Should I ask my doctor for a Cipro alternative?
December 5, 2011 8:44 PM Subscribe
My doctor prescribed me Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) for a potential prostate infection. This is the first prescription drug I've been on in about 10 years.
After reading up on the internet about potential side effects (as well as FDA black box warnings [!]) I have to admit I am rather concerned about permanent damage to weight bearing joints and possible tendon rupture (which can occur long after you stop treatment) There are a bunch of lawsuits going on about it. I do fairly heavy weight training and this makes me nervous.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total)
Do you think it's worth it to switch to another antibiotic, and if I wanted to, how would you do that? Does one make another appointment to see the doctor or talk to the appointment scheduling person or what? I rarely go to the doctor, so I don't even know how you would contact them again about something going wrong with a drug or a little question. Is everything appointment worthy?
I am also wondering if I am making a big deal over nothing. The incidence of really bad non-reversible side effects can't possibly be that serious if they just give this drug out to people, or can it?