Bacteria cause a lot of general infections in humans’ organisms. It can grow and multiply, infecting more and more body parts. Antibiotics help to control and eradicate the bacteria. Ciprofloxacin do it by inhibiting the reproduction and repairing genetic material (DNA).
Cipro can be taken with or without eating. Ciprofloxacin is metabolized by the liver and excreted by the kidney. Dosages for people with not normal liver or kidney should be changed. You should not take antacids together with Ciprofloxacin as they block the absorption of the medicine. If you have urinary tract infections, you can take Ciprofloxacin two times a day during three days, while Proquin XR can be taken only once a day for three days.
Use the missed dose as soon as possible. But do not use extra doses if it is already the time for another one unless otherwise is directed by your doctor.
You should store Ciprofloxacin at below 86 degrees F.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight should be avoided. You can have a sunburn as Ciprofloxacin increases the skin sensitivity to sunlight. Sunscreen and protective clothes should be used if sun exposure is unavoidable. If you experience redness, severe burning, itching, swelling or rash after exposure to the sun, call the doctor. Use caution when you drive, operate machinery or perform other risky activities. Ciprofloxacin may cause faintness. If you experience faintness, keep away from these activities.
Cipro Safety information
Excessive consumption of products that contain caffeine should be avoided. The medicine can increase the effects of caffeine. Elevated blood levels of theophylline can be lead by Ciprofloxacin taken together with theophylline, which is used for opening the airways if you have the asthma. Seizures and disturbed heart rhythm can be caused by toxic levels of theophylline. If you cannot avoid taking Ciprofloxacin and theophylline together, check your blood tests regularly to know theophylline blood levels.
You should use Ciprofloxacin carefully, if you have central nervous system diseases like seizures as rare seizures have been reported in patients, receiving this medicament. Ciprofloxacin should not be used by children and adolescents under 18 years old, because there have not been established the safe use in these patients. Ciprofloxacin like many other antibiotics can modify the normal bacteria in the colon and lead to the overgrowth of bacteria, which is responsible for the colon’s inflammation development (pseudomembranous colitis). Fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea and sometimes even shock can be caused by pseudomembranous colitis.
Sensitivity of the skin to direct sunlight can be developed by taking Ciprofloxacin. The action of the anticoagulant warfarin (Coumadin) and the risk of bleeding can be enhanced by the medicament. Safe use of Ciprofloxacin in pregnant and nursing mothers has not been established, so they should not take this medicine.
Cipro Side effects
Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, rash, abdominal pain, headache and restlessness are the most often side effects of Ciprofloxacin. Rare allergic reactions like hives and anaphylaxis (shock) have been noticed.
Do not take Ciprofloxacinfloxacin anymore and contact the emergency medical attention or consult your doctor as soon as possible, if you have any of the following negative effects: seizures; confusion or hallucinations; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; throat closing; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; hives); liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue); skin rash; muscle, joint or chest pain, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, or swelling of the legs or feet. Continue taking the medicament and consult with your doctor, if you experience less serious side effects as: headache; drowsiness; vomiting, nausea, diarrhea; insomnia; dizziness or lightheadedness; ringing in the ears; or increased skin sensitivity to sunlight. Also there can occur other side effects, so talk about them with your doctor if they seems abnormal or troublesome.