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 bladder infection (which was not) I was given ofloxacin for a week without any issue.

No one at the ER asked me if I already had this medication before or informed me about possible side effects.

After the second day, I started to have a light pain to my right knee, as no one warned me about side effects, I just continued the treatment.

The next day, the pain increased and my left knee was also painful, I felt something was wrong,, 2 painful knees is just weird, I called my doctor.

He told me to stop ofloxacin and to come ASAP, he had some tests to do.

He changed the medication for the infection and told me to avoid any kind of sport for the next weeks.

I can say today that he saved my life.

The third day, it was like a nuclear bomb exploded in my body, every joint, every tendon of my body was very painful.

I couldn’t walk alone anymore, the pain was severe and worse, pain killers were not working.

I called my doctor again, he told me I had to stay in bed for at least a week.

The following week, the pain increased and was unbearable and new symptoms appeared: severe anxiety, depression and parasthesia.

The anxiety and depression was so severe, I had to ask my wife to stay home to watch me as I was thinking committing suicide.

This peak period lasted 3 weeks and then stabilized, pain was horrible, depression was awful, I think I cried at least 3h per day.

I understood doctors were unable to help me, and if I wanted to recover I’ll have to find a way by myself.

In my bed I googled 10h a day searching for similar cases, floxiehope helped me (and scared me) a lot and I decided to try magnesium after reading some success stories.

After a week of chelated magnesium, symptoms lowered a bit, but I was still unable to walk, to work and was still heavily depressed.

Then I changed my diet, banned all kind of meat, only raw vegetables, it helped a bit, but to be honest I was still depressed and crippled.

Then, I have read an article on floxiehope about a study on “The mitochondria targeted antioxidant MitoQ protects against fluoroquinolone-induced oxidative stress and mitochondrial membrane damage in human Achilles tendon cells.

I had nothing to loose to try it as nothing really worked for me to recover my previous life.

I started MitoQ about 5 weeks after first symptoms, of course I was still taking high doses of magnesium and vege diet.

After a week of MitoQ, symptoms lowered enough I could walk like a 60 years old man..

After 2 weeks, anxiety lowered a bit, I could walk slowly but still with pain.

After a month, anxiety was gone as well as parasthesia, I could walk normaly with heel cushions

After 2 months, I was able to work again (I work on a computer) pain was almost gone.

After 3 months, I was able to run, yes run!, small distances, but yeah run!

I stopped magnesium at this stage and switched to a normal diet, nothing bad happened.

After 6 months, I decided to stop MitoQ to see if I still need it.

After a week without MitoQ, light achilles tendon pain came back mainly in the morning, so I decided to continue MitoQ

After 9 months, I tried again to stop MitoQ, nothing bad happened.

I’m now over a year, I have almost fully recovered, some mornings I still have a light pain on Achille tendon, heel cushions helps a lot.

For me, MitoQ was the life saver, I know this is very personal and it does not work on everyone.

This is to give hope to everyone floxed .. Things ARE better than you think, remember that anxiety and depression are very common symptoms.

I wish you all a fast recovery.


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25 thoughts on “Salim’s Story – Ofloxacin Poisoning and Recovery

  1. sharon settle November 5, 2018 at 7:44 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story and your success Salim. You have given me hope. I too have been damaged with Ofloxacin and Ciprofloxacin. I also live in France, and could do with your Doctor educating my 3 past Doctors, who deny that this drug is the cause of all my symptoms ! 😦

    • Madge hirsch November 5, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply

      Hi Sharon- I too live in France and was floxed in 2014 with iv Cipro for diverticulitis. My full story is in the comments on Bronwen’s recovery story. My GP believes I have had a reaction to this drug but is sceptical of the true horror it can czuse. I have taken him various scientific articles about it’s mito damaging propensities. But he can’t help me and I think this makes him feel bad as he is a very nice man. My gastroenterologist is sceptical too and suggests I see a rheumatologist. I think drug poisonings are slow to come tp light here.

    • Salim Gasmi November 7, 2018 at 3:28 am Reply

      Doctors are not aware of cipro toxicity. keep hope and keep trying your own solutions. best luck to you.

      • Madge hirsch November 7, 2018 at 10:58 am Reply

        Merci Salim Malheureusement mes tendinites continuent après plus que 3 ans.

    • Salim Gasmi November 7, 2018 at 6:00 am Reply

      Sharon, my doctor recognized my condition as a side effect of FQ and declared my case to “Agence Nationale Des Médicaments”. I even been called by ANSM and had to answer questions and fill a form.

    • Remy August 19, 2019 at 10:07 pm Reply

      Bonjour , je suis aussi une française nouvellement atteinte il y a 4 semaines .
      Pouvez vous m aider ?
      Les médecins me prennent pour une folle et mon mari aussi .
      Facebook melanie remy

      • Miriam Knight August 30, 2019 at 1:35 pm Reply

        Hi Melanie, on Facebook there is a group called Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Victims in Europe. We took part in the EMA review and want to do more. There are many French people in the group. You and all other French people affected by fluoroquinolones are welcome to join us. You are definitely not une folle – nor your husband!

  2. Jérôme November 5, 2018 at 8:53 am Reply

    French too! I tried also Mitoq for 3 months but it didn’t help me at all;strange we are so different! I am nearly 3 years out and still suffer from pains although better that the first horrible 2 years…

    • Salim Gasmi November 7, 2018 at 3:29 am Reply

      That’s strange indeed. this is what makes cipro toxicity so difficult to heal. seems like each patient needs a custom treatment.

  3. Gerard November 5, 2018 at 11:00 am Reply

    Super interressant, un grand merci de ton partage

    • Salim Gasmi November 7, 2018 at 3:29 am Reply

      De rien, ce fut un plaisir.

      • Eunice Silva March 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm Reply

        How many pills did you take?

  4. Madge hirsch November 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply

    So glad you have recovered Salim. At more than three years since my last pill of Cipro I am still plagued by tendonitis . I have never been severely incapacitated just in pain most days! Your English is excellent. I hope the message about FQs will get through here in France after the EMA report. So far awareness in the medical profession has been poor.

    • Salim Gasmi November 7, 2018 at 3:31 am Reply

      Thanks Madge, yes let’s hope the EMEA report will be heard by doctors. I have sent it to mine. he told me after seeing the toxicity on me, he now try to avoid FQ when possible.

      • Laura November 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply

        I’m happy to hear that you have recovered. I was floxed Dec. 2017. I had severe anxiety, depression, along with constant suicidal thoughts. I’m much better now. What kind of diet are you following now? Gluten? Meat?


        • Salim Gasmi November 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm

          Laura, currently my diet is “normal light”, I eat everything (meat,gluten,..) but I try to avoid fats but mainly for weight purpose nothing to do with cipro.
          Yes, I had too severe anxiety and suicidal thoughts, as I said my wife had to watch me to keep me alive.
          This drug is a real poison.

        • Laura November 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm

          Thank you Salim. That’s very encouraging.

        • Laura November 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

          I forgot to ask if you are able to eat regular foods at restaurants like you did before cipro?

        • Salim Gasmi November 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

          Yes I can, but to be honest I try not to as I’m still afraid of possible effects, but when I have to (social event,job) i handle it perfectly.

        • Laura November 9, 2018 at 2:58 pm

          Thank you Salim

        • Jill November 13, 2020 at 4:15 pm

          Laura, when in your journey did the severe anxiety and depression go away? Did you have insomnia?

        • Salim November 13, 2020 at 4:18 pm

          Hi Jill,

          I do not follow any specific diet currently, I do not need it anymore.
          This FQ nightmare is now behind me.

          I wish you luck and strength for your recevery, remember this can be healed, keep hope !

  5. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 10:20 am Reply

    Dear Salim, Please consider sending your story to CBS 60 Minutes.
    Our stories need to be heard, Dan

  6. Bj January 1, 2020 at 8:36 am Reply

    It’s criminal that they tested these drugs on us. I’m so glad you got the help you needed early on and that it worked to give you gradual healing.Best wishes for a complete recovery.

    • Salim Gasmi February 21, 2020 at 5:32 pm Reply

      Thanks ! I’m 99% healed now. I still from time to time feel a light pain on Achille tendon but maybe it’s not FQ related.

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