Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)

Description

Drug Description

Cipro (also known as Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) is a very powerful drug used for the treatment of different bacterial infections. This drugs belongs to the group of broad-spectrum antibiotics and is usually to relieve various bacterial infections.

Cipro is also intended for the treatment of skin, infections of skin, urinary system and respiratory tract. This drug doesn’t work for viral infections, such as cold and influenza. Therefore, you should refuse from taking this drug for the treatment of these diseases. This medicine is also used for the treatment of many other infections that affect skin, joints and abdominal areas.

Cipro is available in the form of extended-release medication and is very effective in the treatment of different bacterial infections. As this drug is regarded as one of the most powerful antibiotics, Cipro can cause positive effects in the organism if taken according to the doctor’s prescription.

Important information

Patients taking Tizanidine must avoid taking this drug. If you’re allergic to ciprofloxacin or other fluoroquinolones, you should refuse from this drug.
Moreover, it is important to inform your doctor if you suffered from any of the following health conditions:

  • Irregular heartbeat (if treated)
  • History of long QT syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney or renal failure
  • Epilepsy or cramps
  • Head trauma or brain tumor
  • Diabetes

Patients constantly taking steroidal drugs or those with kidney or lung transplant can suffer from the side effects of Cipro. Moreover, the dug can penetrate through breast milk to the babies. Therefore, breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before starting the treatment.

Dosage

Cipro comes in the following dosages: 500 mg and 200 mg. For the treatment of urinary tract infections, you should take the dosage of 250 or 500 mg. In the first case, the drug must be taken twice a day for 3 days in a row, while if you take 500 mg, the drug must be taken once every 12 hours. Patients with chronic bronchial prostatitis should take 500 mg every 12 hours for about a month. It is essential to undergo the whole treatment course. Otherwise, the bacteria will develop resistance to the medicines and may fail on higher doses.

Precautions

You should follow some precautions during the treatment with Cipro. First of all, you should refuse from taking the below mentioned drugs within just 6 hours after the intake of Cipro, as they can reduce the effectiveness of this drug:

  • Antacids (for example, Rolaids)
  • Drugs for the treatment of ulcer (such as Carafate)
  • Supplements rich in calcium and iron

Adverse effects

The use of Cipro may cause swelling or hamstrings injuries. The most common adverse effects are: genital itching, stomachache, vertigo and head pain. However, if you note such symptoms as swelling of throat or breathing difficulty, increased heartbeat and skin rash, call the doctor immediately.

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