Last Sunday I woke up with a screaming headache, it lasted for days and no amount of Aspirin, Tylenol, etc. would relieve it. I also noticed a ringing in my ears and I could not get to sleep at night.

I am usually asleep by 11:00, but here it was 1,2, 3 in the morning and I was tossing and turning. On Thursday night I was talking to a close friend who started describing something  that had happened to her friend. The woman was given two rounds of Cipro foran illness (I don't know all of the details, so I can't post them here).

She  ended up in ICU at Stanford Hospital for 7 weeks, with major organ failure and  was put into a drug induced coma. She has recovered, but not completely. The doctors do not know how she came out of this alive. They also believe it was a reaction to the Cipro. My friend cautioned me against using it.

I logged onto the internet and found this site, reading one horror story after another. Among the symptoms was sleeplessness. I forwarded her the site and cautioned her about all quinolones.

I logged off, ready for bed, and was about to use the antibiotic eye drops I had started taking last Saturday. You guessed it - Ciprofloxin, AKA Ciloxan. I did not use the drops that night. I called my  doctor's office the next day and told them of the reactions I had been having.

I was advised to stop taking them and to call next week to let them know if the symptoms were continuing. This morning the headache was gone, but the ringing is still there I had had some trouble falling asleep. I am thankful that I received the information in time and that I was only taking 1 drop 4 times a day rather than the oral meds. It is curious to note that my symptoms were all in the head, possibly contained by the small dosage in and where they were used.

Last Updated 6/28/04