How to Recover from Using Cipro for Prostatitis

Cipro side effects

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a flouroquinolone antibiotic that is commonly prescribed for prostatitis. Unforfortunately, there are some devastating potential side effects of this medication. Here is what you need to know about Cipro side effects.

When a man has prostatitis, many doctors immediately prescribe antibiotics like Cipro. Many times the antibiotics don’t work, and that is because the majority of prostatitits cases are not caused by bacteria. Men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) usually do not have any bacteria present and that is why traditional medicine is not usually successful in treating it.

Side Effects and Warnings

Whether you had or have had bacterial prostatitis or CP/CPPS, if your doctor prescribed Cipro or other flouroquinolone antibiotics you may have suffered some of the devastating or less serious side effects. Each drug in this class of antibiotics has a FDA black box warning. Black box warnings are used by the FDA to communicate important information to you and your doctor. The FDA considers black box information essential information to know before taking a medication. The black box warnings for Cipro and other flouroquinolones include risk of tendinitis and nerve damage.

Here is the black box warning for Cipro side effects:


Fluoroquinolones, including CIPRO, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, in patients taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients with kidney, heart or lung transplants.

Fluoroquinolones, including CIPRO, may exacerbate muscle weakness in persons with myasthenia gravis. Avoid CIPRO in patients with known history of myasthenia gravis.

If you are taking Cipro, make sure to let your doctor know right away if you experience any symptoms of tendinitis such as pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness of a muscle or joint. You should stop taking Cipro and see a doctor immediately if you:

  • Feel or hear a pop in a tendon area
  • Bruise in a tendon area after an injury
  • Experience severe pain or are not able to bear weight on an affected area

Another serious side effect is peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can sometimes occur within the first few days of starting Cipro. Most patients describe this nerve damage as a pain, tingling, or numbness in the arms or legs, but any muscle group can be affected. Some people even experience a change in their ability to feel light touch, pain, cold, or heat. The neuropathy generally resolves you stop the medication, but it can result in permanent damage if you keep taking it. Sometimes the nerve damage does not go away even after you stop taking the medication.

Besides tendinitis, tendon rupture, tendon swelling, and nerve damage, other common Cipro side effects include:

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea or sick at your stomach
  • Urinary frequency
  • Vomiting

Some of the more serious side effects include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Breathing trouble
  • Wheezing
  • Confusion or altered mental state
  • Depression
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the eyes
  • Passing out
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rash or blistering
  • Severe or bloody diarrhea
  • Throat tightness or hoarseness

It is important to understand the potential side effects and risks of any medication you take. If you are not comfortable with the risks, you can always talk to your doctor about switching to a new medication or asking about alternative treatments. In cases of CP/CPPS, natural and alternative treatments are more successful than antibiotics, which can have negative effects on your immunity and intestinal health as well.

Natural Ways to Restore Health

Taking antibiotics can affect your health negatively by killing off not just any harmful bacteria but by also killing off the beneficial bacteria in your gut. If you have taken any antibiotics, your balance between the probiotics (the yeasts and “good” bacteria and gut microflora) and the harmful bacteria is off. This can cause diarrhea, gum problems, ulcers, and rashes. It also can affect your immunity as scientists are now realizing that 70 to 80 percent of your immune function is controlled by the gut. That is why it is recommended to take a quality probiotic supplement to replenish the levels of good bacteria and restore this important balance. Foods that contain probiotics include yogurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchee.

Other natural ways to restore your health and immunity, as well as control prostatitis, is to get regular exercise and to look at your diet. Eat a healthful Mediterranean style diet that includes fruits and vegetables, a lot of dietary fiber, plant-based sources of protein, and fish. Stick with whole foods and avoid processed foods. Remove foods that can exacerbate prostatitis symptoms, such as acidic foods, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, wheat, and gluten. Look into finding out whether you have any food intolerances or allergies. Many men find that trying a wheat-free diet or a gluten-free diet helps them to manage their prostatitis symptoms.

Being Informed

It is important to always ask questions and research any medication you are prescribed. Ask your doctor why he or she is prescribing the medication. Is the medication necessary? Ask about potential side effects, and make sure you doctor and pharmacist has a list of any other medications or supplements you take to make sure there are no serious interactions. Ask you doctor if there are any natural or alternative treatments that might work as well. Being active in your treatment program can give you the knowledge to prevent you from taking drugs with serious side effects and help you find relief faster by incorporating a healthy lifestyle.