Posted 4/1/2014 5:07 PM (GMT -7)
ok, so here we go -
cipro is the brand name to ciproFLOXacin
levaquin is the brand name to levoFLOXacin
These are drugs of a class of antibiotics called flouroquinolones
The FLOXing name hence comes from their "generic" names and when talking about cipro - being FLOXED by cipro pretty much refers to being "poisoned" by cipro, in otherwords, some people suffer from cipro toxicity.
For some, cipro is a wonder drug, for others it results in devastating and sometimes permanent side effects. Summer16 I am SO sorry this happened to you!! =(
Summer pretty much summed it up well.
Since Cipro crosses the CNS barrier, it can cause temporary or permanent nerve damage, for example peripheral neuropathy, pain conditions, vision changes, tinnitus, insomnia, memory loss, panic attacks, all of which are symptoms of Lyme..... in addition, as summer said, it is very well known for causing tendonitis and tendon rupture, that's why it has a black box warning. It tends to affect the ankles the most, but it can occur at any major joint. So in the end, you are taking a risk if you are one of those individuals who cannot handle taking cipro. But if you can, cipro can help you in many ways. I am sorry, but this is a tough situation to be in, bc you have no idea if you will end up with any of these side effects. Also, since the side effects are very similar to Lyme symptoms, how will you know if its the cipro doing this to you or the Lyme? I have often wondered this about those with Lyme taking cipro.
Are you taking it bc of neuro lyme or bc of a coinfection?
good luck with your decision, throw out more questions if you have!!
Registered Pharmacist in NY
Tick Bite in October 2013 (didn't realize it at the time)
Started with Flu Symptoms November 2013 then Muscle/Nerve Symptoms January 2014
Went to 5 Drs who gave ridiculous diagnoses -
February 2014- Clinical Self Diagnosis (lyme test was negative)
started doxy February 8th 2014 (convinced a walk in clinic dr to write Rx)
Plan to beat this!!!!