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 in end of November 2016. I had severe gastroenteritis due to amoebic infection. I was traveling at the time and couldn’t visit a doctor . I called up a friend who is a  physician who advised me take ciplox tz for 5 days after listening to my symptoms. After 5 days i recovered. I was least expecting what i was about to experience few months later.

It was around 2 months later that i first started to experience weird symptoms that i never had before. It all started with with my feet and hands feeling tingly with sensation of pins and needles when i woke up. I did not pay much attention to it for a few weeks. I thought it was probably due to my sleeping style causing some circulation issues. A few weeks later a noticed that my left knee started to hurt for no apparent reason. I had not injured myself in any way for it to hurt so bad that i couldn’t even climb stairs. I visited orthopedic who identified swelling in the knee. He repeatedly kept asking me if i had injured myself. Unconvinced by my responses he said said i had Patellar Tendonitis and put me on Chondrotin,Collagen peptide,Bromelain supplements for a 2 month and asked me to rest for few weeks. Meanwhile my other symptoms continued unabated. Apart from my tingling in my feet and hands i started to get cramps in my finger. Over period of next weeks had other problems like seeing rings of light at corner of my eyes when i slept,  difficulty swallowing, feeling the room was too bright, difficulty concentrating , feeling tired all the time. Finally i started having unexplained panic attacks, some which completed drained me to an extent that i couldn’t stand up  This is when it occurred to me something is not right.

I made an appointment with neurologist who did an MRI, Nerve conductivity study and blood tests.All the reports were fine and he concluded i had Fibromyalgia. Visits to ophthalmologist also yielded nothing. Next up cardiologists TMT, 2D echo, ECG also yielded nothing. Finally all doctors concluded i should be referred to a psychiatrist as its probably my anxiety which is causing these symptoms. I was unconvinced that these problems were totally due to anxiety. Why would they all happen at same time ? Everyone has some level of anxiety, i didn’t see other anxious people having these problems to such a debilitating extent.  I was never really anxious person,

With no other option left i did consult a psychiatrist who put me on SSRI’s and TCA’s for my neuropathic pain. Still adamant that the problems were not due to my anxiety i started researching on my symptoms. During many Google searches of my symptoms i would frequently come across blogs of people with similar stories. There were many references to fibromyalgia, but I never really made the connection with the antibiotic Ciproflaxin till visited Floxiehope. It was like a eureka moment , finally the pieces of the puzzle started to come together. I also stumbled upon FDA black box warning of the drug on their website which listed all of the side effects which were happening to me. I also realized i have had this antibiotic many times earlier for my sinusitis but didn’t have such side effects.

I finally decided to confront the doctors with me new found evidence. I wasn’t surprised they laughed at me. They said this antibiotics is prescribed for months   to patients and no one ever has complained about it. They asked me to stop being a hypochondriac!!. Coincidentally to my rescue there were articles in local newspapers about the recent changes in FDA black box warnings in 2018. After overwhelming evidences few doctors did agree there is a possibility that symptoms could be due to ciproflaxin, but they also assured me body has ability heal itself at your age and the problems will gradually resolve.

Through 2017 and good part of 2018 i was on SSRI and TCA. It has been over a year and half now after coming out of medication for neuropathic pain, I mostly symptom free now .I am able play few sports which are not too demanding on the knees. I keep having minor flareups of my tendonitis but nothing that keeps me off my daily routine.

During this entire journey, i continued to have healthy food, along with Seacod Capsules, Spirulina, Multivitamin-multimineral supplements. Most important of all the many recovery stories at Floxiehope, multiple assurances from doctors and my family, the excellent guidance from Joseph Murphy book – Power of subconscious mind have helped me through this difficult time.


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.


16 thoughts on “Rahul’s Story of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity and Recovery

  1. Anil Bhardwaj January 3, 2020 at 10:28 am Reply

    Hii rahul, Are u from?? Myself anil bhardwaj from india . I’m also suffer from fluroquinolons toxicity. Im still suffer by dizziness(vertigo) short term memory, forgetfullness( cognitive decline) and im not able to long time standing. i guess u from india than u understand me and my problems. What things help in this journey supplements? Diet?? Etc.

    • Monika January 6, 2020 at 11:43 pm Reply

      Hi Anil, I am from India.
      I am too floxed by ofloxacin. Took it for UTI. Now struggling with all neuro and muscular symptoms. No doc believed this was due to ofloxacin. Though I knew from begining as I myself a Pharma graduate. But never thought these side effects are so common earlier thought to be rare. Since 8 months I am taking so many supplements and antiepileptic to ease pain under the supervision of a neurologist. They say it is fibromyalgia. Do not know will it ever go away.

      • Anil January 26, 2020 at 11:14 am Reply

        Please don’t worry about it . Time is best medicine to healing. Now after nine to ten month after i feel too good and active. I’m normal as before. And i also not took too much Supplements.plz have belive in God. I hope you will be better soon. I also pray for for your health.

        • Monika February 3, 2020 at 11:03 pm

          Thanks Anil !

          I am feeling little better now. Doc has stopped the pain medications, just eating lits of veggies and fruits and supplements. Hope to be myself again soon!

      • Anil bhardwaj August 2, 2020 at 12:16 pm Reply

        Hii monica how you feel nowdays ?? Please contact me on my no. 9352281929 to sgare your expireance and plans . Thank you

  2. Rahul January 25, 2020 at 9:13 pm Reply

    Hi Anil,
    I am really sorry to hear your symptoms. I recommend to consult with your doctor instead of self diagnosis to rule out other causes. DO NOT SELF MEDICATE OR SELF DIAGNOSE.

    You should stick to vegitarian diet with lots of veggies and fruits with plenty of water. Try to get some excercise and early morning sunshine.
    Hope you get well soon

    • Anil bhardwaj January 26, 2020 at 11:17 am Reply

      thank you rahul. I feel too good now days. But rahul dr. Is not able to understand about this type of side effects. I’m diagnosed by many doctors but no one can help me with FQ toxicity. I see only time is best healing medicine for me. Thank u so much. If u know ?any dr. Than suggest me. Thanks rahul

    • abhikumar9 May 7, 2020 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Hi Rahul
      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 abhikumar93@gmail.com

  3. Monika February 3, 2020 at 11:10 pm Reply

    Hi Rahul,

    Glad you recovered and lead a healthy life now!
    I am too floxed with ofloxacin and having neuro muscular symptoms. Pains in all muscles and needles all over, lot of weakness from past 9 months. Now I am taking supplements and doc has stopped pain medications for the nerve pain. Feeling better than earlier but getting flare ups though. I have started taking protein supplement as well to get muscle strength back. Can you suggest the probiotic which worked for you? Though there are many available but they have got mixed reviews.

  4. Adam Smith February 17, 2020 at 9:30 am Reply

    Did the SSRI and TCA help at all with your symptoms and did you also suffer from muscle twitching?

    • Adam Smith February 17, 2020 at 9:30 am Reply

      If so please name the SSRI and TCA taken. Much love.

      • Rahul November 12, 2020 at 3:02 am Reply

        Hi Adam,
        SSRI and TCA do help , but be prepared for variety of side effects (Rhinitis, Urinary inconsistency, dry mouth etc etc). Muscle twitching should go away once your body adjusts to dosage. The withdrawal symptoms are equally terrifying( Brain zaps) even though dosage is tapered. I felt its not worth it.

  5. Roxanne May 20, 2020 at 8:44 am Reply

    How did you find a doctor who supported you?

    • Rahul November 12, 2020 at 2:59 am Reply

      Hi Roxanne, None are willing to openly acknowledge the side effects of cipro. You could take a print out of FDA black box label from their website and try convincing them. At the most you could get a reply “these are rarest of cases, you will recover eventually”. This could be taken as an agreement.
      They will try to treat the side effects till your body is able to recoup.

  6. Anil August 2, 2020 at 1:34 am Reply

    Hi Monika, Anil have you been recovered…

    • Anil August 2, 2020 at 12:12 pm Reply

      Yes im recovered . How are you ?? Contact me on my no .9352281929

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