Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection

Cipro

(ciprofloxacin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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Kills bacteria.

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Our 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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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.

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Side effect rates for Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

49308 From clinical trials of Cipro / Adults
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

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

Common concerns from people taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

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Pain
  • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
  • If you notice redness/inflammation, pain or swelling in your joints or muscles, especially in the Achilles tendon, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Talk to your doctor immediately if you start to feel burning, tingling, numbness, pain or you can't tolerate heat or cold. This could be a sign of nerve damage and it can happen as soon as you start taking the medication and may not go away if you stop it.
  • Gave me anxiety attacks, low blood sugar, wrist pain, rapid heart beat, insomnia, and popping sounds in different parts of my body. After 3 days, I never felt like I was getting better, only worse. I'm never taking it again.