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Users of the popular class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones may face an increased risk of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection, which could cause a rupture and life-threatening internal bleeding. They also face permanent and irreversible nerve damage, known as peripheral neuropathy. Lawsuits for users of Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox and other similar antibiotics are being reviewed by lawyers nationwide.

ANTIBIOTIC LAWSUIT STATUS: A growing number of Levaquin lawsuits, Cipro lawsuits, Avelox lawsuits and other claims involving other fluoroquinolone antibiotics are being filed nationwide on behalf former users diagnosed with aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, and peripheral neuropathy.

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OVERVIEW: Fluorquinolones are the most widely used class of antibiotics in the United States, with more than 23 million patients per year receiving prescriptions for the medications in pill form and another three million receiving injections.

Although the antibiotics are promoted as safe and effective, a number side effects have been linked to these drugs, which has led the FDA to recommend they not be used for uncomplicated infections.

In May 2013, the FDA issued a drug safety communication saying that these antibiotics’ risks outweigh their benefits in many cases.

The agency indicated that Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro and similar drugs will now carry warnings on the label and Medication guides indicating that they should not be prescribed to treat sinusitis, bronchitis or uncomplicated urinary tract infections, unless there are no alternative treatments available.

Antibiotic Aortic Aneurysms and Aortic Dissections: A recent scientific study found that users of antibiotics like Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro face double the risk of conditions known as aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. In both cases, the tissues inside the aorta, a major artery, is weakened and could result in a potentially deadly rupture.

An aortic aneurysm occurs when the outer wall of the aorta bulges due to weakness and the pressure inside. In many cases they are small and do not require treatment. However, in some cases the bulge becomes large enough to rupture, resulting in massive internal bleeding.

Aortic dissections are similar, but occur within the layers of tissue inside the aorta. These have a much higher risk of rupturing, and can also become aortic aneurysms.

Symptoms of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection include:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Severe upper back pain
  • Coughing and trouble talking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Irregular pulse in one arm

Emergency medical treatment is required immediately if an aortic rupture occurs, and those who undergo treatment for these problems must often take medications and live on a restrictive diet for the rest of their lives.

ANTIBIOTIC NERVE DAMAGE SIDE EFFECTS: Scientific evidence has established a link between fluoroquinolone antibiotics and peripheral neuropathy for decades, with the first published case reports coming as early as 1992.

 

Although peripheral neuropathy warnings were added to many of the medications in September 2004, it appears that this information was false and misleading. The warnings suggested that the peripheral neuropathy problems were “rare” and failed to disclose that users may be left with permanent nerve damage.

These problems may have been avoided if stronger warnings were provided, informing consumers to seek medical attention and switch to a different antibiotic upon the onset of symptoms.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy from antibiotics like Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox and others may include:

  • Pain or Weakness
  • Burning, Tingling or Numbness
  • Sensitivity to Light Touches, Temperature or Motion in the Arms and Legs

In August 2013, the FDA announced that new and stronger warnings would be added to Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

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37 comments

  1. candice Reply

    Interesting and informative.

  2. Traci Reply

    What they fail to mention is the generic brand causes same problems and people that took the generic version cannot fight back with lawsuit as law prevents us from taking action against manufacturer. Doesn’t make any sense considering most insurance companies push/demand us to take generic if available.

  3. Patsy Reply

    I didnt see Candice comment but I lost my husband to Avelox which is in the same family as this medication. My husband was being treated for a sinus infection with amoxicillin and was improving but the Dr. after ten days decided to change to a different medication Avelox. He took only one pill and the next day he was dead. His throat swelled but nobody but I tried to do CPR on him thats a problem that Im still working on. The message Im trying to get across is this medication is deadly on should be taken off the market. My husband suffered horribly and nobody else should have to go like he did. I have a lot of information on the other two medications as well. Please look into this Im very serious about making the public aware of this deadly medication. It may have helped a hand full of patients but think of the ones that had their lives changed for the rest in pain.

  4. Barry Reply

    Had me on up to 2000 mg for 3 months. Three years later neuropathy keeps me wondering why they keep using these medications and why wasn’t I warned.

  5. pat Reply

    I tookva 1000 mg a day for about 5 days should have been for 10 but made me feel bad.But some things stated happing when I sit or lay down until I move or get up I have like a numbness follow ed by a take I can’t explain it dose not last long but it is painful and some times when I go to walk my legs feel like they wiegh 50lbs a piece this just started with the ciprofloxacin .

  6. Margaret Reply

    I have been taking generic cipro 750 mg for the past 10 days. I called the prescribing Dr and was told to quit taking it. My legs and feet are tingling, my feet and ankles hut so bad I can barely walk. Last night my heart was racing. My shoulders are popping and weak. I had a herniated disk in my back that is now so painful I can’t sit. My arms and elbows are also effected. The medication was prescribed for a bone infection caused by the pin that was left in and was protruding from the end of my finger. Do NOT take this drug. I am dizzy and sick.

  7. Kevin Reply

    Prescribed several rounds of Cipro for treatment of prostatitis between 2000 and 2006. Developed pain and weakness in both Achilles tendons, was advised to quit stressful physical activities, like basketball and softball, for fear of rupturing either or both Achilles tendons. Experienced a couple of bouts of sharp, inflammation like pain in both feet and ankles that resolved itself and then, reoccurred on two different occasions between 2003 and 2006. The final bout of this ended with both feet being extremely numb and with burning nerve pain in late 2006 that is with me to this day.

    I never put this together until I started reading about the links between FQ antibiotics and peripheral neuropathy. If I had known about this, I would have insisted that my doctor prescribe something else. My neurologist says that I have persistent small fiber peripheral neuropathy in both feet that is not reversible. They call it “idiopathic” of unknown origin, but, it’s clear, with the bouts of tendon weakness, and foot and ankle inflammation, known side effects of FQ antibiotics, that Cipro is the cause of my foot neuropathy. I am not diabetic and in reasonably good health otherwise but, sometimes struggle with depression over the fact that my feet will feel like this for the rest of my life.

  8. Ann Reply

    I took Cipro in 2007 for kidney stones. Within 1 day of taking this drug, I had a very irregular heartbeat every few minutes. Sometimes, if I was not holding onto something to catch myself, I would have passed out from the irregular heartbeats. I could feel it in my throat. I did call my doctor after 1 day to tell him what was happening. He told me to stop the Cipro. I did, and I felt so bad soon after that I had my neighbor take me to the ER. They ran tests, and referred me to my Cardiologist for evaluation. My cardiologist told me I was having tachycardia, and that they needed to do an Ablation on my heart in the area of the misfiring to correct it. I had this done which corrected the problem. I make sure that it is stated on all my medical records that I cannot take CIPRO.

  9. lorinda Reply

    I have been on all 3 of them and since then, i’m suffering severely with my arm and pains, tingling and numbness and i told the dr that, and they said its coming from the herniated disc in my neck, but my neck had been like this for years and ive never had this problem up until a few months ago when i started on these meds for bronchitis, so now im wondering

  10. Terri Reply

    I took just two doses of the generic brand of ciprofloxacin. First dose felt light headed and had a slight blurring of my vision. Second dose on 2-14-2015. My face went numb and then slowly the rest of me. A few minutes later I started swelling and then pain from head to toe. It’s May 6th now still have the same symptoms. I have contacted several lawyers. They say they can not help me. My doctor is sending me to a neurologists, which I do not have the money for. Seems like nobody cares not even the doctors.

  11. A.D.Sharpe Reply

    I took levaquin some years ago for protocol period although I asked the MD for doxysyclin (bronchitis -acute). He refused and I spent 4 days in hospital.

    I took levaquin and cipro a couple years later to h.pylori treatment from Gastronenterologist.

    I had neuropathy following but an especially acutely inflamed tendon in right thumb which took months to heal. Reported to physician.

    I only recently discovered that neuropathy is a consequence. I was not diagnosed with Diabetes II until later, and neuropathy preceded the diagnosis.

    Flouride passes through the blood brain barrier, and is deadly. We don not drink flouridated water.

  12. Laura Reply

    I took Flagyl (Metronidazole) 500 MG every 12 hours and had extreme side effects. They include numbness in my forearms and hands, flashes of heat and sometimes cramping of my hands. This also has effected my feet.
    Other side effects occurred and I did not continue the medication. The medication was prescribed in March 2015. I still have the effects.
    Please respond with any information.

  13. Janet Reply

    I was given over 1000 cipro and 60 levaquin in my life.. My body blew apart and now I have morgellans..
    Does anyone have severe stinging in every part of their entire body..
    it is everywhere.

  14. Vee Reply

    Took Levaquin in 2009. Pain in legs accelerate over time, I am unable to walk far distances and have a tear in my leg tendon. I did not make the connection until I checked on the drug and realized it started after I took the ,Levaquin

  15. Brian Reply

    People you arent alone….I took the “generic” for CIPRO on 3 different occasions after some research i realized it was the drug that caused my Peripherial Neuropathy.

    I went from taking 1 pill a day for blood pressure to taking 16 pills a day for pain!!!
    took 1 round in 2012 1 again in 2013 and last dose in 2014.
    After last round i was FLOORED..Literally…I lost my job was having crazy dreams, seeing a neourologist and a neuro-sergeon..At 42 yrs old i had to file for disability.
    Symptoms:
    Burning stabbing pains in arms and legs
    No feeling to heat,cold or touch mid thigh to tips of toes in BOTH legs
    Entire body BURNS like its on fire.
    Hands and feet swell badly
    I could go on and on!

    Since i took a “generic” and have given many lawyers the manufacturer on the last bottle that i took. Im SOL..What a joke!!!

    Literally i feel each and everyone of your pains and im sorry that you have to live through this over taking something that you were told was going to make you “Better”!

  16. Chris Reply

    This generic drug devastated my life, and there is nothing I can do about it

  17. JKD Reply

    Brian sorry but they don’t make a generic brand for Cipro ???? check to make sure what antibiotic you were taking …

  18. Sandi Reply

    I was on and off the generic of levaquin for over a year and a have and one generic of cipro. Total 5 and the last was 500 mg of levaquin generic from a sinus spealist – called cuz I had so much weight bearing on my legs was sore couldn’t move—-it was cripling to feel this way. I also thought I tore my planter fesicitis? Sp but obviously it was a torn do to this medicine. I had lunged forward and it snapped. I had to wear a boot forever. After I was pulled off I had to take meds for nerve damage. It’s been over a year and I’m still taking it. I still have trouble with my foot. I ended up having to take expensive compound meds that didn’t work and had sinus surgery last April. I filled out a claim but like all of u I was screwed cuz my insurance prefers generics. It’s bad enough living w a teachers salary but the cost of this to my interaction with my student, my decline in running , healing etc is horrible.

  19. JaneDoe Reply

    I have taken Levaquin probably 25 different times since 1998, and Cipro maybe 5 times. I am pretty much disabled. I had no idea and neither did my Dr’s that continued to prescribe Levaquin, twice yearly for Pneumonia and Sinusitus. For the last 12 years while seeing my Dr.s for nerve pain all over, they continued to prescribe these medications while trying to figure out what was happening. Blue Shield wouldn’t authorize anymore tests and backed out of MRI’s and so on that the Dr.s were ordering, siting Pre-existing conditions. How can they be pre-existing conditions when no one said they knew what was going on and continued to prescribe. I have pain in all limbs which includes 20 different varieties of nerve pain including feelings of shocks, burning, stabbing, shark biting me, hot, cold numbness, tingling, acid running down my skin, half my face and chin feeling like I just got out of the dentist and novacaine is wearing off, sweating at regular intervals, freezing, having to turn the heat on and off, ac on and off, depending whats happening every half hour in my house, heart racing, foggy eyesight, twitches, sensitive to being touched even by my bed sheets, tops of feet feel like tendons are tearing, cant sleep, joints hurt off and on, hard to take a shower and wash my hair with my arms going up, and many many other problems. I took the “Brand” Levaquin for years and Cipro, and generic Levaquin in the past few years. My symptons started around 98, but really bad by 04, and now, well I am planning to be crippled I guess. Actually went to the Dr’s again for a Diabetic test a couple months ago thinking maybe that was it. No Dr’s are mentioning this at all. I really don’t think they are informed.

  20. Barbara Reply

    I started cipro on 2-1-2016. I called Dr. 24 hours later with index finger swelling so much I couldn’t bend it the Dr. Had no answers. 7 days later my feet felt like dead wiehgts pain like knifes stabbing the bottoms of my feet. Its been two months and the pain is now a six to 7 before it was an 9 on the onset.I walk like a toddler since falling is my biggest fear. My feet shoot pain and wake me up many times there have been a few nights it hasn’t. What makes me mad is I contact the Dr. During the first 24 hours about swollen finger why didn’t she stop then meds then? I called and spoke to her twice the call was about how sick I got. On cipro lost ten pounds in 7 days and my feet were hurting. I don’t think Dr. knew about this drug/poison.

  21. Carolyn Reply

    I had a total knee replacement (left) in May 2012, and was given massive amounts of IV antibiotic while in the hospital. After I went home, I continued on antibiotics for a long time. In fact, I also had continuous diarrhea for about a month after I went home and was told it was from the antibiotics. I have also been prescribed Cipro on and off for upper respiratory conditions over the past several years until I developed an intolerance for Cipro.
    Not long after I had the knee replacement, I developed peripheral neuropathy (diagnosed by a neurologist) – and of course, it doesn’t ‘go away’ – it’s continuing to get worse. My knee surgeon told me he didn’t know how I got it, but to see a neurologist. After hearing the ad on TV about the class action lawsuit, I decided to look into this problem.

  22. Glenn Reply

    Kevin, I too was prescribed a regiment of ciprofloxacin for prostatitis which began on Wednesday 4-27-2016 to Friday 5-6-2016. All was well for the first 4 or 5 days and then exhaustion began to set in. I just wanted to sleep. My symptoms were that of the flu minus nausea. Over the next few days my body began to feel like It had been hit everywhere with a baseball bat. The aches included the bottoms of both feet, ankles, mild cramping in the calfs, knees, thighs, groin area, torso including lower bak upper back, shoulders, head. All I could think was the flu was just what I needed to go with my recent diagnosis of prostatitis. On 4-27-16 I met with my urologist. He ordered a blood work up, urine. Based on my symptoms. On 5-2-16 I kept my scheduled ultrasound appt for my kidneys and bladder. I felt so so that day. The urologist in turn sent a prescription for ciprofloxacin to my local pharmacy and I picked it up that afternoon and started taking it. I actually began to feel better that night, and like wise for the next few days. By the 30th of April I was beginning to feel irritable and achy for a while, and then i was fine. On 5-4-16 I had a follow up visit with my primary physician and got all of my test results. All was good. Except the diagnosis of prostatits. By 5-6-16 I felt horrible. Night sweats , uncontrolable chills, fever, etc. I reread the side effects page that came with the prescription for a second time with a magnifying glass. Mind you, I wear glasses with bifocals. I had lay down and make heads or tails of what I read again. I dosed off for a while and when I woke I was covered with hives all over my body and limbs. I got dressed and went to my local ER. They took me in immediately. They gave me benedryl, prednisone, pepsid and sent me home. When I woke up on 5-6-16 I felt incredible. Other than what was left of the hives. No flu symptoms. I currently am on prednisone for 5 days until I can get back to my doctors office. From what I have read on this site the side effects come later, as stated in the leaflet that came with the prescription. I’m glad I saw your post.
    Glenn in cleveland

  23. diane Reply

    I have had several bladder infections a year for many years. To obtain relief I have always been prescribed Cipro or Levaquin or a generic. Around 2004 I was diagnosed by a neurologist as having foot and ankle neuropathy. Over the years I have become slowly more unstable on my feet. I feel off balance when I walk and my feet feel like unwieldy clunks. I used to swim daily but had to give up the kicking part because I would get spasms in my legs. I can use stairs with a railing going up but am afraid to go down since a bad fall in 2013. I caught my toe in the brick steps and even though holding the railing was catapulted forward the length of the stairs. Since then I am afraid to go down stairs.

    Just this month I have been on three courses of Cipro for another bladder infection and just this week I started having trouble with my left knee. When I am walking it suddenly catches and I can’t walk forward.

  24. Rae Reply

    I was prescribed Cipro in the Army…they give that & 800mg, liver & kidney destroying, Ibuprofen to everyone like Pez candy…..I was on this medication for flu with respiratory/sinus infection and pneumonia that was misdiagnosed as bronchitis………it took only a few days for the neuropathy to kick in full force….the numbness & tingling even while actively moving about all day, the excruciating nerve pain in my feet, hips, shoulders & sciatic nerve root with the weakened immune system directly resulted in my medical discharge several months later after enduring numerous incorrect, un necessary diagnostic & treatment procedures while being told it was all in my head even though my superior ranks could visibly witness my efforts & struggles….it effectively ended my military career at the outset. It took years to find a neurologist to properly diagnose, pinpoint & treat and now monitor my peripheral neuropathy, also labeled idiopathic, and on top of it all I receive absolutely NO military/VA care or benefits at all, as the military is claiming the condition is EPTS (exist Prior To Service) which is a complete load of crap & the records compiled at MEPS compared to the records at MACH will easily prove that by the military’s own hand. I am permanently disabled (yes on disability with 100% rating, again with no military recognition)….I have never experienced any symptoms before the military in which I was repeatedly prescribed Cipro, and other non-reparative symptom-masking drugs along with 23, yes 23, consecutive bone scans with radionuclide contrast, a host of X-rays, and MRIs..amongst other treatment modalities. This occurred between July 2005 and December 2005. Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated & very helpful as this has literally destroyed my ability to be a self-sufficient productive working citizen.

  25. Jamie Reply

    I took ciprofloxacin for blood in urine. I explained to my Dr. I have always been told I have blood in my urine. 2 weeks later I get severe headaches, numbness and tingling in right arm and leg and not to mention what it did to my vision. Now another Dr. Prescribes me Elevation for sinus and this is the site I found while looking up the side effects. I am so tired of these Dr.s just prescribing anything and not at all concerned of side effects it has on you.

  26. Lynn Reply

    I took flagyl (metronidazole) for a couple for infection and started with eye troubles. Five months later a eye doctor found that I developed a myasthenia gravis which he said caused this. I’m suffering badly with this. It effects your immune and your organs. Can’t find a attorney to help me to sue them. Please any help OUT there?

  27. Mark Reply

    The short list of damage that fluoroquinolones (FQs) did to me includes blood clots, broken blood vessels, bloated failing veins carved from 13 entry points, erratic blood pressure, hemochromatosis, liver damage, kidney damage, pulmonary edema, collapsed lung, hernia, torn lumbar muscle, half dozen bulging discs when I had none a few years before, peripheral neuropathy, shrinking eyeballs, tinnitus, multi-chemical sensitivity, gastrointestinal distress, hair loss, crumbling teeth, nosebleeds, nails fall off, spontaneous tendon ruptures, a cartilage transplant, ligament damage, cognitive impairment and horrific mental anguish, psychosis, anxiety attacks that had me cowering in a corner, from nothing, and one of the worst, was wicked altitude sickness which forced me to bail abruptly from the town I loved so much, Leadville, Colorado, and now I can’t even go to the lower parts of the state without becoming terribly sick. There were/are about a hundred or so other “symptoms” of my fluoroquinolone toxicity, but that gives a quick snapshot of what the last 9 yrs have been all about. I cannot tell you how important it is for everyone to learn what the names of these drugs are and to make sure you do not take them, unless you are exposed to anthrax or the plague, and I would actually try my luck with the plague, seriously. I really wish they would have done something less drastic than giving me Levaquin, like cutting off my leg. That is how awful being “floxed” really is.

  28. Taiyla Reply

    In response to JKD November 2015 they do make a generic tp cipro called ciproflaxin. I had to take both cipro and levaquin for lyme disease do have to admit the lyme almost killed me but the side affects of these drugs has left my shoulder tendons in shreds. I have had to have 9 surgeries since 2008 as my tendons keep rupturing. The lyme caused neuropathy and is now permanet. I could go on with the problems I am suffering but there is no point. I went from a very athletic outdoor person to one who is on permanent disability and no recourse for my broken life. I try to stay up but it gets old an d sometimes I fail at that. Mu sympathy goes out to each and everyone who is suffering.

  29. Karen Reply

    I just happened to come across information on Levaquin causing peripheral neuropathy last night. I’m allergic to quite a few antibiotics so treating infections can be challenging. I was frequently prescribed Levaquin between April 2003 and mid 2011 for what was finally diagnosed as late-stage Neuro-Lyme disease. Because I’m hard to treat, I was prescribed Levaquin for 14 to 28 days several times a year.

    In 2005 I began experiencing horrible skin pain. It was excruciating to have anything touching me. Going to work took everything I had because all I wanted to do was rip off all my clothes and run home screaming. I kept complaining about the pain to my primary and, although he was sympathetic, he never offered a diagnosis or treatment. While preparing an appeal for the denial of my long and short term disability insurance in 2013, I got copies of all my medical records from the initial tick bite in 2003 through 2012. My primary had diagnosed peripheral neuropathy when I first began complaining about the pain in 2005 but he never once told me and the whole time I was going out of my mind with pain.

    I prevailed in my appeal with a determination of permanent disability with Lyme disease, peripheral neuropathy and a dozen other diagnoses specified. The insurance company paid a company to apply for SSDI on my behalf. In the meantime, I became concerned that a neurologist had never tested me for peripheral neuropathy and I thought having a confirmed diagnosis would help my SSDI application so I asked my headache specialist, a neurologist, for a referral to a neurologist who specialized peripheral neuropathy. That neurologist did multiple tests, including two skin punches, and they all came back normal. He did not do a nerve biopsy. He gently suggested that my symptoms could be psychosomatic and that’s what he told the referring neurologist.

    My headache specialist had been very sympathetic about my other neurological disorders but when the neuropathy specialist reported the normal test results, he suddenly became downright hostile. He even went so far as to write a disdainful summary of my last office saying I was very ill and should be under the care of a psychiatrist. He then went into MyChart and replaced all of his very carefully written chart notes for the previous nine monthly office visits that included multiple very specific neurological disorder diagnoses for symptoms well documented in my medical records since the 1970s with the exact same disdainful summary of the last office visit. I had already printed the chart notes from the previous visits and as soon as I realized what he’d done I complained to the hospital administration about what he’d done. Suddenly all the original notes were back in MyChart and I got a letter saying he was no longer with that hospital. Unfortunately, he was immediately hired by the hospital where I’m a patient at the pain management clinic.

    I did see another neurologist in a movement disorder clinic who explained that I could still have peripheral neuropathy even with the previous normal test results. He ordered a series of tests that included a tilt table test. The tilt table test was abnormal but the neurologist who ordered the test left the hospital and there was no follow up.

    On appeal I was awarded SSDI. Peripheral neuropathy is cited along with Lyme disease and a list of other disorders.

    I spend the majority of my time actively managing my pain. I’m always between a 7 and 10 on the pain scale. I take the maximum dose of Lyrica for the facial nerve damage caused by Bell’s palsy (a 2005 symptom of Lyme disease) and I think it helps reduce the burning skin pain a little. The pain clinic does not include peripheral neuropathy in the list of over two dozen current diagnoses but I’m in constant pain. I have to slather lidocaine/prilocaine cream all over me before I can get dressed and leave the house. Nights are a nightmare because it hurts to have the sheets touching me. My feet always burn. The texture of socks and other clothing makes the pain worse. Even the seams cause pain.

    I’m on a low dose rotation between morphine and oxycodone but my new insurance wants prior authorization before they’ll fill my next monthly prescription. The pain clinic’s new position is opioid are only for cancer patients and my primary has to follow their recommendations. 30mg of oxycodone a day for three months then 45mg of morphine for three months is low dose and in the last four years I’ve never asked to have it increased. My primary began prescribing oxycodone in 2007 because I’m allergic to almost all over-the-counter pain meds. Acetaminophen is my only option and that stuff kills liver tissue. He began prescribing 45mg of oxycodone a day but I lowered it to 30mg in 2013. I did go off all pain meds for forty-five days in 2013 but I was in so much pain that I could only curl up in a ball in bed and cry. The pain specialist took pity on me and recommended the opioid rotation. Lidocaine infusions really helped the neuropathic pain but the pain clinic stopped performing them for anyone other than cancer patients.

    I’m so worried about not being able to fill my opioid prescription next month that I’m losing sleep. I only average four hours a night anyway because it takes forever to reduce the burning skin pain and fall asleep. Six hours is cause for celebration.

    I feel vindicated now that I know what has caused the neuropathic pain but I don’t understand why only one of the tests was abnormal. Knowing Levaquin caused the nerve damage doesn’t reduce the pain or get my prescription filled.

  30. Jennifer Reply

    I was prescribed Cipro for what I already told my doctor I thought was viral bronchitis. He wanted to cover all bases and treat me with the antibiotic anyway. He never told me of any possible side effects, and neither did my pharmacist when I picked it up. I was on a 10 day course of it. After about a week I started feeling extremely ill with nausea, no appetite, severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and tachycardia, chest pain, dizziness, fatigued, anxious, burning sensation over my body/skin, severe headaches, and all over aches. Around the same time I also developed a bad Candida infection due to the Cipro which spread rapidly into my esophagus, larynx, lymph nodes, etc. My doctor then put me on Diflucan to treat that. I was thinking maybe my symptoms were from the Diflucan. I ended up being told to go to the er by my dr because I was having such severe abdominal pain. I don’t currently have health insurance, so this has all been out of pocket for me. Test results and scans were normal, so I was sent home with nausea meds. Pain in my abdomen got better but the other symptoms persisted. 4 days later, I stood up to walk to my bathroom and suddenly could not bear weight on my left foot. It hurts so badly. I noticed it was swollen right along where the posterior tibial tendon lies. The next day I started getting such horrible pain in the left side of my neck and shoulder to the point that I can not turn my head right or left. My muscles and eyelids started twitching all over as well. I started looking up reasons why would get this constellation of symptoms and tendon injury out of nowhere. That is when I came across the information about Cipro side effects, and it all made sense! I called my dr, and his nurse told me to just wrap it and stay off of it and I will be fine, and that they will add Cipro to my list of allergies. Allergies?! I am not allergic to this drug! This drug is poison! I had to go back to the ER for the horrible pain and immobility. The ER dr was almost defensive saying that the Cipro probably didn’t cause this and that Cipro is perfectly fine to give for simple infections like sinusitis or bronchitis. I tried showing her documents and studies that I found online which contradict that opinion, but I was in so much pain and so exhausted from not sleeping that I just let it go. I have been referred to an orthopedic specialist and will be going tomorrow to find out if I have a partial tendon tear or what. The kicker is, while investigating this further, I found the warning from the FDA stating that this antibiotic should only be used in extreme infections after other treatments fail, and not to prescribe it to patients taking anti-inflammatory meds daily or those who have a connective tissue disease like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus….that these patients are much more susceptible to these severe side effects of the medication. My internal medicine dr who knows me and my history very well prescribed the Cipro to me knowing that I take Voltaren (a strong anti-inflammatory) and that I have an established diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis with overlapping Lupus. Also, if there is supposed to be such a stern black box warning on this medication, and these things are contraindications for being prescribed Cipro, why did the pharmacy system not flag this as a contraindication when I got it filled? I get all of my scripts filled at the same place, so they definitely have in their system that I am on Voltaren as well as Plaquenil (a drug that treats lupus and rheumatoid arthritis). Yet no one said a word to me about it! I did a lot of research and found out that weekly infusions of glutathione can sometimes help Cipro toxicity, so I just started getting those a few days ago at $150 per infusion. I have had to buy several holistic/natural supplements and remedies to battle these awful symptoms. I have lost half of the hair on my head. I fear that I am going to be permanently disabled in some way from this though. I am a widowed single mother of two kids, and I run my own business from home. I have not been able to do anything but lay in bed in agony. I was already dealing with so many health issues and was working hard to get my health back. This has been a HUGE setback! So since I have no insurance, I am out thousands of dollars from 2 ER visits with CT scans, glutathione infusions, tons of vitamins and supplements, the $200 I paid for the visit to my internal med dr (I basically paid him to poison me with this stuff), an office visit at the orthopedist, no doubt imaging they will have to do on my tendons, possible surgery, and definite physical therapy. All because my dr prescribed an antiobiotic to me that I didn’t need and is not safe for me to take! I want justice here!

  31. SCOTT Reply

    My story is quite similar… I’ve taken Cipro and Levaquin several times over the past 10 years or so, and had no idea whatsoever that they could be the cause of my afflictions until this January. In December I had all (as I have been led to believe) possible tests to determine why I suffer from Severe Sensory Motor Polyneuropathy. The Nerve Conduction study showed that the nerves tested weren’t conducting signals. The EMG results were similar. All the blood test results were in the normal range. The lumbar puncture was not completed; the doctor couldn’t get the needle in between L4 and L5 because of scarring; we were to attempt taking a cerebrospinal fluid sample the next day (December 28) but the radiology department head nixed that plan, stating that I needed to wait a week or so for any inflammation to subside. My insurance ended the 31st sooo…

    I’m now in a wheelchair; my right foot is turned sideways. My left foot is slowly doing the same. My fingers are permanently bent, and the muscles in my hands have deteriorated to the point that I can barely hold a pen. I can’t pick up a coin with my thumb and forefinger. My fingers and feet are persistently numb, as well as painful. I also have Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Stenosis, and Osteoarthritis. I had a detached retina. I’ve had psychological issues as well.

    Medical expenses drained my resources. I had to file Chapter 7, and sell my modest townhouse because of an abusive HOA and the management company, Team Management. All my things are in storage and I’m in an extended stay motel. I’m socially isolated because of my disability and almost certainly completely unemployable.

    The UTIs were excruciating. The July 2014 extreme back pain (could not get up off the floor; involuntary evacuation; passing out; in hospital for 11 days… that is my new “Ten”) was endurable only because 1) no choice; and 2) dilaudid. This “death by a thousand cuts” is far worse. I go on only because there’s some aspect of my psychological makeup which rejects suicide.

  32. Patti Reply

    Hi everyone,
    My husband was given generic levaquin twice in 2016, the second time with a steroid. He had sinusitis. The combination of the levaquin and steroid, coupled with his ibuprophen use has created horrible side effects that he has been suffering with for months. Our doctors refuse to acknowledge the possibility of the fluoroquinolone toxicity. The sinusitis never cleared up from the antibiotic. I gave him oil of oregano capsules from Gaia Herbs, magnesium lotion from Life Flo (through Amazon), which helps joint pain and panic attacks when it is rubbed on the chest. I also give him Super C vitamin drink mix that i mix in orange juice. Tons of vegetables, fruits, water. One of the most helpful things that he does is epsom salt soak everyday. It helps with brain fog too. Next, we will be trying a holistic doctor to detox the fluoride out of his body. Gook luck to everyone. Check out myquinstory.com or floxiehope on facebook

  33. ada Reply

    I can’t understand why those of us who took ciprofloxacin (Generic) can not sue. My ex doc gave me 500mg a day for 6 days, 4 months in a row and another dose 4 months later for uti. My body is literally slowly dying from this. Nerve, bladder, memory, bone degeneration, mental, weakness, etc, etc. I will never be the same nor can I work or live a full life. It’s not right that these generic companies can get away with this. Sad if I had know how dangerous and that this is suppose to be a last result antibiotic I would have never taken it.

  34. Cindy Reply

    During my pre op lab testing for a spinal fusion I was found to have a symptomless UTI. I was prescribed generic Cipro. Post op I was administered IV Levaquin. Ten days post op I started with severe right thigh pain, numbness in my right leg and my legs would completely give out on me. My neurosurgeon didn’t seem too concerned until 3 weeks post op he gave me a MRI and it showed my heardware had broken. I had fallen down the stairs a dozen times. I was AGAIN given generic Cipro for another UTI and IV post op. The conditions got worse, I was falling all the time. My neurosurgeon dismissed my complaints but I had to apply for Social Security Disability at 52 and was granted it. A year later I was hospitalized with a Blood Sugar of 1269 (Had never been Diabetic). I was given another IV antibiotic in ICU and was unable to move in the bed, walk, hold eating utensils, bath myself, nearly went blind and the list goes on. Nobody could explain these new conditions. I’m just reading about the FDA warnings for Cipro and Levaquin. Guess I have finally solved the mystery. AND it’s PERMANENT. I am a 57 yo widow who lives alone. I can no longer drive because of a partially paralyzed right leg. I am in severe pain, especially at night. What a wonderful life.

  35. Lahna Reply

    I was prescribed Cipro for an uncomplicated UTI (which it didn’t fix) and now have tendon pain all over my body. I’m going for a sonogram and whatever this week to tell me the extent of the damages. It’s still getting worse day by day. Each morning I wake to another sore spot. I am nearly 66, very healthy and strong woman. My doctor never mentioned anything about my age and Cipro warnings.

  36. Judi Reply

    I took Levaquin for a bad spider bite. After a week, the bite area was getting necrotic, so the doctor also gave me Cipro. After that, I noticed, that it always felt like my socks were wadded up in my shoes. I’d check, and they were fine. Also my shoulders became very sensitive to cold. I realized I had developed peripheral neuropathy, but never connected the drugs, until years later, when I read a report about the side effects of those two drugs, and realized they started when I took them.

  37. Shawna Reply

    I took Cipro and Levaquin at least in the year 2012 (and other, but my memory is not too good at times). I had a very bad sinus infection in April-May 2012 and I wasn’t getting well. My dr. put me on this fluoroquinolone. She did warn me about possible ‘tendon’ issues, but that was all. Nothing was said about central nervous system issues, tinnitis, problems with sensitivity to light, nervous problems…all of which I have experienced. Also, my hands get and stay very cold, even in 90′ heat. I have problems concentrating, remembering, digestive issues/worsened, muscle weakness/wasting, heart palpitations which come and go, breathing problems. Sound familiar? And what’s crazy is my blood work appears “normal”. Yet, I am far from normal. I was a teacher and had to quit my job, my career, my Life! I was convinced by many doctors that all of THIS was due to the infection I had, not the Cipro (and generic cipro). But I now know this came directly from the prescribed drugs I took. I feel for everyone who has posted here on on social media. So sorry for all of your losses! Big pharmaceutical companies have ruined lives. This is Not ok! For me, I never know how I will feel on a given day. I’m almost 60 years old and I now see that my ‘golden years’ ahead will be tainted thanks to bad medicine and lack of insight on my part.

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