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Kills bacteria.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

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  • Available in generic.
  • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Must be used with caution in people over 60 years of age, or who have had either an organ transplant or on long-term steroid use due to possible tendon rupture.
  • If you have caffeine while on Ciprofloxacin, you may noticed increased effects of the caffeine.
  • Ciprofloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
  • Can't be used if you've ever had myasthenia gravis.
  • Can cause diarrhea.

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Side effects for Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)

From clinical trials of Cipro / Adults ( 49308)

  • NauseaNausea3% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea2% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • Liver function tests abnormalLiver function tests abnormal1% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting1% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • RashRash1% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you start Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
  • Wear sunscreen if you're going to be out in the sun.
  • Take the medication exactly how the doctor tells you to.
  • Avoid taking this by itself with dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) or with juice with calcium.
  • Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after any antacids with magnesium or aluminum or with any vitamins with calcium, iron or zinc.
  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
  • Limit your caffeine intake while taking this medication.

Risks and Warnings for Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Over 60 years of age
    • On long-term steroid use
    • Heart, kidney, or lung transplant

    If you notice redness/inflammation, pain or swelling in your joints or muscles, especially in the Achilles tendon, contact your doctor immediately.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits