Andrew’s Story – Life Devastation from Cipro

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This is my story.  Add it to the other terrible stories on this website to show the world what kind of devastation these antibiotics are capable of.  I never intended to write on the wall of pain because I always thought I would recover, and quite frankly in doing this it brings up more pain.  FYI –  this is a long post.  Don’t read it if you are newly floxed.

I’ll start with describing my life prior to Cipro.  I used to enjoy SO MUCH that life had to offer.  I probably had too many interests and activities.  Some of these were:  snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking the rockies, playing soccer with my daughter, (anything involving being active with my daughter), road biking, lifting weights and playing ice hockey many times a week.  I was in a few adult hockey leagues.  I also enjoyed trying to learn the banjo.  I was really into art.  I used to do pastel drawings but my main passion was sculpting and I had plans of retiring as a sculptor.  I was in pretty good shape.  I was intelligent, sharp, and witty with a good sense of humor.  I was social.  I was confident.  I was generally happy.

I took Cipro in late December 2011 through January of 2012.  I was on 500mg twice daily for prostatitis.  I had never had anything like prostatitis before but I knew I wanted it gone asap.  After being on the medication for well over a week with no issues I started to develop pain in my forearms.  Initially this didn’t bother me and I attributed it to a long round of puck shooting when I went to skate days prior.  This forearm pain got worse to the point I started to wonder if it was the Cipro.

I started to google info on my forearm issue and I ran across horror stories online about how cipro had “ruined” people’s lives.  That word “ruined” kept coming up in these stories and I couldn’t really believe it.  I had been a pharmacist for years and never heard of lives being ruined by fluoroquinolones unless it was torsades related.  I didn’t believe these people on the internet.  Their stories didn’t match up with the FDA approved package insert.  At that time I trusted the FDA.  I took the med a few more days with the idea that if the pain stayed or if it progressed I would quit the Cipro.  The prostatitis still hurt worse than the forearm pain.  What was the worst that could happen?  A torn tendon?  I woke up one day with achilles and right shoulder pain.  Ok that was a definite warning sign.  I immediately stopped taking Cipro.

My forearm tendonitis got worse but thankfully the achilles and shoulder pain went away within a day or so and it made me wonder if I had quit Cipro unnecessarily but I stuck with my decision.  Eventually my forearms hurt so bad it was difficult to open doors, wash my face and brush my teeth.  My forearms hurt like this for at least 6 months (to this day they have never fully recovered) but hey at least nothing like that crazy stuff on the internet happened to me… right?  Life went on and I completely forgot about Cipro.  I continued to be very active playing hockey, going on backpacking trips, hiking etc.  That summer I hurt my right shoulder doing pull ups but chalked it up to the fact that I hadn’t done them in awhile.

Near the end of 2012 I wanted to start working out again since I had quit for most of the year but my nagging right shoulder along with my still  recovering forearm tendonitis prevented me.  I finally started an intense workout program in March of 2013 after my shoulder felt better and that is when I noticed that my shoulders felt loose and crunchy.  I felt grinding and popping in both of them.  This is when the wheels started to fall off.  I had to quit working out not even a week into my program because of the sharp pain in my right shoulder.

It was also  in late 2012 and early 2013 that I started to experience anxiety and brain fog.  I had trouble focusing at work.  I really didn’t think too much of it.  I had shoulder issues and forearm issues but that was it.  Then in the summer of 2013 I developed knee pain.  Then in the winter of 2013 hip pain, along with dry eyes, dry skin, ringing in the ears, TMJ in my jaw and the occasional strange flash of light comet type thing.  I developed floaters.  In 2014 my autonomic dysfunction (that I had prior to all of this) got worse.  I started to feel like I was going to pass out or die when I exercised.  I started to feel more lightheaded and foggy at work.  I started to feel like I was going to pass out especially when I got in a tense situation that involved a lot of stress.  I started to notice a correlation with this brain fog with my coffee drinking (even though by this time I had intense brain fog all of the time).  I soon realized that I couldn’t tolerate coffee anymore.  I developed a fibrillating feeling in my chest that corresponded to feeling like I was going to pass out.  The lightheadedness and fibrillating feeling continued despite me quitting coffee.

In 2015 the pain spread to my hands.  I noticed that I could no longer play my stringed instruments because my hands would get so painful so quickly.  Mainly this was in my thumbs.  I could no longer sculpt because of this and the fact that my eyesight was getting worse.  I started finding it hard to read.  It seemed like parts of my vision were missing.  I went to eye specialist after eye specialist and they could find nothing.  I still have this problem.  For example I have to look at my wife’s right eye if I want to see her whole face.  If I look at her left eye part of the right side of her face is missing.  You would think this would show up on eye tests but it doesn’t.  It reminds me of the strange vision some people get with migraines.

In the summer of 2015 I had a little reprieve from some of my symptoms.  I got on my road bike and through pain I went on a few 20 mile rides.  I thought I was getting better so I went hiking with my wife and went many miles.  After this hiking trip my knees were never the same.  They have since become loose with some strange popping.  The backs of them hurt bad all of the time.  I feel like I can hardly walk a few blocks now without feeling some major pain and a swelling feeling.  In late 2015 I started on testosterone and glutathione injections.  (My testosterone levels were low for the first time in my life)  I developed some pretty severe hamstring tendonosis despite not being that active at that time.  Since last fall/winter of 2015 I have become inactive.  I do nothing physical anymore.  I feel like my body breaks down when I do.  The new addition to my pain, which has far surpassed my torn right shoulder labrum, both my torn hip labrums, my right knee torn meniscus has been my back.  I feel nearly constant back pain from my lumbar to between my shoulder blades.  It seems to be getting worse.  I feel like the glutathione and testosterone might have made me worse but I’m not sure.

I have been to many Dr.s, family drs, orthopedic surgeon, 2 rheumatologists, many eye docs, a neurologist, a regenerative medicine Dr.  I have had MRI’s, some of my brain.  I have had many tests which nearly all come up normal.  Nobody so far has been able to help me.  I failed a cognitive function test with the neurologist.  I have severe brain fog to the point of feeling like I have dementia at times.  I am no longer social as I have problems carrying on a conversation.  My mind blanks out a lot.  I have problems with word finding.  I even feel like I have to fight slurring my speech at times.  I have problems with typing now.  I used to type very fast.  I have problems with reading comprehension and find myself re reading things a lot.  I get confused often.  I feel like my mind plays tricks on me.

I don’t know why all of the information says that fluoroquinolone toxicity can develop as late as 6 months, or even many months.  It seems like it is still developing with me.  Nearly all of my symptoms came OVER A YEAR after I took this evil poison.  This whole thing has been so bizarre.  In a million years I could never have dreamed up a worse nightmare for myself.

People don’t understand what it’s like to be floxed.  People look from the outside and see normal.

What is it like to be severely floxed?  You wake up every day in a nightmare that you can’t get out of.  You wake every day in pain.  You become fragile and weak.  You injure yourself easily.  You feel 100 years old.  Your IQ feels like it is dropping by the day.  Your body creaks, grinds and pops.  You can no longer do any of the things that made life fun and enjoyable.  You no longer exercise.  You try all day long to find Dr.s, information on the internet, anything that will help you.  You spend countless hours on floxie hope, various facebook groups trying to find help.  You look into candida overgrowth.  Fluoride poisoning.  Leaky gut.  Mercury poisoning.  You become obsessed.  You become paranoid.  You think  “what other types of evil chemicals has man concocted and are they in my food, water supply etc”.  You read many studies on fluoroquinolones that don’t help you.  You cut out gluten.  You cut out GMO’s.  You try various diets.  You cut out anything that has antibiotics in it.  You eat only organic.  You can no longer go to a restaurant with your wife on a date.  You buy books.  You read them.  They don’t help.  You take 40 supplements a day to try to reverse this horrific nightmare.  You avoid people because your brain isn’t working.  You lose friendships.  You become isolated.  You find yourself crying at work or at random times.  You want to do fun things with your family but you can’t.  You can only watch tv and movies now.  You used to be the active dad that played soccer with her daughter and all of the other kids but now you watch.  You watch life go by from the sidelines.  You want intimacy with your wife but your body doesn’t always work like it used to and you don’t have the drive you used to.  You stop going to church because being social is too stressful for you.  You become forgetful.  You can’t remember things you did earlier in the day.  You find yourself falling behind on yard maintenance, things around the house, bills etc.  You feel like you are failing your family.  Mowing the yard is a workout and painful.  You can barely make it through the day at work.  You avoid contact with coworkers because you know your aren’t right anymore.  You become silent.  You aren’t funny anymore.  You don’t have a personality anymore.  People start to think you are weird, antisocial, lazy but really you just can’t think and you hurt all of the time.  You want to walk out of work, out of your life but you have bills to pay and a family to provide for.  You are anxious.  You are beyond stressed out.  You pray for healing constantly.   Eventually you start to pray for death, for terminal cancer, anything that has an end in sight.  Anything that will end this nightmare.  Anything that will end the pain.  You start to think about suicide.  You start to fight suicidal thoughts.  You are hanging on by a thread, every single day and most of the people around you have no clue.  You are no longer you.

This type of thing shouldn’t happen from taking an antibiotic 4.5 years ago but it did.  Sadly, it will continue to happen to others.  How many people (especially the elderly) are out there going through the same type thing but have no clue it was an antibiotic they took years prior??  The majority will be women and elderly because that demographics gets fluoroquinolones the most.

It won’t always be like this, the pain and suffering.  If you are fortunate to have good health, that won’t last either.  I have to remember that.  Inevitably our bodies will deteriorate to the point of death and then eternity begins.  I like to think that the real life will begin.

Revelation 21 :

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

I struggle to have hope for this life but what keeps me going is my amazing wife (who I’ve only been married to for two years, she’s been through so much with this), my daughter and most of all my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and thoughts of the afterlife.  If you don’t know the good news about Jesus Christ contact me through Lisa if you want to learn.  If I didn’t have these in my life I would be 6 feet underground by now for sure.  I would have taken my own life.  I understand why this class of medication has a fairly high suicide rate.  There are worse things in life than death.  I continue to pray for a miracle because I do believe in that sort of thing.  Hopefully, God willing, there will be healing in this lifetime.  I also look forward to the next life where there will be no greed driven corruption that destroys other people’s health, quality of life, relationships, and families for the price of a prescription.  The drug companies and the FDA have known about these quality of life destroying reactions for years and years but didn’t warn us adequately until this year, and still the warning isn’t good enough.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with www.fqwallofpain.com, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, effect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.

Chris’s Story – Cipro and Ibuprofen

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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.

Traci’s Story – Cipro Poisoning

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It has almost been 3 years since I took a 30 day supply of Cipro for a UTI that has
changed my life drastically. During the course of of taking Cipro the first thing I
noticed was how incredibly weak my body felt and fatigue hit so hard I couldn’t
keep myself awake for anything. I would sleep for days, calling in sick to work,
somedays were so bad I couldn’t even manage the phone call and slept right
through the day. A couple weeks after stopping Cipro the aches and pains started
first in the top of my feet and ankles. Then my wrists and forearms as if I had some
harsh form of tendonitis. I started wrapping my wrists, arms and feet with K Tape
on a daily basis.

I had no idea what was causing these issues, but started the research on Cipro as I
had read about tendon ruptures. I went back to my doctor whom I had been seeing
for 10 years and mentioned the problems and she immediately became defensive
and made a comment about how people should not read forums and try to
diagnose themselves. Basically she made me feel like I was way off base and had
no idea what I was talking about. That was my last visit to her. Not because I knew
she was wrong, but because she didn’t listen and very clearly did not want a simple
minded patient telling her what they felt was wrong. After all she did have 7+ years
of med school.

My eye sight started going bad very quickly which for some reason I attributed to
age (I was 41) even though it was only a matter of months after an eye doctor visit.
Within the first few months after taking Cipro I had constant tingling, numbness,
brittle feeling as if I had no muscle in my body, depression that I couldn’t control,
loss of balance and running into things that were right in front of me, anxiety, panic
attacks so bad that I would not leave the house, insomnia that lasts for days at a
time, and nightmares. I started to see a holistic doctor, not covered by insurance,
but I was hoping she could find cause of pain. I didn’t mention the Cipro I had
taken a year earlier as I thought I was wrong about the cause and thought if it was
really the reason for my problems it wouldn’t be on the market. My holistic doctor
diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and wanted to run
tests to find heavy metal toxins in my system after a couple of months of taking
some supplements such as magnesium, omega-3, vitamin K, B-12, and prescription
strength vitamin D.

We also talked about stress management due to my job and I decided after 16 years
I would leave my position and went to a smaller startup company. But the
problems persisted and after three months with the new company they let me go as
I could not make it to work, I missed at least one day a week and could not control
it. I would be so exhausted from insomnia that when I tried to close my eyes I
would see faces of people shouting at me and immediately jerk back awake.

I couldn’t explain and was afraid to tell any doctor for fear that they would label me
psychotic. Again more research pointed to Ciprofloxacin-induced acute psychosis.
Not only had I left a company I had been with for my whole career and lost a great
salary and great benefits, but I’ve lost years of time with my family. I lost moments
that I will never get back. I still have up and down days, the symptoms come and
go, short term memory is horrible and embarrassing at times.

Finally a few months ago I heard FDA announced the link to peripheral neuropathy
and started reading about what Cipro has done to others I at least know I am not
crazy. Levaquin almost sounds worse. I am not about to let Bayer get away with
what has happened and I have an appointment with neurologist coming up. 3 years
and I can say symptoms showed up from first couple of weeks during treatment and
new symptoms continued over months after completing the drug. Some even a
year later.

I’ve reported adverse reaction to FDA, signed petitions to remove the drugs from
the market, and participated in a study over a year ago with a college that
contacted me after a post I left on http://www.askapatient.com, and I’ve contacted a
lawyer and I plan to be an advocate every day of my life especially after reading
about how many others have been impacted, lost their lives, or completely disabled
on the various support groups on the internet. I don’t want to delay any longer, I
want to make sure no one ever goes through this. I am no longer ashamed and that
is because of these support boards and stories from others that are so helpful. I
appreciate every single person that has came forward to tell what these drugs have
done to them. Don’t ever let a doctor make you feel stupid when you ask questions
about medicines or symptoms. Some have such ego problems or just completely
uninformed that they don’t take the time to listen. You know your body better than
anyone.

Jessica’s Story – Cipro and Levaquin

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Jessica Reid 01/24/13

My Name is Jessica Reid, 24 with a wonderful family of a husband, and 3 wonderful children. My life was Blessed! I started having some dizzy issues, went to a doctor i was told i could trust at the time i had no Health insurance… I wished i would of NEVER WENT! I was misdagionsed and put on 10 antibotics of the course of 4 months! One being Leaqvin (750MG)10 pills, but ionlt took 9. The whole time i had brain fog, Hallunications, Heart papls,Ear pain, Worse headaches, Tingling, Numbness, bruning pain. I called the doctor and i was told everything i had was “Anxiety” which i believe was BS! ive never had health problems before. After that i started getting pain in my back legs bathroom problems, i was told i had a uti! So i was put on CIPRO! 500mg 2x day for 10days… I got worse and worse by the 6th day i couldnt take it anymore, I ended up in the hospital, i was told i never had ANY infections and was put on all the antibotics for NO REASON. I was told to stop and to never take anitbotics again and that i may have a nerve diease. She was thinking MS,Lupus.My thryiod went to a 6.8 to 8.1 than back down to a 2.5, never had problems like that before. I also at this time had very bad bowel problems but was told it was normal due to all the anitbotics and my gut would get better. I found out that i had C-Diff for 4 months since starting antibotics and of course they wanted to feed me Falgyl also, got strep throat and they begged me to take another anitbotic. I have never been on drugs and hate taking them… They had me on xannx, Tried to get me Amritplyine? Celexa, and others.. I refused i would take 4 pills and stop. It just made me WORSE. Ive had and still have Nightsweats, Heart papls, eye pains, blurry eyes, stomach pains, Kidney pains, Ribcage pains, Pretty much muscle pain throughout my body, bone pain throughout my body, and nerve pain (tingling burning and throbbing) my ears pop all the time and my left one goes out than my face gets numb. I have Carple tunnel that ive never had! My life was taken from me! I LOVE being mother and wife! My life is around them.. Now i have to miss going to the school events, running aorund with my kids, pushing them on the playgrounds. I use to workout 2x a day 45mins now i cant do it anymore. I push myself to do 15mins x2 a day now but afterwards im screaming in pain.. Ive tried supplements, Espom baths, Detox pills, proboitics, And right now i have stoped all Redmeat and eat Organic Free Anitbotic Chicken and rice. I have no clue where to go from here. I would have ended things but my Family keeps me going. No doctors believe me. And i cant get justice but everyday im left crying in pain. I wonder if it will kill me? or will it ever go away? Please someone give me some good advice and tips. I was thinking of Ozone treatment, but ive heard scary stories about it. So im not 100%. Anyone has any advice please feel free to email me!!! I am sorry for everyone that is going through this. I hate the FDA and i hate Doctors now! I dont trust them with anything! So its hard for me now to listen to the ones that wanna see whats wrong with me.. I pray for all of us. Thanks for listening to my story!

Lorri’s Story – Cipro Poisoning

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I am not the best with computers but I will try to tell my
story. I was given cipro and flagyl in July 2011 for a
“suspected” bacterial infection by a nurse practitioner. I
have a history of anxiety/depression and IBS which she was
well aware of. I did not realize it but I had taken cipro
before in 2010 when I had a cyst removed. I felt so bad
after taking it, I asked for it to be changed after 2 days
and they did and I felt better. Well, after taking cipro in
July I got severe diarrhea after day 8 and I mean SEVERE. I
had taken flagyl once before about 3 yrs. ago and it caused
some stomach issues but it was nothing like this. I stayed
on the toilet for almost 8 hrs. Finally, I stood up, looked
in the toilet and saw blood (sorry if tmi). That was my
first trip to the er. ER doc said probably a fissure from
straining, go to your dr. on Mon. This was on a Fri. night.
On Sat., I completely lost my mind – had the worst panic
attacks and anxiety EVER. I had anxiety before but never
like this and I had it mostly under control with a natural
remedy. Well, not anymore! It was downhill from there to
the point where I was ready to die. Went back to np on Mon.
She said yes, probably fissure, my IBS was probably acting
up and guess what, my bloodwork was back (that was done 4
days after starting cipro). So.. no bacterial infection, I
never even needed an antibiotic! I told her about all the
mental problems I was having and asked if she could give me
something to control the horrible anxiety and she said that
was impossible, cipro COULD NOT cause those type of
reactions and she would absolutely not give me anything
addictive.(But, it was ok to give me poison!) Bloodwork
showed blood sugar was a little high so she said I was most
likely diabetic (what! never been high before) and I should
start taking something for it. Also, my bp was 140/90, so
she put me on bp meds and sent me to have an abdominal
ultrasound because of the severe diarrhea and stomach pain.
Ultrasound was ok and when I went back for followup, my bp
was 86/60. I took myself off of bp meds and changed dr.’s!
Before I could see the new dr. I had a severe panic attack,
thought I was having a heart attack and wound up back at the
er. I was very depressed by this time, thinking I was
headed to a mental ward. EKG was good, bloodwork good
except for blood sugar a little high but less than before.
I did not know what was going on, called my parents and
scared them to death, told them to please help my husband
with the kids because I was on the way out. That night I
started googling my symptoms and found “askapatient” which
eventually led me to this page and I was saved! Thank God!
I finally figured out what was going on. Went to new dr.
(internist) who was great but didn’t really believe what I
was telling him. He really helped me though, gave me
klonopin to help with anxiety, checked bp LOTS of times and
it averaged 117/75. No bp meds! Had me to check blood
sugars for a month, they were fine. I have slowly gotten
myself back after 4 months of pure hell. I got my stomach
under control by taking metamucil and probiotics. The
anxiety and “brain fog” is so much better that I am not
using the klonopin at all. I had mild acid reflux before
but after cipro it became BAD. That was one of the things
that made me think I was having a heart attack. It is
mostly under control now with prilosec. I have a LOT of
pain in neck, back of head, shoulders and upper back that I
never had before. Went to chiro and turned out I had a
pinched nerve- still working on that. The heating pad is my
new best friend! Before cipro I walked 2 to 3 miles every
morning, for a while I couldn’t walk at all, then I could
walk but I felt dizzy, breathless, and faint. That has
gradually gotten better. I can walk about a mile now before
my calves and shins start to cramp up and burn. I am
feeling more like myself so there is hope! At one time I
was in complete despair. My whole family has suffered
through this as you all know and I have told everyone I can
not to take this horrible poison. I’m sure cipro has saved
people who have had bad infections and were at death’s door
but it IS NOT for everyone and I think there should be a way
to screen for this BEFORE you take it. I also believe it
makes any health issues you have 1000 times worse and should
only be used as a last resort. This is my LONG, LONG story
and if you read it all- bless your heart! I would be glad
to help anyone I can if there are any questions you have,
just ask.

Cheri’s Story – Cipro Toxicity

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I was prescribed Cipro 500mg for 7 days in August 2011. I ended up only taking 5 pills before this nightmare started, in which I immediately quit taking the pills. Neither the doctors, or the pharmacists warned us of the potential dangers of these drugs, or that it was such a STRONG antibiotic and that it even has a black box warning on it, and after reading online, I had one of the pre-existing conditions it said NOT To prescribe these drugs for…and still, nobody warned us. We thought it was just another simple antibiotic that I’ve always taken. I was only 22 years old, and prior to cipro I was in relatively decent health. No medical problems, no physical issues….After taking just 5 pills…my life as I knew it had been taken away from me. Instead of going out with my friends, or working to save up money to go off to college, I was stuck at home in bed/on the couch, going to stores in wheelchairs, and watching all my friends and family go about living their normal lives while I was stuck on the sidelines. This is my story, and I hope it will not happen to anyone else.

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