Cipro

(ciprofloxacin)

3.8/ 5 average rating with 755 reviewsforCipro
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Treats bacterial infections.

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

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Quick facts about Cipro
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ciprofloxacin)

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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How it works

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

Quick facts about Cipro
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ciprofloxacin)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release pill
People’s experience with Cipro

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What to expect when you take Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for Bacterial infection

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  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Headache
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Side effect rates for Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

From 49308 clinical trials of Cipro when taken for bacterial infection
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    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants

    Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can cause the tendons in your body to swell up and rupture. If you experience swelling, pain or inflammation in your joints or muscles while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away. This problem with your tendons can happen as quickly as within hours of taking the first dose up to several months after stopping the medicine. People with a history of tendon disorders should avoid taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin).

    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

Pharmacist Q&A

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Common concerns from people taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

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Interactions
  • 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).
Food
  • Take with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) should be used with caution if you have kidney problems.
Pain
  • Talk to your doctor immediately if you start to feel burning, tingling, numbness, or pain in your body, especially your hands and feet. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can cause nerve damage and it can be irreversible. If you already have problems with nerve damage, talk to your doctor before taking this medication.
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Ciproon 5/14/2017I am a 1%er it is not to be given to anyone under 18 or over 60 yrs old. I was 63 at the time. It totally attacked my tendons left arm wrist as well as my left knee and ankel. They were very much us less to me as I was in great pain for two weeks after taking 1000mgs per day for 5 days. The effects of the medication lasted for 1.5 years in my system. I was totally made inactive for that period of time.
    63
    Man
    Less than a week
    Urinary tract infection
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Ciproon 1/16/2016Gave 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.
    28
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Kidney Infection