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Homepage – Forum Forums Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Has anybody else had a reaction to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin ?

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    After my most recent TURBT I was given a course of Ciprofloxacin which in my experience is the go-to antibiotic . This time things started to happen almost immediately . I became almost intolerrably itchy , the skin on my face around my mouth , nose , eyebrows and ears turned red and started flaking off . Within an hour and a half I would be vomiting . My feet and lower legs swelled up badly as well . One evening at its worst there was even some confusion involved . Even nine weeks later I still haven’t quite gotten back to normal .
    All of these symptoms fit with a Cipro reaction and I could be wrong but I think it might be prudent to avoid this antibiotic in the future .
    Anybody else had issues with this ?

    Jack Moon

    Sorry you have had to deal with the above side effects of Cipro. I had numerous infections between 2006 and 2009 and always was given Cipro. I was fortunate not to have any side effects from this antibiotic. I would recommend you advise your Uro or family doc regarding your experience, as there are other antibiotics available.
    All the best,


    Hello Rick

    I just had my very first bladder infection since diagnosis. My regular doctor wasn’t available. Poor doctor that I did see. I put her through the grill in a big way because, after a couple questions from me I could tell she wasn’t familiar with BC. She was really good about it and saw it as an opportunity to learn about BC. She learned about BC and I learned about the antibiotic she put me on. Went through the possible reactions in detail. Then I did it all over again with the pharmacist who also wasn’t familiar with BC. Pharmacist was really good and pulled out two books to research the antibiotic and any possible issues with BC. She also spent a lot of time going through the possible reactions and really emphasized that if certain reactions happened, get to the hospital immediately. These included: rash especially if it is wet, swelling of mouth, tongue, neck; difficulty breathing; racing heart beat; intense sweating; radical mood swings. Pharmacist indicated that these reactions, regardless of the medicine, require a trip to the hospital.

    Rick, long way around to get to this: you probably should have gone to the hospital. Make sure your reaction is known by your doctor and is on your file. Then don’t assume the doctor will remember next time. I am allergic to penicillin (I go blind) and latex (instant welts that don’t go away for days) so I always have to bring these up with the medical world.

    Take care


    Cheryl, I did end up in the ER. Sicker than heck, so sick I was getting disoriented and waited, and waited. Almost nobody else in there too . I don’t know whether the triage staff quite understood just how ill I was but I wasn’t impressed, especially when I overheard them talking about the “creepy old guy out in the waiting room”. Once I got past triage things started happening fast and I ended up spending yet another night in a hospital.
    Apparently Cipro and I don’t agree any more.

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