues and definitely do not need anything that will increase them! Thank you for the good information!


  18. I was given Levaquin a few years ago for treatment of h. pylori (which I doubt now that I really had).I had been given the drugs normally given when they first started treating it, but tests showed (so they said) that it hadn’t helped. They then ordered some medicine (I forget which one) but I found that it cost $700 for a ten day supply, so they had me come by the office and pick up samples. Again, they said it hadn’t helped, so they put me on the Levaquin. After taking it for 3 days, I had tendonitis throughout my body. I called to tell them that I would no longer take it and their reply was “it’s probably already done it’s job”. Why order taking it for 7 days if it should work in 3 days? I discussed all of this with my family physician and I decided to not go back for tests to see if the Amoxicyllin I was also taking had helped. I was afraid that if it hadn’t, it was hard to tell what they might try to push on me. Since that time, I have definitely taken a great interest in natural treatment because I still have tendonitis in my left arm and leg. No more antibiotics for me.


  19. Wow!! I never knew this. I have been taking cipro for years now. I have a bad skin condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I do now have back problems my bones hurt and I’m on medicines for my heart liver and kidneys. I’ve never ever known about cipro being so harmful. Is there anything I should do.? It worries me now.


    1. There really isnt a whole lot you can do. Magnesium, B vitamins, Coq10, vitaminC, can help some. There are no specialists for this outside of your symptoms. For instance, musculoskeletular- orthopedic surgeon. They just dont know how to heal this yet.


    2. I don’t have any suggestions but I have two dear friends who have HS. I have seen what a difficult time they’ve had and I hope you can find some relief.


    3. Hi Crystal. I had never heard of your condition. So sorry to hear of your suffering. Because I have family members affected by and currently using these antibiotics, I am always in research mode trying to find answers. I did a little research and see there is so little info on Hidradenitis Suppurativa. However, there was one site that mentioned it may be linked to issues with the immune system and that some patients find relief in losing weight. Research indicates that most immune disorders are linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochndrial dysfunctin has also been mentioned by Amy on this site. Research on the Keto diet indicates that it rebuilds mitochondria. So using the Keto diet may be something that would help. I myself just started Keto and am also using a new supplement that builds mitochondria in addition to supplements that contain the nutrients Amy mentioned. I hope you are able to find the answers and relief you are looking for. I will keep you in prayer.


  20. Drugs do have side effects !!! I, then a 29 yr.old young mom was treated 50 years ago for an URI w/Lyncomycin, with almost tragic consequences.
    From Google: “See side effects below”:
    Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including Lincomycin and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon leading to overgrowth of C. difficile.
    It should not be used in patients with nonbacterial infections such as most upper respiratory tract infections. All this was followed by Crohn’s Disease and colon resection…
    From Wikipedia: “because of its adverse effects and toxicity, it is rarely used today and reserved for patients allergic to penicillin or where bacteria have developed resistance.”
    Clostridium bacteria are rod-shaped spore-forming bacteria that live under anaerobic conditions. Clostridium difficile was first discovered in 1935 and first associated with disease in 1978.”
    It has not been taken off the market…


  21. Amy, thank you for doing such thorough research and, mostly, for making this great effort to WARN people. I was prescribed Levaquin several years ago for a sinus infection. Thank God I read the black box warning before I took it. I threw it away and called the doc asking him to prescribe something else.
    A short time later my daughter was prescribed Levaquin for a simple infection. Fortunately, I picked up the prescription for her and when I saw what it was I marched right back to the pharmacy counter and asked them to take it back. I hadn’t left the store yet so they took it, but they weren’t happy. Had her doc prescribe something else.
    I wonder how many of the docs who so casually prescribe these “big guns” know how dangerous they are. My guess is the pharmaceutical reps downplay the danger and they don’t bother to research it for themselves.
    I always read the enclosed literature AND consult to check for black box warnings before I take anything these days. Same goes for any drugs prescribed for my dogs.


  22. I took Cipro over 5 years ago for UTI and afterwards developed Achilles tendonitis. I spent lots of money on treatments which included physiotherapy, a type of shock therapy for tendons, orthotics, ointments, a walking boot…painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Nothing has helped. I used to love to walk a lot, now I have also developed bone spurs in both tendons and am in constant pain on walking. My enjoyment of life has also been altered by this drug. I am thankful that my symptoms were not more severe. It sounds like I might have been one of the luckier ones. In Canada we have yet to put any warnings with this drug. I hope the government wakes up soon. I’m glad you have found some relief although still quite a challenge. Thank you for addressing this publicly…you may have saved a few lives.


  23. I was given levaquin as a preventative before a test at my doctors office, within 15 minuets I was in anaphylactic shock. No one told me the dangers and like most people I trusted the doctor. It took 3 years for the damage to show itself in Neuropathy. Sometimes I think I hate my life but then I stop and realize no I love my life now, I hate the disease. Since I joined a fb Neuropathy group, I was able to link why I have it rather than the frustrating diagnosis of idiopathic Neuropathy. Thank you for the list of meds and you can bet your sweet Patootie, I’ll share and spread it every where.
    Keep the faith and God bless


  24. Wow- God bless you! I was prescribed Levaquin at a Walk-in Clinic. I walked in with a bad cold and some minor crackling in my chest. They never took a chest X-ray, but he thought it might be pneumonia. I took it for three days, it caused severe headaches such that I couldn’t sleep and then my Achilles started to hurt. I looked up the side effects and called my primary care. I stopped taking it right away and was fortunate to not have any ongoing problems. Upon doing my research he had given me a fairly high dose, not usually given without monitoring. That is the last time I go to a walk-in clinic!


  25. After reading this it sounds as if Cipro is supposed to only be prescribed for very serious infections. I was just prescribed it for a cold or some kind of upper respiratory ailment. I took it for 4 days and then got off because of muscle weakness and then diarrhea and because my sister told me about this blog. I hope I have not received permanent damage but time will tell. Why would a Dr. do this? It doesn’t make sense if they have ‘done the science’.


  26. I was prescribed cipro and Flagyl for diverticulitis……after taking it I became very ill,,,,ended up in the hospital for a total of 4 weeks, plus two weeks in Kindred rehabiitation for 3 weeks…………….Anyone ever have affects from this medication? One of the doctors I had in the hospital told me he highly suspected Flaygl….that he and some doctor friends has been following patients that had taken it…..but so far had not been able to prove it….He advised me to NEVER take Flagyl. as I had shown a reaction to it.


  27. Thank you so much for posting this. I actually have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and had a vicious infection after a surgery. (Post-op incision infection) and was barely lucid, but had to fight my nurse almost physically to not take this class of antibiotics. I have no doubts that this would quickly kill me as my collagen is exceptionally weak and I dislocate and sublux regularly. I wish people would take the time to research things before they blindly put them into their body. I have a whole host of medical professionals who keep me healthy and safe, but there have been many times where I’ve seen doctors who had no idea about my genetic condition. While I trust their education and experience, I refuse to blindly take and follow any direction from a physician who is not well versed in my maladies.


    1. Sierra, I could not have said what you just did…any better. This is exactly why I’m trying to inform. Only each person can decide for themselves based on their own medical situation, what is the best thing for them.


  28. HI Amy,

    I read this article last year, and it popped in my “memories” on FB, so I read it again. This time, I started reading the comments, and a light bulb went off. My mom died a few years ago after several complications from a hip replacement (defective hip received the first time). Now, seeing some of the different named antibiotics, I realize my mom took some of those in the years leading up to her hip replacement. I wouldn’t have considered her a candidate for hip replacement at all, because she was generally healthy and active. She was doing her own gardening, mowing the lawn, going to Curves or pool therapy, and was only a little overweight, but she was on a myriad of prescriptions. Now it all makes sense. Too late, but it makes sense.

    God Bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing your journey.



  29. Hi Amy, SUPREME COURT RULING ON DRUG MANUFACTURERS CONCERNING LEVOQUINOLIN USE… I just wanted to let you know that I had hired an attorney for my case of developing a AAA following years of Levoquinolin use for repeated upper respiratory infectIons. I did this approx. 2 years ago and have just heard from the attorney. Thought this would be some very interesting news for you and others. The letter I received from my attorney stated that the SUPREME COURT has recently decided some things on this issue.They ruled on a 5-4 decision that they are NOT holding the GENERIC drug companies responsible for any adverse reactions or damage due to the use of Levoquinolins! My case was denied because of the fact that I was prescribed the generic form of this drug! Only if you have been prescribed the name brand form of these drugs can anyone pursue litigation for this issue. This is very disturbing to me, as basically the name brand companies can now sell their drug to generic companies to avoid litigation. Or hire them to manufacture it under the generic name to avoid any litigation. To me, this is appalling! I don’t know about you Amy, if you feel the same, but there has got to be something someone can do about this. I am not very knowledgable concerning the legalities of this issue. But anyway, thought you would like to know this information. it is very disturbing to me.Good luck on any of your future endeavors and your health. As for me, If this AAA bursts I will be more than likely dead, therefore unable to do anything to be able to force these people to be held accountable for their vicious drugs that they distribute. Even though I cannot do anything anyway due to the supreme court ruling! These drug manufacturers really need to be held accountable for their actions! Including the generic drug manufacturers! Its the same drug causing damages, just under a different name company.


    1. It is my understanding, and correct me if I am wrong, that when a new drug hits the market it is a brand named drug. In order for the drug to be manufactured it will already have a patent which is good for 20 years. A generic drug can be manufactured by different companies after the 20 years is up.
      The problem is most of us put too much trust in the FDA to protect us and figure that most side effects are rare. In this case they are not rare even though there are doctors, nurses, etc. that still claim it is. I would venture to say that the majority of people that have been effected have not even notified the FDA. Granted there has to be a huge number who have or otherwise they wouldn’t have black labeled it.
      I don’t agree with the decision and it is sad that people’s lives are still be effected majorly by this family of drugs.
      I was given Cipro back in the mid ninety’s and my problems started right after returning to work. For me I am not so sure they won’t say it has been too long ago to sue.


  30. Thank you so much for posting this Amy.
    I am into my second week of severe reaction to Cipro, I am still in pain, but not as bad as I was. My GP has confirmed that Cipro is the cause of my strange symptoms, but the doctors and surgeons at the hospital that gave it to me (after I was admitted to hospital for diverticulitis) have refused to accept it and will not even look into it. I had to discharge myself from hospital and cease medication before the symptoms eased, it is without a doubt one of the most traumatic experiences of my life to date. I am making a formal complaint and will not stop until I get them to record my experience as an adverse reaction. They told me that they have never heard of this before, (even though my GP had) but even when I offered them articles written in medical journals they weren’t the slightest bit interested. The reason this is not more widely known about is because of exactly their appalling reaction and indifference to patient complaints! How can this become more widely known if physicians refuse to investigate or even believe their patients? One even suggested that because I was depressed 4 years ago (after my marriage failed) that my symptoms could be related to depression! I found this to be insulting and utterly humiliating to say the least.
    This stuff is poison, the more I learn about it the more astonished I am that it is allowed to be marketed as medicine, I see now that Australian scientists are using Cipro as a basis to develop a new weed killer that kills plants through the same DNA damaging mechanism. This stuff should not be used, especially without any warning, which I was never given.


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