by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A person asked: “Is Cipro ototoxic?”
Cipro is one of the brand names of the generic antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin belongs to the Quinolone class of drugs, all of which can be quite ototoxic.
Ciprofloxacin can cause severe hearing loss, loud tinnitus, ataxia, dizziness, nystagmus, vertigo and ear pain. Thus, it is a drug to be taken with caution. Since I’ve had a number of people tell me of their woes after taking Ciprofloxacin, the ototoxic side effects must be relatively common.
For example, one lady explained,
I only took Ciprofloxacin for three days which resulted in profound bilateral hearing loss, tinnitus and inner ear damage that affects my balance.
Here’s another example. A man lost a lot of his hearing after taking Ciprofloxacin. His hearing problems started with “weird” tinnitus. The tinnitus eventually stopped, but his hearing did not improve.
You can check out the ototoxic side effects of any drugs before you take them in “Ototoxic Drugs Exposed“. This book contains information on the ototoxicity of 877 drugs known to damage ears, including Ciprofloxacin.