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    Ciprofloxacin

    Information about Ciprofloxacin

    Ciprofloxacin uses

    Ciprofloxacin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections
    It is also used in infections of urinary tract, tonsils, sinus, nose, throat, female genital organ, skin and soft tissues, windpipe and lungs (pneumonia).

    How ciprofloxacin works

    Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves. This treats your infection.

    Common side effects of ciprofloxacin

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

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    Expert advice for Ciprofloxacin

    • Your doctor has prescribed Ciprofloxacin to cure your infection and improve symptoms.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
    • Discontinue Ciprofloxacin and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.
    • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
    • Notify your doctor if you feel pain in your tendons, numbness, or tingling sensations.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Ciprofloxacin

    Ciprofloxacin

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin for streptococcal infection?

    Ciprofloxacin is not indicated for the treatment of streptococcal infection as it is not very active against this bacteria. Consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics for your infections.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with pantoprazole?

    Ciprofloxacin can be taken with pantoprazole as no interactions have been reported. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with metronidazole?

    Ciprofloxacin can be taken with metronidazole as no interactions have been reported. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
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    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with birth control pills or does it affect birth control?

    Yes, you can take Ciprofloxacin with birth control pills. It does not affect birth control. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor in case you are taking birth control pills before taking any medicine.

    Q. Is Ciprofloxacin banned?

    Ciprofloxacin is not a banned drug. It is available as a prescription medicine.

    Q. Is Ciprofloxacin a penicillin?

    Ciprofloxacin is not a penicillin. It belongs to a different group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones.

    Q. Is Ciprofloxacin bactericidal (kills bacteria) or bacteriostatic (slows the growth of bacteria)?

    Ciprofloxacin is a bactericidal (kills bacteria) agent. It belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones and acts by inhibiting bacterial DNA-gyrase.

    Q. Is Ciprofloxacin safe?

    Ciprofloxacin is a relatively safe drug. However, it is not devoid of side effects and hence should only be taken if prescribed by a doctor in the appropriate dose, frequency, and duration as advised.

    Q. Is Ciprofloxacin a cephalosporin?

    Ciprofloxacin is not a cephalosporin. It belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with ibuprofen?

    Use of Ciprofloxacin with ibuprofen can increase the central nervous system side effects of Ciprofloxacin. Consult your doctor before using both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with paracetamol?

    Ciprofloxacin is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with paracetamol. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before using both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with hydrocodone?

    Ciprofloxacin is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with hydrocodone. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before using both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with fluconazole?

    Ciprofloxacin and fluconazole, when taken together, can cause heart-related side effects. Talk to your doctor before taking both the drugs together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with phenazopyridine?

    Ciprofloxacin is not known to have any clinically significant interaction with phenazopyridine. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with omeprazole?

    Omeprazole can slow the absorption of Ciprofloxacin if taken together. So, the action of Ciprofloxacin may get slow. Talk to your doctor before taking both the drugs together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with hydroxyzine?

    Ciprofloxacin and hydroxyzine, when taken together, can cause heart-related side effects. Talk to your doctor before taking both the drugs together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with azithromycin?

    Ciprofloxacin and azithromycin, when taken together, can cause heart related side effects. Talk to your doctor before taking both the drugs together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin for yeast infection?

    No, Ciprofloxacin is not indicated in the treatment of yeast infections. Please consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics for the treatment of yeast infection.

    Q. Does Ciprofloxacin contain sulfa?

    Ciprofloxacin does not contain sulfur in its structure. However, history of any drug allergy should be discussed with the doctor prior to initiation of therapy.

    Q. Does Ciprofloxacin cover pseudomonas?

    Ciprofloxacin is active against pseudomonas. But, acquired resistance (resistance after taking the antibiotic) is very common among the organism for the drug. Consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics for your infection.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with dextromethorphan?

    Ciprofloxacin is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with dextromethorphan. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before using both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with doxylamine?

    Ciprofloxacin is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with doxylamine. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before using both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with amoxicillin?

    Ciprofloxacin is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with amoxicillin. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before using both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with pseudophedrine?

    Ciprofloxacin is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with pseudoephedrine. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before using both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Ciprofloxacin with Tamsulosin?

    Ciprofloxacin and Tamsulosin are not known to have any clinically relevant drug interactions. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the medicines together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 28 December, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)