Compare Cipro vs. Rifadin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats bacterial infections.

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 755 reviewsforCipro
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Upsides
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is available in generic.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) comes in different forms, including intravenous (IV) injection.
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Downsides
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) should be used with caution if you have kidney problems.
  • If you drink caffeine while on Cipro (ciprofloxacin), you may notice increased effects of the caffeine.
  • Some bacteria have developed resistance to Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can interact with many other medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what medications, over-the-counter products, and supplements you are taking before starting Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
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Used for
  • Active tuberculosis Active tuberculosis - HIV infection HIV infection - Inactive tuberculosis Inactive tuberculosis Meningococcal infectious disease
  • Carrier Reactivation tuberculosis Tuberculosis
  • Extrapulmonary
  • Atypical mycobacterial infection Bacterial meningitis
  • Staphylococcus aureus or epidermidis Bacterial meningitis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae Bartonellosis - HIV infection Brucellosis; Adjunct Cholestasis - Pruritus Cutaneous leishmaniasis Haemophilus influenzae infection; Prophylaxis Human anaplasmosis Infective endocarditis Leprosy Mycobacterium avium complex infection
  • Lung disease Osteomyelitis Peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis Staphylococcal infectious disease
  • For synergy
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release pill
  • Pill
Price
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Reviews
755 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
17%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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The Rifadin (Rifampin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Tendon rupture
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Myasthenia gravis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage
  • Central nervous system effects
    • Central nervous system disorders
    • Seizures
  • Heart rhythm problems
    • Use with other QT prolonging drugs
    • History of heart disease
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