I have developed slight yellowing of eyes about 8 days in on my Ciproflaxin regimen (500 mx 2x/day). It is still present 10 days later & doc checked my liver enzymes. Bilirubin levels are slightly high but she wants me to continue the pills. and go in for an ultra sound. Should I be very concerned and what can be causing this?
I'd be very concerned.
An uncommon but serious side effect of ciprofloxacin is cholestatic jaundice and hepatitis.
See below from: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/cipro-side-effects.html
Hepatic side effects have included cholestatic jaundice and hepatitis in less than 1% of patients. Hepatic necrosis, hepatic failure (including fatal cases), jaundice, and increased ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase, LDH, serum bilirubin, and serum GGT have also been reported...."
Jaundice is a serious side effect and I wouldn't continue taking ciprofloxacin without consulting with either a hepatologist or a gastroenterologist. When you see a side effect of "hepatic failure" it's a potentially dangerous situation and it's a lot better to be extremely cautious. I wouldn't take another dose without an expert's advice.
Thanks for the advice. I saw my doc and she had me switch to Doxycline, but I am going to see a gastroenterologist this week. Condition seems to have improved slightly since stopping Cipro, but still present & for some reason I seem to be bloodshot chronically when I wake up, even after a good nights rest.
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