... side effects seem to get worse and last longer. I've balked at taking Cipro but a urine culture shows that it is the only antibiotic that will work on pseudomonas bacteria. How long will the effects of a third hit last and is there anything else I can suggest the next time this happens?
I recommend you take the Cipro because the infection must be resolved. Then you should address what's causing these repeat infections with your Doc so you can avoid any more Cipro.
Update: I finished my last dose of Cipro the end of March. As of today, May 30, I am still feeling some of the side effects. Late in April I began to have mild UTI symptoms but my urologist didn't want to run a culture that soon. Then around the 2nd week in April I asked them to run another culture. Same infection results as before - pseudomonas. I had the option of taking Cipro or going on IV antibiotics. I chose the IV and yes there are side effects from it too but not nearly as bad as Cipro's.
I had back surgery in 2005 and the surgeon nicked something he shouldn't have. I've had a UTI almost continuously ever since. My doctors seem to think that UTI's will be a problem for me from now on and that the best they can do is manage it rather that prevent it happening again and again.
Concerned about the side effects you had from your Cipro--I have not been on this site in quite a while and checking in to see how many others are Floxed. Are you better or did your side effects become permanent? The Cipro is a Fluoroquinolone which is a black box drug and dangerous. I am still in pain years later as a result of Levaquin. On the third day to the Levaquin I started back and hip pain and it progressed rapidly from there to my entire body and the pain was unreal. I still have pain and some depersonalisation issues--not as bad as the first year but not good either. It bothers me that some write to take this drug if they did not have the side effects as they do not understand how much pain others are in...
Hey hamhock62, I have reviewed your thread and have a suggestion that will help prevent future UTIs. You do need the right antibiotic to cure the UTI though... I also agree with the Cipro comments...
There is a great product called ellura that is effective in preventing Pseudomonas caused UTIs along with many other bacterial causes. I used to get UTIs every time I had sex. It has happened from the very beginning. It is a REAL PAIN! Once is started taking ellura I no longer get UTIs. I have another friend with Polio who was on daily preventative antibiotics for over 15 years. She started taking ellura and has not had a UTI in over 2 years. Changed her life... Mine to. You can get ellura on Amazon but I buy it from the website, myellura.com because I get a better deal. You should try it. :-)
I just took a 14 day RX of levofloxacin and have terrible side effects which may or may not be permanent. I ony took the drug because my doc said in 20 yrs he's never had a patient report negative side effects and the other choice was IV antibioitics. I wish now that I'd have followed my instinct and been admitted to the hospital for IV treatment. I have tendon pain in both shoulders and my knee. I am a fit, athletic 66 yr old and I can only hope that this will not be permanent and change my life forever. All of you who have negative side effects, I hope that everyone that had negative side effects will call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 FREE to report by telephone
I know this is an old post, but may help someone else seeking answers. To avoid repeat infections first and foremost drink pleanty of water each day. Keep your lady parts clean, no back to front wiping which wipes poop into your lady parts and bacteria gets into the urethra and proceeds up into the urinary tract and can cause a UTI or a kidney infection. To be prevented consume cranberry supplements I recommend one with a higher concentration of cranberry and take one a day along with a probiotic that is made for women, or at least has lactobacillus in it. The more variety of strains and number of colonizing units the better. This regimen can also help prevent BV.
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