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Cipro is "safe" to use? REALLY? Maybe my information that follows is an opinion as well, but from what I've researched, this is what I've found out about this drug, and I certainly don't want to take a chance with my Mom's health by experimenting to see if she has serious side effects or not:
Summary~"Drugs with an attached fluoride can penetrate into very sensitive tissues that used to be impenetrable. The fluoroquinolones have the unique ability to penetrate your central nervous system, including your brain.
According to Bob Patton, a private citizen in England fighting to get the truth out about these antibiotics, about half of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics that were once on the market have been removed from clinical practice due to their horrific side effects. Omniflox, Raxar, Trovan, Zagam, and Tequin have all been banned.
However, Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, and Floxin continue to be prescribed for a variety of infections, both major and minor. Cipro and Levaquin are by far the favorites.
Although they are admittedly powerful anti-infectives, they are too often prescribed as a first-line defense for minor problems such as sinus, bladder, and prostate infections. These super-antibiotics should be used as a last line of defense, not handed out like candy for every patient with a sore throat, which has unfortunately become the norm.
And with devastating results.
In most cases, adverse reactions occur very quickly, sometimes after just a few pills. Reactions are usually multiple and involve many body systems.
In Dr. Cohen’s 2001 study, the following reaction rates were documented:
A comprehensive list of reactions can be found at Dr. Cohen’s site Medication Sense.
1) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/18/antibiotics-to-avoid-like-the-plague-due-to-fdas-oversight-failure.aspx 2) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/25/fluoroquinolone-antibiotics.aspx
My 24 yr old son's health was tanked by antibiotics for a staph infection that he contracted at a gym 2 yrs ago, and he is still trying to get symptom free. He has rashes on his legs, anal itching and rash, yeast overgrowth, IBS, and major food sensitivities. Maybe he's had an adverse reaction, but I know from the past when I've taken antibiotics for anything, that I too had reactions and side effects, mainly yeast infections, stomach upset, and rashes. I view the body as a whole, not just a disease or illness that needs symptoms addressed, with the underlying cause left to wreak havoc on the body. I thank you for your opinion, and trust me, I'm not an alarmist, but there are different schools of thought, and I KNOW that alternative works without destroying someone's health, from witnessing many examples in my own family...hopefully we can find something to address this ASAP that won't cause my mom distress and further health issues.
Thank you for the advice, I appreciate it. D-Mannose, especially in combination with cranberry also works great...(just received this info from a Naturopath.) I had cranberry that I gave her daily for several years, but she hasn't had any for a number of months...so it obviously helped up to that point. She may have got the infection at a care center she was at recently for her pelvic fractures, as the ability to use the restroom was limited because the help was limited...she needed to go, and was taking narcotics for pain, which can make it harder to eliminate, but by the time someone came to take her, she couldn't go anymore. Will get both supplements and give it a shot!
Thanks for your help, I certainly will~