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Ciprofloxacin (generic for Cipro)

  • What is ciprofloxacin?
    Ciprofloxacin is a prescription antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections in a variety of body parts. Ciprofloxacin is currently available under the brand name Cipro and is available in the form of an oral tablet or oral suspension. It is also available in the form of extended-release tablets.

    Talk to your health care provider about whether or not ciprofloxacin is right for you.

  • What are the common side effects of ciprofloxacin?
    Ciprofloxacin has been shown to cause some side effects. Talk to your health care provider if these adverse reactions do not go away within a few days.

  • Common side effects reported from ciprofloxacin use include:


This is not a complete list of all possible side effects caused by ciprofloxacin.

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Frequently asked questions about ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin is a prescription antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections in a variety of body parts. It is part of an antibiotic drug class called fluoroquinolone antibiotics (also known as quinolone antibiotics), which work by killing bacteria that cause infections. Other fluoroquinolone antibiotics include moxifloxacin, ofloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin and delafloxacin.

Ciprofloxacin is currently available under the brand name Cipro and is available in the form of an oral tablet or oral suspension. It is also available in the form of extended-release tablets.

Health care professionals use ciprofloxacin to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as lower respiratory tract infections, infections of the skin, bone, joint, abdomen (stomach area), and prostate. It also is used to treat or prevent pneumonia, gonorrhea, typhoid fever, and infectious diarrhea. In its extended-release form, ciprofloxacin is used to treat complicated urinary tract infections (UTIs that have spread to the kidneys), acute uncomplicated pyelonephritis (kidney infections), and acute cystitis.

Although rare, ciprofloxacin can also be used to treat or prevent certain serious infections which result from bioterror attacks, such as exposure to the plague or anthrax inhalation.

While ciprofloxacin is sometimes used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), sinus infections, and bronchitis, health care providers will generally explore other alternative solutions because bacterial resistance to ciprofloxacin is increasing.

It is important to only use antibiotics like ciprofloxacin when prescribed, as taking antibiotics when they are not needed can increase your chance of contracting an antibiotic-resistant infection. Remember that antibiotics like ciprofloxacin are only effective against bacterial infections and will not work against viral infections such as the cold or flu.

Simply put, ciprofloxacin works by preventing the bacteria’s DNA from replicating, which kills the bacteria as a result. Bacterial DNA requires many enzymes in order to reproduce and grow. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics like ciprofloxacin interfere with bacterial DNA production by inhibiting several of these enzymes. Without the enzymes, the bacteria are not able to reproduce and eventually die.

The most common side effects of ciprofloxacin include nausea, diarrhea, heartburn and vomiting. If any of the following symptoms are severe or do not go away, seek medical advice or attention right away:

  • Black, tarry stools
  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • Bloody or cloudy urine, or decreased urination
  • Fever or chills
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Red skin lesions, often with a purple center, or skin rashes
  • Sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Hives or swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Unusual weight gain
  • Yellow skin or eyes

Taking ciprofloxacin has been shown to impact your tendons (cords that attach your bone to your muscles) and can increase your risk of developing tendonitis or a tendon rupture, especially if you’re over 60 years of age, taking steroid medications or have a history of tendon problems.

Ciprofloxacin can interact with other forms of medication and substances, causing potentially serious side effects or allergic reactions. Tell your doctor if you are taking muscle relaxers such as tizanidine (Zanaflex), phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors such as sildenafil, anticoagulants (blood thinners), antidepressants, antipsychotics, diuretics, insulin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or naproxen. This is not a complete list of ciprofloxacin drug interactions, so be sure to discuss any medications that you’re on even if you don’t see them listed here.

Ciprofloxacin can cause low blood sugar in some patients, so be wary of low blood pressure symptoms such as blurred vision, fatigue, confusion, cool pale skin, and cold sweats if you are diabetic and taking diabetes medication orally. These could be signs of hypoglycemia and could lead to unconsciousness.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that while rare, fluoroquinolone antibiotics like ciprofloxacin can increase the occurrence of serious ruptures or tears in your aorta (a large artery that begins in the heart). These ruptures can lead to dangerous aortic bleeding, heart attack, or even death, so people at risk for cardiac problems should be cautious about taking ciprofloxacin.

Be sure to tell your doctor if you have been diagnosed with or have a history of other medical conditions, including a prolonged QT interval (a rare heart problem that may cause irregular heartbeat, fainting, or sudden death), aneurysms, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness), seizures, or diabetes. Ciprofloxacin can also significantly increase theophylline levels in your blood, which can lead to serious illness or death. This is not a complete list of medical conditions that can be impacted by the use of ciprofloxacin, so be sure to discuss your medical history with your health care provider before taking ciprofloxacin.

Ciprofloxacin can cause your skin to become sensitive to sunlight or ultraviolet light, so try to avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun or UV rays and do your best to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, or sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. Call your doctor if you notice redness, swelling, or blistering as a result of sun exposure while on ciprofloxacin. As with all prescription medication, be sure to inform the prescribing doctor about any medical conditions you have been previously diagnosed with, as well as any medication/ supplements you are currently taking before starting treatment.

Antacids can reduce the amount of ciprofloxacin that your body absorbs, so be sure to take them at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after taking antacid medications.

In addition, let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before starting treatment with this medication.

Ciprofloxacin can come in the form of tablets, extended-release tablets, and an oral suspension. Although the typical dosing amount can range from 250-1000mg per day, usage and dosing will vary depending on the age of the patient, their diagnosis, and their body weight. Take the medication exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not discontinue or increase your dosage of ciprofloxacin without consulting with your provider first. If you begin to experience adverse side effects while taking this medication, like those listed above, inform your provider right away.

Be sure to drink plenty of water each day while on ciprofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin can also increase caffeine-induced anxiety, sleeplessness and heart pounding, so try to avoid foods or beverages that are high in caffeine such as coffee, tea and energy drinks. You should also avoid dairy products such as milk or yogurt, or calcium-fortified foods (e.G., cereal, juice), along with supplements high in magnesium and iron, as they can make ciprofloxacin less effective.

To prevent your infection from becoming resistant to antibiotics, you should continue taking the ciprofloxacin until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. Do not skip doses or stop taking the ciprofloxacin, and follow your doctor’s instructions closely.

Ciprofloxacin should be stored in a closed container at room temperature, away from extreme heat, extreme cold, moisture, and direct light, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Ciprofloxacin is currently only available via prescription. This means a licensed health care provider must authorize the use of this drug.

Looking for a prescription? Providers on Sesame can write a prescription – or refill an existing one – during a virtual or in-person visit. Depending on the medication, you can arrange for same-day pickup at a pharmacy near you. Book an online consultation with a licensed provider on Sesame today to determine whether or not ciprofloxacin is right for you.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your health care provider. Providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

Good news! If deemed clinically appropriate, providers on Sesame can write a prescription for ciprofloxacin to be picked up near you – often within the same day! Simply talk to a clinician and get your online doctor prescription or refill ordered right away for fast and convenient pickup from a pharmacy of your choice.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your healthcare provider.

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