8 yo daughter took cipro...side effects or hypercondria

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My 8yo DD was prescribed Ciprofloxicin for complicated UTI pseudomonas. She was prescribed 10 days 500mg twice daily. Here is what happened:

Night 1- 1 pill- sleepwalking this has never ever happened.

Following morning- 1 pill- nothing noted.

Evening- 1 pill- 1 hour later tingling (she says buzzing) in her left hand. Mentions later that her chest feels sick. Both resolve after a few hours.

Morning- 1 pill- no noted incident

Evening- 1 pill- complains of pain behind left knee

Morning-1 pill- schools calls and says her right foot and ankle hurt (she says are buzzing) she has pain behind right knee.

We call dr. He admits her to do iv antibiotics and says stop cipro.

2 days in hospital on iv antibiotics only complains of mild knee ache 1 time.

Told to resume normal activities including swimming a gymnastics.

3 days after home from hospital she goes to gym. Has foot and ankle pain which subsides that evening.

The followin day she is sent home from school with swollen heel complains of achiellies pain and can't bare weight. Ice wrap and naproxin for the night and sore but better the next day.

That night says she feels like she is sick in the chest like she was being Hut and loosing breath. It subsides after 30 min.

So what are your thoughts.

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    My thoughts are an 8 year old should not be prescribed Cipro - not even for pseudomonas.  Thank goodness the doctor who put her on IV stopped the Cipro. It's not usually given to children under 18 bcause of the risk of damage to joints and ligaments. 

    If she still has a swollen heel and complains of pain in her achilles I suggest she has complete rest and doesn't put any weight on that foot until the swelling/pain dies down.  Studies have shown that juveniles are more prone to damage than adults (who also suffer damage).  Only specialist doctors are supposed to prescribe Cipro to juniors.

    You should take this very seriously - the damage may be long term of even permanent.  I don't know which country you are in, but you can find out more about the effects of Cipro from sites such as floxie hope.  Just search.

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      Thanks. I am in the US. they prescribed it because it was the only oral option. All the rest (4 other antibiotics) required hospitalization for IV antibiotics. Thesent are the only 5 options for the pseudomonas she had. She is bactrim resistant as well. This was the 3rd antibiotic it 3 weeks after botox procedure for overactive bladders. Additionally, the botox did not work as they discovered upon procedure she has occult cult vur. Her Doctor pcp does not want to make a recommendation as to what to do. Because she did not prescribe the meds. I'm so frustrated.

      That being said the symptoms are intermittent and in most cawesome mild ish. Mostly just a discomfort with the exception of the tendon which lasted all night. However, today mild achieve on side of foot and no swelling.

      Can she take NSAIDS? What about swimming??

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    I was of the understanding that cioro should not be given to children !!!!

    Check out floxie hope and message lisa .

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      In the US it can be but it is not done often. I did not know this then. Also, it has 2 black box warnings here and I had no clue!
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    I would definitely NOT give her any NSAIDS - or steroids, as these can make any mild symptoms much worse. 

    Swimming should be ok - maybe even good for her, as it's not weight bearing. Just make sure she doesn't overdo anything, and stops at the first hint of any pain.  No running round the pool!

    The warnings in the US are much stronger than the warnings here in the Uk!

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      Thanks for your reply, I appreciate the info. Looks like swimming is out too. 😑 tried and 2 laps in her left ankle swelled in the back and she could barely walk to the car. She is devastated. She is a very active girl. She is broken hearted as I explained sports are out for now. 🤕💔

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