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Monday, January 30, 2017

I have been poisoned by Cipro

Life is not always a bed of roses …
sometimes beautiful flowers have life threatening thorns.


I have been poisoned by Cipro !!!
October 6, 2016 ... 

During my wellness exam, my (doctor) Nurse Practitioner  (NP) prescribed Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) antibiotic 

for a kidney infection I did not even know I had. 

Raise your hand if you have ever taken an antibiotic …    (insert raised hand).
I needed a magnifying glass to read the tiny print of the allergies and the side effects of this drug. I immediately saw red flags and did not intend to take them. I was not having any symptoms of a kidney infection.

Several days later, for whatever reason, I decided all the prescriptions said about the same thing, even that you could die, so I took the prescribed medicine just to keep the infection from getting bad.

My NP nor the druggist warned me about the allergies or side effects. 
I had taken antibiotics before, but not this one.

After three days on this medicine ... my neck got stiff and my right knee started swelling. I could not turn my head nor use my knee. I had to use a wheel chair to get around.  
The tendons in my neck started popping ... 

then I knew !!!

 I was having the serious side effects that this antibiotic would cause ... not the allergies, but irreversible, damaging, life threatening side effect. 

My vision was blurred, brain fog, short time memory loss, change in voice, headache, weakness, unsure, afraid to go to sleep and unable to concentrate.

I called the Emergency Room ... they would not see me ...
they advised me to see my doctor.

I immediately started drinking a lot of water. 

I tried to see the NP that gave me the medication but she was not in the office. So as what I felt was an emergency, I saw a new NP. She was not at all alarmed about this and I thought I was dying. She just 'skirted' the issue and said I had gout. I  wanted something to detoxify my body ... she had no clue. She was not at all concerned that my blood pressure was 160 and is normally 120 or below and I was in terrible pain.

I left her office very unhappy ...asking that my regular NP call me at once. (she called in another antibiotic) ... do you think I took that ... NO WAY !!!

My good friend Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction suggested Epson Salts soak in the tub might help. Anything to draw toxins out of my body. I can’t get in/out of a tub so the Epson Salt soak would not work for me.

So I went to the Health Food store for some help to detox.  Cecilia suggested that I talk to Lacy there.  I asked about  Magnesium to rub on the bottom of my feet to draw the toxin and she had some gel rub. Suggested other things that would likely help me. 

... for one, CoQ10 to help reduce the effects Cipro can have on the heart, muscles, and other organs.
Probiotic to help replace the lost beneficial bacteria and correct any digestive problems.

 Lacy laid her hands on mine and said “you have the blood of Jesus washing over you and you will be okay” … this is the best medicine that I had received.

Prayer helps … so please pray for me and others that may be a victim of these drugs that are meant to heal … NOT kill.    

Every night, I am applying magnesium gel on the bottom of my feet, neck, palms or any place I can that might draw the toxin. I also do an "oil pull" by swishing about one tablespoon of warmed coconut oil in my mouth for about twenty minutes ... then spit it out and brush.

Taking CoQ10 and Probiotic and of course continuing my daily supplements. I started taking/eating natural stuff to try to detoxify my body. Protein, fresh fruits and veggies ... lots of water and 100 percent juice, fruit and vegetable  smoothies. Avoiding sugar. Drinking so much cranberry juice, I feel like I would turn into a cranberry.

The home visit from Cecilia and Cecilia B. from the BFarm and having a big bowl of Cecilia's Taco Soup helped too. Cecilia B was here for a short visit and it was so special that they took time to come see me.


 Now about one month later ... I am better, but neck is still popping, but not stiff  ... swelling in knee is down some, but still needing a walker to get around. Still have some brain fog. Feeling very thankful !!!


Here are other drugs that have been related to Ciprofloxacin (Cipro).   Levaquin.  Cefuroxine Axetil, Floxin, Noroxin, Avelox, Factive…

Ciprofloxacin is made by Bayer.

I read where Cipro had been “black boxed” by the FDA but doctors and druggists are still putting it out. 

(A black box warning is the strictest warning put in the labeling of prescription drugs or drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when there is reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard with the drug..... 

When I talked to the Duggist, he said it is NOT black boxed. My NP also said it was not!!!  well it should be. 

Visit to my NP on December 5, 2016 ... 
She says that Cipro is NOW black boxed.

So my warning is,  don’t take Cipro or Levaquin ... or at least do serious research before you do. 

This is serious stuff.

I got some helpful information from these websites.

There is so much information on the internet that there is no reason everyone in the medical field should not know about it.  Thousands have been affected by this … some do not know that the antibiotic they took caused their problem.  My friend had to go to the emergency room with terrible back pains.  No one associated the Cipro antibiotic she had taken with the terrible pain she was having.  She didn’t either until I gave her this information. Another friend has digestive problems.

My daughter was given it too and it is effecting her.

Bayer, the druggist and doctors should be held accountable. 

I am not angry, because it was partly my fault … I am/WAS a healthy 85 year old that has a lot of unfinished business … I just want my life back !!!

This is written as a warning so you will know that those stated allergies and possible serious, life threatening side effects should be not taken lightly.  Yes, I read them and a red flag popped up, but days later, I just figured every prescription filled by the druggist says the same thing written in the smallest font that it takes a magnifying glass to read it.   

I hope you will share this with your friends. 

Audrey Z. 

January 20, 2017 ... some three months have passed and I am still trying to stay positive and work thru this. 

I feel that this drug has damaged tendons in my neck, knees and shoulders. Still have some brain fog, recall memory, sleepless nights and using a walker or cane.

Doing a lot of research and trying to see what works for me.

November 5, 2016 ...
Prescribed by my daughter's doctor ... Meloxicam (Mobic),  for tendonitis. I think it is helping. 
January 13, 2017 ... stared on Turmeric (a natural remedy)
One 780 mg pill once a day. Too early to tell, but I think this is helping to promote a healthy inflammatory response to tendons, my brain, heart and throughout my entire body. I hope it will tame the joint pain and completely detoxify my body.

 article... Is Turmeric the Natural Remedy of the Century?

January 30, 2017 ... Sorry for this long post and taking so long to get this information posted. Just did not feel comfortable about how to explain all this and not always thinking clearly. SO, I am just telling it like it is. I hope that some of this information will be helpful for anyone needing an antibiotic. Some people have taken it without allergies or the side effects. My Pastor says he takes this with him when in foreign countries on Missions. A "must-have" antibiotic for him.  

Thanks for the visit. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them. 

UPDATE: There is a comment from blogger, NELDA ... 
I hope you will take time to read it. She is a pharmacist and as a person who has suffered an injury from this drug. She is offering some important information. Please take time to scroll the comments and read this.  

Thank you and God bless ...  
Audrey Z. 

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  1. Audrey I am so sorry that your body had such a terrible reaction to cipro. So much work on your part to figure out what to do to repair the damage. I am praying for you and I am also sending positive and loving thoughts to you too. Thank you for writing about the side effects and the serious nature of side effects of RX drugs. If you will, please write updates on your health. Hugs and Love

  2. Take heed and please spread the word as far as you can. The doctors are not taking this federal black box warning seriously, perhaps because cipro (and its cousins levofloxacin in the class of drugs called quinolones) have been around so long. As a pharmacist and as a person who has suffered an injury from this drug I urge you (and everyone else) to report your experience to the Food and Drug Agency (FDA). They maintain a database of all adverse drug reactions and are the ones responsible for the safety of all medications. The online reporting form ( or a PDF form to print out and mail) can be found here:

    Or just google: MedWatch

    Please make sure that your medical record at your doctors office and your pharmacy lists Ciprofloxacin as an ALLERGY and never ever take this drug (or it's cousins) again. Doctors (and pharmacists) often don't believe that cipro causes anything but injury to the Achilles' tendon because this was the first adverse reaction reported. Now it is known that any tendon may be damaged and that unfortunately the damage may not be reversible.

    The newest, amended "black box warning" from July 2016 states that this entire class of medications should NOT be used unless there are no other antibiotics that would work. I suggest printing out this federal government warning and giving it to your doctor, nurse practitioner and pharmacist:

    Please know that this is not fake news. This is very real information that healthcare professionals have not kept up to date with. Not everyone will suffer like you (and I and my sisters) have. And not everyone will have a bad reaction the first time. Sometimes the bad reaction occurs on the second or third time the drug is taken.

    Healthcare providers are overwhelmed with paperwork these days so unfortunately it is up to each of us individually to stay informed and stand up to providers who want to use these drugs. There are almost always other antibiotics that will work.

  3. Good heavens Audrey! What a horrible thing to have to go through!!! I have been taking turmeric for about a month now. I also take a probiotic and Oil of Oregano daily as I am trying to get the balance of bacteria back to normal in my gut. For years now I have refused to pay any attention to pharmaceutical products recommended by doctors unless I have a severe infection of some kind. I pray that your health returns completely very soon. xo

  4. I've been leery of drugs since my mother took Vioxx and shortly after suffered heart damage. She had surgery to replace damaged heart valves and died a week later. It was shortly after that they pulled Vioxx saying it caused heart damage. So buyer beware. I ask a lot of questions and do my homework. Your case is just more proof not everything we're prescribed is good for us. God bless you, Audrey for the courage to speak out. May He continue to heal you and return you to good health.
    Cecilia B.

  5. Thank you for leaving me a comment on my blog this morning. I am rushing off to finish a shift at the VA but wanted you to know that I am your newest follower. I am SO SO sorry that you have had to go through so much agony because of taking something that should not have been prescribed for you in the first place. Blessings and hugs- xo Diana

  6. Hi Audrey..
    I'm so sorry that you've been going through his terrible time. I will be praying for you for a full recovery. Thank you for sharing your story to help others. Have you ever tried essential oil? We use them a lot for many different situations and have had great success with them. Lemon oil is very powerful for detoxing. And I'm sure there are others that could help with inflammation and healing your body from these terrible side effects. I hope you are back to yourself very soon.


  7. When you first told me about the damage you suffered from this drug, I added it to my mother's, my husband's and my do not take list at the pharmacy. My pharmacist agreed it was a good idea. I am glad to hear you have overcome some of the poisonous reactions. I am sharing this post on Facebook. Prayers for you.

  8. Oh my word, Audrey! I am so sorry that this happened to you!. I know there has been a time in my life when I have taken Cipro but it has been years and years ago. I will definitely not take this if I ever have a UTI. I have no doubt that many medicines can be very dangerous, especially when so many doctors give so many prescriptions to the same patient! Certainly they know that certain combinations don't work well together. I pray that these side effect leave you soon and you will able to get back to normal! Thank you for bringing attention to this. Blessings to you, Audrey. ♥

  9. Audrey, I'm so sorry for all you have been through from the results of this drug. Your willingness to share your experience and informative post coupled with Nelda's professional and personal experience is sure to help others. I'm so glad Lacy was able to help and I agree prayer is the best medicine of all! Hugs, Cecilia

  10. Oh, my goodness...i haven't been over in awhile and didn't know about all this.
    Yes, prayer is, indeed, the best medicine of all, but HE gave us common sense and the ability to check out all these meds...Thanks so much for sharing have saved readers from taking this med and to check out any new meds prescribed to us. I so hope you are feeling much better...and I am so sorry your life has been interrupted because of this medicine that was SUPPOSED to help you. I will pray things get a whole lot better for you, dear heart.

  11. Oh, my goodness!!! I am visiting from over at BJ's place! I have taken Cipro before - thankfully with no side effects. It's scary what medicine can do to you! Have you thought about a foot bath detox? My sister bought a foot bath and the minerals to do them so she can do them at home. I've done them at a salon before. Saying a pray for you, my dear! It's true - you DO have the blood of Jesus Christ washing over you and many people are saying prayers on your behalf!

  12. Hi Audrey, I'm visiting from BJ's. I'm so sorry to hear this scary news! Medications can do a lot of harm, can't they? Thank you for posting your situation. You have helped us all be wary of Cipro. Sending you prayers and better days ahead. ♥

  13. Audrey, I really hope you get relief very soon.

  14. I came over here from bj's. My husband is taking Levaquin right now and just mentioned that his knee is hurting. He is disabled and this is his "good" knee. I never made the connection until now. My doctor had prescribed the Levaquin and I wouldn't take it so they gave me Doxycycline (I think that's right). I had pneumonia and my husband was close to it. He said he trusted his doctor and went ahead and took the Levaquin. Now I'm kind of scared. This all just happened. If this was blacklisted last July I can't understand how they still prescribe them. I had taken Cipro years ago for food poisoning and didn't know of any side effects at that time. So sorry this all happened to you, and I'm praying for your swift recovery!

  15. Oh my goodness, how scary! I am so sorry that you had this happen to you, good Lord, this medication never should have been on the market. I thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I now, will be sure to check out any thing I am given when I get meds, if different than what I usally take, when I go for an for my yearly appointment. I am a new follower of your blog today. I will be praying for you, and waiting to hear "good" news. Bonnie in central WI

  16. Coming over via Sweet Nothings - Sorry to hear this and wishing you well!

  17. Oh my goodness, Audrey! This is terrible! How awful for you. I've heard of lots of drugs that do damage beyond repair. I'm so sorry you had to go through this. I will add you to my prayers. So many people are going through so much right now. I'll be checking back to see how your are. Take care and I'm pulling for you to get back to normal!!

  18. This is terrible. I will pray that you will be on the road to recovery soon. Thanks for the warning. I don't like taking anything these days.

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