Floxie Hope


This site is to give HOPE to those who are suffering from Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome as a result of being poisoned by fluoroquinolone antibiotics – Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Floxin, etc.  It contains stories of healing.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and all other fluoroquinolones are dangerous drugs that can have devastating effects that cumulatively I’ll refer to as Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome or Floxing.  Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome/Floxing includes damage to connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, fascia, etc.) throughout the body, damage to the nervous systems (central, peripheral and autonomic), and more. The damage done by fluoroquinolone antibiotics can destroy a person’s quality of life or even kill them. Certainly, there is a time and a place for drugs with dangerous side effects. If you find yourself in a septic shock induced coma, fluoroquinolones may save your life. Unfortunately, these drugs are not being reserved for life or death situations. People are being prescribed them for urinary tract infections, suspected prostate infections, upper respiratory infections, as a prophylactic for travelers’ diarrhea, ear infections, pink eye, etc. Thousands of people have suffered needlessly from the devastating effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, when another, safer antibiotic could have, and should have, been used.

The damage done by fluoroquinolones is largely unacknowledged by the medical establishment and an accurate diagnosis, compensation and relief are difficult to come by. There is no known cure for Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome/Floxing.  However, many people continue to LIVE after being poisoned by fluroquinolones.  They find healing, recovery, perseverance, compassion and hope.  These are their stories.

This site is meant to give hope for healing to those who are adversely effected by fluoroquinolones.  It is no way meant to disregard the pain of those who are chronically suffering from the horrifying effects of Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox or the other fluoroquinolones.  There are people who don’t recover.  Their stories are real and they matter.  There are also people who are able to recover and I share their stories with the hope that they inspire others, or at least give hope that recovery is possible.

Here is a New York Times article about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/popular-antibiotics-may-carry-serious-side-effects/?_r=0 – more news stories, research papers and other resources can be found on the “Links and Resources” page.

Here is a Facebook group that is a great resource for those going through Fluoroquinolone Toxicity – https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/

Featured post – I’m floxed. Now what?

The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution Ebook has helped many Floxies to recover, including DanielCindy and Ruth.  As a bonus, you will also receive The Floxie Food Guide – a book of diet guidelines to help you through fluoroquinolone toxicity:

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19,208 thoughts on “Floxie Hope

  1. John Webb October 14, 2018 at 6:55 pm Reply

    thank you L, I think the biggest thing I need to try to deal with is my worrying and anxiety. my anxiety just keeps thinking that I mess myself up, because I didn’t really take the antibiotics right I was suppose to take two doses but only took one for some days, I don’t know if that was good or bad. I apologize if I’m not the right demographic, my symptoms are pretty much Childs play compare to you and others. I hope and prey you all can find relive and get better.

    • Don M October 14, 2018 at 6:59 pm Reply

      Don’t consider any symptom “child’s play”. Take them all seriously and win over them by doing the right things.

    • Henk Noordhuizen October 15, 2018 at 5:50 am Reply

      John,Amoxocilin depletes your magnesium.This causes,among other things.anxiety. Worrying about this anxiety feelings makes things worse because this brings even more anxiety.

      First,and most important thing to do,for you,is supplementing magnesium.Magnesium Citrate is a good start (easy to find and with a reasonably good uptake).Even better is Magnesium Bisglycinate,with a superieur uptake,

  2. John Webb October 14, 2018 at 7:22 pm Reply

    thanks don, I will. its just good that I can get some reassurance and not feel alone in feeling like this.

  3. John Webb October 14, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply

    but I’m curious is clarithromycin considers safe for the majority of people taking it?

    • L October 15, 2018 at 11:55 am Reply

      I don’t know. But unlike the fluoroquinolones, side effects are not permanent so that should put your mind at ease. In the future, just try to avoid all antibiotics when possible. There are natural alternatives for many issues. EG for sinus infection, throat issues, flu…I take an organic oil of oregano sublingually. Colloidal silver is another option, as is olive leaf extract. I had my life devastated with cipro thanks to just a urinary tract infection. Mind boggling. I will never be the same. However since then, I went to a female naturopath who gave me a protocol for treating UTIs without antibiotics. Sadly, all the good stuff, including natural practitioners, like NDs, acupuncturists, are not covered by insurance. But not having to deal with all the chemicals that western medicine wants to throw at you, I feel there is no choice.

      • Henk Noordhuizen October 15, 2018 at 1:01 pm Reply

        I’d like to correct you on this.In 2004 I had a AB-course with Amoxicilline and Metronidazole.and this caused nerve damage.Large parts of my skin,mainly on arms,legs and feet,but also on on parts of my back and belly aren’t sensitive to soft rubbing anymore,and after the Cipro,2 years ago,it’s got worse. Also,since 2004,spots where my clothing puts pressure on my skin (band of my trousers,and of my socks) start itching terribely and swell,get red,as soon as I take off the pressure (taking of my clothes before going to sleep).After a while (30+ minutes) the swelling and itching slowly disappears (also nerve damage?). These symptoms,and others,like the skin problems,got better over the years but after the Cipro,they are back,and some even got worse.

        After the AB course in 2004 I got floaters in my left eye as well.Those ,too,whee almost gone untill I got Cipro.But,even worse than that,my right eye,which escaped the havoc from the Amox and the Metronidazole,started living his own live,about a year after Cipro.Some days it’s not so severe,but on other days it won’t cooperate with my left eye and my vision constantly turns to double view.That was my “good’ eye. My left eye,now,not only has floaters but I can’t see sharp nearby anymore,and even at a distance of a few meters or more it’s not focussing quite well.In both eyes,now and then,I get a pain like somebody sticking an ice-pick in them.

        More and more research shows that AB’s should ONLY be used for life-threathening cases.Not only because of the risk of creating resistance in bacteria but also because ALL AB’s have potentially devastating effects on people’s health,direct and indirect.After all they are (neuro-)toxins,for both bacteria,people and animals.

        • L October 15, 2018 at 1:39 pm

          I agree re avoiding antibiotics whenever possible. As for side effects, I am just reiterating what I have found. I believe it was on this site that I read flqs were the only antibiotics that cause PERMANENT side effects. If you do an online search of “antibiotics that cause permanent side effects” only flqs come up. I don’t want to argue with you about this, but I don’t want to be an alarmist either.

  4. Anna October 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm Reply

    Does anyone have any tips for treating tendinitis around the eye? The orbital tendinitis also causes the orbital muscle to swell. Ophthalmologists have no suggestions, except for steroids. Steam, cold , hot, massage? Any ideas for treating a tendon and inflamed muscle in this area?

    • Deb October 18, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply

      What are the symptoms of orbital tendonitis?

      • Anna October 18, 2018 at 9:31 am Reply

        I just replied to you, and my reply disappeared – strange. Symptoms are mainly aching behind the eye, tightness behind the eye, sometimes also swelling of the eye muscle due to the tendon issue. i also had severe light sensitivity at the worst peak of it.
        “Trochleitis may be isolated (occur alone or with migraine) or develop in association with an inflammatory condition, such as lupus or arthritis . Signs and symptoms include aching and/or stabbing pain in the inner orbit of the eye (e.g., near the nose and inner eyebrow).” Usually, a steroid injection is given in the upper orbit, but of course that is not advised for floxies.

        • Deb October 18, 2018 at 11:45 am

          Has anything you tried helped?

  5. John Webb October 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm Reply

    thanks guys, I believe I got lucky because I don’t notice any other symptoms, my anxiety levels are about the same as before I took the medicine. it just sometimes i need to learn to get off the computer lol. yeah the only thing I have is a weird built up gas in my stomach that comes and goes, but i properly just need some probiotics. the doctor never told me about it so i have to learn the hard way.

    • Don M October 15, 2018 at 5:55 pm Reply

      Doctors are very short on recommending anything that they can’t write a prescription for. In 57 years of being prescribed antibiotics by the ton. Yes I do mean by the ton. I was on Septra/Bactrim for 18 months at one time. Not one doctor ever recommended that I be taking probiotics, eating yogurt or fermented foods to help keep the good flora up in my gut. Shameful on their part but seems to be a fact.

  6. John Webb October 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm Reply

    yeah I was reading luckarz story and he took clarithromycin, and it freak me the heck out. but I try to remember everyone is different.

  7. John Webb October 15, 2018 at 7:55 pm Reply

    yeah I here you don, I had to learn all this stuff about by myself. but I look on the bright side, I am lucky that I wasn’t prescribe any of that hard poison, who knows maybe in the future. but I will try my hardest to stay away from any antibiotics, or any other drugs for that matter. being 20 is way to young to have your heath stolen, best wishes and hope you finally find some relief.

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