State court reinstates Cipro suit

A state appeals court today reinstated a class action lawsuit accusing Bayer Corp. Full Story
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Linda

AOL

#1 Sep 26, 2006
I started using Cipro ear drops since having tubes put in my ear drums as a treatment of Meniere's Symdrome. I have since developed a severe case of calcific tendonitis in my right should. This was diagnosed from an x-ray. I have been treated with lidocain and steroid injections. How do I find out if Missouri is part of the class action lawsuit?
Hilary

Cedar City, UT

#2 Oct 17, 2006
In the past 18 months I have been prescribed, and taken, 8 cycles of Cipro for recurring UTI's. I now have ruptured tendons and ligaments in my left elbow, left flank, outer aspect of left foot, right knee and right ankle. I am in constant pain. I have never experienced prior instances of ligament and tendon rupture. Is there a class action suit pending with such complaints as a part of the suit? Is Utah included in the suit?
Allan Apotheker

Middletown, NJ

#3 Jan 22, 2007
My wife was on Cipro for appx 10 months for diabetic foot uclers. She then ruptured her achilles tendom and now cannot walk except for short distances with a walker.
Dana

Greenville, NC

#5 Oct 19, 2007
I received Cipro for a UTI. I was not aware Cipro causes blackouts. I had allergic reaction to the medication and went to get a different medication. When, I was driving back, I blackouted and did $3000 damage to my vehicle, $3000 to another person's car, and $300 in medical expenses.
mrs charles layne

Clarksville, TN

#6 Jan 10, 2008
My doctor put me on cipro for a bladder infection. I became stiff and could hardly walk.My doctor said it was the combo of zocor and cipro. She now is treating me for fibromyalgia.
Myrna

Salt Lake City, UT

#7 Mar 20, 2008
Hilary wrote:
In the past 18 months I have been prescribed, and taken, 8 cycles of Cipro for recurring UTI's. I now have ruptured tendons and ligaments in my left elbow, left flank, outer aspect of left foot, right knee and right ankle. I am in constant pain. I have never experienced prior instances of ligament and tendon rupture. Is there a class action suit pending with such complaints as a part of the suit? Is Utah included in the suit?


Hillary did you find a Utah class action lawsuit to join. I know it has been sometime, but I would still like to know. I've had a ruptured tendon and rotator cuff. Thanks
Marilyn

Richardson, TX

#8 Apr 14, 2008
I took Cipro for 7 days in March for problems that were later diagnosed as being caused by clostridium difficile bacteria. I also take Simvastin. While taking Cipro my right ring finger became very stiff and painfull and went on to develop "trigger finger" while I was on Flagyl a week later. Took the latter to finally fix the c.diff. problems. Haven't been to anyone about the hand problem. I did mention it to my doctor during a c. diff. followup and was told I may need to see ahand surgeon, but that was it. I don't know it the tendon is ruptured but I do know it is quite painful. Has anyone found relief from something other than surgery?
Marlene

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Apr 30, 2008
Hilary wrote:
In the past 18 months I have been prescribed, and taken, 8 cycles of Cipro for recurring UTI's. I now have ruptured tendons and ligaments in my left elbow, left flank, outer aspect of left foot, right knee and right ankle. I am in constant pain. I have never experienced prior instances of ligament and tendon rupture. Is there a class action suit pending with such complaints as a part of the suit? Is Utah included in the suit?
I found 1 law firm which you can easily google who took down my info & said they might call.(I'm in California.) I took Cipro in December of '07 and I have been suffering from tendon ruptures in my left hamstring ever since. I have had severe pain standing, walking, etc. much of the time & after going to physical therapy to address this problem a couple of weeks ago, I somehow injured my left knee. Now, I can hardly walk at times and have chronic pain. Prior to the Cipro, I worked out 5 times a week-- in aerobics classes, with weights or playing squash. Please keep in touch.
russ

White Stone, VA

#10 May 17, 2008
Back around '93 I was in need of an antibiotic. The physician gave me a sample 10 day supply. It was enclosed in a card, as they often do. On or about day #6 my ears started to ring; I'd never had such a problem before that. I went to a pharmacist who told me that it was a side effect that would disappear after the 10 day cycle had passed. We, it never did! I'd been raised to avoid lawsuits and so it took me to the last day of the 2 yr. filing limit; on that day I filed. Bayer's slip of paper with the pills showed that ear ringing was, in fact, a possible side effect; it could affect 3% of users. Bayer had the matter thrown from the court. My attorney was useless. To date I continue to suffer not only the ringing but also infections that seem to come because I'm inclined to "fool" with the ears in my attempts to ease the irritation. I was very rude of Bayer to dismiss my complaint, particularly given the fact that their blurb admitted the problem was possible. Further, about 2 years earlier I used one of their veterinarian products to bath my cat, who had fleas. During the bath the cat went into a coma; he lived 3 more days. In that instance Bayer showed concern, which I appreciated. I never took any action against them, I felt that their sincere interest and expressed remorse was enough. Sometimes all that's needed is to say "we're sorry." The ear problem, however, was handled by a different department and the sting of my worthlessness remains with me today. I would like to join a class action suit, if possible. My hearing has diminished noticeably due to the endless ringing. Life can be VERY unfair. One attorney told me that it cost Bayer at least 15,000$ to end my suit. Had they given that to me I likely would have been satisfied.
russ

White Stone, VA

#11 May 17, 2008
By previous message was about my cipro experience, something I see missing as I reread the message. sorry!!
anonymous

Louisville, KY

#12 Jul 8, 2008
I have not been able to walk properly since the end of January when I took Cipro eye drops. It has been rough. How do I join a class action suit?
Leslie

Smyrna, TN

#13 Jul 8, 2008
I took Cipro in March as well, and my ring finger on my left hand started as a trigger finger issue, but since then is constantly swollen and disfigured looking. I can NOT bend it but about halfway. If I lay my hand straight...all my fingers lay normal with the exception of THAT finger. The knuckle is raised and will not flatten.
Suzanne

Jackson, MS

#14 Jul 9, 2008
I took Levaquin in April (a form of cipro)because I was on the verge of pneumonia. The very next day, I could not move my arms and my ankles hurt. I thought maybe I had pulled some muscles due to coughing. I finally had to go back to the Dr, in June and was told I have tendonitis. If I don't mow or vacuum or use the trimmers or walk or fold clothes or sweep, the things you HAVE to do in everyday life, they don't hurt so bad, but if I do, I can barely move my arms.
Leslie

Smyrna, TN

#15 Jul 9, 2008
Marilyn wrote:
I took Cipro for 7 days in March for problems that were later diagnosed as being caused by clostridium difficile bacteria. I also take Simvastin. While taking Cipro my right ring finger became very stiff and painfull and went on to develop "trigger finger" while I was on Flagyl a week later. Took the latter to finally fix the c.diff. problems. Haven't been to anyone about the hand problem. I did mention it to my doctor during a c. diff. followup and was told I may need to see ahand surgeon, but that was it. I don't know it the tendon is ruptured but I do know it is quite painful. Has anyone found relief from something other than surgery?
I took Cipro in March as well, and my ring finger on my left hand started as a trigger finger issue, but since then is constantly swollen and disfigured looking. I can NOT bend it but about halfway. If I lay my hand straight...all my fingers lay normal with the exception of THAT finger. The knuckle is raised and will not flatten.
Intisar

Springfield, MA

#16 Jul 10, 2008
I had to take Cipro twice in the last two months for a bladder infection. I had been exercising, losing weight, feeling great and on my way to becoming a new and better me. After the Cipro ingestion every joint in my body began to ache constantly to the point of getting out of bed was a hardship. Even my wrist ache making it difficult for me to complete job-related task.
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margot

Victoria, Canada

#18 Jul 13, 2008
Marilyn wrote:
I took Cipro for 7 days in March for problems that were later diagnosed as being caused by clostridium difficile bacteria. I also take Simvastin. While taking Cipro my right ring finger became very stiff and painfull and went on to develop "trigger finger" while I was on Flagyl a week later. Took the latter to finally fix the c.diff. problems. Haven't been to anyone about the hand problem. I did mention it to my doctor during a c. diff. followup and was told I may need to see ahand surgeon, but that was it. I don't know it the tendon is ruptured but I do know it is quite painful. Has anyone found relief from something other than surgery?
Hi, both my achilless are snapped as we speak.Surgeory required on both. I have a match set of fireglass casts and am housebound. I am finding many homeopathic remedies do help alot. I am taking them for tendon healing first, and pain second. Arnica is a must and you can take it internally as well as externally in a creme or gel. I am not a Doctor or Homeopath but I have exprienced great pain relief from them with guess what?(NO SIDE EFFECTS!) speed to heal M.

“Just a wonderin'”

Since: Jul 08

Out in the boonies in Ohio

#19 Jul 19, 2008
Bones wrote:
You all sound like a bunch of lazy whiner's trying to sue people who were trying to help your scewed-up lives.
Considering the fact that I'm not suing anyone...My life "wasn't screwed up" till Dr's started experimenting with drugs to see if they would help my breathing problem. Since Cipro, I am borderline disabled and before Cipro came into my life in 2002, I had a very active lifestyle and now I'm lucky to walk from the chair to the front door with no help. I can't breathe, stand, or sit for very long. I have such ringing in my ears I could put words to the tone. Right now my left rotor cuff is so swollen and sore I could scream and I'm lucky to get 3-4 hrs. sleep without waking in pain. When I eat, it takes me twice as long as anyone else because I have a tendency to gag/choke. So yea, I have a screwed up life now...but before Cipro, I had a very active life Thank You!
Ty Taylor

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 Jul 19, 2008
I was a healthy 42 year old male who took Levaquin for a sinus infection. The same day as the Black Box Warning was issued; I was having my third tendon reattachment surgery. I have to wait at least 6 weeks before I can undergo yet a fourth tendon rupture reattachment. At least it takes my mind of the Achilles Tendinopathy, joint pains, headaches, uncontrolled muscle twitching etc. I consider myself one of the lucky ones since so far it has not affected my kidneys, liver, heart, eyes and other side effects that many are dealing with from this class of drugs. I would urge a real journalist to take the time and look at the real number of cases. The Fda numbers are misleading. The clinical data coming from other counties are showing much higher rates of tendon ruptures and other life threatening side effects.
ciprovictimalso

Snyder, TX

#21 Jul 20, 2008
My husband was once a strong & healthy man. I watched him become disabled after taking Cipro & CiproXR. He had a total of 6 ruptures that also involved muscle. Some tore completely away or apart & are still torn. These ruptures & avulsions occurred in both arms & legs. There were other adverse reactions also like tendonitis, abnormal swelling of the bottom left corner of his lip, rash with tiny sores around the ankles, rash that appeared in patches over the body that were bigger sores with dark centers, involuntary jerking movements of his arms & legs especially trying to rest, severe headaches & migraines, back spasms, rectal bleeding, severe depression, neuropathies in legs & arms, muscle & joint pain & others. Some people are unaware of how long after taking these medicines that ruptures can occur. For my husband, ruptures started occurring around 11 months both times he took them.
Leslea

Nashville, IL

#22 Jul 21, 2008
My name is Leslea and I am a Clinical Laboratory Manager, a Medical Technologist for almost 30 years. I am very well respected by the medical staff at my facility because if I bring up a subject, I have done my homework on the subject. I want to urge physicians to take heed to the fact that fluoroquinolones are not safe for a very large segment of the population. There are people whose lives are forever changed because of the quinolones.
Facilities with microbiology departments put out an antibiogram, at least annually,please use your antibiograms to pick the least toxic and most effective antibiotic.
Use the quinolone class only as a last resort. Using the quinolones routinely just doesnít make sense when other antibiotics will work. Keep in mind if this class of antibiotics continues to be used so nonchalantly they will become ineffective due to bacteria developing resistance to them.
I have personally experienced multiple system adrís to the quinolones, and know a multitude of people like me. The adrís to the quinolones are grossly under reported due to the fact that a lot of reactions arenít recognized/ If the number of adrís to quinolones were accurately reported to the medical community, no physician would ever routinely prescribe quinolones again.
I have a passionate desire to prevent others from suffering like I am.
My first reaction to a quinolone caused damage to my tendons particularly my left knee. The tendons were so weak that my knee dislocated 6 times over a 7 month period. The tendonitis was so painful that walking was more like hobbling.
My second reaction made my first reaction seem like a walk in the park. Four and a half years post two doses of Avelox, I still have a multitude of symptoms, some that are not going to resolve. Although I am in severe unrelenting pain, I consider the worst part of my reaction to be the CNS or brain damage.
I have debilitating depression, which I never had prior to this. But the thing that takes the cake is the following: I am sure you can imagine that I am or actually was above average in intelligence, Avelox has destroyed my short term memory and has made me struggle to find simple everyday words when carrying on a conversation. My nickname used to be ďThe Steel TrapĒ because I never forgot anything and could recall verbatim conversations no matter how long or short the amount of time that had elapsed. My memory was what is called photographic in nature. You might be tempted to say, well you are getting older, well I donít believe that CNS changes due to aging happen overnight unless there is a stroke involved. That, and the fact that I am not alone with this reaction, speaks very loudly to the truth of the matter.
I will quickly list the other damage I am dealing with; peripheral neuropathy, myofascial damage in my right hip that has lead to permanent gluteus median adhesions after tearing. I have chronic muscle spasms and knots in my right hip and shoulder, this is the cause of the severe unrelenting pain, the shoulder knots and spasms lead to horrible tension headaches. I also have to take Valtrex to keep shingles at bay, another wonderful symptom of the nerve damage. My tendons and ligaments in my right knee are tender to the touch and painful, my vision is altered due to floaters and blurring, luckily laboratories are notoriously noisy so I donít notice the tinnitus too much. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. By the way, I was a healthy active person prior to this reaction.
Please help me in preventing any other healthy individuals from experiencing this nightmare.
I also challenge you to do your own research into the real picture of this class of antibiotics, quit taking the word of the FDA or pharmaceutical companies, they have an agenda, but it is less than honorable. You can start by going to www.fluoroquinolones.org .

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