Ricardo’s Story – Recovery from Ciprofloxacin Toxicity

*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. 

Everything started in October 2015, I’ve been always very worried about diseases and health issues, at that time, I was having a little trouble urinating, a doctor asked for tests, they didn´t point anything, but he prescribed me Amoxicillin and Ciprofloxacin anyway, for him, I had a prostatitis.

Well, at the first day I’ve took Amoxicillin, everything ok. At the second, I took the first 500mg Cipro at the day, then the second at the night. The other day I woke up feeling an eletric sensation at my left arm, as I’m a worried person by default, I’ve immediately associated it with Cipro and stopped taking it, but unfortunately, it was too late.

At the same day at the night I was very, very anxious, my body was shaking a lot and I decided to sleep at my parents house.
I can´t remember very well, but from this day on my life became a nightmare, I can remember the countless hours I’ve spent trying to find a cure, the countless anxiety and depression attacks, lot of other sympthoms, it was horrible, I’ve doubted some times I was going to recover.

Trying to heal, I saw a naturopath who wanted to give me a lot of supplements, I bought them but I didn´t take anything, I was afraid of doing more damage to myself.

I bought a treatment with an american homeopathic doctor who treats this condition, but we had a problem shipping it to the country I live.

I had to get out from my job cause doing simple jobs was very hard at that point.

Looking for answers I saw a website from a girl who had this condition and one treatment she used was ozone or something similar. I started to search this kind of treatment where I live and found a clinic that gives this treatment.

I’ve been impressed from the first time with the knowedgement and care of the doctor. I’ve made a lot of tests with has shown my body had a big impact from Cipro, Vitamin B12, Zync, all has gone away, my liver was inflamated, my nervous system was compromised.

Doctor gave me first activacted charcoal to clear my body, two weeks after that I’ve made my first IV session with Ozone, multivitamin B, C, anti-oxidants (NaC and others). I could feel the difference immediatelly, that was the best day I had in months.

From that day to now I’ve progressed too much, it´s hard to believe how good I am now, I’ve started to take probiotics, manipulated formulas with anti-oxidants, vitamin B complex and other stuff.

The only remaining sympthoms are:

*Eye floaters, they’re slightly better than when they’ve appeared, I even don´t nottice them anymore

*Motor coordination still a bit affected, but not nearly bad as at the begining, I guess I can have it 100% back in the next months

*Brain fog, at the week I’m writting particulary it´s gone, I’m a software developer, so I have to use my mind too much and I see it´s working almost at full speed now
The lessons I’ve learned and what I have to share:

I know what you’re passing by, it seems the sun will never shine again, but there’s a friend from this website which I’m very greatful to that told me:

“It´s like bad weather, it will pass”

Trust it, it will pass, you’ll regain your health and maybe you’ll be even healthier after everything.

Things will get better, we have a big community now to help us and we have some kindly aware doctors that can help us too.

I’ve learned that I can´t worry too much with the future, with my health.

Everything gonna be alright, hang on, my friend!

** 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, effect 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.

29 thoughts on “Ricardo’s Story – Recovery from Ciprofloxacin Toxicity

  1. Pete March 9, 2016 at 8:37 am Reply

    Ricardo congratulations. Well done. I would just gently point out that not everyone has access to the ozone therapy, not iv injections, you are so lucky in America.

    • Ricardo Reis March 9, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply

      Thank you brother, I’m a poor person, this kind of treatment is very expensive here, I’ve wasted all money I had stored and I still in debt for at least 4 months…
      I’ve spoken to people who got better without any kind of special treatment, only taking care of what they eat, exercising and etc.
      Sorry, I just wanted to share a hope of what worked for me.

      • Lisa Bloomquist March 9, 2016 at 9:07 am Reply

        What country are you in, Ricardo? You’re not in the U.S., are you?

        • Ricardo Reis March 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

          I’m in São Paulo, Brazil. There are not too much “good” medical options here too.

  2. Fabio March 9, 2016 at 9:56 am Reply

    Hi Ricardo I am also from Brazil floxed since 2013. I have sure that you will be better each day.
    I also faced the same problems and today i can tell that I am 95% or more.

    • Ricardo Reis March 9, 2016 at 10:04 am Reply

      Que bom mano, estamos na batalha.
      Só quem passa por essa parada sabe como é difícil, acho que deveríamos fazer algum tipo de petição aqui no Brasil para conscientizar sobre o uso dessa droga. Você já é a quarta pessoa que eu conheço daqui que teve esses problemas.

  3. Linda March 9, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply

    Glad you’re doing so well. I too first started improving with IVs and I too am financially wiped out now….but there really was no alternative. Thanks for posting.

    • Ricardo Reis March 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Yes, when your health is at risk, you must do the possible and impossible to get better, and our public health system here in Brazil is a shame…

  4. Linda March 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Healthcare in the US is also full of problems. They are “owned” by big pharma and do everything they can to discredit natural cures. Shameful.

  5. Marcela Scotini March 10, 2016 at 6:06 am Reply

    Ricardo , I also Brazilian , and I am going through some problems after using levofloxacin , I would like to talk to you and know which doctor sought to make treatment

  6. Marcela Scotini March 10, 2016 at 7:22 am Reply

    What’s your facebook?

  7. Pete March 15, 2016 at 4:37 am Reply

    Hi Ricardo, what were the specifiv ivs that you? How much were they? Thanks.

    • Ricardo Reis March 15, 2016 at 8:16 am Reply

      I remember I took those in separated bags:
      *Ozone + UVB (the blood is taken from the person, mixed with serum and ozone, then it passes thru a machine which cleans the blood with ultra-violet beams)
      *Vitamin B complex
      *Vitamin C
      *Sodium Bicarbonate
      *Nux Vomica (Homeopathic)
      But this treatment may not be good for you, the best thing to do is look for a qualified doctor and discuss this treatment with him.

      • Ricardo Reis March 15, 2016 at 8:18 am Reply

        And at the first time I did it, it costed around $670 dollars.

  8. Pri July 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm Reply

    I’m from SP too.
    I think that we must to meet here to do something big.
    This thing can’t go on here in the way is happening…..without warnings or black box warnings.

  9. Pri July 3, 2016 at 11:15 pm Reply

    My knees melted (both medial meniscus torn, both patellar tendons and patella damaged, my feet melted (pad athophy in 1st and 5th metatarsal and heels, anterior talofibular ligament torn completely and tendinopathy in both achilles tendons – I didn’t even have tendinitis before)
    My arms and neck are screwed too but really I didn’t have guts to do the MRI’s to check how the damage was….
    Lately, I have been using clay it is powerful and is helping a lot (my knees just after one year and half now seems somedays ok but every fucking day my feet burn)
    And now I have to live in a ‘bubble’ with my ‘food’, my ‘water’….
    I spent this last two year in this comatose state while my life was passing throught my eyes.
    I was a slackliner, a dancer and the most fast and strong waitress from my work then suddenly I lost everything and I spent this last 2 years in hell.

  10. L July 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm Reply

    I am a year and 4 months out, and my right knee just went out a week or so ago—two meniscus tears. Thought I had dodged that bullet. See ortho guy next week. Did you do anything for the tears?

    • winifred howard December 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm Reply

      L Did you have any treatment at all for the meniscus tears? If you did was it effective. I have plantar faciitiis and tendonopathy. I am going to give up soon.

  11. Pri July 6, 2016 at 11:33 pm Reply

    dear L

    In the beggining (when I didn’t know what was going on – I just thought thI was able to build something but things were worsening went to the feet and ankles)
    Then I discovered that I had besides my medial meniscus tears and injuries in the patella, patellar and anserine tendons, tendinopathy in achilles tendons in BOTH SIDES ! AND A SPONTENOUS LIGAMENT TORN IN THE LEFT FOOT
    Then I realize that something huge was going on….then I got to an article about some poor puppies on fluoroquinolones and then to this forum.
    It was terrible because in that moment I could see my life in that one year and a half in a few secs…like a movie from heaven to hell just because of money.

    Well I started do the diet and I’m very straight since then 11 months without any meat that is not antibiotic free, just organics, just mineral water specially for cooking and even to wash my hair (is doing a lot of difference with my hair- I realize the diferrence a month ago when I was in vacation that I was just washing in the waterfalls water how my hair was flexible, shining and strong again – so I gave it a try and it is working)

    After all I could feel better but very far from I was and pain was frequent then last month I started to use clay actually drink it…ad this became different some moments like for 2 or 3 hours in a day it seems that I’m normal again- it some great and huge for me)

    So this month knees were better….the meniscus tears pain is less and less strong…

    So I really can advice you to

    Don’t drink tap water, the diet is important, not to drink alcohol, no medicines anymore, sun everyday that you can I really mean at least one hour and and try do do on your pace be in movement ( just walk be gentle – even in your imagination – keep going in movement

    and cry everytime that you feel hard then breathe… breath…and breath with all your awareness

    Feldenkrais lessons is helping a lot – you should looking for it – really!

  12. L July 7, 2016 at 8:07 am Reply

    yeah, have already been doing all of that for over a year, plus IVs, acupuncture. What’s weird is the knee finally went out 16 months AFTER the floxing.

    Interesting about the hair. I only drink Reverse osmosis water with minerals I add back in, but do shower with regular water. Hope to get a filter when I have money.

  13. Pri July 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply

    First I had some pain issues like teeth pain (it was like my brain would explode) like 5 or 6 month after the pills
    But the great that went out was the knees 8 to 10 months past i took Cipro and Levaquin …then it spread through my body….ankles, feet, arms, neck, back…
    and then the teeth decay.

  14. Ricardo Reis July 11, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply

    Pri, and others, if you and to contact me, click at my profile name here and you’ll be able to find me on Facebook.

    • Ricardo Reis July 11, 2016 at 7:21 am Reply

      *Pri, and others, if you want to contact me, click at my profile name here and you’ll be able to find me on Facebook.

  15. Paul January 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Awesome mate! I had prostatitis too and cipro for 20days… 7 years later bam I’m in pain and lost strength..I’m going to try and find an ozone place here in New Zealand!

    Hope your still doing great
    Paul Pedrotti
    Auckland , NZ

  16. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Dear Ricardo, I am Dan Jervis, the last one on the long list. Would you please consider sharing your story to CBS 60 Minutes? 60m@cbs.news.com

  17. Ger April 30, 2019 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Hi Ricardo, I’m interested in ozone therapy too. I’m seeing a functional medicine doc right now and hoping he can get me back on track.

    I had a bad reaction to clarithromycin back in 2015 and haven’t been the same ever since. It’s been an absolute nightmare for me I must say.

    I was speaking to Lisa, the girl who runs this great site, about getting my story hosted here too along with the many others that are currently on here. Except my story isn’t just about antibiotic damage, so she recommended one of her doctor friends website to me to get my story out there. I got it published recently for anyone interested in reading my journey so far.


    I’m hoping to try some ozone therapy soon to see if it helps, because I’ve tried almost everything over the last few years to get back on track and nothing has worked so far.
    Hope you’re doing a lot better now.

    • t3dgm September 11, 2019 at 10:56 am Reply

      Hi Ger! (I’m posting from a new account)

      Please hang on and take care of what you eat, think and do. Don’t create stress to your body and think positive. Ozone may help you, but please get informed and look for a recommended doctor who can give you small doses intially to see how you react.

      Best regards,

    • Claire July 18, 2020 at 5:43 pm Reply

      Hi Ger, how are you doing now?

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