Recently, the pharmaceutical company Bayer was forced to recall its fluorinated cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol (Cerivastatin) as it had caused deaths and serious adverse health effects worldwide.1, 2, 3 Baycol had been found to cause muscle destruction and wasting–a condition known as rhabdomyolysis–and displayed compounded toxicity when used with other drugs. It had been linked to at least 31 deaths.
The adverse reactions documented with Baycol were largely identical to those of numerous other fluorinated drugs–all of which had been withdrawn from the market in recent years. 3
As a result of the current anthrax scare, another fluorinated drug called Cipro has received extensive media coverage and the name has become familiar to millions almost overnight. As soon as the first cases of anthrax resulting from suspicious mail became known, there were wide reports of a hectic run on this drug.
Mass hysteria seems present as governments, pharmacies and individuals everywhere are stockpiling Cipro. Pharmacies are reporting record sales, and on-line prescription services and Internet sites are selling the drug at more than $7.00 per pill.
People everywhere–hyped into believing their flu-like symptoms are caused by anthrax exposure and misinformed by irresponsible media reports–are taking Cipro. Worse yet, they are giving it to their children.
What is Cipro?
Cipro is ciprofloxacin, a fluorinated quinolone, belonging to a class of fluorinated antibiotics which also include enoxacin, fleroxacin, temafloxacin, grepafloxacin, norfloxacin, sparfloxacin, tosufloxacin, lomefloxacin and ofloxacin.
Ciprofloxacin has been in use since 1987 for a variety of other indications and is the most widely used fluoroquinolone in humans and animals worldwide.4
In 2000, the FDA approved its use as a treatment for inhalational anthrax under its “accelerated approval” regulations.5 The FDA had actually taken the unusual step of urging Bayer– the sole manufacturer for all countries except India–to file for such approval, supposedly in order to protect the public from future terrorist attacks. The US Department of Defense had already ordered reserves of Cipro during the 1991 Gulf War.6
Temafloxacin and grepafloxacin are two other fluoroquinolones now withdrawn from the market because they had caused severe liver and renal damage–and deaths, just like fluorinated drugs from other, different classifications, such as Baycol.3 The same information also exists for Cipro.
Fatal liver failure associated with ciprofloxacin was reported in the Lancet in 1994.7,8
Ciprofloxacin has been implicated in several cases of acute renal failure and is the fluoroquinolone most established to cause such renal dysfunction.4,9,10,11
The most common side-effects due to Cipro, reported in 2-16 percent of cases, are gastrointestinal in nature and equal those reported when children accidentally ingest “too much” fluoride from their toothpaste. These symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Why?
Ciprofloxacin administration always results in elevated serum fluoride levels.12 In a series of tests evaluating the safety of ciprofloxacin in children, serum fluoride levels increased after 12 hours in 79 percent of the children; on day 7 the 24-hour urinary fluoride excretion was higher in 88.9 percent of children observed.12
Just as in the case of Baycol and other fluorinated drugs, Cipro can cause musculo-skeletal disorders such as rhabdomyolysis. Since the introduction of fluoroquinolones on the market in 1987, more than 200 cases of rhabdomyolysis, tendinitis, tendon rupture, etc. have been reported in the literature.4,13,14,15
In October 1994 the Japan Pharmaceutical Affairs Bureau was first to amend the product information for fluoroquinolones to state that rhabdomyolysis may occur.16
In 1996, the FDA also issued directives to manufacturers to include warning statements on all fluoroquinoline product inserts to alert patients and caregivers to the potential for tendinitis and tendon rupture.17 In the same year, the Sri Lanka Drug Evaluation Sub-Committee decided that the product information sheet on fluoroquinolone antibiotics should include the following warning: “The onset of tendon pain calls for immediate withdrawal of fluoroquinolone antibiotics.”18
Achilles tendon rupture was shown to occur even after withdrawal of the drug with examination showing pathological ultrastructure alteration in tendinocytes. Fluorquinolones including cipro have been required to have a black box label due to the inordinate number of tendon ruptures.
Just as in other cases of fluoride poisoning, studies in animals show that magnesium deficiency aggravates the induced tendinopathy.14,19
Fatal Drug Interactions
Just as with Baycol, drug interactions with ciprofloxacin have resulted in fatal outcomes due to potentiation of another drug’s effects including theophylline,4,20 methadone21 and warfarin.22
Just like Baycol and other fluorinated drugs, ciprofloxacin is a potent inhibitor of the thyroid hormone-regulated P 450 enzyme system in the liver. Of all fluoroquinolones, ciprofloxacin and enoxacin have shown the greatest inhibitory capacity.4
P450 IA2 prevents the metabolism and inactivation of methylxanthines, thereby causing increased serum concentrations of drugs like theophylline (found in tea) and caffeine (found in coffee and soft drinks), which in turn causes excess central nervous system and cardiac stimulation. As mentioned above, Cipro also elevates serum fluoride levels.
The liver has been identified as a target organ of fluoroquinolone toxicity in animal studies.23 As early as the 1930s, scientists at Bayer and Knoll had discovered that all organic fluoride compounds tested (including those used for fluoroquinolone production) interfered with thyroid hormone activity in liver and muscle tissue. Meanwhile, they also showed “anti-bacterial” activity. This led to the development of many fluorinated medications, including the numerous compounds then used very successfully in the treatment of hyperthyroidism.24,25 A Dr. Kraft of the Knoll corporation invented many fluorinated “medications.” When it was discovered that some of these organic compounds had the same detrimental effects on teeth and bone as inorganic fluoride (although much less actual F ion was involved) he even filed patents on behalf of Knoll for use of these compounds in dental preparations.26,27
Pregnant women should never take ciprofloxacin. Cipro transfers through the placenta. It inhibits P450 1A2 which has been shown to be critical for neonatal survival as it influences the physiology of respiration in neonates. Mice lacking this cytochrome died shortly after birth and showed symptoms of severe respiratory distress.28 Respiratory distress is also a side-effect of ciprofloxacin in adults.9 Cipro also transfers through breastmilk.
Resistance to Bacteria
Taking Ciprofloxacin can spur germs to mutate so that future bacterial infections become untreatable. During the last decades a dramatic increase in bacterial strains multiresistant to antibiotics, particularly Cipro, has been reported.30,31,32 This increase has led to the occurrence of incurable bacterial infections with a fatal outcome, and a particularly serious problem in connection with hospital-acquired infections.
For example, Clostridium difficile has become one of the most common acquired organisms in hospitals and longterm care institutions. The organism typically infects patients whose normal intestinal flora has been disturbed by the administration of a broad-spectrum antibiotic such as Cipro. The diarrhea and inflammatory colitis associated with infection represent a serious medical and surgical complication leading to increased morbidity and mortality, and prolonging hospital stays by an average of nearly three weeks. This is especially true for the elderly and for patients with serious underlying diseases who are the most likely to develop the infection. Diarrhea associated with C. difficile represents a major economic burden to the healthcare system, conservatively estimated at $3-6 billion per year in excess hospital costs in the US alone.33
The emergence of “antibiotic resistance” is a result of the overwhelming use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine. High rates of fluoroquinolone resistance have been reported in many countries.30 For example, in Asia Cipro can no longer be used to treat gonorrhea, because the disease has become resistant to the drug.34
While the FDA approved Cipro as the first-line treatment against anthrax in August, 2000, a few months later, in October, 2000, it asked Bayer to remove Baytril–its equivalent for animals.
The FDA has also proposed banning the fluoroquinolones, which chicken and turkey farmers have given to birds in their water since 1995 to help shield the animals from infection. The agency acted after linking the drugs to a large increase in Campylobacter bacteria immune to the medications. Nearly 18 percent of one common strain that infects humans is now immune to the very same drugs which were considered the last line of defense against the infection.
Campylobacter is the leading bacterial cause of food poisoning in the United States. Typically contracted through raw or undercooked meat, the germs afflict more than 2 million people and kill some 500 each year in the US, according to the CDC.
While Abbot voluntarily withdrew its version of the antibiotic (SaraFlox), Bayer decided to challenge the FDA. The company had the option to comply with the proposed ban or seek a hearing to determine whether such a move was justified. Bayer refused to comply with the ban, a move that kicked off a lengthy process that could take years.35 Meanwhile Bayer gets to poison the world, and make huge profits from it.
According to one report, the American Medical Association has advised its members to prescribe Cipro very cautiously, citing the fact that the worldwide problem of antibiotic resistance poses future dangers worse than the anthrax attacks of today.34
Photosensitization can result when light interacts with chemical agents in the skin and eyes. This process can produce undesirable clinical consequences, such as phototoxicity(exaggerated sunburn), photoallergy, or photo-carcinogenicity. People receiving Cipro or any other fluoroquinolone are warned on the product inserts not to expose themselves to direct sunlight. Rashes develop on the areas exposed.
Upon UVA-irradiation, the “fluorine” of numerous fluoroquinolones such as lomefloxacin and fleroxacin, are “lost” as fluoride.36
According to a US government report, “We have discovered that anions can activate visual photoreceptors in the dark. One anionic activator is the commonly used dental agent fluoride. The data on in vitro preparations indicate that these anions modulate photoreceptor bio-chemistry and may affect photoreceptor sen-sitivity. . . “38
Medline has many articles on fluoride and G-protein-coupled photoreceptor activation.35
In summary, Cipro causes fluoride poisoning. But will any practitioner know how to deal with this, considering that the American Dental Association has shielded all practitioners from proper knowledge of fluoride toxicity?
Other Cipro Side Effects29
|Abnormal dread or fear||Irritability|
|Bleeding in the stomach||Joint or back pain|
|Bleeding in the intestines||Joint stiffness|
|Blood clots in the lungs||Kidney failure|
|Blurred vision||Labored breathing|
|Change in color perception||Lack of muscle coordination|
|Chills||Lack or loss of appetite|
|Confusion||Large volumes of urine|
|Convulsions||Loss of sense of identity|
|Coughing up blood||Loss of sense of smell|
|Decreased vision||Mouth sores|
|Difficulty in swallowing||Nightmares|
|Double vision||Pounding heartbeat|
|Drowsiness||Ringing in the ears|
|Fainting||Sensitivity to light|
|Fever||Severe allergic reaction|
|Gout flare up||Sluggishness|
|Hearing loss||Swelling of the face, neck, lips, eyes, or hands|
|Heart attack||Swelling of the throat|
|Hiccups||Tender, red bumps on skin|
|High blood pressure||Tingling sensation|
|Inability to fall or stay asleep||Unpleasant taste|
|Inability to urinate||Unusual darkening of the skin|
|Intestinal inflammation||Vague feeling of illness|
|Involuntary eye movement||Weakness|
|Irregular heartbeat||Yellowed eyes and skin|
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- Dr. Mercola – “Baycol – Another Fluoride Drug Bites the Dust” (PFPC News, August 18, 2001) http://www.mercola.com/2001/aug/18/fluoride_drugs.htm
- Clinical Toxicology Review – “What Are Fluoroquinolones?” CTR, Massachusetts Poison Control System, Vol. 20, No. 3 (1997)
- FDA Talk Paper “Approval of Cipro® for Use AFter Exposure to Inhalation Anthrax,” Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857 (2000)
- CNN – Reuter’s, July 27, 2000
- Fuchs S, Simon Z, Brezis M – “Fatal hepatic failure associated with ciprofloxacin” Lancet 242:738-739 (1994)
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- Reece RJ, Nicholls AJ – “Ciprofloxacin-induced acute interstitial nephritis” Nephrol Dial Transplant 11(2):393 (1996)
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- Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin – Vol. 16, No. 2 (May 1997)
- Ramanujam TR – “Fluoroquinolones – A Review” (2001) http://www.mcsindia.org/doctors/Epharma/january.asp
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- Information on Adverse Reactions to Drugs No.128, October 1994
- FDA Medical Bulletin – Vol. 26, No.3 (October 1996)
- 27th Meeting of the Drug Evaluation Sub-Committee, Ministry of Health, Colombo (November 1996)
- Shakibaei M, de Souza P, van Sickle D, Stahlmann R – “Biochemical changes in Achilles tendon from juvenile dogs after treatment with ciprofloxacin or feeding a magnesium-deficient diet” Arch Toxicol 75(6):369-74 (2001)
- Clinical Toxicology Review, Vol. 20, No. 3 (1997)
- Herrlin K, Segerdahl M, Gustafsson LL, Kalso E – “Methadone, ciprofloxacin, and adverse drug reactions” Lancet 356(9247):2069-70 (2000)
- Ellis RJ, Mayo MS, Bodensteiner DM – “Ciprofloxacin-warfarin coagulopathy: a case series” Am J Hematol 63(1):28-31 (2000)
- Guzman A, Garcia C, Demestre I – “Subchronic toxicity of the new quinolone antibacterial agent irloxacin in beagle dogs” Arzneimittelforschung 50(5):485-94 (2000)
- Kraft K – “Über die Synthese einiger aromatischer Fluorverbindungen” Knoll Research, Chem Ber. 84(2):150-156 (1951) (describes manufacturing processes of numerous organic fluorides, after it was shown that all organic fluoride compounds displayed stronger anti-thyroid activity than the mere “fluoride ion.”)
- Kraft K, Dengel F – “Über die Synthese einiger aromatischer Fluorverbindungen, II. Mitteilung” Chem Ber 85(6):577-582 (1952) (more reports on organic fluoride investigations. . . “in regards to their characteristics in lowering BMR as well as anti-bacterial activity”)
- Zutavern EP, Kraft K – “Verfahren zur Herstellung von organischen Salzen der Fluorwasserstoffsäure” German Patent No. 855118, granted Dec. 5, 1950 (Knoll AG) (Kraft patent on the same organic fluoride compounds used previously in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, now patented as anti-caries agents!)
- Eichler O, Kraft K – “Verfahren zur Herstellung einer alkalischen, seifenfreien, reagibles Fluor neben Calciumcarbonat enthaltenden Zahnpasta” German Patent No. 971375, granted Aug. 28, 1951 (Knoll AG) (patent describing the use of ethanol-amino-hydrofluorides in toothpaste…)
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Ikram Usmani says
I was prescribed Cipro 3x1000mg by my urologist before my prostate biopsy. I was instructed by him to take one pill a day before the procedure, one on the day of biopsy and one a day after the procedure. Right after taking the third pill I developed terrible side effects. I have torn tendon in my left shoulder and terrible pain, I cannot lift my left hand to full range of motion.body aches, numbness, tingling, prickling/pins and needles pain and lack of sensibility in my finger tips of both hands, dizziness when getting up suddenly from lying or sitting position, joint stiffness, muscle pain, irregular heart beat, blurred vision and sleep problem. It is almost two months and I have no relief. My family doctor and a doctor in walk-in clinic said there there no antidote. I fear that it could be long lasting or may be permanent. My urologist did not discuss or warn me of the side effects. I guess they do not care they just follow the guide line they are taught in their profession. I wonder how this horrible poison is being prescribed!
I was just prescribed this at an urgent care facility. I had been fighting a sore throat and sinus/chest congestion for about 8 days with over the counter drugs. It started to reoccur which is why I went to urgent care. I only took 3 pills and I got aches and my joints started to hurt. I just felt very strange. I am 57 and am not on any medications and am a very healthy person(personal trainer) so I started to read about this drug. When I found it has flouride in it, I stopped I mmediatly. My body is so sensitive to things. I am having some gastrointestinal disturbance. Hopefully my body can right itself. When I was given this my cold symptoms were reoccurring, but they were no severe so I don’t see why they thought I needed this.
Anita Dennison says
My husband was prescribed Cipro approx 7-8 years ago for serious case of bronchitis. Within two weeks he experienced a rupture of a tendon in his thigh thigh followed by bleeding out and discoloration of his feet and toes, and a large round area approx 1 1/2” in diameter that was deep brownish red and hot to the touch and would not heal. It took persistent research to try and determine the cause of these and other symptoms. I called the pharmacy to see if one of his blood pressure meds could have caused this. The pharmacist ran one text and determined that was not the cause. Eventually, one pharmacist did say, I see your husband took cipro. I said what is cipro. She said it’s an antibiotic associated with tendon ruptures. So I looked up cipro and found massive materials online about its potential negative side effects and how it is a synthetic medicine that may attack healthy tissue in some people. The medicine was developed initially to treat anthrax poisoning and bubonic plague. We saw our new top MDVIP dr who had not prescribed this med to my husband the year before and had not heard of these side effects of cipro but was open minded enough to consider cipro as the cause of these debilitating symptoms for which there was no known cure. We saw our dermatologist too who told us these symptoms of skin discoloration would likely not ever reverse or heal. Our orthopedic dr said oh cipro isn’t a problem I give it out all the time. I called the phArmacist to see what they had to offer to reverse these symptoms as the pain from the ruptured tendon was sooo severe my husband would nearly pass out From
Lightning flashes of pain and he could barely walk. He became an invalid and mostly sat in his chair in the bedroom for 6 months to a year. And gradually his personality changed also from
The vibrant healthy bold extroverted guy and athlete to a withdrawn almost paranoid cowering changed person.
He had to give up his work. He owned a successful fine arts business and did high end shows all over the country and had to retire. Two years later he began to experience severe Bone deterioration in his right shoulder and later experienced extreme kidney failure with fever of 105.3 and had to be rushed to the hospital where he nearly died.
At some point fairly early on in all this medical nightmare I called the pharmacy back and a substitute pharmacist was on duty that day and this person said, do you not realize cipro is a black box medicine. I said what is a black box medicine. It is one with “rare but very serious side effects”.
That was it. And they told me they had no cure or antidote. Nothing whatsoever to offer my husband To reverse this damage.
That is when I called the homeopathic dr I had studied with 35 years before. He is well known and beloved homeopathic in the US and teaches here in the US as well as in England. India, Africa and other countries around the world. I said to him, I am looking for potentized cipro ..which means homeopathically diluted and. prepared cipro to use as an antidote to what he calls cipro toxicity. And he said, I have it. So within a few days the medicine arrived and I gave my husband a dose, and nearly miraculously, this withdrawn version of my husband changed before my eyes. I could see him literally come back to himself personality wise. within moments, he seemed to come back to himself. Seemed centered and more himself, and not the withdrawn fearful person he had become. Remarkably with a week or so we began to see improvement in his skin condition and over the next several Months his feet that had become deep brownish red transformed back to his normal white skin color and the wound on his leg that had been hot to the touch and deep reddish brown color began to gradually heal. That area took about 6 months to heal and only a slight light trace of that area remained for about a year and then gradually disappeared. The pain from the tendon rupture gradually diminished all together.
So homeopathic medicine made from the cipro itself did heal these initial symptoms. However we did not continue the homeopathic medicine as we should have periodically because this cipro toxicity which we have discovered is a problem ongoing like managing diabetes, it cannot be treated once and forgotten it has to be managed throughout ones lifetime. Later as I said this non-homeopathic medicine cipro which is so insidious and which is so damaging for some people, began to attack him or affect him badly on a much deeper level. He now had a shoulder that is bone on bone and is so severely deteriorated that a renowned orthopedic dr we know told him it is too far gone to even operate on. It too is extremely painful. Then two years ago he had an attack of extreme kidney failure. So the battle goes on. He is able to walk now but can no longer participate in sports or even quickly walk 3-4 miles a day and more as he used to. or play tennis. Now he mostly walks around the house or a little out in the yard. So the damage from
This cipro has been incalculable in terms of the impact on his life and our life together and on his relationships, family and participation in life in general.
One is tempted to want to sue the Bayer company as we understand they were aware of these side effects when the medicine was put on the market but did not warn people. It’s only years later that the truth was revealed. Only now certain medications like cipro are being removed from the market. These meds can save lives in certain extreme cases. But at what cost to the overall health in the long run.
I am sharing all this just to say that there is a ray of hope for survivors of cipro toxicity and cipro’s attack on the healthy tissues in some (many) people. And that is potentized homeopathically prepared cipro. It truly can help. It is important after improvement of the initial symptoms to take the homeopathic medicine made from cipro itself periodically to prevent recurrence. Or even worse, deepening of symptoms. Also I find that if a person consumes a healthy diet that is helpful and supportive. In that taxing the liver for example with overconsumption of alcohol or poor diet can block the detoxifying of cipro via the liver ongoing and some of the old symptoms, pain and itching of skin with red bumps or even worsening of symptoms or development of new and worse symptoms can occur as in my husbands case with bone deterioration and kidney failure. It is a MOST extreme and unnatural drug and Bayer should be punished for putting this horrible synthetic antibiotic on the market knowing it could harm many people. In our case we just want people to be warned not to take it or if they have and experience any of these side effects, to seek out a homeopathic pharmacy and physician to prescribe potentized. Homeopathically prepared cipro to counteract as many of these debilitating and potentially deadly side effects as possible. There is hope. My husband for today is doing pretty well, much much better, in many ways. though much of his life has been taken from
Him. We are thankful though that he is alive and doing as well as he is. We wish others to find help as we did as well.
Anita Dennison says
I just reread my comments (above) which I had written late last night and discovered so many typos. I should have reread before posting. However, I do hope the message is clear enough and might be of help to someone who may be suffering at present as my husband did with extremely serious side-effects from cipro toxicity and at a loss as to what to do. Homeopathy can at times help reverse and manage severe side effects from cipro.
I obtained a homeopathic medicine to give my husband made by a homeopathic pharmacy from a dilution of cipro itself and many of his serious symptoms that he was told by his doctors could never be reversed or cured, did reverse and other symptoms have improved tremendously. I wanted to share that there is some hope and help for those impacted negatively by cipro toxicity and suffering with any of the multifarious side effects due to cipro’s assault on the body.
Thank you for sharing this information. My heart goes out to your husband – and to you! My sister was floxed over 7 years ago. It has been a very difficult road for her. She has had mostly neurological symptoms as a result of the 5 Cipro pills that she took when she was misdiagnosed with a UTI. I truly appreciate your story about using homeopathy. I am reaching out to a homeopath friend of mine to see if she has that remedy available.
FYI: There are 2 doctors that we have found who are treating people who have been floxed. One is Dr. Mark Ghalili in CA. The other is Dr. Ron Hanson in MN. We are considering a trip to see one of them, although the cost is high and there are no guarantees.
I pray that you can continue to find help for your husband.
laura simon says
Hi Anita, thank you for sharing your story and i’m glad to hear your husband is doing so well, considering. This is the only help we seem to get is from each other. Would you mind sharing who you used for the homeoathy help? Also wondering if it can help remove the fluoride?
Once you have been damaged by a fluoroquinolone NEVER ingest or use anything that contains any of the fluoroquinolones!!! Be careful about beef and milk products from cattle that have been given fluoroquinolones as they can also cause a worsening of symptoms or a relapse as you heal. Most people improve with a “clean” diet, organic as much as possible. Get testing for vitamin and mineral levels as deficiencies are common. Rest when you need to, lower stress in your life as much as possible, spend time outdoors in a quiet setting, at the beach if possible. Read as much as you can online about what has worked for others as you may find they work for you too, depending on your damage and symptoms. Do what you can and give your body time to heal. (I’m about 20 years post-Flox. It took me over 5 years to find out what happened to me and now I’m about 85 – 95% healed)
It is encouraging to hear that you are 85 – 95% healed. Would you be willing to share what other things you did to get to this point – besides the things you mentioned in your comment? Also, do you find that the flox symptoms ebb and flow for you – or has it been a gradual progression of improvement?
Thank you and blessings to you and yours,
What is the homeopathic? I took Cipro for a UTI, my first one in 30 years . I trusted my new doctor about the prescription 🙁
i took cipro too lost my voice