Wanted to say "Thank You!" (Cipro is nasty stuff for me.) Tendon problems, be careful!!

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   Posted 6/2/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I was recently prescribed a combination of Flagyl (which I had taken before) and Cipro (which is new to me.) I read some threads here about the two drugs and came across a thread of an individual that had their hamstring rupture while taking it (tried to find the thread again but no luck.)

Anyway, I took the Cipro and that night my Achilles tendons were throbbing with pain. The next day, I got up and noticed my right ankle was almost twice the size of my left. I knew that I IMMEDIATELY needed to stop the Cipro. I called my doc, and he wanted to instead try Leviquin (which through reading here I learned is in the same family of drugs and has the same potential side effects.) I told my doc "no way" that I was going to take something that could do the same thing while my ankle is all swollen up. I'm still on the Flagyl and we've added Amoxicillin (I have absesses right now that I think got infected, yuck!)

I just wanted to thank everyone here for helping me to recognize a potentially serious situation. I'm not too impressed with my GI right now. I think I might go somewhere else. (Where is the question.)

Anyway, thanks!! tongue
Type I Diabetes- 28 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
Celiac Disease- 6 yrs.
Crohn's Disease- 1+ year (Nov. '06)

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   Posted 6/2/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
ouch! I took cipro for a bladder infection and had no problems, it is good to know potential side effects though in case it happens.
glad you caught it early!


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   Posted 6/2/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the heads up on that one! I suffer from Fibromyalgia as well as Crohns, so I'll be paying attention the next time I'm on that drug combo! I do well on Levaquin and haven't had any reaction with the Cipro/Flagyl yet. I do hate Flagyl though!
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   Posted 6/2/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   


Cipro and Levaquin destroyed my body...I was on Cipro and Solumedrol along with Flagyl in the hospital...My ding dong doc added Levaquin and that night my whole body swelled but particularly my left leg, ankle and knee...My concerns went unanswered and I was given the 2nd dose of Levaquin...Immediately a red line went up my hand and my heart began to pound...I felt like the reaper was coming, in fact he eventually did...The immediate reaction went undocumented and eventually covered up by the staff and the Maine Licensing Board...It has been 18 months since the incident and a fight back to walk again but I was determined...I did this with ZERO help from my doctors and therapists...They would not admit what happened therefore they could not treat me...Any movement could have cause tendon rupture...I am now permanently damaged and the experience has been an 'eye opener' for me and my family...

These drugs are over prescribed and for issues that could be exaserbated instead of rectified...Listen to your body before you listen to a doctor...Swelling on cipro or levaquin indicates trouble and the manufacturer states to discontinue us immediately...Go to the manufacturers website...Levaquin is Johnson&Johnson/Ortho McNeil, it seems to change on different sites , I guess that's their way of running away from lawsuits tongue I also notified the FDA (fraud and dupe admin) and they were more than useless...I submitted my horror story, they responded with a form letter...Thanks for nothing...Medicine has become a business and unless you are fortunate to be a Kennedy or the like or a very lucky person, doctors will only keep you sick...Sorry for the gloom and doom but I have read more than my share and lived my own horror story due to doctors and Big Pharma...We need to be our own best advocates and  I am concerned about your health cause I know how easily a misdiagnosis and a toxic drug can kill you...BTW, after all this time I believe the 'fluoride' in this class of drugs called quinolones just may be the culprit...I switched toothpaste and also drink well water to avoid it like the plague...Please look into this class of drugs...While many claim to be saved by these drugs, it appears just as many have been poisoned and the ones that you don't hear from were killed...I was almost one...Google QUINOLONES and LEVAQUIN side effects..there is a very informative site but I cannot recall it (brain damage from levaquin too), it has many victims...It is something like Quinolone Victims...Try googling that, I am sure you will find it...Show it to your doctor and tell him to put the cipro where the sun don't shine...

Good Luck Hon...I am hoping you have a speedy recovery...May just be time to research drugs BEFORE you take them so you know more than the doctor willing to risk your life...


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   Posted 6/2/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Perhaps it was a thread I wrote here at HW. I suffered serious hamstring tendinopathy from taking Levaquin. My hamstrings are permanently damaged from this medication last year. And you were VERY smart to recall that all fluoroquinolone based meds have the potential for causing tendon problems. Cipro and Levaquin are the most frequently prescribed to CD patients. Everyone that is prescribed these meds should be alerted to the potential for causing this type of problem. While the fluoroquinolones are very helpful to many, a small segment of the population can have these serious tendon problems.

How is your ankle now miguelblanco?
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   Posted 6/2/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes! Fortunately, I never had this problem with either. Cipro & Levaquin have been particulary helpful in regards to UT infections caused by kidneystones.
Just shows we are all different. However, your doc should study his PDR more!


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   Posted 6/2/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG now I'm all nervous!! Cipro is the only thing I seem to be able to handle when I have a CD flare. :-(

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   Posted 6/3/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
LBJ said...
OMG now I'm all nervous!! Cipro is the only thing I seem to be able to handle when I have a CD flare. :-(

Obviosuly, everyone is different. If it works for you and you don't have any adverse reactions, I wouldn't dissuade you from taking it.
I am allergic to darn near everything (foods included) and have never had a problem with any drug before. This was a first. But, it seems most of the drugs used for CD seem to at MINIMUM disagree with my system.
Type I Diabetes- 29 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump); Celiac Disease- 7 yrs.; Crohn's Disease- (Nov. '06)
Taking Flagyll right now. Not many of these drugs seem to agree with me. Can't take Prednisone/steroids because they jack up my bloodsugars. I have no desire to try IV drugs for Crohn's.

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