Posted 10/16/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)
We call it getting 'floxed'. In fact, there are thousands of people on a yahoo group called quinolone, and we also have another forum favc which has many people suffering from adverse reactions to cipro. A lot take months to yeras to recover unfortunately. After the very first dose, after 2 hours, I developed;
Bilateral tendinitis in my wrists and my ankles, peripheral neuropathy, chronic sleep onset and sleep maintenance insomnia which lasted 5 months, chronic nightmares lasted 3 months, pulsating tinnitus, tinnitus, swallowing difficulty, muscle pains, eye pains, ear pains, fatigue, blurry vision, static vision, poor night vision, lines in my vision, floaters in my vision, flahses in my vision, poor adjusting from light to dark areas, dry eyes, dry mouth, dry skin, wrinkled skin. Pounding sensations of my neck, heart, stomach, neck. intolerent to caffeine. Joint pains, spider veins. I also cried a lot during the initial first days after I had my reaction.
Oh and I was a very healthy 23 year old male, very fit and ate healthy for the last 6 years, no medical problems at all other than a possible infection. I quit taking cipro after 3 doses and symptoms kept appearing for upto 4 months after I took the last pill. Unfortunately this is typical :(
Before I took cipro I had never had any of those symptoms, I have done karate, judo, boxing 12 years of football, skateboarding, roller hockey, ice skating, climbing... never had any tendon injuries in my life. I also had never experienced insomnia in my life either until the night I took cipro.
The good news is that I recovered and it took me a year, the bad news is there are thousands of people who struggle everyday with symptoms. Even some doctors are dismissing the idea that quinolone caused their tendon issues.
I URGE YOU PLEASE to report your reaction, write to the company that made the drug, report using the yellow card scheme or to the FDA. You have to get these reports in because I feel that the damage from quinolones on tendons is vastly underestimated.