A cash cow for Bayer, but a catastrophe for victims.
Research shows the antibiotic ciprofloxacin—sold primarily under the brand name Cipro, but also as Ciflox, Ciloxan, Baycip, Ciproxin, Prociflor, Ciprex, and Proquin—causes tendon infections breaks and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
What Is Cipro? When Is It Prescribed?
Cipro is the brand name for the drug ciprofloxacin. Made and sold by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG, this prescription medication is used to treat several life-threatening bacterial infections, though infrequently as a first-line treatment.
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Bayer obtained a patent for ciprofloxacin in the early 1980s and introduced the drug in both Europe and the United States in 1987. The patent expired in 2003, allowing other pharmaceutical companies to create generic equivalents, which several did even though by then many bacteria strains had built up a resistance to ciprofloxacin. Bayer had found a winner in Cipro, selling.04 billion of the drug by 1999. Bayer also sold the federal government 100 million Cipro tablets during the 2001 anthrax scare; even at a reduced price, this still brought Bayer 4 per person treated over a 60-day period.
Cipro is a broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone antibiotic, meaning that it can be used against many different bacteria strains. Broad-spectrum antibiotics effectively combat undetermined life-threatening bacterial infections (such as meningitis) and symptoms caused by multiple concurrent bacterial infections. Cipro functions by disrupting DNA replication and cell division within bacteria.
Potential Side Effects Include Broken Tendons and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Like many other fluoroquinolones, Cipro use correlates to muscle injuries, especially in tendons, the muscle tissue that binds muscles together. It also causes a horrible life-threatening skin condition known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. As of 2008, the FDA had received reports of 262 tendon ruptures, 259 cases of tendonitis, and 274 other tendon disorders related to fluoroquinolones. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome causes its victims to develop blisters in their mucus membranes and often severe skin peeling. The disease’s fatality rates fall between 25% and 80%.
But the tendon problems caused by Cipro were not only recently discovered. To the contrary, medical studies had determined that existing fluoroquinolones caused muscle disorders back in the early 1970s. In 1995, the year before it approved Cipro, the FDA claimed it would require all fluoroquinolone manufacturers to update their packaging to include warnings about tendon rupture.
The FDA did not act quickly on its promise, however. In 2005 and 2006, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and the Attorney General of Illinois petitioned the FDA to require a “black box” Cipro warning. In 2008, both petitioners finally sued the FDA to require the Cipro warnings, and on September 8, 2008, the FDA required Bayer and all other ciprofloxacin manufacturers to include a black box warning on packages of Cipro, informing the public of side effects that the drug causes.
In August 2013, the FDA issued a drug safety communication advising the public that it was requiring a label change to Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics to “better describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy,” which is the medical term for potentially permanent nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy can occur soon after Cipro treatment begins. It is associated with oral and injectable fluoroquinolones but not topical formulations of the drugs that are applied to the eyes and ears.
There are fears that Cipro is over-prescribed and is now no longer effective because bacteria have developed resistances to it. Indeed, fluoroquinolones are among the most prescribed antibiotics in the United States even though the FDA requires that they be used only as a therapy of last resort. Frequently, they are even used for conditions they aren’t approved for.
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My husband was given Cipro for 10 days. He was bi-polar. Our doctor NEVER warned us of the possible mental side effects of it. I had to have some answers so began researching all his meds. I was shocked to find out about the psychiatric effects of Cipro and found that one third of all taking it experience these effects. Fluoroquinolones should NEVER be given to anyone with a psychiatric disease. My husband was the most happy fun-loving person I know and everyone who knew him loved him for his radiant personality. He was fine, looking forward to doing a lot of traveling in a few weeks and then his personality changed, he demonstrated behaviors he had never had before. I did not even think of an antibiotic as the cause. He had NEVER threatened suicide or as far as I know thought about it. He loved life and took joy in each day. On October 26, at 6:30 a.m. he took his own life. Everyone who knew him said he was the last person on earth they would have thought would do that. This drug is truly poison to every cell in your body. May the rich drug companies and the compensated doctors pay with everything they have!
Permalinkon September 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm
I was forced to take Cipro while I was an in-patient at a psychiatric hospital. I am an LPN and have Addison's disease. My thyroid medication had been lowered and not monitored closely enough and I also had a UTI which caused me to become confused last year. That is why I ended up in the hospital. After taking the Cipro I had severe tendonitis and ultimately ended up with a torn left Achilles Tendon which I had surgery on March 7, 2012. I still have pain, limp and want to hold the Dr. and Hospital responsible because not only was I forced to take the medication without any label warning, they were negligent in using the antibiotic on a patient that uses steroids for Addisons.
Permalinkon September 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm
I have been prescribed cipro several times, heavy duty Iv and oral cipro. Have suffered horrible side effects, with no doctor that can explain what's wrong with me.
Permalinkon August 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm
My 23 year old son has unbearable tendon issues after taking Cipro. He was an athlete and is now having huge, debilitating issues. He's only 23.
Permalinkon August 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm
I took cipro for approximately 2 months last year and twice for two weeks this year. I have a herniated disk in c5-6. After both times that I took cipro, I experienced unexplained peripheral neuropathy. Doctors assumed it was related to my neck. However, when they reviewed my MRI's and EMG's, they could not understand my state of pain. I have been unable to use my right arm fully for the last 5 months. I mentioned that I thought cipro might be related and my neurologist told me that sometimes cipro had neuro effects.
Permalinkon August 13, 2012 at 10:30 am
I live in Northern CA. Took Cipro(500mg) for five days because of UTI, it has been 1 week since I took the last pill. I am feeling worse now then before taking. I have rapid heart racing, panic feeling my joints are all aching, feel dizzy all the time, fussy vision, and having a problem sleeping. I have a follow up visit today at doctors. Basically I am never taking anything a doctor ever gives me. I feel as though I have been poisoned. I wonder if these side effect will ever go away.
Permalinkon August 17, 2012 at 11:30 am
I was given Cipro as well for a UTI. I was given a 10 day prescription of 500Mg 2 times a day. After the third day I began to have sore calves now, the calves are fine and it has moved up to my hamstring. I have also experienced rapid heartbeats and etc...you are not alone! I have done much research and am appalled that a drug this strong would be used to treat a UTI. I am not taking Calcium supplements and Milk Thistle, and might consider trying the dandelion root to get back to normal. I had two pills left and am not taking them. I hope that you all get well and that this does not cause permanent damage. I will be sure to update on my condition as time goes on.
Permalinkon August 10, 2012 at 2:30 am
My mother had surgery last June 18th for a twisted intestine. She developed an infection at the site and was given Cipro. She took the 7 day 500 mg dose and then on day 10 developed muscle pain in her neck and can now barely move her neck. After reading everything about Cipro, I cannot figure out why the doctor would prescribe that drug to a 79 year old person.
Permalinkon August 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm
I was given CIPRO in 2003 for a bowl infection since then I have had trouble walking because of torn ligaments and tendons in my left foot and ankle. I recently received another prescription for CIPRO this time I read the side effects which made me aware of the culprit that rendered me almost unable to walk! I chose not to take it again!
Permalinkon July 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm
I took three Cipro pills from Feb 17, 2012 thru Feb 10, 2012. I woke up in the morning of Feb 19 with pain in my right ankle. Instinctively, I decided not to take any more Cipro, which may have saved me from having even worse problems than have occurred. As the day progressed, the pain spread to the back of foot and heel and by the next morning I could barely put my right foot on the floor to walk. I treated my foot for several days with ice and Advil and it did improve some, but I then decided to go to my primary physician. He examined me and said that he thought I had Tendonitis in my Achilles, and referred me to a Podiatrist. Also, he put me on a 10 day supply of Prednisone and suggested I purchase an foot/ankle brace at the pharmacy. After about 10 days, I saw the Podiatrist and confirmed the diagnosis. She did an X-Ray, but no MRI, and she referred me to therapy. I had 18 therapy sessions which seemed to help, but I still continued to feel some discomfort. Mild pain at times, but mainly a heavy irritated feeling if I stood or walked too much. Eventually I decided to get a second opinion and went to an orthopedic specialist. He did an MRI, and no ruptures or tears or indicated, just inflammation. He feels that I am slowly healing, but that I need to be careful. I was physically active, as I walked a couple of miles a day and played Senior Softball(men over 50). I have been unable to play this year, and he advised me not to play at all this year, and give my Achilles time to heal. Compared to some stories that have been posted, I feel fortunate. Had I not immediately ceased taking the Cipro I could have been in much worse shape. I just hope my doctor is right and this poison works its way out of my system so that I can resume my former activities.
Permalinkon July 6, 2012 at 6:39 am
This had made my life miserable, I so pray that something can be done. I'm now so sick with many problems, I would have not known about cipro if I'd not continued my search on it because of the bad side effects I'm having. Everything now from muscle pains, anxiety, hives and itchy rashes, blood problems, heart problems. It is terrible. Do the doctors really care if we live or die? I'm beginning now to think that they really do not care.. My heart doctor told me the last time I went for a check up because of all my abnormal heart skips and all that jokenly, he said my heart had actually beat more beats than it should and I should be dead or die soon, because after so many heart beats your heart will stop. I'm only 58 years old, scared to death now, and live day by day 1 day at a time.
Permalinkon July 17, 2012 at 3:15 am
I have heard others state all their teeth started breaking off after taking Cipro. After 3 yrs, I have lost nearly all my teeth. They break off at gum line or just crumble. Has anyone else lost their teeth after taking Cipro? It's costing me a fortune. I get one fixed and another crumbles apart. This is the latest problem I've had, there has been quite a few others. Going to dentist tomorrow as I lost a front tooth yesterday.
Permalinkon June 29, 2012 at 12:33 am
My dream to open a small bakery came to pass June 26, 2011. Today, June 28, 2012, my bakery closed, cipro stole my dream. 7 months of cipro ivs and 1000mg+ a day pills, have left me with tendinitis in both heels, numb feet, burning, numb, tingling hands, tendon damage in both arms and wrist, numb lips and tongue. Foggy thoughts, muscle aches, stiffness in joints, severe depression, thoughts of suicide. Doctors who won't acknowledge, but send me to countless specialist...finally telling me you must stop what you do, you'll suffer more nerve damage in your hands, potentially causing more erosion in your arm tendons...stop your life, stop your dream-- Cipro, I loathe you.
Permalinkon June 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Just had Achilles rupture surgery. I did absolutely nothing to hurt it except take cipro several times but unfortunately never put together my Achilles hurting after taking it.
Permalinkon April 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm
I received cipro intravenously for three days while in the hospital and was sent home with a prescription for cipro pills. About a week after my last dose I started having trouble with my achilles tendon feeling like it was going to tear along with pain when walking.
It's been four moths with no improvement so I was referred to a podiatrist. X-rays were taken and told I have a large bone spur at the base of my achilles tendon along with tendonitis. Was told I need to be careful and not tear my tendon. I am now taking strong NSAID's and walking is very painful. Trying several treatments in hopes one will work. While cipro saved my life, my quality of life is not what it used to be.
Permalinkon March 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm
I went to the urgent care for an external ear infection. They should have just given me antibiotic drops, but instead I was given a round of Cipro. For an external ear infection.
By my third dose, I was waking up with a completely locked up jaw. I stopped taking it on my own then, knowing something was wrong.
After, I've had two lymph node infections and chronic TMJ symptoms. Sometimes I wake up and my jaw is not as pained, but most days I walk around with chronic tension headaches, neck pain and jaw stiffness. It's three months of this so far. I feel like every doctor I've tried to talk to about this problem has minimized it or ignored me. I don't know what else to do now, or who can help me.
Permalinkon March 18, 2012 at 12:17 am
I started taking Cipro and Flagyl together for Diverticulitis on 2/6/12, I noticed pain in my left ankle off and on starting on 2/10/12. I had been off work for the week due to the Diverticulitis and the day I was supposed to return to work, 2/14/12 I woke up with horrible pain in my Achilles and a huge lump on the back of my ankle. I went back to the doctor and was told tendon pain and ruptures are a rare side effect of Cipro, the diagnosis was Achilles Tendonitis. I was taken off of the Cipro and put in a boot, today is 3/17/12 and I'm still in the boot and pain in the right ankle and tendons in my hand pop now. Went to the doctor yesterday for a recheck and was referred to a podiatrist for cortisone injections. I asked the doctor how long it will take for this to get out of my system and how long I will have pain and he has no idea. I'm very scared of a tendon rupture. How can something that has a chance of causing this be allowed to be on the market?! I can't afford the doctor bills that are piling up and will continue to pile up because of this!
Permalinkon March 10, 2012 at 11:45 am
I've been trying to get a hold of a lawyer who will do something about this drug but have had no luck. It seems in 2008 the FDA put a Black Box warning about this drug but I have had a few refills both at Target and Costco and no black box warnings on my prescription or paperwork. On Feb. 2nd, I had surgery on my quadriceps tendon rip and I am 32 years old. The doctors have been in awe in why this would happen to me at such a young age. I have been taking cipro for at least 4 months with reoccurring UTIs and no warning from my doctor about this medicine either.
Permalinkon February 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm
My husband is a former Marine who was in great shape before taking Cipro in 1998. Around 11 months after taking it, he had his first rupture, then 2 more after that which included a muscle. These happened in his legs leaving him with a permanent limp. There were other things that happened to him after taking Cipro such as tendonitis, RA type pain, rash, swollen lip, vivid nightmares, anxiety & panic attacks, severe depression, suicide attempts, mental changes, memory problems, jerking movements of arms and legs, numbness in legs and hands, etc. At least the suicide attempts stopped for several years until he took CiproXR in 2004. He had several more suicide attempts after that and all the previous conditions became worse. Around 11 months after taking CiproXR, the rupturing started again but in his arms this time. Along with the previous conditions becoming worse, he also started having migraines, worse rash and lip swelling. He became disabled after this. His legs became weaker and he has to use a wheelchair now. He has confirmed nerve damage in his legs and hands. He has had not only physical changes but mental also. Why didn't Bayer make sure doctors knew about the terrible adverse reactions from taking these meds? Maybe my husband wouldn't be disabled today if the doctors had been sent "dear doctor" letters. I still encounter doctors who don't know about these meds being black boxed or even why they are. These meds are still being prescribed for things like bronchitis when they should be used as last resort meds after all other safer meds won't work. After seeing all the damage my husband has suffered from, even if I were in a life or death situation and the doctor prescribed Cipro for me, I would refuse and take my chances rather than be crippled like him. I am so thankful he is alive, but it pains my heart everyday seeing him suffer. Our grown daughters are thankful he is alive also, but it also makes them want to cry seeing the shape he is in now to what he used to be. To me and them, his health continues to decline. It's not easy watching someone you love suffer every single day.
Permalinkon February 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm
My husband, who I talked about, who was a former Marine passed away Feb 23, 2012. His body was not able to fight off an infection in his lungs cause his immune system was also messed up after taking Cipro. I really wished someone could have stopped drugs like these from being used so carelessly. Bayer, all the wealth you have couldn't compare to how priceless he was.
Permalinkon January 2, 2012 at 11:34 am
Took cipro. Now I'm flat footed.
Permalinkon December 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm
I have took Cipro and live in constant pain. My Achilles tendon is destroyed. My muscles hurt me all the time. I have to just about kick start my muscles before they will work and it is so painful at times. I have no way to earn any money except the small amount I get from SSI and because of Cipro never have been able to get my body back to normal. Imagine taking care of three kids on SSI a total amount of 0-672.00 a month since my injuries. I suffer daily from physical pain, tendon and muscle severe pain, weakness, depression, my children have been extremely affected. Constant swelling, numbness, and pain in my ankle from the Achilles tendon damage from Cipro. I feel I am entitled to compensation and I took Cipro in 1995 and was never told of the horrible side effects. I feel I am owed for past and future suffering of this poison. As well my three children who have endured the hell of no financial income due to the disabilities Cipro has caused my body. I am looking for an individual settlement lawyer for my case.. PLEASE HELP ME at least get compensation for my suffering.
Permalinkon November 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm
I have been taking CIPRO on and off pretty much my entire (I am 45) life. I have had nothing but problems with my muscles and other body parts. I have been on muscle relaxers 4 times a day for the last 2-3 yrs. Does this have anything to do with me taking CIPRO?
Permalinkon October 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm
I constantly get UTIs and doctors would give me cipro. When I got pregnant this last time, I had reoccurring UTIs and was given cipro. And a day before I had my child, I had another UTI and was given cipro and then I had a c-section. 2 weeks latter developed DVT and reoccurring DVTs and APE was put on coumadin and a filter put in to prevent any blood clots going to my brain. Also the last 2 time just recently, I had hives and my eye swelled and my mouth and nose also swelled. Not sure if anyone can help me with this but would like to hear from someone on this matter. Thank you.
Permalinkon October 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm
I tore my rotator cuff almost totally off requiring an extensive surgery by two orthopedic surgeons. I also tore both hamstrings and have had repeated tears in my shoulder. I suffer from extreme depression, and daily pain. Please help me cipro has destroyed my life. Please help
Permalinkon July 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm
I took cipro twice.....1st time 3 years ago and legs cramped up and hurt so bad I had to go to the emergency room. They filled me full of muscle relaxants and sent me home. This time in May of this year, took for 2 days and almost lost my leg and still might. It caused severe vasculitis in my legs. Feet turned purple and had no pulse. Of course nobody will admit it was the cipro, but I had no problems with legs or feet until taking this dangerous drug.
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