Cipro is the name given to an antibiotic called ciprofloxacin, which is part of a class of fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics used to treat serious bacterial infections. Whilst rare, there are occasions when fluoroquinolones, including cipro, can have serious and toxic side effects. When this happens, it’s what the medical field called being floxed by cipro. Here, we’ll discuss what some of these toxicity symptoms are, as well as some methods used to treat them.
Symptoms of being Floxed by Cipro
Cipro toxicity symptoms can range from mild to very severe. When severe, they can even lead to long-term damage and have deleterious effects on a person’s quality of life. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of cipro toxicity:
- Damage done at the mitochondrial level (DNA damage)
- Muscle loss
- Inflamed and painful joints and tendons
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disorders
- Peripheral neuropathy
There can be some tell-tale signs early on that you might have been floxed by cipro. Some of these include lower back pain, a ruptured tendon, chronic fatigue, memory loss, and impairments of the senses. If you have taken a course of cipro and have started to feel any of the above symptoms, it will be best to seek a form of treatment as you could potentially be dealing with cipro toxicity.
Treatment for Cipro Toxicity
The good news is that there are treatment methods available that can help you reduce symptoms of toxicity from taking cipro. For the best results, an early diagnosis from a functional medicine practitioner can be most helpful. So, if you do believe that you might be suffering from any of these problems, you should consult help from a functional medicine doctor.
Here are some effective ways to treat cipro toxicity:
Gut healing treatment
Antibiotics are known to cause damage in some cases to the gut microbiome. They generally affect the lining of the intestinal wall. While working with your functional medicine doctor, it’s likely that they will prescribe a probiotic which works to improve gut health and healing. Some popular ones include Colostrum and IonBiome.
Cipro Neuropathy Treatment
When suffering from peripheral neuropathy after having taken cipro, medications and supplementation can come in helpful here. Some that give positive results include lidocaine, imipramine, and nutrition-based supplements. Carnonise and alpha lipoic acid, as well as red light therapy, can also be effective.
With the use of magnesium supplementation or antacids, some of the cipro can be removed from the body before it enters the bloodstream. Those containing aluminum, magnesium, or calcium can be useful.