I was prescribed cipro for a toenail infection on October 22nd. I went to the emergency room at 3am because it hurt so bad (the ingrown toenail). I was given a script of cipro and ibuprofin 800mg. I went to walgreens, picked the script up, asked the pharmacist if it was okay to take together and he said “yes just make sure to eat something so your stomach doesn’t hurt”
I would say what I experienced was way more than a hurt stomach. I was dizzy, anxious, bedridden and eventually suicidal and wanting to hurt other people after taking this med. Just so you know I am a very loving person, just a very traumatic thing for me I had severe chest pains 24/7. I went to the ER eight times with no luck. I was sent to the psych ward against my will once and then the second time just for being suicidal. I was so suicidal I wanted to jump eight floors from my balcony or buy a gun and shoot myself in the head. I was actually going to go to the gun store down the road, buy a gun, drive two hours away to the hills just to end my life.
I would rather have had my toe amputated instead of going through life like I did bedridden and suicidal and wanting to attack other people especially loved ones. Just think how hard that is. I am also $2500 in debt just from completely clueless doctors after literally EIGHT er visits! Just glad I have insurance as my total care was over $50,000! I too have suspicions when going to the doctor now, just wondering if they really have any idea what they’re doing. Just before leaving the ER that night the doctor told me the med (cipro) was just a generic med, made it sounded fine, just trusted what he said and went and took it. I took 20 pills over the course of two weeks.
I would have liked to known blowing my brains out was a possibility. I would have liked to known about buying a guy driving two hours away to end my life was a possibility. I would have liked to known jumping eight floors or wanting to hurt other people was a possibility as well. I would have liked to have known about the eight ER visits and two psychiatric ward visits as well. I would have liked to known about the debt as well. I would have gave it (the cipro) right back to him. I would have opted for an amputated toe instead of this mess – left me traumatized basically. I would like an explanation how I go to a fun loving uncle on October 21st to picking my prescription up on October 22nd at 3 in the morning wanting to jump eight stories or blow my brains with a gun out the day after taking this medication. I would hope doctors share my story with their patients before giving them this medicine. FORTUNATELY, I am better now and back to normal. I am no longer suicidal and living a normal life now, just lucky I guess. I would have to put this med alongside with date rape drugs or something, just completely messed up medication. Just can’t help but wonder sometimes..just take this medication off the market. I wouldn’t know if it has uses or not. I wouldn’t know as I’m not a doctor, just a computer technician. Just as a follow up, this med and the other floros are on my allergy list now, just so I never take them again.
Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since I took Levaquin and ended up in the mental ward of the hospital. I am guessing that I had a psychotic reaction to the medicine. I told my doctor, but he said it only effects the joints.
I don’t like talking about it, I’ve only told 2 people.
I was given Levaquin for a chest cold. I took it and went to lay down for bed an hour later. I laid down and closed my eyes and saw in my mind’s eye a huge, flashing light. I freaked out and went to the kitchen. There was a knife on the stove and something was pushing me to grab it and do something to my husband. It was such a strong feeling. I grabbed my phone and ran out of the house to the street and called the sheriff and told them to come take me to the hospital. All I could see was that light, there was nothing in the world but me and that light. I got to the emergency room. While waiting for the doctor, I asked the nurses to restrain my hands. They wouldn’t. A male nurse came in to draw my blood. I had my eyes closed when he came in, but my sense of smell was so strong, I could smell his male scent and I wanted to attack him. I just laid there with my eyes closed.
They took me up to the mental ward, no one had any idea what was going on with me. I have dealt with panic attacks for years, so they kept giving me medicine for the attacks. My body rejects most medicine, so if one medicine made the attacks worse, then they gave me another and another. An antidepressant too.
I didn’t sleep for 50 hours, I lost track after that. With the flashing light came thousands of images that flashed through my head. Dark things that I have never seen. Eventually it all subsided, then they gave me the Levaquin again and the flashing light and images were back. I knew then what was causing it and told them not to give me the Levaquin again. Through the experience, I felt my brain being fried and parts of it shutting down like it had enough, so it quit firing. I still don’t feel most of my brain. It is numb or dead or damaged. I dunno.
The thoughts don’t come as often. Strange things that I never thought of before the Levaquin. Like, the thought of what the texture of roadkill would be like in my mouth, the thought of driving into oncoming traffic, the thought of hurting my beautiful little kittens, the thought that cat poop smells good and I should rub it on my body. I am so scared of everything now and I’m scared of myself. I was going to hang myself when I got home due to the dark thoughts.
I have the physical symptoms that floxed people talk about, but what does the body matter without the mind?
My story begins in 2005 when I was working at a startup that had mostly management and very few hourly employees. Most had startup experience and would not work all the hours the ownership wanted. So at the most critical time of the companies history I was working 13-16 hour days and was totally exhausted and forgot I had an old water cooler filled with tap water that had been sitting there unattended for 8 months. I woke up half sleep walking from exhaustion and mistakingly had a cup full of the water. Not realizing it had algae growing in it and what ever toxins that where in it.
2 days later I was suffering from a severe infection and was sweating and drinking gallons of water, sleeping in pools of water and working 13-16 hours while trying to keep the company going and trying to ensure every one else kept their jobs. I finally made it to the doctor during the off hours and he gave me zythromax with no stool sample taken or anything to try to figure out what I was infected with. By then the damage was done and I had insomnia and a compromised immune system and spent the next 4 years seeing different doctors and taking any number medications trying to treat the insomnia and the slew of symptoms related to the damage.
After having insomnia for 4 years and only getting 2 hours of sleep maybe every other day and crashing hard sometimes and in and out of the hospital every winter during flu season and my body had given up I was prescribed levaquin for a upper respiratory infection on November 10 of 2009 I took one dose and slept. I took the second dose and was awakened to my tinnitus screaming like a cannon had gone off by my head. I had noise induced tinnitus from being a armorer in the USMC but this was something new and ungodly. Also my whole body was on fire and my heart was freaking out in my chest. I jumped up and hopped in my car and hauled my self down to the hospital.
They switched antibiotics and monitored me for a few days. I kept going in and out of afib every time I had to much stimulants like alcohol and coffee and cigars or any slew of triggers and my immune system kept crashing. Eventually they had to cardiovert me and at some point after that I lost my job so I went to the VA to try to get help. They treated my elevated tinnitus with in ear sound generators but would not buy the fluoroquinolone reaction as having anything to do with my CNS problems. So I was back to square one with the new doctors.
One day I went to the VA complaining of heart pain and they sent me to specialists that did a treadmill stress test. They found SVT induced afib and started me on propafenone which stopped the afib and also allowed me to sleep. During this time all kinds of other symptoms started to show up like inability to sweat, could not exert myself and still catching every cold and flu around. Since it looked like no one was going to believe me I started to research everything I could and one of my coworkers mentioned that a relative was in the Gulf War like I was and he said it sounded just like Gulf War Syndrome. So I started looking up all the info and researching all the things everyone has tried and started doing that. Supplements that stimulated brain growth factor, immune growth factor, nerve growth factor, neuroprotectant supplements, B vitamins, Iodine therapy, Acetylcholine cofactors, colostrum for mycoplasma and immune support.
All the while waiting for the catheter ablation techniques to improve until one comes along I could feel confident trying. I eventually stumbled on the Flox report and started looking into vagus nerve damage and neurotransmitters which lead me to acetycholinesterase inhibitors and racetams and nootropics. After coming up with my own cocktail of nutrients and supplements and damaged nervous system supplements. I took this for about a 1 year adding some new ones and subtracting some that seemed not to do anything while changing my diet and finally sleeping 8 hours or more a day and most of the symptoms resolved and the tinnitus almost back to pre-levaquin levels except for afib and the run away heart from stimulation via to much food, alcohol, tobacco or exercise. I can keep from going into afib and keep the heart under control with ACE inhibitors or high affinity choline uptake enhancers (coluracetam, oxyracetam). If I stop them then I can go into afib again if I have alcohol or tobacco or a big meal. It seems to have messed up something in my hippo campus and or vagus nerve system that controls the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.