Cipro side effects

Cipro side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria. Ciprofloxacin tablets and suspension (liquid) are used to treat pneumonia (lung infection); bronchitis (infection of the tubes that lead to the lungs); some types of gonorrhea (a sexually transmitted disease); diarrhea caused by bacteria; typhoid fever (a contagious illness common in developing countries); and bone, joint, skin, prostate (a male reproductive gland), sinus, and urinary tract (bladder) infections. Ciprofloxacin is also used to prevent and/or treat anthrax in people exposed to anthrax germs in the air. Ciprofloxacin is also used with another medication to treat certain infections of the internal organs. Ciprofloxacin extended release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat urinary tract and kidney infections. Ciprofloxacin is in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It works by killing bacteria. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

Cipro side effects and interactions

If you are taking aluminum or magnesium containing antacids, or sucralfate, do not take them at the same time that you take this medicine. It is best to take these medicines at least 6 hours before or 2 hours after taking ciprofloxacin; at least 8 hours before or 2 hours after taking enoxacin; at least 4 hours after taking gatifloxacin; at least 4 hours before or 4 hours after taking sparfloxacin; at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking levofloxacin, norfloxacin, or ofloxacin; at least 4 hours before or 2 hours after taking lomefloxacin, and at least 8 hours before and 4 hours after taking moxifloxacin. Cipro side effects may keep fluoroquinolones from working properly.

If you are taking metal cations such as iron, and multivitamin preparations with zinc, or didanosine (Videx®) chewable/buffered tablets or the pediatric powder for oral solutiontake moxifloxacin at least 4 hours before or 8 hours after and take ciprofloxacin at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after taking these medicines.

If you are taking levofloxacin, you should not take certain medications which correct a fast, slow or irregular heartbeat.

Check with your physician to determine whether you are taking one of these medications.

If you are taking enoxacin, you should not take any caffeine-containing products (e.g., coffee, tea, chocolate, certain carbonated beverages). Taking any of these caffeine-containing products while you are taking enoxacin may increase the effects of caffeine.

Some people who take fluoroquinolones, especially sparfloxacin, may become more sensitive to sunlight than they are normally.

Exposure to sunlight, even for brief periods of time, may cause severe sunburn, or skin rash, redness, itching, or discoloration. to avoid such Cipro side effects, stay out of direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Fluoroquinolones may also cause some people to become dizzy, lightheaded, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that can be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert. If these reactions are especially bothersome, check with your doctor.

Fluoroquinolones may rarely cause inflammation or even tearing of a tendon (the cord that attaches muscles to bones). If you get sudden pain in a tendon after exercise (for example, in your ankle, back of the knee or leg, shoulder, elbow, or wrist), stop taking the fluoroquinolone and check with your doctor. Rest and do not exercise until the doctor has made sure that you have not injured or torn the tendon.

Observed Cipro side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Cipro side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Fainting; irregular or slow heart rate.

Less Commonly Observed

Bloating or swelling of face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet; blistering of skin; blurred vision; dizziness; headache; nervousness ; pounding in the ears; rapid weight gain; sensation of skin burning; slow or fast heartbeat; skin itching, rash, redness, or swelling; tingling of hands or feet; unusual weight gain or loss.

Other Cipro side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These Cipro side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Abdominal or stomach pain or discomfort (mild); diarrhea (mild); drowsiness; lightheadedness; nervousness; trouble in sleeping; vaginal pain and discharge.

Other Cipro side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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