Your Medication Ciprofloxacin
Ciprofloxacin is also known by the brand names: Cipro, Cipro XR, Cetraxal, and Ciloxan
ciprofloxacin, also known by the brand name: Cipro and Cipro XR.
Ciprofloxacin comes in 250, 500 and 750 mg tables; 250 mg/5 mL and 500 mg/5 mL oral suspension, and an extended release formulation of 500 and 1000 mg.
Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic most commonly used to treat or prevent bacterial infections. No matter what your doctor has you taking it for, ciprofloxacin is usually taken by mouth with or without food most commonly 2 times a day. Do not take this drug with dairy products, like milk or yogurt, or calcium rich juices. Take ciprofloxacin at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after antacids, sucarlfate, quinapril, bismuth, multivitamins, or any other products that contain magnesium, calcium, aluminum, iron, or zinc. If upset stomach occurs take ciprofloxacin with food. If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
Some common side effects with ciprofloxacin include headache, upset stomach, diarrhea and sun burning more easily.
Some less common side effects with ciprofloxacin include ringing in the ears, tendon rupture (greater in people over the age of 60), nerve problems and nervous system problems.
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Do not take ciprofloxacin if: you have myasthenia gravis.
While taking Ciprofloxacin, remember it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
• Signs of an allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling, tightness of the chest, etc.)
• An allergy to ciprofloxacin.
• If you pain, bruising, or swelling in the back of the ankle, shoulder, hand, or other joints.
• If you are unable to move or bear weight on a joint, hear or feel a snap or pop.
• If you develop nerve problems such as not being able to handle heat or cold, changes in sense of touch, burning, numbness, tingling, pain or weakness in the arms, heads, legs or feet.
• If you develop nervous system problems such as anxiety, bad dreams, trouble sleeping, changes in eyesight, dizziness, feeling confused, nervous, agitated, restless or experience hallucinations.
• If you develop a rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs that could be signs of an allergic reaction.
• If your symptoms do not get better or if they worsen, call your doctor.
Ciprofloxacin liquid needs to be stored in the refrigerator and shaken well before each dose is given. Use the measuring device received from the pharmacist or doctor. Any liquid remaining after 14 days needs to be thrown away. All other forms of Ciprofloxacin are kept at room temperature, in a dry place.
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