David’s Story – 15 Years of Being Floxed

David FQ Toxicity

I have also experienced devastating effects from taking Ciproxin. I was prescribed this drug for a suspected prostatitis in November 2000 .

I had a full health check before taking this drug and was in good health, in full time employment and taking regular exercise on a daily basis. I was 30 years old.

I was told I would need to take this drug long term 6 weeks at 2 x 500mg and 13 weeks at 1 x 500mg. The consultant also told me to take ibuprofen but I was unable to tolerate this painkiller as well as cipro.

Ciproxin did not help with my water works problem but it has left me with a number of other complaints. I have listed a few below

  • Peripheral Neuropathy – Moderately severe
  • Ulcerative colitis – with marked inflammation
  • Erosive Duodenitis with ulceration
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Thyroid problems
  • Joint pain
  • Ruptured Tendons
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Jauendice
  • Oedema
  • Panic Attacks
  • Eye/vision disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Fluctuating blood-sugar levels

I lost quite a lot of weight. My co ordination and concentration was very poor I stumbled on a daily basis and was only able to leave the house in a wheelchair.
My life was devastated and had become so restricted due to the side effects.

I had to stop work as I became so ill and wheelchair bound I was unable to look after my self at this point my partner was having to take care of me.

Although my symptoms started whilst taking ciproxin The Sheffield National Health Service turn a blind eye to this and told me cipro was a safe antibiotic.

The last 15 years have been very difficult my relationship broke down because of the severe impact these side effects was having on my quality of life I was unable to go on holidays or out for a meal.

I have tried to stay strong and with determination I managed to get out of the wheelchair and on to crutches and in 2010 I was able to walk short distances independently.

My diet is to eat plain bland food like boiled potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and poached cod. I take a liquid multivitamin as this is easy for me to digest.

My recovery started when I was referred to see a rheumatologists. I was tested for autoimmune diseases as my condition indicated that I could be suffering from one of these. All test came back clear but showed a number of vitamin deficiencies I was commenced on b12 injections and started to take a liquid multivitamin. Nerve conduction studies showed a Moderately severe nerve damage and a bone scan showed osteoporosis further blood test ruled out pernicious anaemia and there was no metabolic bone disorders causing the osteoporosis.


7 thoughts on “David’s Story – 15 Years of Being Floxed

  1. So sorry for the impact this poison has had on your life. I hate that they keep saying it is a safe drug. How much evidence do they need? How many lives need to be devastated?

  2. In my experience the pain in the nerves and tendons is related to your gut microbiome – the range of bacteria in your gut and around the body. CIPRO has killed off the good bacteria and the bad bacteria have become dominant. These bad bacteria are not easily killed by antibiotics and have strategies such as releasing toxins that control their host – you.
    What to do – either take a course of Para-Cleanse (Wormwood, Black Walnut, etc.. etc.. – this stopped my pain in 5 days – from the Pharmacy.
    OR doterra Digestzen Essential Oil (not capsules) – apply 2-4 drops to your stomach skin (diluted with Coconut Oil if you are the sensitive type) a couple of times a day. This eliminated a recurrence of my pain several months later after about 3 days – Erin has used this. It contains Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway.
    Assume you have H Pylori in your stomach – take 1/2 a teaspoon of Manuka Honey daily for a month. It will get your stomach to the right PH level to properly digest your food.
    Like David, I was given a longer term dosage of CIPRO but after a broken Femur. My problem is swelling of my thigh and slow muscle/tendon recovery. I am still walking with a frame and a very slow recovery.I think this is fluorine poisoning which I am working on. Extra strength Fluoride toothpaste causes my thigh to swell.
    Nowadays, I live with very little pain.
    I have used Gerard Mullin’s book ‘The Gut Balance Revolution’ to vastly improve my intestinal/overall health. Best Regards from Ross Allan, Napier, NZ

    • Thank you so much for your reply. I am still suffering from the terrible side effects of ciproxin. I appreciate any advice on how to help with my problems. I am going to follow your advice and try to restore my stomach bacteria. Even 18 years on and my stool tests are still showing bad gut flora. Many thanks David

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