Dr Cartoon

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.



Fluoroquinolone antibiotic (noun):  A dangerous class of antibiotics with severe adverse side effects.  Fluoroquinolone antibiotics include Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (Levofloxacin), Avelox (Moxifloxacin) and others.

Flox (verb):  The act of suffering from an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. 

Floxie (noun):  A person who has been floxed.  Floxies suffer in a myriad of ways and display a large variety of symptoms. 

Being floxed can include the following, and more:

Peripheral Nervous System: Tingling, numbness, prickling, burning pain, pins/needles sensation,

electrical or shooting pain, skin crawling, sensation, hyperesthesia, hypoesthesia, allodynia

(sensitivity to touch), numbness, weakness, twitching, tremors, spasms.

Central Nervous System: Dizziness, malaise, weakness, impaired coordination, nightmares,

insomnia, headaches, agitation, anxiety, panic attacks, disorientation, impaired concentration or

memory, confusion, depersonalization, hallucinations, psychoses.

Musculoskeletal: Muscle pain, weakness, soreness; joint swelling, pain; tendon pain, ruptures.

Special Senses: Diminished or altered visual, olfactory, auditory functioning, tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Cardiovascular: Tachycardia, shortness of breath, hypertension, palpitations, chest pain.

Skin: Rash, swelling, hair loss, sweating, intolerance to heat and\or cold.

Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

Typically, if a person suffers from one of the side effects listed above, they suffer from several.  Floxing symptoms can appear immediately, or they can be delayed, sometime for weeks or months after a person is FINISHED taking the fluoroquinolone.  Delayed reactions often lead to people not attributing their sudden decline in health to the fluoroquinolone antibiotics.  People are commonly misdiagnosed as having a known autoimmune disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus or MS, or they are told that they have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, etc.  Or they are disregarded and told that they are crazy, that they are imagining that their health declined markedly in just a matter of days and that there is no way that an antibiotic could lead to systemic damage.  Those who disregard the victims of fluoroquinolones are wrong.  Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause all the damage listed above and more.

Despite the horrifying side effects associated with fluoroquinolones, they are prescribed indiscriminately and thousands of people have been adversely affected by them, often without the person knowing the cause of their pain, disability, anxiety, etc.  The medical establishment, doctors, pharmacists, the FDA, etc. generally don’t acknowledge the damage done by fluoroquinolone antibiotics despite the fact that the devastating damage that they cause is reported throughout the internet, and in some medical journals.

That is the background of floxing.  I will try not to dwell on it.  This site is not about the pain that fluoroquinolones cause.  It is about the recovery process.  It is about hope.  It is about people who have gotten better.  It is about healing.  It is about life going on.  It is about time healing wounds.

When I was first floxed, I was hungry for stories of healing and hope.  I needed some helpful and hopeful words of wisdom in order to calm my nerves and cure my anxiety.  I hope that this site provides that for you.

My life has gone on.  I’m 95-99% better and I have every reason to believe that eventually I will be 100% healed.  In many ways, my life is actually better than it was before I got floxed.  I had to learn how to cope with being sick and some of those coping skills have made my life better in other areas.

I want to share with other people what helped me, in case what helped me can help them.  I’d also like to share tips and advice from other Floxies who have recovered.  Please don’t hesitate to send me your story and I’ll put it up on the site.

My heart goes out to all victims of fluoroquinolones.  They are evil, awful drugs and I know what it’s like to be adversely affected by them.  You are not alone.  Please have hope that you will be one of the people who recovers, who gets better, who heals.

This site is a compilation of stories from people who have been floxed and who have recovered.  Their stories are their own and what helped them may or may not help you.  Unfortunately, everyone’s recovery is different and there isn’t one thing that helps everybody (except, possibly, time, which seems to help most people).  You will not find a magic bullet cure in this site.  I wish that I could offer you a cure, but I can’t.  What I can offer you is stories of perseverance, hope and healing.  There are tips contained in each story and hopefully what helped the Floxie who recovered can also help you.

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  1. sweetjan79 December 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Dear Lisa,

    Thanks so much for lighting hope on our dampened soul from taking Cipro. I took 20 pills of 500Mg cipro for a suspected diverticulum (finished course of antibiotic on 17/11) and side effect only showed up on 29/11. since then i started to have mild tendon pain at knee, ankle and constant tinnitus. i felt my life is ruined. many times, i wanted to play with my girl and be a good mother to the family but i lost the spirit . like many, we took Cipro with faith that it can only heal us but it is looking it’s destroying our hope. don’t u think this world is so unfair? those seeking treatment like us are destroyed while those who indulge in drug, alcohol and smoke are protected? but that separate topic aside..

    what is so scary is i took 20 pills! oh gosh!! before my side effect surfaced. some are already collapsed at first few dose and managed to drop off this poison early. but my body is not doing me favor and only after i finished this course of antibiotic did i realize how damaging this can be! utterly sad and totally speechless

    i just want to be healed. i am now seeking treatment from my acupuncture (glad to know your acupuncturist saved your life! yes western medicine can’t handle our problem, we need altnerative medicine healing already)

    thanks for telling me we can get healed, we need it so much!

    currently my treatment is
    1. acupuncture – yes i believe in the power of Chinese TCM to fine tune a damaged system as it seeks to work the core of problem than masking pain with medicine – TOXIC only!!

    2. multivitamin + mineral + CO Q10 + fish oil

    i will keep you posted of my progress! 🙂


  2. sweetjan79 December 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply

    Dear Lisa,

    again, i am so lost really so lost. i really hope i can walk out of this life changing event with recovery. every night i cried myself to sleep.

    i am very happy to read you believe in your acupuncturist. like you said, we need to call out for help to save our lives.

    what do you think is the reason why some people just “never recover”? when you posted the article on “permanent”, you are so good to share “no side effect is permanent until one is dead”

    no to devil poison anymore.


    • Lisa Bloomquist December 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm Reply

      Hi Jarene,

      I hope that you can get through this storm and recover as well! I truly do think that most people are able to recover. I don’t know why some people are hit harder than others. My heart goes out to those who don’t recover. I wish I had answers as well as well-wishes. Unfortunately, I just don’t know what allows some to recover but not others.

      It sounds like you are on a good, healing path. As you saw in my story and posts, Acupuncture helped me immensely. Acupuncturists and other alternative health practitioners tend to view people and illnesses more holistically than Western medical doctors – because in Western Medicine the specialist model is emphasized. Floxies don’t need a specialist for every little symptom, we need over-all healing. I hope that you find that!

      In addition to what you’re doing, I highly recommend meditating. It helps with everything. I took a class called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction that served me really well as a meditation beginner.

      You can heal. Try to believe it. It may be hard to believe it sometimes, but it is true none the less.

      Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. Thank you for your lovely notes! I wish for healing for you!

      Best regards,

  3. sweetjan79 December 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm Reply

    Dear Lisa,

    I hope you have a good night rest 🙂 Thank you again for your sweet note , send some smile to my troubled heart 🙂 Yes i will keep you posted again of my recovery progress and share new finding to make recovery look better .

    Love and Hugs,

  4. sweetjan79 December 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Hi Dear Lisa,

    Thanks once again, with your belief, i will survive on :-D!

    Just yesterday i bought the Magnesium Oil (magnesium chloride) that said will raise our cellular level. Useful to rub on swollen and painful feet, joint. Hope it helps too 🙂


  5. Judith (Judi) Eastwood April 23, 2014 at 9:22 am Reply

    Thnx for all that you are doing to get positive message/s out to the many who are suffering from the adverse reactions of these drugs. I have recently joined the ranks, after taking only seven 250 mg. Cipro. I pray that I caught it in time. I was prescribed 14, I stopped taking it, for I knew that what was happening to my body was not good. To share, I live in VA and am a 64 yr. female, and I have suffered from failed back syndrome and all that goes w/it. My hub and I were involved in a head-on collision in 2012, hit by a drugged out boy! We were nearly killed, and we are both permanently disabled. If I can get thru these, I will “endeavor to persevere” and meet this enemy head on and chin up! I have a phone call in to Dr. Jay S.Cohen, In Del Ray, CA and I am waiting to hear back from his contact. His website is MedicationSense.com.
    To all, God Bless and keep your hopes!

    • Lisa Bloomquist April 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm Reply

      I’m so sorry that you have joined “team floxie,” Judith! I hope that Dr. Cohen is able to help you!

      I really wish that doctors knew not to give fluoroquinolones to people who have existing musculo-skeletal problems – as it sounds like you have from the head-on collision.

      Perseverance is what it takes to get through this difficult time. Perseverance, luck, a positive attitude and any number of healing methods that are outlined in the stories on this site are what are necessary to get through this.

      Please let me know how I can help you through the journey.

      Best regards,

  6. Miriam brown May 1, 2014 at 10:55 am Reply

    I have been floxed for 10 years now along with having type 1 diabetes for 44 years. I can only say that I hope all of you that have been affected by fluroquinolones find a way to cope.

    • Lisa Bloomquist May 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm Reply

      Thank you, Miriam! I hope that for everyone as well! Sometimes coping is difficult, but what choice does anyone have? It’s what must be done.

  7. Miriam brown May 2, 2014 at 6:29 am Reply

    Very true! I have learned so much about myself having these two diseases and learning to cope as painful as it it. It will definitely teach you compassion. 🙂
    Take care

  8. Lori Anne September 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm Reply

    I have been suffering for 19 months, the tendon problems are somewhat better but the neurological issues are difficult. I live in constant fear that it will cause a terrible disease and I will never recover. I read the stories of recovery and they give me something positive to hold onto. I just want to be normal again. Thanks for the hope, we all need it.

  9. Mike Hubert September 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm Reply

    I was just prescribed Levaquin last week for an infection and took the first dose of the antibiotic before doing much research. I then got on the internet and read all of the horrible stories and stopped taking the medication immediately. I pray that I am not affected as so many on here have been. Based on your experiences Lisa, will only taking 1 500 mg dose decrease my chances of going through these side effects? I am quite scared and wish I had researched first. Thanks for the work you do.

    • Lisa Bloomquist September 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm Reply

      Hi Mike,

      I recommend taking some deep breaths and an epsom salt bath. Most likely, you’ll be just fine. Everyone has a tolerance threshold for fluoroquinolones. Some people react to their first pill. Most people, however, can tolerate fluoroquinolones until they cross over their personal tolerance threshold. My tolerance threshold was between 7 and 14 500 milligram pills of cipro. I’m not sure which of those pills set off the bomb in my body. It was one of them though. Pills 1 through 6 did nothing bad to me though (other than building toward my over-all tolerance threshold). I was able to function at a normal/high level after taking 6 cipro pills. I was able to hike the entire Colorado Trail in a summer. I was able to get and hold a job. I was able to maintain relationships. All was normal in Lisa-land. (In retrospect, I think that I had some mild symptoms of FQ toxicity with those first 6 pills, but I only noticed them after I got full-on floxed a year or so later.)

      To be safe, I would recommend staying away from NSAIDs for a while – possibly indefinitely. (I’m not a doctor, if you think you need NSAIDs, talk to a doctor about it, please.) Also, loading up on magnesium is probably a good idea. You can get magnesium either through your skin with epsom salt baths or mag oil, or through supplements, or through food. Various antioxidant supplements have helped people too. If you read Ruth’s story, she’s a big proponent of many antioxidant supplements. A research article also said that the antioxidant NAC was helpful. If you start to react, take a look through the stories on this site for more advice. There are lots of different things that have gotten people through floxing.

      Most likely though, you’ll be fine. You’re probably below your threshold and will unlikely have any negative repercussions from taking it. Take some deep breaths and tell yourself that you’ll be fine. You will be.

      Knowledge is power. Now you know about the dangers of fluoroquinolones. Staying below your threshold is key.

      Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

      Best regards,

  10. Erin October 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm Reply

    I am glad I found this page. I am fresh off of Cirpo. I was supposed to take it until Monday, but I can’t stand the intense nausea, loss of appetite, horrible diarrhea. I told my doctor of the side effects and she told me to take a probiotic. I can’t sleep. My knee is killing me. And I am extremely anxious and paranoid. I was in the hospital for three days and received Cipro intravenously. Was off it for one week, then the doctor put me back on it. I took four 500mg pills and was slammed with side effects that I didn’t have in the hospital. I can’t function. I can’t tell the difference between the side effects and what I was supposed to be wary of (loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea). I know it’s the medicine, though. I didn’t feel this awful the week I was off medication. Everyone keeps telling me to take the medicine until the course is over, but I just can’t. I foresee a very rough road ahead since I’m allergic to most other antibiotics.
    Thank you for listening. It’s good to finally find that I’m not alone or going crazy.

    • Lisa Bloomquist October 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm Reply

      I’m glad you found this site too, Erin! There is a lot of wisdom in the stories on this site. I like the blog posts too (I wrote them though, so I’m a bit biased).

      Most people seem to do well with magnesium. It helped me immensely. I would load up on it if I were newly “floxed” again. Magnesium supplements and epsom salt baths will likely treat you well. They have treated others well.

      A study about the mitochondrial damage from fluoroquinolones suggested that supplementing the antioxidant NAC reversed some of the damage. It’s worth a try too.

      There are other good tips in the stories.

      Hang in there and let me know if you need anything.


    • Gracie May 28, 2019 at 3:50 pm Reply

      What kind of website is this? The very 1st time I tryed to post a comment and tell my story, ask for help, a message appears saying it’s a duplicate comment. Says I said that already! What’s happening?

  11. Jen December 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm Reply

    I have been diagnosed with viral arthritis by a rheumatologist. Although I have a suspicion that it might be the cipro poisoning. I am currently on prednisone to “get rid of the inflammation that’s causing the pain.” There’s really no way to know for sure which it is. I have heard that prednisone could either benefit those that have cipro poisoning or in most cases hurt them more. Because I have no way of knowing for sure if what I have is viral arthritis or cipro poisoning I have decided to continue to take the prednisone to see. Has anyone been diagnosed with viral arthritis or have taken prednisone?

  12. tawilson71 December 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I just found out about this Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome or Floxing because a cousin posted your article on Facebook. It never occurred to me that all my symptoms might be related to an antibiotic. In 2008, I was hospitalized for bacterial strep A in bad shape and I was loaded on antibiotics at high doses. The nurse told my husband they use the same antibiotics with AIDS patients. I don’t remember what prescription they gave me after I was discharged because I threw them away after a couple of days and went to get a large dose of vitamin C IV and loaded up on probiotics. But, life hasn’t been the same since. For a while after I got out of the hospital, I thought I was just dragging due to the impact of the infection I had, then I just didn’t know why I felt bad all the time. I can say I have about every symptom on the list above. And some were very bad after coming home from the hospital with anxiety and panic being very high. Since then, one thing after another all while fatigue plagues me daily. Even when I take a great multi-vitamin and lots of other supplements, it just gets me enough energy to make it through the day. I’m going to investigate my file and hope to find out exactly what they gave me and how much because I hadn’t take a antibiotic before or after since I usually do everything as natural as possible and avoid all pharmaceuticals. Again, that’s why it never occurred to me what’s wrong, but reading this, it all makes sense. If I or my husband were to mark a place in time when my health changed drastically, it was after hospitalization and I haven’t been the same since.

    Thanks for sharing this information. Amy

    • Lisa Bloomquist December 17, 2014 at 8:43 pm Reply

      Hi Amy,

      Welcome to the Floxie Hope site! I hope that you get some helpful information here and that the puzzle pieces continue to come together for you! FQ toxicity is such a strange thing – it can be delayed, everyone’s reaction is different, people have tolerance thresholds, etc. – so it’s difficult to put together the pieces. Add to that the fact that most doctors are in complete denial about it, and it’s really hard for affected people to know what hit them.

      As you go through the information on this site, please let me, or our lovely community of people who comment (mainly on the home page, but on other pages as well) know if you have any questions.


  13. Lori Gohman December 18, 2014 at 9:15 am Reply

    I just wanted to share my frustration with the medical community that continue to deny problems with cippro. Recently my friend came down with a uti and was going to urgent care, I told her don’t let them give you cippro, she told the Dr what I said about the complications of cippro, she is 66 years old and I told her about the black box warning about giving to people over 60. The Dr told her I was crazy and she would take the cippro or get nothing, I told her keflex doesn’t cause me any ill affects, and she ask for that. The dr refused and wrote the cippro prescription. When she went to the pharmacy she told the tech about her concern and they called another Dr and got the prescription changed. Also when my 83 year old mom went for an infection her Dr tried to give her cippro, she told them I would not let her take it and the Dr told her I did not know what I was talking about. What is the problem with these Dr’s, do they truly not know about these side effects?

  14. Robert M Blevins February 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Drug company reps have been known to offer certain perks to doctors who lean toward prescribing drugs from that particular rep’s catalog. Just saying. If your doctor tries to give you something you don’t feel comfortable using, go get another doctor…at least for that particular prescription.

  15. Tracy March 12, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply

    Dear Lisa, I live in South Africa took 3 Cibrobay tablets Jan 2014. Bayer distribute all Fluoroquinolones in SA with no black box warning and the disabling side effects are ignored and denied by most of our doctors and pharmacists. thanks to your site, I am healing slowly and steadily under the care of a wonderful Naturopath.Thank you so much for your encouraging site and for being steadfast in hope for us all. I will send my story when I feel confident and strong enough to call it “my healing story.”

    • Lisa Bloomquist March 12, 2015 at 9:59 am Reply

      I look forward to reading your story when you are ready to share it, Tracy!

    • Lebo March 14, 2017 at 2:06 am Reply

      Hey Tracy, am also from SA, and was recently floxed, may I ask which naturopath did you use? How has recovery been for you?

  16. Anna September 17, 2015 at 2:51 am Reply

    Hi, I just found this page. I’m wondering if it could be some kind of antibiotics poisoning in my case. It all started a year ago after I had sinus suurgery and I was taking 3 different antibiotics for more than a month. But in my case it wasn’t Fluoroquinolone antibiotics…I took clarithromycine, doxycicline and amoxiciline. And three months after those antibiotics marathon my syptoms started (burning skin, tingling, tremors, ears ringing, twitiching, vision problems, and GI problems, dizzines, etc). My symptoms are very slowly improving. But my quesion is is it possible that other antibiotics (not floxie) could cause the same damage to my body?

    • Lucy Sky January 3, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply

      The short answer is YES. Doxycycline amoxyl and augmentin were prescribed for me all the same time causing antibiotic toxicity.
      I would sue these drs.

  17. Kimberly Brooks November 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story and helping me to realize I had been floxed. I shared a lot of information found here with my Dr. (luckily she is very open minded and started to educate herself on Floxies).
    In June this year I had a mild kidney infection. I’ve had them for years. But I had just moved to a different state and changed insurance and had a new PC Dr. who prescribed me Cipro. The day after I started taking this drug I went from a hint of blood in my urine to nearly solid blood. By the 3rd day I was urinating solid blood and I felt so bad and I knew something wasn’t rigght. I called the Dr. who told me it would be fine and just finish out the week of the Cipro. On the 4th day I didn’t wake up. I woke up 6 days later in ICU with no memory of what had happened. Even after I was admitted to the hospital they continued giving me the Cipro for 3 more days, until my liver completely shut down. I suffered and nearly died from complete liver failure due to this drug. After returning home I suffered all kinds of side effects. My family thought I was on some kind of drugs because I was acting crazy. 2 months later, my liver failed again. This time I was out for 8 days, again with no memory of anything at all. And, again, after returning home I went thru weeks of insane behavior. I’d pack a suit case and try to walk home (to another state), I was treating my family terrible but had (and still do not have) any memory of it at all. I’ve never been one to dream, but now I have the most terrible nightmares. I’d wake up screaming and it got to the point where my son would sleep in my room with me so he could wake me up before they got too bad. I also suffer constant joint pain, especially in my knees, and my hands go completely numb every night. Some times it’s like they’re alseep but with the most terrible pain. Since my liver has failed and is in such bad condition, pain killers are not an option for me. My son insisted I try cannabis and my Dr. agreed that it might help. It knocks me out for sure, but the next day I’m nausious and hung over.
    I’d appreciate any suggestions from anyone as to how to deal with my pain without being able to take any drugs. No tylenol, alcohol or asprin products of any kind. I’m back in California and although the weather is warmer, it does still get cold here. The cold has made my joint pain unbarable and working is not an option. I have days where I can barely get out of bed. I sometimes go places and do things, but do not remember doing them. My family is monituring me and trying to make sure I’m “awake” before I go any where alone. I rarely drive myself any more out of fear of slipping into one of these walking black outs and not knowing what I did while I was out. I have an appointment with a nuerologist and plan to bring all the floxie info I have because I have yet to see a Dr. that knows anything about it at all.
    Out of curiosity, I’m wondering has anyone actually been officially diagonosed with this? Is consider a syndrom, a side efffect? Most of the stories I’ve read it appears that most people just discover for themselves they’ve been “Floxed” and diagnos themselves into this group.
    Thanks again for the site and to everyone that shared a story. It’s helped a lot in keeping me from feeling insane 🙂

  18. Lucy Sky January 3, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply

    Drs do know about it, they just act as if they don’t to avoid being sued .

  19. Barbara Arnold June 16, 2016 at 2:22 am Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    Thankyou for all you do.
    I have been trying to download “Hacking Fluoroquinolones” for some time now without success. Any ideas ?

  20. Louise July 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

    At birth, I was diagnosed with a congenital immune deficiency and was thereafter plagued with numerous life-threatening illnesses. However, despite my continued health problems, doctors did eventually tell my mother that my immune deficiency had improved. Nonetheless, I remained plagued by multiple health problems, including issues usually only experienced by people in their later years of life.

    After YEARS AND YEARS of un/misdiagnosed maladies and needless suffering, I now know that I have MTHFR (methyltetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency); chronic subclinical infection with cytomeglovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr (EBV, mono virus), and the shingles virus, herpes zoster; rheumatoid arthritis and sicca syndrome secondary to the RA; and common variable immune deficiency (CVID). Taken together, these maladies make management of acute infections difficult.

    In August of last year, I was prescribed Avelox as a prophylaxis after undergoing balloon sinuplasty. Over two months later, this was again prescribed for an acute upper respiratory infection after I failed to respond to oral and injected antibiotics. This infection had barely resolved when I became sick again in February of this year, and because of my prior failure to respond to other oral and injected antibiotics, Avelox was prescribed once again.

    I was alarmed when I read about the potential for tendon rupture with this and similar medications, but resolved myself to be mindful of any unusual signs or symptoms which may be indicative of toxicity, and to seek medical attention accordingly.

    In April of this year, I began experiencing pain with numbness and tingling in my right buttock and entire leg. I have a history of spinal trauma after being injured by a drunk driver who rear-ended me, so I initially thought it might be sciatica. However, I could identify no activating event, and the symptoms failed to respond to the stretches and trigger point therapies usually effective against this type of pain. I saw my rheumatologist last month and told her about the pain, and she also ruled out sciatica as there was no corresponding pain in my SI joint on palpation. She opined that I may have a labral tear of the hip.

    Concerned, I searched the web for info about my signs and symptoms. I was alarmed to learn that Avelox and similar meds may be the culprit for these and myriad other problems.

    The pain is relentless and, much of the time, incapacitating. I have an xray scheduled, as well as (I believe) an MRI. However, the pain is so intolerable and debilitating, I don’t know if I can wait until my radiology appointment.

    What can you tell me about anyone who has experienced similar leg pain/tingling/numbness after Avelox? Does it resolve? I don’t know how much longer I can take this 😦

  21. John P September 5, 2016 at 7:28 pm Reply

    In Jan-feb. I took cipro 500 mg for 10 days.
    And levaquin 750 mg for 2 days. Then became very sick and went to the ER. A allergy dr. gave me this. I thought I had a sinus infection but didn’t, just postnasal drip. On June 23 had a dental cleaning and became extremely ill the following day. Now it’s sept 5, 2016 and I have about 15-20 things wrong with me, I would go into details but I’m to tired to explain. This is the first site I posted on. how I wish I looked into this more before I took these drugs. I’m 68
    Was very athletic now I just lie in bed.

    • Lisa September 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

      Hi John,

      I’m so, so, so sorry for everything you’re going through! Know that there are other people who know what you’re experiencing and who understand your pain. I encourage you to reach out. This page rarely gets comments/responses, but there is a lovely community of people who comment on the home page. Also, if you’re on facebook, there is a great support group on facebook that is very active. It is https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/.

      Also, here are some recommendations for coping with this mess – https://floxiehope.com/2015/10/12/im-floxed-now-what/.

      You are not alone. Hang in there. It will get better.

      Best regards,

  22. Janet March 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Hi, I hope everybody get better soon, and thank you for this page, I want to let you know that nitrofurantoin give to you the same side effects of cipro, 10 months ago when I was 36 weeks pregnant the doctor prescribed me nitrofurantoin for uti, she toll me it is safe for pregnant woman so I took just one because I dint want to drink any medication during my pregnancy , but after a day I start with muscle pain, head pain, join pain and insomnia , I toll to the doctor and she toll me that I was like that because I was pregnant , at 38 weeks my baby born thought cesarian , and after a week I had a uti again and they prescribed me again nitrofurantoin for 7 days twice a week, this time I took the 7 days and I start to have horrible pain in all my body, hips, nee , food , all my musculoskeletal body hurt bad and the doctor was keep telling me because I was pregnant, but I didn’t believe her , I toll her was the nitrofurantoin but she says impossible, even my husband toll me I was little crazy , my tummy was with horrible pain , but I start to take:

    magnesium before bedtime, multivitamins, glucosamine, caltrate with vitamin d in the morning, also I boil fax seed and drink the buggy water before bed this help a lot with the horrible tummy, bladder pain, after 10 months sometimes I was good but sometimes I get the horrible pains againg, especially when is humid or when I walk under the rain.

    ND ACTIVE, BUT HE HAD SLEEP DISORDER UNTIL 9 MONTHS, I START TO GIVE 3 times a week baby vitamins, I don’t think babies take magnesium . I stay away from doctor now, I don’t believe them anymore. If you have any advice please let me know, my symptoms after 10 months hips pain, muscle pain, neck pain, vertebra pain, pelvic floor burning and pain, leg burning with pain, ear pain, dry and red eyes, pain in joins from hands, my tummy doesn’t hurt anymore thank to the flaxseed .
    Thank you for all you advices .

  23. Adam84 April 28, 2017 at 2:38 am Reply

    Hello people! So first off I just want you all to know I keep this group in my prayers. Everyone dealing with this is a warrior in my eyes and you should feel the same about yourself! So a little about me, I’m a 33yo male and I’m just over a month into my journey. I went to the ER with stomach issues, was told I had colitis, later to find out I didnt, but was given 5 antibiotics. Two through my IV, one in a shot, and two to take home. I know, stupid me for allowing that. So I had cipro and flagyl to take home. On my 2nd day I started having severe shortness of breath, tingling and numbness, and of course anxiety. I immediately stopped both against Drs orders. A few days later I started having what I call tennis elbow in both arms while I slept, now in my knees and wrist. I’ve had brain zaps and then I then started having muscle pains from my calves, thighs, lower and upper back, and into my neck. The day after all of that started I had what felt like someone laying lit fuses on my chest and stomach. I have been a depressed, fatigued, sleepless, anxiety driven crazy person. I have pains that just come and go and never return and some that just like to move around. At the ripe age of 33 I now have a neurologist, cardiologist, gastro, ENT, dermatologists, and pretty much know what the gossip is in my local ER with all the nurses. I’ve had all sorts of test, that I had to demand, and the keep saying it’s all anxiety. I was pretty much told to stay away from the ER. Now here are my questions, do side affects keep just showing up like a annoying relative at thanksgiving, and once one of the symptoms goes away, does it usually stay away? Some things are better but it’s like I trade one for another. I stay positive and hopeful that I’m not that bad off but also worried I’ve yet to begin the fun stuff. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  24. Home's Cool! July 25, 2017 at 7:53 am Reply

    Can anyone direct me to concrete info such as this site provides, but about ofloxacin eye drops? I take those every time I get an injection for NDME, and now I’m totally concerned, having read here.

  25. Alex September 23, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply

    Hello, Im a 35 years old man. I took one 500 mg of levaquin And stop right away when I read the scary stories about it. Im a active man and im scare to go back to the gym. I have no symptomes for now, maybe just a light pain on calves. May i I go back to the gym or should i wait. Really scare about tendonitis

  26. Lynn Corpron September 30, 2017 at 3:43 am Reply

    How can I know info have been floxed?? And how do I convince my drs.

  27. Daniel September 12, 2018 at 5:09 am Reply

    I just finished a perscription of Ciprofloxacin that I was perscribed for an ear infection. I should have done my research, because I’m only finding information about these horrible delayed side effects now and I’m honestly pretty scared. I took 14 500mg pills over 7 days. Is there anything I can do to prevent symptoms before they start? I haven’t experienced joint pain as of yet, but I have been experiencing anxiety and depression. I’m only 27 years old, I dont want my life to be ruined before it’s even really begun. God I wish I had never taken those pills.

  28. Jerome September 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Hello all,

    I took Cipro 250mg 2x a day for 12 of 21 days. I couldn’t stand the feeling I was getting when I took them, diarrhea, gastric issues and being tired. I stopped my last pill on 7/12 and switched to Bactrium for my Prostatitis. It worked and felt fine. After I stopped Cipro I noticed mild twitching throughout my body and slight dizziness. Started in my feet to my neck going crazy so days and barely noticeable others. I went to a neurologist and thought it was something serious but they said it was just stress and anxiety. After finding out about the side effects I’m almost certain this has caused this to me and I really want it to stop. I’m wondering what I can do to fix my body and restore it to what it once was. I went from working out daily to now nothing being extremely tired and always twitching or spasming.

  29. Karen October 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm Reply

    I had an Achilles’ tendon rupture in 2009 after taking Levaquin. Since then I have developed ligament, muscle, and tendon pain. I have chronic fatigue, foggy brain, IBS, reflux, anxiety and depression. A physical therapist said I have significant weakness in my legs. I’ve been told I have fibromyalgia. All my lab tests come back “perfect”. I think my problems may be related to Levaquin. How donI know for sure? How do I get diagnosed and treated?

  30. I’ve been floxed! – Emerging Trail January 15, 2019 at 9:15 am Reply

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  31. Gracie May 28, 2019 at 3:37 pm Reply

    My Doctor prescribed levofloxicin for a bladder infection. Had bad reaction right away, after 3 pills. Aches in every joint, popping ankles and knees, tiredness, low back pain. It lessened for awhile, then a month later came back stronger.
    I’m 76 yrs old but no one believes it. I have always moved like a very young person, weigh 115 lbs my whole life( except when pregnant).
    I’ve always walked everywhere. Continue to walk 2 to 4 miles daily. I’m so afraid my tendons will be ruined. Don’t know whether to keep walking or just stop moving. Lately I’ve started sweating heavily for no reason. Doctor said this will go away by itself. I don’t trust her.

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