"Tendon Effects: Ruptures of the shoulder, hand, Achilles tendon or other tendons that required surgical repair or resulted in prolonged disability have been reported in patients receiving quinolones, including ciprofloxacin. Post-marketing surveillance reports indicate that this risk may be increased in patients receiving concomitant corticosteroids, especially the elderly. Ciprofloxacin should be discontinued if the patient experiences pain, inflammation, or rupture of a tendon. Patients should rest and refrain from exercise until the diagnosis of tendinitis or tendon rupture has been excluded. Tendon rupture can occur during or after therapy with quinolones, including ciprofloxacin."
http://www.rxlist.com/cipro-drug.htm ~ click "Warnings and Precautions" and scroll down a ways (or Ctrl+F and type in "tendon" - without the quotes).
This page also says: "Other serious and sometimes fatal events, some due to hypersensitivity, and some due to uncertain etiology, have been reported rarely in patients receiving therapy with quinolones, including ciprofloxacin. These events may be severe and generally occur following the administration of multiple doses. Clinical manifestations may include one or more of the following: ...arthralgia; myalgia..."
rxlist.com places the full prescribing information as included in the package the pharmacist receives. The little printout they usually provide the patient only contains a fraction of the info from the full prescribing info. Ask your pharmacist to read the package insert or tell him/her to check out the link above, and also tell your doctor to look up Cipro in a current PDR and check under "rare side effects and adverse events." Most MD's don't have a clue about uncommon drug reactions or side-effects.
Now, if this is tendonitis or tendon rupture, you need to be evaluated immediately by a qualified health care practitioner (physical therapists are good, but you may also need an orthopedic physician), as tendon ruptures are nothing to play games with. Tendonitis can be helped with ice, rest, ice, rest, ice, rest, (ok I think you get the pattern....). Some also find help from Boswellia cream (Frankinsence) or other anti-inflammatory products. Be careful about taking over-the-counter products if you are taking any prescription medication - always check with your pharmacist and doctors first.
I hope this helps - take care,
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