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rumak

BEWARE of fluoroquinolone antibiotics – Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and Floxin

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Took Levofloxasin 500 for 30 days, limited my exercise while taking it.

Been off it for a week now, back to walking 7Km/day.

No harm done to me, as far as I can tell.

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27 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Took Levofloxasin 500 for 30 days, limited my exercise while taking it.

Been off it for a week now, back to walking 7Km/day.

No harm done to me, as far as I can tell.

Please read some of the stories of others.   The damage sometimes appears months or years later.  I am of course happy that you made it through without an immediate reaction.   The risk vs reward is something

each person must decide for themself.   I am very sorry I did not read up on these drugs more.... but did not think anything could be as bad as is being reported.    There are many protocols for maintaining health, and i think you are smart about it.  I recommend to everyone to take a LOT of magnesium.....easy and cheep from iHerb.     BTW:  if i had read a post from someone about the dangers, and read up, for me I would NOT have taken Cipro or Leviquin.   All must decide,  I am just putting my story out there

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So what were the effects (beyond the hurt finger)?

I'm interested in aftereffects to watch out for as 30 days is a fairly long stint.

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4 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

So what were the effects (beyond the hurt finger)?

I'm interested in aftereffects to watch out for as 30 days is a fairly long stint.

i will give more info this morning.  Please go to the link and read stories from others.  They are really scary,

and I have not had as bad an initial reaction.   BUT still I am very concerned !   Will go into more detail after breakfast....  I do have pain in calves, achilles, knees.....  

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yes, dangerous.

 

I experienced achillies pain, then groin pain that has been with me for 5 years now. Nightmare stuff!

 

Avoid if possible.

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I was given Cipro after operation last year and had severe gastric reaction (not known what caused at time) and had to take Gaviscon to stop gas enough to even breath.  Also was unable to move legs normally until made several steps.  Had again after RFA procedure this year and same extreme gas (stopped taking as now knew what cause was) and now listed as allergic.  Never had any severe reaction to other meds but this is a killer for me.

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Took cipro a couple of years back and after a couple of days one Achilles ankle started to hurt, then the other one. Looked up the side affects and in the USA it has a warning that in older people it can permanently damage tendons. Also, some people have horrendous life changing side effects on this muck, take only if it's a life threatening illness. Should probably be banned. It did not even work for my UTI, had to take something else after that.

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Thank you those who have posted.  I started this thread because if I had only read the REAL dangers of these drugs no way I would have taken.   Just like today,  it is amazing how many people have been affected.   I do not want BM2 to panic,  just read up and be aware.  Hopefully can prevent an outbreak by taking the right supplements......especially magnesium throughout each day.

 

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1 hour ago, lopburi3 said:

I was given Cipro after operation last year and had severe gastric reaction (not known what caused at time) and had to take Gaviscon to stop gas enough to even breath.  Also was unable to move legs normally until made several steps.  Had again after RFA procedure this year and same extreme gas (stopped taking as now knew what cause was) and now listed as allergic.  Never had any severe reaction to other meds but this is a killer for me.

I have the same problem with legs...especially the first few days after stopping.  I took for 5 days and was going to take for longer to maybe clean out my prostate.  On fifth day woke from a nap and could not make a fist with left hand .  Then the next day the lower leg pain and I was walking like a very old man trying to protect my achilles.   It was THEN i read some more about these drugs and panic set in.  I am taking magnesium, boron, vit c, vit e, vit b  and eating bone broth and yoghurt and fatty foods ( anyone who is sick should probably download the ebook advertised on floxihope.com  ( i think thats the site)  .  I am not one to throw out money but  40 bucks went out immediately to get this as I was (and am) very scared.  I am doing much better but am concentrating on this 24/7.    I may have caught it quick enough to stop the progression ( i am hoping).   Have you lopburi and other posters that had reactions returned to "normal" ?     Hearing from people who have recovered will give others hope.   And again, this post is to warn others who may not be aware of the many many cases of people getting sick from these drugs.

 

 

 

 

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rumak,

Sorry to hear about your experience.  I hope you get past this with no lasting effects.

I consider myself lucky to have gone through a short course of Levofloxicin with no ill effect.  I'm always skeptical of taking antibiotics for a long term and now, thank you, I'll be sure to steer clear of fluoroquinones altogether...

 

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25 minutes ago, Tracyb said:

rumak,

Sorry to hear about your experience.  I hope you get past this with no lasting effects.

I consider myself lucky to have gone through a short course of Levofloxicin with no ill effect.  I'm always skeptical of taking antibiotics for a long term and now, thank you, I'll be sure to steer clear of fluoroquinones altogether...

 

Yes, looking back I am VERY surprised that the DR gave you Levo after your surgery !  Just shows that most doctors do not take the possible ...very possible,,,side effects seriously.   By all means, steer clear in the future.  The potential side effects are much more prevalent and serious than the warnings on the information labels or pharmacy sponsored internet sites.   I stlll can't believe it.   Hope you stay well.

at the first sign of any weird things happening to your body (even if months from now) start researching

how to overcome flox poisoning.

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28 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

Don't overreact. These side effects do occur but only in a small minority of people. Millions take/are given these drugs yearly with no ill effects.

But no one goes online to post that they took a medication and had no problems.

People are only motivated to post if they had problems. For which reason anecdotal online reports are not a good way to assess a medication's safety profile. You can find many horror stores about tylenol/paracetemol too...and they are true. They just do not reflect what happens in the vast majority of cases.

Certainly this class of drug (quinolones) should not be taken lightly nor self prescribed and, as with any drug, one should be aware of and alert to potential side effects.

But no need to go overboard or discourage people who really need a drug from taking it. Quite likely the alternatives would also carry risks. With any drug it is a matter of weighing potential risk against potential benefit.

By the way I recently took Cipro (prescribed) for a nasty wound infection. Along with clindomycin which can cause a nasty colitis. And prior to that I was given IV antibiotics in the hospital which included Gentamycin, which can cause deafness. I was fully aware of what I was getting and every possible side effect of each drug but as they were necessary I did not object nor did I obsess or worry about the risks.

The alternative was to risk sepsis and loss of a limb so it was a no brainer. And -- as the odds favored -- I suffered no adverse effects from any of these drugs.

The incidence of tendinopathy in patients on quinolones is 3-4 per 10,000. Which is no comfort if you happen to be one of those people, but the 99.6% of people will not be.

The risk seems to be higher if steroids (prednisolone etc) are being given at same time.

Sent from my SM-J701F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
 

This is a typical establishment response and I believe you are horribly wrong on this one !!

Already three people in one morning on THIS SMALL FORUM ,  4 including myself, have had bad experiences !   When you talk of low risk you are making a very subjective comment and you are wrong .  You can quote the numbers till HFO .... but IT IS A FACT that so many problems that are directly related to FLOX poisoning are wrongly diagnosed by the very doctors that prescribe them.  I know you will not change your mind by reading other opinions on this serious issue ( also found on the net) , but I hope others reading my post will take the warnings of many sufferers.  It is now widely believed that these meds should ONLY be used in life threatening situations.   In most peoples minds Doctors are the "experts"... and you also are seen as one.   Not an attack on you,  but as I said I strongly disagree with someone posting as FACT that only a small percentage of people get sick from this.   

FACT:   there is a BLACK BOX warning now on these drugs.    #2 :  there are support groups and a concerted effort to have these drugs banned by the tens of thousands of people whose lives have been ruined by taking these drugs.    Again,  i was easily fooled by the "numbers" that you posted when I read about this group of drugs.   I am a very active and healthy male..... until i took 9 pills.  I hope everyone will weigh the risk and reward !!

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49 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

The incidence of tendinopathy in patients on quinolones is 3-4 per 10,000. Which is no comfort if you happen to be one of those people, but the 99.6% of people will not be.

Four people so far have posted of severe problems.   That would equate to 30 to 40 thousand members of thaivisa reading the medical forum this morning.  I place much more emphasis on anecdotal reports, especially when I am one of those reporting.

BTW: in your post you reference tylenol as an example of drugs that have side effects.

C'mon, really ?   Comparing the dangers of tylenol with those of Cipro and Levaquin ?

I would say that is a very deceptive comparison 

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