Cipro: A Scary Drug.
March 22, 2007 9:19pm CST
A few months ago, I got a really bad sore throat. It didn't go away for four days, so I suspected I had gotten strep, a bacterial infection of the throat. When I went to the doctor, he prescribed a medicine called Biaxin, because I am allergic to penicillin. Apparently, I also have a bad reaction to Biaxin. After I took it, I was vomiting everything I ate, so my father went back to the doctor and got a new prescription for a drug called Ciprothromycin. My throat was aching horribly from the stomach acid hitting my infection, but I still decided to research Cipro before taking it. I was in for a surprise. The list of side effects follow: ADVERSE REACTIONS: * Nausea, * Diarrhea, * vomiting, * abdominal pain/discomfort, * headache, * restlessness, and * rash * CARDIOVASCULAR: Palpitation (feeling your heart beat), heart flutter, fainting, angina, heart attack, cardiopulmonary arrest, blood clot to the brain. * CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: Nervousness, dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, insomnia, nightmares, hallucinations, manic attack, tremors, irritability, seizures, lethargy, drowsiness, weakness, no appetite, depression, numbness, depersonalization, ataxia ( lack of muscle coordination), agitation, confusion, delirium, toxic psychosis, muscle twitching, involuntary eye movements. * GASTROINTESTINAL: painful oral mucosa, thrush(oral fungal infection),intestinal perforation, G.I. bleeding, jaundice, difficulty swallowing, constipation, intestinal gas, swelling of the pancreas. * MUSCULOSKELETAL: joint stiffness, back pain, neck or chest pain, gout flare-up. * KIDNEY/URINARY: Kidney failure, urinary retention, urethral bleeding, acidosis, nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), increased urinary output, kidney stones. * RESPIRATORY: difficult breathing, throat or lung swelling (edema), hiccoughs, bronchial spasm, blood clot in the lung, nosebleed. * SKIN HYPERSENSITIVITY: itching, rash, sensitivity to sunlight, flushing, chills, swelling of the blood vessels or lymph system, swelling of the face, lips, neck, eyes, or hands. Cuticle candidiasis (yeast) and hyperpigmentation. * SPECIAL SENSES: Blurred or disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, seeing double, eye pain, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, bad taste in mouth. * MISCELLANEOUS: Elevation of triglycerides and cholesterol. Blood and albumin in the urine, elevated serum potassium, glucose, and albumin. Anemia and agranulo-cytosis (potentially fatal condition where the white blood cell count goes extremely low). I didn't take it. I kept taking the biaxin, getting sick, but getting better. Would you have taken this drug???
23 Mar 07
you magnify the problem . all these adverse reactions are not caused all at once or intence or even all are observed . and the most important thing that your age is over 18 so you can take it safely . and if you noticed that the course of cipro is only 5 tablets , it means in pharma cology (short term of use = less or no side effects) at last the prescriper won't give you the wrong thing P.S. I am a pharmacist
24 Mar 07
you are right , more than 5 pills is a disaster . and you are right too that cipro is of first choice of anthrax . If it was me I will give you (ampicillin+cloxacillin)500 mg for 10 days 4 pills a day . but as you asking for an alternative the second line choice is the master of macrolids (Erythromycine) . it is suitable for those who are alergic to penicilin derivatives . and the only side effect is abdominal pain in some indiveduals not necessarly you . erythromycine 500 mg 3 times daily for 10 days . sone times we may use azithromycine which only 3 pills of it make the curance but after 7 days of adminstration period which is 3 days . so you have to wait . P.S. the lesser is the dose the lesser is the side effects I hope i could answer for your questions