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Fluoroquinolone Induced Anxiety

This was originally sent to the people on the Floxie Hope Email List. If you would like posts like this sent to you, please sign up for the list HERE. Thank you!  Dear Friends, As many of you know, fluoroquinolones can induce awful anxiety. There is information about fluoroquinolone-induced anxiety in the following posts: TREATING FLUOROQUINOLONE …

Marcela’s Story – Recovery from Levaquin Depression and Anxiety

*The following is an individual’s story of surviving fluoroquinolone toxicity. It is not medical advice. Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the story. Thank you, and please be cautious with all treatments.  I want to tell my story of recovery that was a little different from all I read here on the site. …

FQ Toxicity Featured in The Anxiety Summit

The following post was originally sent out in an email. If you would like to sign up for the Floxie Hope email list, you can do so through THIS LINK. You also get a free copy of the ebook Hacking Fluoroquinolones when you sign up for the email list. 🙂 Fluoroquinolone-Induced Anxiety Dear Friends, As …

Nick G’s Story – Recovery from Fluoroquinolone Anxiety

*The following is an individual’s story of surviving fluoroquinolone toxicity. It is not medical advice. Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the story. Thank you, and please be cautious with all treatments.  I developed a persistent cough in early 2014. After 6 weeks I was prescribed erythromycin. Unfortunately, I had to travel a …

Treating Fluoroquinolone Anxiety

Free-floating, often severe, anxiety is a common symptom of fluoroquinolone toxicity. Fluoroquinolones thoroughly mess up GABA neurotransmitters, and GABA “plays the principal role in reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.”  Here are a few articles that describe how fluoroquinolones negatively affect GABA – Article 1, Article 2, Article 3. To put what fluoroquinolones do to …

Greg’s story of Cipro Toxicity and Recovery

My story: athletic 59 year old, male, very active cyclist (fyi: gravel riding mostly, for those fellow cyclists out there, with tons of climbing, singletrack on geared and singlespeed—pretty hard riding). Very healthy. No current issues, no other medication, etc. About 3.5 months ago, I was prescribed Cipro at an urgent care for potential UTI …

Are Damaged Mitochondria Causing Autoimmune Diseases?

Fluoroquinolone toxicity looks and feels a lot like multiple autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, thyroid autoimmune diseases, and others. Some people have proposed that fluoroquinolone toxicity is its own autoimmune disease, but the auto-antibodies have not yet been identified and thus it is not treated as an independent autoimmune disease. In some people, …

Erin’s Story of Chronic Illness, Fluoroquinolone Toxicity, and Healing

Hi, my name is Erin and I’m almost in my 7th year post-Cipro. Like many of you, my experience has been long, confusing, hard to pull apart, and lacking certainty. I’ll share my story anyway in case it gives you hope, perseverance, permission to grieve, or a clue that may be helpful to you! In …

Rahul’s Story of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity and Recovery

I am 35 years old as of this writing, all my life i had a quite active lifestyle indulging myself in sports like badminton, swimming, jogging and outdoor activities like trekking etc. I do not remember being ill anytime apart from occasional sinusitis and other common seasonal ailments,  But all that was about to change …

Markus’s Story of Healing from Cipro Toxicity

It has been two years since I was floxed. I am forever grateful to the Floxie Hope creators and administrators for this resource. I purchased the guide, followed the protocol and I can report a complete recovery. It required two years. It was difficult and frustrating. I am still angry. I am trying to release …

Patricia’s Story of Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

Summary Details: Story date: October 2019 (18 weeks after Cipro) Dose Taken: Cipro XR 1000 mg/day for 2 days (Total= 2000 mg) Date of last dose: May 26th, 2019 Reason: To prevent possible infection in small forehead wound. Original prescription 1000mg/day for 7 days (only took 2).   Whole Story: My name is Patricia, I’m …

Deciding Which Treatments to Try

The following is a guest post from Stephanie. If you are interested in writing a guest post for FloxieHope.com, please let me know.  ***** I really get bombarded all the time with, “go get stem cells how could you not?” I get so anxiety ridden from it. I know people mean well but it’s so …

Madeline’s Story – Ciprofloxacin and Metronidazole Toxicity

Following is Madeline’s story of her journey through ciprofloxacin and metronidazole toxicity. As you will see, her story is not a complete recovery story. She is approximately 75% recovered. I (Lisa) have asked Madeline to provide updates as her journey continues. Thank you for reading Madeline’s story and spreading the word about these dangerous pharmaceuticals!  …

The A to Z of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome

The following was written by Kim Jansen. You can read Kim’s story of fluoroquinolone toxicity HERE.  If you are interested in writing a guest-post for floxiehope.com, please let me know. Here is a post with more information about writing for floxiehope. Here is a version of this post that is easier to read and print. …

Michal’s Story – Cipro Toxicity and Healing

On 3/12/2018 I was prescribed 2x500mg of Ciproflaxacin for 10 days. The reason was the attack of acute prostatis associated with excruciating pain. I am a scientific-minded person and before taking the first pill I have carefully scrutinized what are the risks and dangers of FQ, however following numerous peer-reviewed publications I concluded that after …

Sachi’s Healing from Cipro Poisoning

Across the Border For you there was no conscious departure, No hurried packing for exile. You are here, anyway, in your own minor archipelago of pain. Do what every exile does.  Tell stories. Remember things back there as simpler than they ever were. As I begin to write this story for the Floxie Hope community, …

Kyle’s Story – Recovery from Cipro Poisoning

In early March of 2016, I was 28 years old, working full time, and recently engaged. I woke up one night with excruciating pain in my right testicle, so I called my doctor the next morning, and scheduled an appointment to meet with a urologist. I had acute orchitis, and was prescribed 2-weeks of cipro, …

Emily’s Recovery Story – Cipro Toxicity

Here we are 11 weeks from me taking cipro … In November 2018 I was given cipro to treat a UTI by my gynecologist. Me being neither a doctor nor a pharmacist had no idea how dangerous this drug was. The only thing the pharmacist told me was to make sure to take it right …

The Loss of a Loved Community Member

The “floxie” community lost a wonderful person last week. His name is Marc Thavenot, and Levaquin killed him. Marc struggled with fluoroquinolone toxicity for three years. He fought for his life every day of those three years. However, in November 2018 he lost his battle. Officially, his cause of death was suicide. But the truth …

Letter to the EMA

Following is a letter that I (Lisa Bloomquist) wrote to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). The CHMP will be reviewing fluoroquinolones starting on November 12, 2018, and they will make recommendations for use, marketing, and restriction of fluoroquinolones. Please consider sending a similar letter to them before 11/12/18. …

Salim’s Story – Ofloxacin Poisoning and Recovery

My name is Salim, I’m french, 45 years old, married and we have a son. One year ago, in September 2017, I got a gallbladder infection and ER doctors gave me a 14 days ofloxacin course. This was not the first time I had to take a fluoroquinolone, two years ago after a suspicion of …

Melissa’s Story – Floxed Twice

I was floxed twice. The first time was in July of 2016 for a suspected UTI. There was no UTI. The bacterial culture came back negative, but no one ever called me to tell me to stop the antibiotics. I finished the entire prescribed dose of Cipro. Something was happening to me but I never …

Remote Work After Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

This is a guest post written by Michelle P. You can learn more about Michelle’s experience with fluoroquinolone toxicity on her episode of The Floxie Hope Podcast – https://floxiehope.com/2017/07/17/floxie-hope-podcast-episode-22-michelle/. You can also read about her fluoroquinolone toxicity journey on her web site, https://barefootaya.com/.    When I was floxed in July 2016, I was working a very high …

Liz’s Story of Recovery from Cipro Poisoning

Hello – I would like to start this story by commending you for reading this and reaching out for support during this time.  I was floxed on July 8th. I had gone to an urgent care center for a suspected UTI. My urinalysis came back clear so it was sent off for a culture but …

Grady’s Story – Levofloxacin Toxicity and Recovery

Grady tells his story about fluoroquinolone toxicity, and what has helped him, in this video – This is a summary of what Grady states in the video: Grady was initially floxed by Levaquin/levofloxacin in 2005. He suffered from extreme weakness, rhabdomyolysis, pain, anxiety, insomnia, extreme pain and weakness in all his muscles and tendons, and …

Healing from Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Takes Time, Perseverance, Strength, and Kindness

Ruth wrote this as an update/guest post. You can read Ruth’s story of fluoroquinolone toxicity in “Ruth’s Story – Cipro Toxicity.” You can also listen to Ruth’s story through her episode of The Floxie Hope Podcast. Ruth has offered her insight and wisdom to thousands of “floxies” over the years. As of the publishing of this post, …

Fluoroquinolone Warning Labels Updated to Include Low Blood Sugar Levels and Mental Health Side Effects

On 7/10/18 the FDA announced that fluoroquinolone (Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Ofloxacin, and a few others) warning labels are to be updated to include adverse effects on blood-sugar levels, as well as serious mental health effects: “Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics: FDA Requires Labeling Changes Due to Low Blood Sugar Levels and Mental Health Side Effects“ This is a …

EMA Hearing on Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Part 2

In the first post about the EMA hearings (EMA Hearing on Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Part 1) I summarized the testimonials provided by Elizabeth Carmouche, Manex Bettan Arguinzoniz, Richard Cooknell, Markus Hamedinger, and Miriam Knight (who also spoke on behalf of Raymond Miller and Geoffrey Robinson). In Part 2, and all subsequent posts about the EMA hearings, rather than summarizing my take …

Felicia’s Story of Recovery from Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

If you’re reading this, you’re probably scared to death. For that I’m deeply sorry. No one deserves this specific, unnecessary hell. But there is hope. Read on. I was floxed on March 1, 2017. It was absolutely the most terrifying experience of my life. I was horribly nauseated at first and then had a massive …

Christina’s Story – Levofloxacin Poisoning

First of all, to anyone who has shared their story or supported another Floxed, I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart. If it wasn’t for this support group and the encouraging stories on FloxieHope.com, I very well may have thrown in the towel.  On December 23rd 2016 I was given a prescription for a …

Trevor’s Story – Levofloxacin Poisoning and Recovery

In November of 2016 I was experiencing stomach issues. Typically I never go to the doctors, pretty much unless a bone is sticking out somewhere. For whatever reason I decided to go to the doctor. I was given seven days of 500mg levofloxacin. It may have been the first script of antibiotics I have ever …

Marcal’s Story – Fluoroquinolone Toxicity in Brazil

  In February 2014, the first symptoms appeared. I started to present  groin pain and low back pain. Then I went to an infectious medical doctor, who prescribed some tests such as urine culture. Upon receipt of the test results, the only “abnormal” result was a bacteria in the urine. I then looked for a …

Tony’s Story – Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

My name is Tony and here is my story. I have been “floxed” twice not knowing what “floxed” was until the second time. The first time was about 8 years ago. I was 20 years old and took Cipro for an infection. I had a bad reaction after finishing the prescription but never pin pointed …

Toni’s Story of Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

I was a 56 year old mother of two, athletic runner and busy massage therapist until February 5, 2016 when my life changed forever. I went to a new dentist that fateful Friday afternoon and during a root canal was horribly injured and went straight from the maniacal dentist’s chair to ER to ICU for …

Fluoroquinolones and the Healing Pain Summit

This was originally sent to the people on the Floxie Hope Email List. If you would like posts like this sent to you, please sign up for the list HERE. Thank you!  I had the honor of being interviewed by Dr. Joe Tatta, DPT, CNS, for the Healing Pain Summit. In our interview, we discussed how fluoroquinolones can …

Floxie Hope Short Stories and Tips

This was originally sent to the people on the Floxie Hope Email List. If you would like posts like this sent to you, please sign up for the list HERE. Thank you!  Some Hopeful Comments These comments were left on Floxie Hope. They are encouraging and I hope that they give you hope for recovery! Comment …

Email Messages

At somewhat random intervals, I send out emails to people who have signed up for the Floxie Hope Email List. You can sign up HERE. As the graphic says, you also get a free ebook, Hacking Fluoroquinolones, when you sign up for the Floxie Hope Email List. It has been suggested that I publish the …

Impie’s Story – Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Recovery

I have been floxed at least 4 times since November 2015 (60 FQ tablets over two year period!!!). I had no idea what was wrong with me and spent thousands on doctor bills. It all started during November 2015 when I went for a routine check-up with my physician. At the time I had no …

The Vagus Nerve Guide: Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Illness Through Toning Your Vagus Nerve

I first became interested in the vagus nerve when I read this wonderful and fascinating article about the connections between the vagus nerve and chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases: Hacking the Nervous System, by Gaia Vince The article notes that: “Operating far below the level of our conscious minds, the vagus nerve is vital for …

Getting My Life Back – Sreeji’s Story

I’ve been meaning to put down the insights I’ve gathered over the last six years for the benefit of others. So, here we go. WHAT’S WRONG The first question that most of us face is ‘what’s wrong with me?’ Initially, I used to think ‘everything’. My muscles were aching, joints were creaking, my heart was …

Can Floxies Drink Alcohol?

Many people have asked me if they can/should drink alcohol post-flox. As with most things, the answer is – it depends, and everyone is different. Some Floxies tolerate alcohol fine, while others don’t. Alcohol is, of course, bad for you. It’s hard on the liver, and can lead to cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis. It burdens …

FQ Antibiotics and Memory

One of my symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity was memory loss. For a while, I lost my short-term memory, and I struggled to remember basic information and tasks. I also felt as if I lost my reading comprehension, and I struggled to remember what I had read shortly after I read it. Completing work-tasks that had …

Elisabeth’s Story – Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

I wanted to share my story of cipro poisoning & recovery. As an athletic and healthy 22 year old mom of a toddler, I went to an urgent care with UTI symptoms mid July and was prescribed cipro. I stopped taking it after only 2 pills when I noticed all of my joints were extremely …

Lisa C’s Healing Story

I took Cipro off and on for about 10 years for recurring UTIs. I discovered in July of 2016 that Cipro was causing my rapidly declining health. My symptoms included knee pain/tendonitis, hip pain, memory loss, cognitive processing delays, brain fog, headaches, insulin regulation problems/prediabetes, night sweats, anxiety, panic attacks, extreme sensitivity to noise, sensitivity …

Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Mimics Benzodiazepine Withdrawal – Beware

GABA “is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. Its principal role is reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. In humans, GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone” (source). Fluoroquinolones “are known to non-competitively inhibit the activity of the neurotransmitter, GABA, thus decreasing the activation threshold needed for that neuron to generate an impulse.” (source, source, source) …

Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction from Cipro, Levaquin, and other Fluoroquinolones

Many symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity involve autonomic nervous system dysfunction. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates bodily functions such as the heart rate, digestion, sweating, salivating, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, sexual arousal, and certain reflex actions such as coughing, sneezing, swallowing and vomiting. The ANS also controls the balance between the parasympathetic (the “rest and digest” or “feed and breed” system) and the sympathetic (fight …

Daniel W’s Recovery Story

Hi everyone! First off let me start by saying that I’m sorry you’re here reading this story as chances are you’re here because you’re experiencing the same side effects that I did! I’ve been where you are right now but I promise that in time it will improve! I was first prescribed ciprofloxacin 6 months …

Andrew’s Story – Fluoroquinolone Toxicity from 3 Pills of Cipro

*The following is an individual’s story of surviving fluoroquinolone toxicity. It is not medical advice. Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the story. Thank you, and please be cautious with all treatments. When God created us he created a truly beautiful thing. We may not be able to go in and individually fix …

Jamieson’s Recovery Story

This story has been a long time coming. It was over three years ago that I became the victim of Cipro, and my healing has taken a long time. I didn’t want to tell my story until I was what I considered healed. I’m a 39 year old husband and father of two. I’m also …

Are you going to heal?

People often ask me if they are going to recover from fluoroquinolone toxicity. I struggle to answer them. The most truthful and honest answer I can give is, “I don’t know.” I truly don’t. I don’t know how anyone else’s body is going to react to this poison. I don’t know if you’re going to …