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 that anger. That is now the hardest part. I learned many things I want to share with the Floxie Community with a hope to help others.

Age (at the time): 43.

Gender: Male

Health: Perfect. I am a biathlete (swimming and cycling). I have been eating paleo for several years. I have been healthy and active my entire life. My body, even now, feels 20 years younger than my chronological age. Height: 6’1”. Weight: 170 lbs

Diagnosis: prostatitis.

Lesson Learned: Prostatitis is not caused by cycling. Prostatitis can be caused by many things which simply inflame the prostate and is NOT a bacterial infection. Prostate bacteria is difficult to test for. I learned to find a doctor that is willing to perform the tests until it is conclusive that a bacteria infection is present BEFORE commencing any antibiotic regime. I took my cipro proactively. I do not recommend this. My prostatitis was caused by car-sitting with a soft seat that pushed on my perineum. I recommend getting a seat cover of large woven beads if you are a male.

Antibiotic: Cipro. I took a total of two days / four pills. My prescription was for seven days. I cannot imagine what would have happened had I completed the cycle.

Symptoms: strained Achilles tendons; both legs. Rashes, anxiety, suicidal thoughts (of which I have never ever experienced prior), nightmares, tendonitis (shoulders, hips). My Achilles tendons strained approximately four and six months following my antibiotic poisoning.

Treatment and recommendations:
Purchase and follow the Floxie Hope cleansing protocol. Thankfully, I already followed a low inflammation diet including no gluten, factory meat, grains, mold etc. These toxins are ubiquitous in the standard American diet and are difficult to identify if one is unfamiliar.
 Take massive amounts of magnesium. Assure it is not combined with other elements such as calcium and not magnesium oxide. I like the trace minerals brand ionic magnesium drops. Take enough to have diuretic effects and back off.
 Take Co-Q-10.
 Cease taking the antibiotic if you have any symptoms whatsoever, no matter how slight. I am not a doctor; take this for what it is and not medical advice. Ask your doctor for a non- fluoroquinolone replacement if you must. Do not do just whatever your doctor says. You are your best friend.
 Take lots of potassium, electrolytes and healthy fats.
 Do not, under any circumstance, drink alcohol. This poison (ethanol) strips the body of electrolytes such as magnesium that are the healing mechanism for your tendons and joints. If you need to “relax” get some CBD.
 Go to a physical therapist. Tell them what happened. Most of them have experience with this. However, do not do any strength training for at least six months. I strained one of my Achilles tendons during “therapy” doing calf raises while rehabbing the other strained tendon. Some resistance training, possibly. Don’t try for “gains”. Don’t try to push your recover.
 Walk, move gently.
 Have patience. Then have more.
 Some people will believe you. Some will not. Accept that without judgement.
 Confront your doctor if it will help you. Do so in a way that will honor yourself and your dignity.
 Find the positives. For me, I got to help one of my coworkers who is also now in full recovery after 18 months. It was also that this experience improved my diet, weened me completely off any alcohol and helped me determine my true desires in life.
 Get a medical bracelet stating your newfound allergy(ies). Repeat it often whenever you are in a hospital. Look at your own chart. Write on it and the headboard if you must.
 Inform you family of your allergies and any associated preferences. Ask them for their concurrence of your preferences.
 Meditate
 Support the Floxie Hope community.


The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with Floxie Hope, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, affect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.


6 thoughts on “Markus’s Story of Healing from Cipro Toxicity

  1. Kenneth Merritt December 16, 2019 at 9:38 am Reply

    The VA gave me Cipro for prostrations. They gave it to me as follows…..2 weeks of cipro! 2 weeks off, 2 weeks of Cipro, 2 weeks off, then one month of Cipro. Finally another Doctor told me that I had been poisoned. Three years later, I still have multiple symptoms. The VA says they are just symptomatic. What do you suggest?

  2. Fred S December 17, 2019 at 5:43 am Reply

    Markus – Congrats on the recovery. I am 4 months inn and doing very light biking and swimming 3 times per week. How long did it take for your tendons to heal? Did you have to do PRP or stem cell therapy?

  3. Michael December 28, 2019 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Hi Markus, I am 42 and back to running etc at 6 months. I too was given Cipro for Prostatitis. I took about 4 weeks of it. I too was in excellent shape at the time. I am back to normal except for neuropathy. Brain fog, joint pain, tinnitus, visual symptoms – all history. Neuropathy persists though. Not always there, pops up here and there, in the mornings usually. Did you have neuropathy? If so how long did you have it for? Thanks, Michael

    • abhikumar9 May 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm Reply

      Hi Michael
      Just wanted to check in with you . I started having the same reaction to cipro 5 days into the course and stopped taking 3 days back . Would really appreciate your help to counteract the toxicity as early as possible
      Please reach out to me at

      Forever in your debt . Peace to you

  4. Howard Derry January 26, 2020 at 9:10 am Reply

    I was poisoned back in Oct 2019. Tendinitis in left knee and left elbow. Burning feet,tingling in feet and hands,and back pain for a day which I suppose was my kidneys.I stopped working out and took Andrew Lessman magnesium and Andrew’s 5 favorites which contained Co Q10,ala,pomegranate,resveratrol,and egcg..My symptoms have just about disappeared. I think the supplements helped

  5. A.Coleman January 28, 2020 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Hey everyone – for prostatis try Saw Palmetto. Way before I was floxed I had a flare up of prostatis. Tried an antibiotic (not FQ) and this didn’t work. Thankfully the MD at the time said, well if an antibiotic didn’t work then maybe that isn’t the best course.

    He put me on Saw Palmetto and within a few weeks my sypmtoms had completely subsided. He told me to stay on it for at least two months to make sure I was well. I took it for 4 months and ever since have not had a repeat – and this was around 15 years ago now.

    BTW – Saw Palmetto is an herbal remedy made from the palmetto palm. Totally natural and very effective – at least for me.

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