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About Ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that belongs to the fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Like any quinolone antibioticthis medication can only treat bacterial diseases. It is ineffective against other virus infections because it will not work on viruses.

Ciprofloxacin treats conditions including urinary tract infections, acute sinusitis, bone and joint infections, and lower respiratory tract infections.

Ciprofloxacin is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation under different brand names, including Cipro, Cipro I.V., Cipro XR, and Ciproxin. 

Ciprofloxacin may be prescribed as a chewable tablet/extended-release tablet/oral suspension. It's always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage forms you are prescribed. Serious side effects can include tendon rupture.

If you are prescribed Ciprofloxacin, be sure to complete the entire course of the antibiotic unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop. If you don't complete your prescription, the fluoroquinolone antibiotic treatment may not fully treat your bacterial infections.

Ciprofloxacin uses

There are many FDA-approved uses for Ciprofloxacin, but it may also be used off-label to treat other conditions. Your online medical professional may prescribe it for the following reasons. It's also possible that your healthcare provider may prescribe it for different reasons not listed here. Ask your online doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about why a medication is prescribed.

Ciprofloxacin is generally used to treat many bacterial infections and even acute bacterial exacerbation of some chronic illnesses (e.g., bronchitis) in adult and pediatric patients.

  • Urinary tract infections

    Like other antibiotics, Ciprofloxacin can treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). A urinary tract infection or UTI happens when bacteria enter and travel up the urethra, infecting parts of the urinary tract. UTI can be caused by susceptible organisms such as Proteus mirabilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which Ciprofloxacin can be effective against.

    Ciprofloxacin has also been FDA-approved for both uncomplicated urinary tract infections and complicated urinary tract infections.

    Ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets can also be used to treat acute uncomplicated pyelonephritis.

    Aside from Ciprofloxacin, several UTI antibiotics are available here at PlushCare and will depend on your primary care physician's diagnosis. If you suspect a UTI, you can explore the option of obtaining a UTI prescription online through consultations with healthcare professionals.

  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis

    Bacterial prostatitis is a prostate gland infection caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli or Proteus mirabilis. It can cause pain in the pelvic and urinary tract issues.

  • Lower respiratory tract infections

    When your lungs become infected with harmful bacteria, the lower respiratory tract can become inflamed, and your body produces more mucus. The mucus buildup can lead to productive coughs, the main symptom of lung congestion.

    Aside from Ciprofloxacin, several respiratory tract infection antibiotics are available here at PlushCare and will depend on your primary care physician's diagnosis.

  • Infectious diarrhea

    Infectious diarrhea in adults can be caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli. Ciprofloxacin can be used to treat diarrhea caused by bacterial infection.

    This is a partial list of FDA-approved uses for Ciprofloxacin. Please review the FDA fact sheet for a complete list, or call your doctor to learn more.

What are the pros and cons?

Ciprofloxacin

Pros

  • Especially effective for certain UTIs

  • Can be used after inhaling anthrax

  • Can treat certain infections resistant to other antibiotics

  • Can sometimes be used as post-exposure prophylactic treatment

Cons

  • May cause nervousness, agitation, and insomnia

  • Risk of prolonged heart rhythm

  • Overuse can cause bacterial resistance

  • Not recommended for younger patients

Ciprofloxacin side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking Ciprofloxacin are typically mild. Nausea and diarrhea are two of the most common side effects of ciprofloxacin pills and suspension. Ciprofloxacin has some common side effects. 

    Side effects of Ciprofloxacin have appeared in patients with and without any pre-existing risk factors. Of the many patients treated with Ciprofloxacin, some experienced common side effects such as:


    According to the FDA, other adverse reactions, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Exacerbate muscle weakness, pain, or swelling in the joints or tendons.

    • Allergic reaction

    • Severe skin reactions

    • Severe diarrhea

    • Increased risk of tendon rupture

    • Myasthenia Gravis

    • Peripheral Neuropathy

    • Low blood sugar

    • Central nervous system effects (e.g., severe headaches)


    You should stop taking Ciprofloxacin immediately and call your doctor if you notice any of these side effects or develop any other new or concerning symptoms, which may indicate severe and fatal reactions.

    Ciprofloxacin should be used with caution in pediatric patients (under 12).

How to take Ciprofloxacin

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Ciprofloxacin prescription.

Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions regarding drug information. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Ciprofloxacin can come in different forms and doses, so follow the specific instructions on your prescription. It is typically prescribed twice a day, and the extended-release tablets are usually taken once a dayCiprofloxacin extended-release is only approved for use in adults. The treatment duration depends on the type and severity of bacterial infection.

According to the FDA, here are some adult dosing considerations based on infection type:

  • Bone and Joint Infections: 500-750 mg every 12 hours for 4 to 8 weeks

  • Infectious Diarrhea Infections: 500 mg every 12 hours for 5 to 7 days

  • Lower Respiratory Tract Infections: 500-750 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days

  • Urinary Tract Infections: 250-500 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days


For patients with renal impairment, doctors may have to adjust dosage accordingly.

What to avoid while taking Ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin has some drug interactions. Do not change what you take without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter drugs. 

Avoid the use of Ciprofloxacin if you have any risk factors (e.g., history of myasthenia gravis) and use any of the other drugs:

  • Blood thinners

  • Anti-seizure medication

  • Antidepressants

  • Medications, supplements, or vitamins that contain magnesium, calcium, iron, or zinc

  • Antipyretics

  • Theophylline

  • Medications, supplements, or vitamins that contain caffeine

  • Methotrexate

  • Metoclopramide

  • Glyburide

  • Ibuprofen

  • Naproxen


Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is acceptable to consume alcohol while taking Ciprofloxacin.

Avoid combining the supplement with milk, cheese, yogurt, other dairy products, or drinks containing calcium (e.g., some dairy-free milk). They affect ciprofloxacin absorption in the gastrointestinal tract.

Medication alternatives to Ciprofloxacin

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest another fluoroquinolone antibiotic or an antibiotic in another drug class in another drug class.

Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Ciprofloxacin prescription FAQs

  • How much does Ciprofloxacin cost?

    The average cost of Ciprofloxacin is $21 for a supply of fourteen 500 mg tablets, depending on the pharmacy you visit.

  • Who should not take Ciprofloxacin?

    Tell your doctor to have the following conditions:

    • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

    • Acid reflux

    • Depression

    • Asthma

    • Tendon injury

    • Seizure disorders

    • Heart problems or cardiovascular disease

    • Liver disease

    • Kidney disease

    • History of myasthenia gravis

  • What happens if you take Ciprofloxacin on an empty stomach?

    Ciprofloxacin's effectiveness is generally not affected by food intake.

    Some patients find taking ciprofloxacin with food help alleviate stomach discomfort or diarrhea while taking ciprofloxacin.

    Stay hydrated when taking ciprofloxacin to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. 

  • What should be monitored when taking Ciprofloxacin?

    When patients are on Ciprofloxacin for an extended period, their healthcare providers need to monitor tendinitis, symptoms in mental state, blood count, anemia, and kidney disease or impaired hepatic functions. 

  •  Is it ok to take Ciprofloxacin an hour early?

    According to the FDA, here are some adult dosing considerations based on infection type:

    • Bone and Joint Infections: 500-750 mg every 12 hours for 4 to 8 weeks

    • Diarrhea Infections: 500 mg every 12 hours for 5 to 7 days

    • Lower Respiratory Tract Infections: 500-750 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days

    • Urinary Tract Infections: 250-500 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Ciprofloxacin?

    When using ciprofloxacin standard or extended-release tablets or ciprofloxacin oral suspension, if you missed a dose of ciprofloxacin, take it as soon as you realize that you have missed it. However, if your missed dose is close to your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Avoid double doses.

  • What happens if I take too much Ciprofloxacin?

    Taking multiple doses of ciprofloxacin standard or extended-release tablets or oral suspension over the recommended dose might cause unpleasant adverse reactions such as muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or irregular heartbeat. 

    Other adverse reactions, which are less common but might be more severe, can also result in the following:

    • Exacerbate muscle weakness, pain, or swelling in the joints or tendons.

    • Allergic reaction

    • Severe skin reactions

    • Severe diarrhea

    • Increased risk of tendon rupture

    • Myasthenia Gravis

    • Peripheral Neuropathy

    • Low blood sugar

    • Central Nervous System Effects (e.g., severe headaches)


    Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

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