FDA calls for urgent warning on tendo...

FDA calls for urgent warning on tendon risks

There are 13 comments on the Kpic.com story from Jul 8, 2008, titled FDA calls for urgent warning on tendon risks. In it, Kpic.com reports that:

Drug safety officials Tuesday imposed the government's most urgent safety warning on Cipro and similar antibiotics, citing evidence that they may lead to tendon ruptures, a serious injury that can leave ...

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Melissa McCalla

United States

#1 Jul 8, 2008
What took them so long???????? My Father has become disabled due to this drug and the ONLY reason he took it was for a ear infection...that he still had AFTER his right tendon ruptured and the left one BROKE! Of course he has no case against the drug company because they say...we warned consumers of the risk...PLEASE!!!!
Thomas R

Washington, DC

#2 Jul 8, 2008
I had this problem with Levaquin and told my doctor the drug was making it difficult for me to walk. He renewed my prescription for an additional 10 days. I never had a rupture but it took me almost a year off the drug before I could walk up and down stairs without pain and tendons in my hands still hurt. This all happened 5 years ago and never got reported. FDA sure moved fast
Ann Lakeland Florida

AOL

#3 Jul 8, 2008
Did any one have any unexplained muscle pain in their calves?
Henry

UK

#4 Jul 9, 2008
I have taken ciproflaxacin, and yes I do have muscle pain in my calves. I never realised this was the cause.

Since: Oct 07

Chapin, SC

#5 Jul 9, 2008
I took Cipro for a severe bacterial infection about 9 years ago, within 2 to 3 months I was in physical therapy for unexplained tendonitis in my hip. Four years ago I took Levaquin for a lung infection, and 2 to 3 months later I was in physical therapy for unexplained tendonitis/bursitis in my rotator cuff. I had the most excrutiating pain in my shoulder and could hardly move my arm. It wasn't until I took a short dose of Cipro, 8 months afterwards, that caused the tendonitis in my shoulder to immediately flare, combined with a LOT of online research that it was all put together. Doctors will NOT warn you of this side effect and often dismiss you when you put the two together. Hopefully this will WAKE UP the doctors who prescribe these antibiotics as a first line medicine of the horrible side effects they can cause. The only way I will take either of these again is if I'm on my death bed and it's the last option.
Frank Herrmann

Naples, FL

#6 Jul 9, 2008
I had an Achilles Tendon rupture in 2003 and a Distal Bicep Tendon tear off the bone in 2005. My Rheumatologist says my tendons have been weakened for the rest of my life. It's about time the FDA did something.

Because of the limits on court awards in Florida, no attorney would take my case. The government failed me twice.
Jeannine Zielke

AOL

#7 Jul 10, 2008
cipro is the only antibotic that we can find that I am not allergic to,so now why do I take? I have been dx with fibromyalgia I just wonder if it is the medicine.

Since: Oct 07

Chapin, SC

#8 Jul 10, 2008
Jeannine Zielke wrote:
cipro is the only antibotic that we can find that I am not allergic to,so now why do I take? I have been dx with fibromyalgia I just wonder if it is the medicine.
if it's your only option, don't totally dismiss it, just be very vigilant in watching for the side effects when you do take it. The problem is doctors aren't educated in the side effects of most meds and won't warn you of what to look out for. Most people are lucky and don't ever have any of these problems.
focus group member

Woodbridge, VA

#9 Jul 10, 2008
I have a headache
Nancy

United States

#10 Aug 21, 2008
lyn17 wrote:
I took Cipro for a severe bacterial infection about 9 years ago, within 2 to 3 months I was in physical therapy for unexplained tendonitis in my hip. Four years ago I took Levaquin for a lung infection, and 2 to 3 months later I was in physical therapy for unexplained tendonitis/bursitis in my rotator cuff. I had the most excrutiating pain in my shoulder and could hardly move my arm. It wasn't until I took a short dose of Cipro, 8 months afterwards, that caused the tendonitis in my shoulder to immediately flare, combined with a LOT of online research that it was all put together. Doctors will NOT warn you of this side effect and often dismiss you when you put the two together. Hopefully this will WAKE UP the doctors who prescribe these antibiotics as a first line medicine of the horrible side effects they can cause. The only way I will take either of these again is if I'm on my death bed and it's the last option.
Hi - It's 2008 and I just had the same thing happen to me. I'm very physically active for 56 and now am constantly in pain in rotator cuffs and groin and calf tendons. How long did it take to get back to normal and what therapy did you use?

Nancy
Nancy

United States

#11 Aug 21, 2008
Jeannine Zielke wrote:
cipro is the only antibotic that we can find that I am not allergic to,so now why do I take? I have been dx with fibromyalgia I just wonder if it is the medicine.
Yes, I was given it on 1/07 and again 9/07 and now have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia, along with tendon problems.
ann

Flint, MI

#12 Aug 21, 2008
America needs to stop its' love affair with pharma meds. Unless you have a very serious condition and other extreme health issues, Americans need to learn to say 'no' to medications. The pharma corps do not care about side effects and the very real consequences of ingesting the chemicals they foist off on doctors and their patients. Doctors prescribe these meds because frankly what is their choice? After listening to complaints they must respond in some fashion and let's be frank telling someone to go home and wait it out or take over-the-counters isn't what the majority of American patients will settle for. Remember the pharma corps are hugh and they didn't get that way be being cautious or overly-conservative. It's not their health/well-being on the line in the end.
Kendrick

UAE

#14 Aug 16, 2013
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