Cipro (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. It does not work for viral infections (for example, the common cold).
Adverse effects associated with the use of Cipro can cause debilitating, life long injuries and they may occur following just one or a few doses. Cipro belongs to a class of powerful antibiotics known as fluoroquinolone which have been linked to serious side effects including ruptured tendons and neurological damage resulting from seizures.
The link between Cipro and tendon problems was documented in an article published by the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. The researchers studied two cases of Cipro-related tendon rupture, concluding that ample evidence exists "suggesting a causal relationship between fluoroquinolones and tendon rupture," and that "typically, spontaneous tendon rupture occurs during or shortly after a course of therapy, but symptoms may occur months after taking fluoroquinolones."
The incidences of tendon rupture is more common in the elderly and individuals on steroid therapy, however younger users are at risk too.
In 2001, the Epilepsy Foundation warned today that fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin), can induce seizures in people with epilepsy and other individuals who might be at risk for seizures due to family history or previous central nervous system insults such as head trauma, stroke, tumor, or infection.
It is believed that Cipro causes seizures by interfering with neuronal inhibitory activity by blockade of binding of GABA, a major inhibitory neurotransmitter with the GABA-A receptor
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