Ever since we sued the FDA for failing to respond to our August 2006 petition to increase warnings about the risk of tendon rupture with fluoroquinolone antibiotics, we’ve received a lot of valuable feedback from people who’ve had problems with these drugs, which include Cipro and Levaquin. Actually, “a lot” is a pretty big understatement: we’ve been downright flooded with the tales of drug-induced misfortune that have poured in through email, over the phone and by regular old snail-mail.

The good news? The FDA responded to our lawsuit by slapping fluoroquinolones with a black box warning – the strongest warning the FDA can request. The agency also required manufacturers to produce special Medication Guides that explain the risks and benefits of the drugs in language intended for patients.

The news we aren’t so happy about? The federal agency disagreed with the other essential part of our petition: that drugmakers should send physicians a Dear Doctor letter informing them of the side effects their patients might encounter with these drugs. But we are in it to win it, so we are now considering another lawsuit to force the FDA to require companies to send warning letters to doctors, since the agency has admitted that doctors are not adequately warned about these largely preventable tendon ruptures.

While we wait for the agency to see the light, I thought I’d try to answer one question that I’m sure is on the mind of everyone who has suffered tendinitis as a result of these drugs: When will I get better?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear, concrete answer to that question, but we do have some information that may be helpful.

A review of fluoroquinolone safety published in the Southern Medical Journal says “Even with early diagnosis and management, tendinitis heals slowly,” but also that “The mean recovery time reported is from 3 weeks for tendinitis to 3 months for a tendon rupture.”

The logical follow-up question is, of course, how do people recover from fluoroquinolone-induced tendon injuries?

Regrettably, there does not seem to be an easy answer to this question either — at this time there is no miracle cure that offers instantaneous relief to patients suffering from the symptoms of tendon damage.

But the Southern Medical Journal authors state that most patients can expect “complete recovery … if rupture is not present.” And while you wait for your body to heal itself, treatment is fairly intuitive: stop use of the fluoroquinolone and have your doctor switch you to another antibiotic; rest your tendons; use anti-inflammatory drugs for pain (being careful not to exceed daily limits); elevate your leg (if the pain is in your Achilles’ tendon); and ice the affected areas. Patients frequently use splints or crutches while they recover.

So the good news is that although some unlucky patients might require surgery, the odds are that, if you’ve been hurt by Cipro (or any of the fluoroquinolones, for that matter), you can probably expect your body to heal itself with “2 to 6 weeks of non-weight-bearing activity.” In other words: take a load off.
Anyone who experiences unexpected tendon pain while taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic should stop taking the drug immediately, call their doctor and rest. For those of you who are interested in learning more about fluoroquinolone antibiotics – or any of the roughly 600 prescription and over-the-counter drugs our experts in drug safety have evaluated – can find out more by subscribing to www.WorstPills.org today.


  • Kate,

    I fail to understand why another lawsuit would be required when the first lawsuit addressed the issues regarding the Dear Doctor Letter. Perhaps I am mistaken here but is not the first lawsuit still pending? Or has Public Citizen withdrawn that suit? Please don’t tell me that this ridiculous response from the FDA was found somehow to be adequate.

    The Southern Journal article you are referring to is once again grossly mistaken and puts a ridiculous spin on these issues. It has been over eight years in my case and the tendonitis continues unabated. And I am far from the exception. These drugs are crippling people for life…a number of patients DO NOT heal in two to three weeks as claimed by this article. We are NOT recovering after two to six weeks of doing nothing either. Year after year we continue to be in misery and nothing the doctors do is of any value whatsoever. Any number of studies has shown this to be a persistent injury in some cases that does not respond to treatment.

    That has to be the most outrageous statement made to date (recovering after two to six weeks) regarding these reactions. That and the number of reports being cited by the FDA. When is the medical community going to get it through their heads that the patient is at risk of being crippled for life?

    A recent review of the MedWatch database, deleting the duplicate case report numbers, shows 468 ruptures with Levaquin alone, and an additional 171 for Cipro, being reported to the FDA. 639 reports total over the past twelve years, and this does not even include all of the other fluoroquinolones, let alone all of the reports made from 1962 (Nalidixic Acid, which was also associated with joint problems) to 1996, which were ALL excluded from MedWatch. Forty-four years worth. Nor does this include all the bizarre medical terms used to describe such a rupture and all of the different foreign names for the same drugs.

    Sorry to be on such a negative rant here but this is infuriating. The advice to call your doctor is pointless. Just about every patient who does this is being told ‘it cannot be the drug’ and instructed to keep taking the medication. The NUMBER ONE complaint of those who suffer an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone drug is the fact that their doctors REFUSE to associate such reactions to this medication. Of over 400 patients responded to a survey on the fqresearch site and 99% of them indicated that their physicians knew NOTHING about these adverse drug reactions, and refused to believe that the drug could possibly be responsible for their problems.

    The same goes for the advice to stop the medication when tendon pain presents. By then it is far too late. The damage has already been done; otherwise you would not be in pain. This is as frivolous as suggesting to close the barn door after the horses have run off. What possible good would come from that?

    Already physicians have indicated that they have no intention of changing their prescribing habits as a result of this box being drawn around an existing warning. And the drug reps are spinning this as no big deal. The warning has always been there so this is nothing new in the least. Only problem is the fact that treating physicians don’t bother to take the time to even look at the package inserts, let alone read them.

    And where might I ask are the Black Box warnings for all of the other horrendous, and even fatal side effects of this class? The list would not even fit in this comment box. FATAL Liver, Kidney and Heart damage, irreversible peripheral neuropathy, disfiguring rashes, toxic psychosis, the list just goes on and on and on.

    Though the victims honestly appreciate Public Citizen’s efforts, this warning is a slap to the face as far as we are concerned. Far TOO LITTLE, far too late. It will be years before such warnings are even made available to the public, as the FDA did NOT mandate that these warnings be sent to all the pharmacies to replace the existing package inserts. All of the drugs in the pipeline will have to be exhausted first, as well as the stockpile of existing package inserts before these new warnings even see the light of day.

    We are just now seeing the warnings that were added four years ago regarding
    Peripheral Neuropathy (irreversible nerve damage), Heart Problems (prolonged QT Interval / Torsades de pointes), Pseudomembranous colitis, Rhabdomyolysis (muscle wasting), Steven Johnson Syndrome, as well as concurrent usage of NSAIDs contributing to the severity of these reactions.

    Feb 14, 2008, Bayer was reported to be sending letters warning doctors in Europe regarding severe and even fatal liver reactions as well as SJS and TEN in patients taking its Avelox antibiotic. Perhaps you failed to notice, but there were no such letters sent here in the States and Bayer has indicated that they have no intention of doing so either.

    We have waited two and one half decades and this all that the FDA is willing to do? Draw a box around a grossly inadequate and frivolous warning and then refuse to tell the treating physician that they have done so? And you had to sue them in Federal Court to even get them to do that? Thanks, but no thanks. NO where near adequate in the least. Again we state: “far too little, far too late…”

    Mr. David T. Fuller
    Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Research Foundation

    • deborah

      I cannot believe that this medical journal would seriously claim that most people can expect to be cured within a few weeks.
      I have tendonitis in both tendons, which continues more than TWO YEARS after I took Cipro. The area below the tendons is swollen and both tendons are tender and painful, especially first thing in the morning. I have given up running, and given up walking any more than short distances. I have thrown out all my high heels. This is more than two years after I took Cipro! I doubt that these cases are being properly reported or monitored, since in my case when I called the medical center which prescribed me with Cipro, to tell them that I had serious pain in my tendons, they just sounded surprised, and said someone would call me back. No one ever did.
      I am possibly permanently crippled as a result of taking Cipro. I do not believe that including the phrase “and in rare cases might cause tendon damage” in the numerous side effects listed on the medication should absolve the manufacturer of responsibility. Why are they not looking into the frequency of this, and possible treatments for it? It is complete nonsense to say that the tendonitis is likely to clear up within a few weeks, when there are so many people who appear to be permanently damaged.

    • cindy schwartze

      1st comment: David Fuller – Well said!!! Thank you.

  • Brenda

    All I can say is you have said a mouth full. You could not have said it any better. Those of us who ARE damaged by these drug’s it is a little to late for us.And you will if ever find a Dr to say the antibotic is the cause of ALL of the problem’s we are having. I was on Cipro for 6 year’s daily 500 mg . I am a kidney transplant reciepient and 6 year’s ago i went in the hospital and ended up in a coma for 5 1/2 week’s.
    The Dr does not even know why.It could have been from the Cipro i had been on and off of in the year’s before. Or at the time I was in the hospital.But I do know I almost died from something. I am not on Cipro anymore .And the only reason I was on it is because my transplant Dr’s put me on it as a pervenative to help me from ever getting or as sick if I ever did. And I have been on Cipro 1000 mg a day at time’s when I was sick at home. There is a lot of people who this may not have effected and Thank God for that but the one’s of us that has been has a long hard road in front of and a painful one. If we evenmake it to the end of the road. It may be a dead end road…..


    • Ubiquinol (Kaneka)

      I find it hard to believe that you were taking 500mg/d cipro for 6 years, I’m not saying you’re lying but it’s just so hard to believe after the damage cipro dealt me in just two weeks. For me it was like taking an aging pill, I developed parkinson symptoms, memory loss, confusion, unable to concentrate, vision and hearing problems. What few consider is that Fluoroquinolones attack bacterial Mitochondria, the same cell organs found in human cells. Mitochondria are not only involved in ATP synthesis (cellular energy production) but also key to steroidgenesis, that is steroid hormones such as estrogens and testosterones etc. I found the solution a few months ago to my suffering and that is mitochondrial support through large doses of Ubiquinol (reduced Coenzyme Q10). I take 3000mg per day in 6x500mg doses and after 6 weeks my health is largely restored, all my neurological symptoms have vanished and I feel like I’m even better than before I was poisoned with fluoroquinolones. Give it a try and I hope you get better!


      I took cipro ,3 doses and had a bad reaction.Loose stools.I had tendon tightness and a great sens e of fragility in my achilles tendon,calve,feet forearm etc.That started about 3 months ago.Went to see my Acupuncturist/herbalist.He said in general antibiotics attack the spleen/cusing much of the symptoms we have experienced.It causes a syndrome in Chinese medicine known as cold damp wind.My herbalist gave me a formula to take and some acupuncture.Also i went for chinese style massage 2 times a week.As of right now I am 90% better.Those sufferring should also investigate what foods cause dampness in the spleen.You need to stay away from that kind of food the biggest culprits being dairy products and sugar.I had a small relapse 2 weeks ago when I had pizza.Good luck to everyone out there.

  • quin

    how about addressing my eleven years of hell ffrom levaquin!!! the tendons, tendonosis, peripheral neuropathy, neerve damage and i know plenty of people who have the brain toxicity…. i have been all over the u.s. and no one has any solutions!!! they say there is too much damage to operate…nice, huh??? if you had perisited in 8/1996 the petition to the fda, myself and thousands of others would not be in the shape we are in…. i thank god for my illinois state representative and the il attorney generals office for getting the ball rolling.(AGAIN)… i am still in contact with them, as is my illinois state rep is also…. fda has still not responded to the illinois atorney general’s petition of may 2005…. my BIG question to you… why did you not follow through with all of this in your first petition???? you could have saved thousands of people their quality of life…. even calls to you went un-answered…even after all the petitiones i have collected..(they are heart breaking) and trying to get a telephone call from you or and i even mentioned to your secretary i would fly to present to you all that i had of the VICTIMS of this class of drugs went un-answered…… at least my state rep and the illinois attorney general’s office listened to me and continue to do so and we are still working together on this….

    • In July of 2013 my 66-yr old husband was prescribed CIpro 1000mg per day for 14 days for suspected prostititis. Being the strong silent type, and in great shape, he kept his increasing symptoms to himself…until he began to drop weight rapidly due to nausea/loss of appetite, accompanied by increasing depression. He began craving milk at every meal which meant his magnesium was becoming deficient. Then increased thirst due to cotton mouth and frequent urination began throughout the days and nights, as well as increasing muscle weakness and increasing lethargy and atrophy of his musculature. Also acquired a rash on his back and his toes and fingertips were now icy cold. Finally, he admitted to thoughts of ending his life as well as depersonalization and mental lethargy. I said “STOP TAKING THE CIPRO…NOW!!! (he had taken 26 of his 28 pscribed pills) His symptoms remained each week post Cipro course, now having intense headaches nightly. His weight continued to decline and blood tests revealed his kidneys were failing which perplexed his doctor who questioned him about ever being exposed to toxins, or drugs. I couldn’t contain myself and blurted out HELLO? Do ya think it might be a toxic drug called CIPRO?
      Well, let’s check the PDR, he offered. Sure enough, it was known to cause kidney failure. Further blood tests revealed creatin levels were continng to increase and his kidneys were in serious threat of failing. Our Doc is sharp, cutting edge, and immediately began IV drips of magnesium, etc and referred my husband to a kidney specialist. My husband delayed for two more weeks due to being in midst of changing health plans. Meanwhile, we conferred with 4 top docs and all agreed he had ‘time’ to wait another week to see if levels would come into normal range.
      In the meantime I put my foot down a week ago and said We are calling LLOYD MEAR….NOW. I had met Lloyd three years ago when our 22 year old son had chronic fatigue and Lloyd helped him recover quickly after 5 years of suffering due to even the best of docs unable to help him. I have incorporated Lloyd into my private psychotherapy practice when dealing with tough cases. Lloyd also assisted me personally after I had a heart attack two years ago while in the middle of a session. I could have called 911 or driven myself to the hospital but my intuition told me to call Lloyd, knowing what an ordeal going the medical route would be. Lloyd immediately detected a virus on my heart and was able to neutralize it quickly and then assisted me for the next two months in removing the fluid around my heart.
      In my husband,s case, he detected the blood had been affected as well as his lipocytes. Once corrected, my husband’s energy levels began to increase and he was back on his feet two days ago and able to perform strategic tasks for several hours after having missed two months of work. We are going to go through the motions of getting him checked out by a kidney doc next week, but what he’s learned in this huge ordeal is to step outside the box and get educated further and take action, even if it seems ‘illogical.’
      He answers his phone 7 days week when in town. He treats all aspects of the body. Incredibly reasonable fees for his services.
      Tell him Dr. Ronda referred you.
      Best regards to you all

  • quin

    sorry for the typo’s….. i was typing too fast and my blood as i am frustrated with you… i subscribe to your publications and now another suit???? i have a ton of material, but to be ignored by you is disgusting….

  • quin

    sorry for the typo’s….. i was typing too fast and i was seeing red as i am frustrated with you… i subscribe to your publications and now another suit???? i have a ton of material, but to be ignored by you is disgusting….

  • ciprovictimalso

    You talked the talk, but didn’t do the walk. You aren’t who I thought you were. You’ve lost my respect along with others who have been injured by these medicines.

  • Mike

    This is crazy. I can’t believe lawyers aren’t circeling like sharks. Thousands of people like me damaged for life. Doctors can’t help us if this huge problem is covered up. Thank god for the internet .

  • Now that it is October 1st, where are the black box warnings do I can call my physician and at least complain about feeling like a 120 years old bag of bones. Unfortunately for those sufferers like me, we will continue to stay wide awake all night because of Cipro induced insomnia, our ears will be constantly ringing, we will have panic attacks, suffer with the pain of peripheral neuropathy and a dozen other permanent side effects that never made it to a black box. And yes, all the doctors I have seen think I am a mental case. But we know it is the Cipro. Hardly a silver lining… We need public citizen to keep this in the press…Please help us at least retain our dignity if we can’t be cured and our pain cannot be relieved.

  • Shells

    Only one word.


    • Jo West

      I agree with you on the diagnosis as “CRIMINAL” I took ciro in Jan of this year and am still suffering from it. I have tendonitis that does not go away also I have places on my back and my buttocks which I can hardly stand as I sit all time. Something NEEDS TO BE DONE.I have to be in a wheel chair because I had polio in 1952 and now this is something the is almost unbearable.

  • Peggy Conroy

    Any treatment found for cipro tendon damage?

  • Peggy Conroy

    Finding an antidote for Cipro damages (our dog is practically crawling as a result of this treatment) is the action all should be puching. I spoke to both Schering-Plough and Bayer about this and they said no research is being done in their labs or anywhere that they know about! This, to me, is the most criminal of attitudes.

  • All credit to Public Citizen for forcing the FDA to take action, but the Dear Doctor letters are also needed. It is incorrect to for the Southern Medical Journal authors to state “complete recovery … if rupture is not present.” Once severe tendinitis has occurred the affected tendon is weakened for life, and it is significantly more likely to be re-injured in the future. I am not a medical professional, but I write as someone who has acute Achilles tendinitis in both legs (arising after a course of cipro), and can no longer ride a bicycle without re-injury.

  • sarah puttonen

    I took cipro and it ruined my life I was a healthy 27 year old 6 month ago and than i got a mild bladder infection .. they gave me cipro .. 3 days later i couldnt walk and felt like i was dying. I had to cancel my wedding drop out of school and cant really leave my apartment now. so.. who is responsible. I cant work and am loosing everything because of this.


  • Rick Lamber

    I was wondering where this short list of comments ended up as it is now 2011 and a gap of three years since the last entry?
    The question, unanswered, was what to do for those affected?

  • Daniel

    I’m just posting to give some hope to those who are suffering from cipro induced tendonitis. I took 4 pills and in the days that followed was not even able to sit because simply resting my legs on my tendons was too painful.

    It is now 2 weeks later and I am able to walk around a bit. I expect to fully recover in another week or two. I just hope there aren’t any other long term effects.

  • Aymee

    Well it only took like 3 days to destroy my baby momma….I had knee surgery on tues the 20th and have been carrying her to the bath and toilet….she’s totally immobile….crazy pain and to top it off we have a 21 month old lil girl…..so we’ll both be cripple soon enough from this terrible drug !!!! The ER didn’t even want to consider a reaction from cipro sounds typical to me now…any advice at all would be soooooo helpful ?????? Davincitattoo@cfl.rr.com

  • cyprostruck in PG,BC Canada

    I took cyprofloxacin for less than a week 2 yrs & 3 months ago. I started to have joint pain a few days after starting the drug, called my doctors office and they told me to keep taking it and that the symptoms would go away. I am still unable to do any physical activity as any exerted part of my body begins to swell, I then get a sticky film of my bodily fluids coming out of my pores due to the swelling that then turns into a nasty rash where my skin starts flaking off. It’s gross & uncomfortable. I can no longer do my Pilates, swimming, going to the gym. I cannot paint a wall. I had to buy a food processer to chop veggies, but peeling them does my hands in anyways. The doctors solution is to put me on the drug Celebrex. Have you read the side effects on this one? I am lactose intolerant and there is lactose in the drug. I have a history of acid reflux and one of the most dangerous risks is possible stomach bleeding. I guess that office did not learn to keep me away from drugs? I refuse to take it. I’m damaged enough already. I am in Canada and there is no black box label on cyprofloxacin here. Suing would have put me at risk of losing 75000 which I did not want to risk. I was told there is no record of a case being won in Canada for this type of case…pretty tough with no precedence. No one seems to give a rats ass to make the pharmaceutical co. be accountable for what this drug is doing to people. I thought of calling a documentary channel or W5. This will be the only way to light a fire…is to get media attention…get on a talk show? Dr Oz? Why doesn’t he help us? Sounds like a plan eh? NOT!!!!! No channel will risk losing their million dollar buys they get from the pharmaceutical companies. They are the ones who rule the airwaves. If the CEO of Bayer gets cyprostruck or his kid, maybe they’ll consider doing some research to help all of us who have been cyprostruck. How do you spit in text …anyone know? Signed, cyprostruck in Prince George, BC.,Canada. anneinpg@hotmail.com Please only contact me if you have a game plan or a cure

    • Joe Betar

      I had the same thing happen to me 10/29/12 from one 500mg dose of cipro given in the ER by a Dr who said I probably had a UTI- one pill – the next couple days I could not believe what was happening to my entire body – I am shot: cannot hardly walk, barely make it upstairs – this was 7 months now. To top it off I was only dehydrated, never even had a UTI. Is there anything new to help? I have tried all the vitamins, seen 20 doctors – no one can help. They say its neuropathy, tried gabapentin and that hasn’t helped. Nothing. Everyone keeps telling me to stay positive but I am losing hope.

    • Michael H

      I am from Saskatchewan, Canada. I stepped on a nail in August 10/ 2014 and was given Cipro for 7 days. At the time I was in Physio therapy for back Injury. I was given no warning about Cipro and not only have to have a discectomy. I now have tarsal Tunnel and Carpal tunnel, so all limbs are effected. I have Very damaged tendons in my hands and feet. I take alieve with very little effect. I refuse to ask for steroid injections because I know that they arnt good for ones health either. I have read that the damage of cipro can continue for 6 months after taking it. I don’t know what to believe as no one seems to acknowledge cipro as being problematic. Its now Christmas Eve and I am still in excruciating pain! Will I ever get better?

  • Mark

    I took Cipro 500mg twice a day for only 5 days. I asked my pharmacist about side effects he said it may upset my stomach… A few days later I awoke in the morning with pain in my back/neck and right arm. It was down right painful. A few days after that I left sobbing in bed because the pain was so intense. I then re-read the warning that came with my medication more clearly. It said MAY CAUSE TENDON RUPTURES (most common in persons over 60). No black box warnings that are described here. I went back to my DR. a few weeks after the pain started and mentioned that I was concerned about the Cipro. Of course he said it was not possible as it ONLY EFFECTED ACHILLES TENDONS. He also said it would have happened sometime during the prescribed days. The warning does state that it can appear weeks or months later. Clearly there is a real ignorance to the true side effects of this drug. Where is the BLACK BOX WARNING? My pharmacist knew nothing about it, my paperwork did not display one. I think people need to know the truth about this drug. The risk of complications may be rare, I will bet misdiagnosed is often the case. If there is supposed to be a black box warning it needs to be present with the medication provided to the patient, NOT mixed in with two pages of tightly spaced, ALL CAPPED TEXT, full page width lines lengths that are difficult if not impossible to read.

    • Jennifer

      I am in pain as I type this out with right wrist neck and shoulder pain after 5 days of 500 mg twice a day, July 2-7th. I had taken it with me overseas for traveler’s diarrhea and started at the early onset when 3 of us got sick after 2 days in the country. I only discovered what may be the cause of my acute wrist pain when i looked to see if I could shorten the course as I got better. (Mexico had a different packaging that didn’t call for 10 days). I have seen magnesium may help so I started it while here and stopped the Cipro immediately. I also immobilized it intermittently which helped at night. I hope you get well soon. It seems to be moving in the right direction. I haven’t yet seen my physician as we just got home.

  • Matt B

    Any ideas on how long the tendon issues persist ?

    I was on cipro 500 m x2 a day for approx 45 days

  • Chuck

    So what is the latest on all this? I was prescribed cipro a little less than two years ago. Two days in the pain started (Achilles), and on the third day called my doctor who told me to stop. Of course, I still have problems with the Achilles, primarily on the right side, but I really didn’t think about searching “cure for tendinitis cipro” until a few months ago. I am appalled by what I found. Really, I think all anybody who has been affected like this wants, is to get better. But from reading all these posts, it kind of seems like this has become a forgotten issue in the past four years…or one that has been successfully swept under the rug. Forgotten or ignored by all but the victims, that is. Am I correct about this?

  • Mark G.

    I too suffer terribly from Cipro. It has been about a year now and I have tendinitis in my left achilles tendon, rib pain, permanent tinnitus that drives me crazy and both shoulders and biceps and triceps hurt. The only way to stop these monsters is to sue them. We must launch a class action lawsuit againsty the drug company who has destroyed our lives.

  • Ubiquinol (Kaneka)

    You forget about the damage Ciprofloxacin ( and any other fluoroquinolone ) deals to Mitochondria. My life was nearly ended two years ago when I had a week of cipro infusions followed by another week of oral cipro.


    UBIQUINOL that is reduced (‘activated’ Q10) !! And lots of it, I take up to 3g (!) = 3000mg a day. Don’t use the cheaper oxydized version which is usually sold as CoEnzyme Q10, it has to be Ubiquinol which is more expensive. The reason for this, in adults under 30 CoEnzyme Q10 can be converted back to Ubiquinol while in adults aged over 30 this capability rapidly decreases. In any event however you will never achieve the therapeutic plasma concentrations with Q10, but you will with Ubiquinol. Google for Ubiquinol (“Kaneka” process). Hope that helps you, I wish I had known about this earlier it would have spared me much pain and anguish.

  • Sally Swanson

    I have just recently finished ( 1 month ago) 10 days of Cipro, 500mgs 2x per say. I have never been so sick in my life as I have been for the last 2 weeks. I am in constant pain in my legs, head, jaw, overall feeling of neuralgia, and white flashes and floaters in my eyes, the likes of which I have never experienced before. I am sick all of the time. My energy is gone. I am frightened at the prospect of my future.
    What good is a black box if the consumer doesn’t see it? I was given paperwork regarding this drug from the pharmacy, but there was no “black box” indicated on the paperwork and no warning that I would or could be disabled by this poison. The pharmacist never told me that I could have side affects like these. I am really sick today. Thanksgiving 2012. Please pray for me.

  • denise

    i have also been affected by levoflaxin, iv spent the last 9 months trying to get better, taking everything . from magnesium baths , to , hemp oil, you name it. i am so angry that the drug company can get away with ruining peoples lives. does anyone suggest a good lawyer to fight these b—–ds!!

  • ciprovictimalso

    My husband took Cipro twice. His health started declining in his 40’s. By 55 he was dead. His lifestyle was that of living in a recliner and leaving it to go to the restroom which was a challenge on if he would fall or not on the way. That was how he lived his life for the past few years before he died. Was enough done to protect him? Does anyone really want to ask me that?

    • Jane

      I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog. I have a dog damaged by cipro. Fortunately my vet did some research and told me but the damage was done. She was only about 9 lbs; I don’t know dosage. The medication was given when she had her teeth cleaned and she lost a tooth. After a while she began to walk peculiarly but still could get around. I gave her an anti inflammatory thinking she had arthritis. Then one morning I let her outside and as she ran across the yard she fell over; she got up, tried to run and fell again. It was apparent that something was seriously wrong. We had moved from the city where she was previously treated so I took her to a local vet who could not determine what was wrong so I drove back the first vet. He looked at her records & pretty quickly realized what it might be. He seemed to know it was a problem for people. We kept her splinted and immobilized for about a week and she has gradually gotten enough better that she can get around (awkwardly) with major limitations. She experiences pain if too active. It appears that anti inflammatories are contraindicated and that is what exacerbated the problem 6 months after the cipro was given. This has all been heart-breaking since she is still alert and still has the same personality but limited mobility and pain every day and we thought we might have to have her put down. The fact that the vet identified and acknowledged the problem and worked to resolve it somewhat made all the difference in my feelings about it. He also uncovered several other reports of ruptures in people and pets. That was all Feb.-Aug. 2011.
      Now, here’s the kicker: About 5 years ago (2008) I took leviquin for a UTI. No warnings from doc or pharmacist. After a couple of days I was vigorously doing some outdoor sweeping with a large push broom when both shoulders became painful. It was severe enough that I stopped and when I looked it up in a nursing manual I discovered a warning about tendon ruptures in children. I did not take another dose. This allowed me to understand what was happening with my pet. It also still plagues me regularly throughout my joints. When I mentioned it to 2 medical professionals they both told me it was limited to children. So much for the black box.
      Again, I’m sorry for your loss. Our relationships with our pets are like no other.

    • ciprovictimalso

      Well, I was talking about my husband & not a dog. I think he rated a little higher than that. But i know people who are injured after taking quinolones have some mental issues so I excuse that reference.

    • Jolene


      You’re a terrible person to make such remarks to Jane! If you read the first word of her message and saw who Jane addressed her message to and looked at the post directly below yours on this board you’d have seen she simply made the mistake of replying to the post above the one she meant to. Your insulting her mental capacity (and everyone else’s on this board that have taken Cipro and other quinolones in the past) is unnecessary and cruel. Shame on you. In fact right now… I wouldn’t rate YOU worth more than Jane’s dog.

  • jnmcoope

    do you guys know if Cipro can have the same side affects to dogs??? a vet proscribed this to my dog she was 63 lbs and was taking 500mg 2 times a day… she lost use of her back legs , urine became dark with blood, started having trouble breathing, and right before she died had a seizure… she was sick when we first took her in but didn’t have a fever at all ever and vet didn’t do a cbc to even confirm an infection… he is now telling me there is no way cipro killed my dog but she had alot of the warning side effects to humans… i have been googling but haven’t found alot..

  • Holly

    I now take sisu glucosamine 3 per day at night and mag malate renew. 3 per day at night. Helps a lot. Reduction in pain is palpable for the first time in 5 years. Hope this helps you

  • I was prescribed ciproxin ear drops 7 months ago.I developed sore shoulders a few days into treatment .Never had problem like this before. I was diagnosed with tendonitis.Since then my life has been miserable with constant pain in both arms particularly at night.I haven,t slept for the past 7 months and had to leave my wifes bed because of my moaning and restlesness.I am so depressed with this condition.When is something going to be done about this drug. No warning on box or from doctor in Australia…..blueangel.bill@gmail.com

  • Debra Moeller

    I took Avelox 2yrs ago for pneumonia. After 5 days of the drug, I woke one morning with SEVERE pain just below my right knee. Diagnosed with patellar(knee cap) tendonitis. About 10 days later, moving my right shoulder was impossible without screaming out in pain. Not to mention 2 fingers, my thumb and lower back. My doctor also had me on Prednisone and an inhaled steroid as well. She did say that the drug caused the tendon pain and supposedly reported it(not sure to whom). Then the neuropathy started, shooting electric pain and tingling that keeps me up at night. I as well as many I see here, live in pain EVERY DAY!!. Some days are better than others……but the pain never goes away. Nothing takes it away and when you ask for something, you area accused of abusing. I thank God for my doctor, she understands and tries to help. I take a low dose of a narcotic pain pill daily, just to be able to function. It does not take away the pain but at least I can function. If you haven’t experienced this, you cannot begin to know the suffering. I am a professional nurse and I work 5 days a week. When I come home, I cannot do anything else. These drugs should have very restrictive use. I was an IV nurse and oncology nurse before my present job. Let me tell you that these drugs have saved many, many lives. But they are destroying just as many. Closer control, MD awareness on co-prescribing steroids and use only after first line meds aren’t effective may help. You are not alone. Together we can fight this battle.

  • Dustin

    I pray for you all. Yahusha heals. Im sad to have to say I am learning of the side effects of Cipro from a first hand experience as many of us are. Im 26 and was treated for a UTI with Cipro. I was completely ignorant that an antiobiotic could do such things, as is the reality in the case of this drug. I took about 6-8 pills at 500 mg apiece before experiencing extreme depression one night followed by two very intense panic attacks where it felt like i was potentially dying. I was so scared, shaking like a leaf, nervous, trouble breathing. I did not take make next dose of meds after this. About the next day I was moving with difficulty. My muscles and tendons were not normal. There was not a lot of pain, just stiffness and it felt like it would burst my tightened tendons unless i babied my movements. After prayers from friends and trying to lay my life down and rest in the hands of God and a good nights sleep i felt much better the next day. I could move about freely. My tendons were no longer tight as they were. Im concerned though because now several days later i notice i am still not normal. My tendons in my legs and arms were acting up today. I would be scared to try to do a pull-up. Even though i am not in pain it feels like i am frail, that if i do not baby my motions and were to but put some strain on my tendons they would give way and snap or something. Its hard to describe how they feel. My hands also feel as though they can not grip properly and my right hand feels as though it is on the cusp of cramping up as i type this. There is also a problem area on my neck running up and down behind my right ear. I am concerned that my muscles and tendons have been damaged. From what it sounds like damage can continue even after the drug is stopped, so im worried. What worries me the msot is that I may never be the strong person i was before. Will I always be cautious of my movements now? Will i be afraid to jump or tug hard or sprint because of this from this point on? Its very disheartening to try to accept this as permenant. I know God has the ability to heal any sickness. I just pray he will have mercy. Anyone familiar with trying a raw food diet? I was going to try eating a raw vegan diet mabey to see how this helps with my symptoms. Just mostly fruits and vegetables and above all else ill have prayers and know God is in control. Amen. Ill look for the site to post my success guys if im improving noticeably. I really hope people will share success stories to help others that are coming with the same symptoms. I know my symptoms pale in comparison to many of you but hopefully should i find success in something i can pass that along to others as well. Let me know if you got tips for how to recover from this.

  • feasant

    tendonitis may heal by taking a load off, but i can tell you i can tell you that it reoccurs the next time one uses/overuses the affected area. i have trouble with my elbows, which then causes numbness in my hands/fingers to the point of almost being useless. i took alot of fluoroquinolone based antibiotics in 2005 and it still bothers me to this day anytime i try to do things like hammering, drilling, painting, using a keyboard/mouse. being a handyman/mechanic is pretty well screwed now if i cannot use my arms.

  • Cindy

    I was prescribed 500 mg of Cipro for a week from an Urgent Care for a UTI. It cured my UTI quickly and I didn’t finish the entire dosage. I didn’t notice any immediate side effects but I was a collegiate athlete and was very active still at age 30. Several months went by and I felt strangely “tight” (which I did a lot of running to try to combat, having no idea I should avoid it) and noticed a “creakiness” in my Achilles tendons. 11 months after taking the antibiotic, I had a full Achilles rupture playing basketball. After a very painful surgery and seven months of physical therapy, I still cannot run. Worst of all, my other ankle is still exhibiting the same “creaky” feeling. I am told Cipro is no longer in my system, but its effects seem to be lasting. I’ve never had any tendon issues before and am terrified of tearing my other Achilles (or something else). If you have an infection, take any other antibiotic available besides Cipro, especially if you enjoy playing sports. I have been stuck on the sidelines for what feels like forever and am scared I will never be able to play again.

  • Magnesium

    Fluoroquinolone drugs are metal chelators and can affect magnesium/calcium balance and cause vasoconstriction and mitochondrial malfunction. If you suffer from side-effects (as I did) you are likely to be critically deficient in magnesium. The effects can be REVERSED by rebuilding your intracellular magnesium, but this cannot be done with OTC supplements as they are absorbed too slowly. You need to apply magnesium chloride (33% solution) topically AND take an oral dose of 0.5% magnesium chloride (1 tsp) at least four times/day. Do not swallow it immediately (it will give you diarrhea). The magnesium will be absorbed sublingually. Before starting this, check with your doctor. It is dangerous to supplement with magnesium if you have kidney problems. You might even ask for IV magnesium, which would probably cure the syndrome. It is a disgrace that the drug companies have not researched their own drug and figured this out.

  • Jonathan Guida

    I am a healthy active 31 year old that was on Cipro for about a month. While on the tail end of my cycle I ruptured my achillis. I was playing a sport but I have been playing sports my whole life. Too coincidental for me. This has been a terrible experience.

  • Sara

    Took cipro for about 6 days. 500mg BID PO. No warnings told to me. I read about achilles tendon rupture if over 60 yrs old and stomach upset and thats it.. Stopped taking it a week ago because it made me nauseous. Now my lower claves ache. I’m so scared. I’m mid 30’s with 4 children at home and am a full time nurse on my feet everyday for hours. I can’t stop working. My children are active, all boys and school age. I wasn’t even prescribed the cipro. I got samples from a frind who is a PA. I hope I haven’t just ruined my life in less than a weeks time on this stuff. We give it to our pediatric patients all the time but they are all mostly paralyzed. I’m a nurse and never ever heard of any of these side effects. It is now 2013. What do I do? The doctors I know say its just all in My head from reading the internet. But my legs are really aching. Was told to take ibuprophen. But this exaccerbates it? What can I do? I can’t just not do anything and I need hope. I cannot stop working. I cannot not be active. I’m so scared. Any advise?

  • Beth Smith

    Have taken two doses of cipro of 5 days each this month. I did read the warnings but thought they were probably exagerated to protect themselves. I was wrong. Very painful tendonitis. If you have a choice, do not take it. Unfortunately I have a heart condition that prevents me from using other anti-biotics. Along with this pain I will have to be extremely careful not to get any infections. I will never take cipro again!

  • David

    I took cipro a few times for a minor bladder infection and it ruined my life. It’s been over a year since my last pill and I can still barely walk. My leg muscles have wasted away and my cartilage has metled away inside my knuckles, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. My ribs even crack and pop. Now my achillies tendon on both legs are very thin and getting weaker. I twitch and spasm all day and night and can’t sleep more than 3 hours per night. I have been all over the USA for help. In the past year I’ve seen over 30 doctors and specialists. I’ve spent more than $50,000 in testing and treatments and still in the same condition. Before Cipro I was a marathon runner and bodybuilder. Now I feel like I’m 150 years old in a 37yo body.

  • TC

    I am a 62 yr old male. I have been very active and am in pretty good shape. I was diagnosed with UTI and was put on cipro. After 3 days I awoke to the worst pain I have ever had. (I used to get migraine headaches.) Now I have no use of my right arm. I cannot straighten it out or bend it without severe pain. Went back to the Dr. and had to talk him into some other medication. He didn’t want to believe cipro was the cause. Now, its over a week later and much improvement all though the pain is more manageable. I guess the good news for me is it is in my right arm (yes, I am right handed) and not in my achilles tendon so I can still get around. If there is ever a class action lawsuit, I would like to be part of it. Does anyone know where to report on things like this? Anyway, I am looking else where for something to help.

  • michelle

    took Cipro for 1 week a year ago. had psychotic episodes for 9 months. last fall developed tendonitis in both hand and both feet and my right should ruptured. psychosis has mostly abated but tendonitis and cognitive impairment persist.

    and guess what?

    no lawyer will touch this. Cipro destroyed my life and relationships and I’ve lost hope for recovery and I feel like I should be recompensed, but no lawyer will take my case 🙁

    • Vivian

      “The mean recovery time reported is from 3 weeks for tendinitis to 3 months for a tendon rupture.”

      “…you can probably expect your body to heal itself with ‘2 to 6 weeks of non-weight-bearing activity.'”

      How absolutely ignorant and deceptive of this article to abide by the Southern Medical Journal’s misinformation. Firstly, the Journal’s allotment of 3 weeks and 3 months for recovery from tendinitis and tendon rupture, respectively, presumably apply only to “regular” tendinitis and tendon ruptures (e.g. from a sports injury). Tendon damage caused by fluoroquinolone antibiotics is an entirely different animal altogether: the mitochondrial DNA of tendon cells are actually damaged by these drugs, such that healing is compromised because the very RNA and DNA duplication processes are afflicted. This means that complete recovery from fluoroquinolone-induced tendon injury is rarely possible.
      And any layperson will be able to see this borne out by the facts: a cursory perusal of Google and other search engines will bring up hundreds, if not thousands, of accounts of the permanency of FQ-induced tendon injuries. Such victims are still living with severe tendinitis, arthritis, muscle fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, vision problems, and other serious issues YEARS after they have completed a course of Levaquin or Cipro.

      Let’s be frank: there is no “silver lining” when it comes to fluoroquinolones. If you happen to eventually recover from FQ-induced damage, then you can be confident you were one of the lucky ones.

  • angela

    I took one Two doses (2 pills) of Cipro last April. Woke up that night to numb legs (up to knees), feet, hands, and arms (up to elbows). I immediately looked online for side effects and could not believe I was given this drug for a UTI. I stopped taking it immediately. It is September and I still suffer from constant tingling in my legs and feet, the feeling of my feet being hot and lose sleep nightly. I feel thankful when I hear other stories,that it could have been so much worse. I started taking supplements to try to relieve the symptoms of the peripheral neuropathy, Magnesium has reduced my symptoms greatly! Within 3 days it has given so much relief, I had the first nights sleep I can remember without waking up constantly in discomfort. I pray that nothing else happens, as others report injuries occurring months after taking.

  • Kelley

    There are support groups on the web for people that have been poisoned by this drug. My Mother was on this drug and she has had vicious side effects but her condition is life or death. I was put on this drug for a Prostate and asked the Doctor about the side effects. Obviously he doesn’t know any! I don’t think I have ever heard of a drug in my life that has the side effects that Cipro/Levaquin/ANY Floxin/Flaxin named drug has… unless it was cut by a Drug Dealer. The irony is the illegal Drug Dealer doesn’t want to kill his Clients! Although this Company seems to want to kill their patients. This drug is illegal to prescribe for simple infections in the UK as far as I know. Seems like people are forgetting the damage this is done. I am sitting with tendon and muscle spasms/pain. I am PRAYING I do not end up like the thousands I have read about! I was on this stuff for nearly 30 days STRAIGHT!

    P.S. FaceBook has a wonderful support group, type in Levaquin, the first that that comes up is the Floxin Support group there with many many great suggestions! Although I’ve read only time and luck is the real answer there are a few that have benefited from rare and often expensive/alternative approaches to treatment for this drug. Try this site: http://myquinstory.com/

    I have found hope out there, look for it. People need to raise awareness!!!

  • Maria

    My daughter took Cipro for a fistula infection for 5 days. On the second day she had tenderness on the soles of her feet. Next, her right ankle became a bit swollen. She felt awful, depressed. She stopped for one night, but the next night continued because we were worried about the fistula. The next day (today) she woke up with pain in both knees and had difficulty walking. Of course she stopped taking the Cipro. After reading the above experiences, I am sick with worry that tomorrow she’ll won’t recover and won’t get better. On top of all this, she has Crohn’s and has been going through a flare up.

  • Kelley

    Took Cipro and Levaquin for an infection, the infection was never confirmed it was just assumed by pain and discomfort. Two different doctors prescribed both these drugs! Neither mentioned any side effect, even when I asked. After about two weeks on the drug had a reaction of Tendon issues. I had read the warning label but I have taken plenty of prescription drugs and you would just think that is no big deal. That doesn’t happen to people in their 30s, it’s isolated to the unlucky ones? Nah, this stuff is happening(IN MASS) and people aren’t aware what is causing it! Doctors are buried in the 1980s!

    It’s been over a month and I have read hundreds if not thousands of people with similar experiences. There seems to be a Silver Lining for people suffering, which is you will either get better in a year ~quoting others…or you won’t!

    I won’t get anyone down, my pain has gyrated to several places and at times it seems to be less than other times. Use heat, use magnesium if you can take it and research Vitamin C/Vitamin E by not just any brand. Stay off the limbs and pray to GOD! Because Bayer is as guilty as a Concentration Camp Doctor and we’re their Pigs!

  • CiproedCee

    I live in Canada, 28 years old, healthy. I just wanted you to be aware that in Canada the insert they release with Ciprofloxacin is NOT black boxed and does NOT contain the information regarding tendon issues or neuropathic pain that people can experience. The side effect list includes stomach issues, headache, and insomnia. I was on Cipro 5 weeks ago and I still am unable to work due to the tendonitis in my hands, wrists, and ankles as well as swelling in my left elbow whenever I lift anything over a few pounds. I was on the drug for 6 days and took myself off of it for the 7th after calling my pharmacist for information regarding pain I was experiencing that I was concerned was coming from the drug I was taking. I was completely in the dark. The pharmacist said they had no record of the symptoms I was experiencing being caused by the drug, nor would my doctor believe me when I mentioned it as he had never heard of it. I went to the internet and was genuinely disgusted. I would honestly NEVER have taken Cipro. I was ON a steroid for my lungs while taking it, prednisone, a fact which evidently increases your risk for these ‘rare’ side effects but neither my doctor nor pharmacist flagged that as a concern before prescribing Cipro for a bladder infection. The last 3 weeks have been a fun adventure of doctors ruling out various ‘spontaneous’ aliments like early onset arthritis and various cancers. As I write this I’ve lost feeling in my right fingertips from typing so much. A week after finally being seen by a physiotherapist to diagnose the tendonitis and neural twitches and weakness (not to mention the periodic numbness which is very scary) I’ve developed and I’m still waiting to feel better. In total It has been 5 weeks and counting with no work, pain, and limited lifestyle. I saw a comment earlier from another person in Canada, B.C. and it’s horrifying that because we live here there doesn’t seem to be precedent for a successful lawsuit or even a need to adequately warn doctors or patients of this drugs side effect list. At this point I’d settle for wage replacement while I’m off work as E.I. is notoriously slow at paying back wages for medical leave.

  • Laurie

    My story is similar to many of the listed stories. I took levaquin in 2008 for a sinus infection. I only took 1 dose because I had an allergic reaction. However, within a couple of days my left achilles tendon ruptured. I have had 2 surgeries for the rupture, and it still isn’t healed correctly. I have pretty continuous pain, I can only wear shoes that have a soft back to it, and now I have chronic tendonitus in my shoulders. I may be facing surgery for this. After reading everyone’s blog here, I am wondering if my constant tiredness is another side effect. My should has been sore since June of 2013.

  • Rick

    I took Cipro a year ago for 3 days. Lo and behold. Tendonitis for a year in both elbows, my joints are snapping, popping and cracking. I can’t even do a pull up now. I’ve just stumbled on this because now I got bursitis and found this all by chance.

  • canie

    My sister has vaginal infection she was prescribed cipro for 10 days 500mg 2x a day .. i ask her not to take ,take other antibiotics instead and do a lot of alternative.listen to your body instead not because people tell you the right thing to do ..she dont feel anything she just have infection .i am 2months being ill by these drug but after hearing this i am so deppressed . My anxiety attacks me and i think to jump here in our building ,. Doctors also didnt give warning they just following. About papers they promise to save life but they can also kill

    Scientist create this they should find study even if it takes time not just to feel sorry .. they just like criminal ..

  • Art

    Took Cipro for ten days, last 2 weeks have tendinitis in left left from ankle to back of knee. Have to where ace bandage around knee almost all the time


    Unfotunately, I too am now a Cipro victim. I have gone from walking 6-8 miles a day and a very active lifestyle to being unable to walk unless aided witha cane or crutches and then only for a short distance.
    What is different with my story is that the ER room that treated me did sight the cause of my ankle swelling and pain was caused by Cipro induced tendinopathy. This was the diagnosis of the ER Doctor and nurse. They were not the people who originally prescribed Cipro for me and had me on it for two weeks nor where they the Doctors (same hospital though) that had me on Cipro for another 2 days intravenously when I first felt the pain in my ankle. I DO NOT WANT TO SUE! I WANT MY LIFE BACK!
    Is there anyone out there that has fully recovered from the side effects of Cipro such as I have? If so, how was this accomplished and how long did it take???

  • Crow

    I was given 250mg Ciprofloxacin on September 30 of 2013 for a Kidney infection to take 2 pills for 10 days, on Oct 10 I noticed a tightness in the arch of my right foot, and didn’t think much of it, I had a follow up appt with a urologist the next day who decided that I should take an additional 500mg for Five more days just to make sure the Kidney Infection was gone. After getting the prescription, I started it the next day. Within 20 minutes of taking the First 500mg Cipro, Both of my feet curled inward at the ankles, my right hand closed into a fist, and the tendons and ligaments within my groin, and hip flexors tightend like piano strings, I was screaming in pain and shock at what my body was contorting into, My girlfriend who was with me when this happened is a Healthcare Professional and stated she had never seen anything like it. I was taken to the emergency room and was seen by a musculoskeletal doctor who confirmed that I was suffering from fluroquinolone poisoning and that the CIPRO would eventually leave my body in “Half-Life” increments leaving me with probable Tendonitis for many weeks. I went through the entire winter of 2013-2014 in excruciating pain within my Achilles tendons, and the surrounding tendons in both feet, and non consistent malfunctioning of tendons in my rifght hand, and hip flexors. It was worse in the cold as the Cold would bring the tendonitis out to stay for a few days before it simmered down. Eventually the tendonitis turned into tendons is which is Chronic tendonitis that doesn’t go away. As it got warmer out in 2014 the tendonosis went away and I was able to regain some better mobility, but it would come back if there was a chill in the air, or if I used the A/C to sleep- I had to wear Wool Socks when I slept so I wouldn’t be woken up in the middle of the night from a Achilles tendon Spasm that felt like it was about to rupture and Snap. I found out that because they put me on that CIPRO,that I didn’t complete, the infection turned into a Super Bug bacteria which made it impossible to fight infection. It’s now July 2015, and I still have odd Tightness in my achilles tendons and ankle tendons, sometimes there is a snap feeling in my hand, and I noticed over the past year that my legs and shoulders have lost strength and I favor certain muscles to avoid feeling the tendons tighten which has not gone away.- I’m a blue collar guy, I work with tools, and cut wood, and moved equipment for a living, but this Drug toxicity I’ve been poisoned with has sapped me from being who I was. The deterioration of your tendons seems irreversible at this point because I’ve been working with a Strength trainer since January of 2015 and if I stop for two days, I’m right back to where I was before training. The damage is real, and the time it takes to heal seems impossible. The Pharmaceutical Companies have the Fed in their Pockets and it’s absolutly disgusting that the people given these drugs are nothing more than collateral damage from a profit margin. I really hope Sombody figures out how to warn people of these Fluroquinolones because they ruin your life for Life.

  • Vivian

    “The mean recovery time reported is from 3 weeks for tendinitis to 3 months for a tendon rupture.”

    “…you can probably expect your body to heal itself with ‘2 to 6 weeks of non-weight-bearing activity.'”

    How absolutely ignorant and deceptive of this article to abide by the Southern Medical Journal’s misinformation. Firstly, the Journal’s allotment of 3 weeks and 3 months for recovery from tendinitis and tendon rupture, respectively, presumably apply only to “regular” tendinitis and tendon ruptures (e.g. from a sports injury). Tendon damage caused by fluoroquinolone antibiotics is an entirely different animal altogether: the mitochondrial DNA of tendon cells are actually damaged by these drugs, such that healing is compromised because the very RNA and DNA duplication processes are afflicted. This means that complete recovery from fluoroquinolone-induced tendon injury is rarely possible.
    And any layperson will be able to see this borne out by the facts: a cursory perusal of Google and other search engines will bring up hundreds, if not thousands, of accounts of the permanency of FQ-induced tendon injuries. Such victims are still living with severe tendinitis, arthritis, muscle fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, vision problems, and other serious issues YEARS after they have completed a course of Levaquin or Cipro.

    Let’s be frank: there is no “silver lining” when it comes to fluoroquinolones. If you happen to eventually recover from FQ-induced damage, then you can be confident you were one of the lucky ones.

  • Gman

    I’m trying to get the word out that a supplement called NAC helps. A lot. But you have to take a bunch. Indomethecin helped in the early days, but it messed up my digestive system. My ciprofloxin tendon issues are 9 months long so far. Every month is a tiny bit better.

  • jj/fda-lies

    Dec 07 intestinal infection, two itchy days on cipro switched to levo. 6 weeks later ankle pain progressing to constant throbbing spasm’s day and night. “Heal itself in 2-6 weeks”, who’s fairy tale is that, JJ?!. Almost 9 years later add numbness to the list. They can switch a drug used for chemo that unwinds the DNA (gets approved??!!). Call it an antibiotic, make huge profits but can’t make a drug to rewind the damage. Better to delay lawsuits, pay for contradicting studies and reap more profits. They should be SUED OFF THE PLANET, FDA disbanded plus any other government organization sponsoring the lie! Gulf War Syndrome more like Quinolone Syndrome, those people were ordered to take this crap. Class Action confused with Motion….

  • Barbara Arnold

    This is a lying discusting misleading article. Whoever wrote it has no conception about the side effects of Cipro and the length of time it takes to recover….if ever.
    I am 2yrs in now , I’ve spent thousands, taken every suppliment, changed my
    diet. The only thing that’s helping me at the moment is ozone autohemotherapy. I still have peripheral burning pain, but the ozone therapy is giving me hope as I have had days where I have felt almost normal.
    What really piss’es me off is that no-one is accountable, and no lawyer/solicitor is prepared to take this on. There has been a case in Texas where a case was won by “Failure to Warn” but who can afford litigation unless it’s “No Win No Fee” it’s a world wide SCANDLE. THEY POISON YOU AND LEAVE YOU TO GET ON WITH IT.

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