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What is Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) prescribed for?
A Bacterial infection is caused by microbes, and it spreads by things such as; Coughing and sneezing, contact with infected people, contact with a contaminated surface, and contaminated food and water, as well as contact with infected creatures including pets and livestock, the creatures may also include fleas and ticks.
This medication is known as a quinolone antibiotic. It functions by stopping the growth of the bacteria. This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work on viral infections such as the common cold and the flu. Using any antibiotic with it is not needed may cause the drug not to work for future infections.
This medication is to be taken by mouth and can be taken with food, or without. Usually taken twice a day, in the morning and evening. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not chew, or crush the tablet. Remember that the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.
This medication is to be taken at least 2 hours before taking any other medication, or 6 hours after taking your other medicines. Ask your doctor about other medications you may take and how it will react to Cipro, the medications are listed below; quinapril, sevelamer, sucralfate, vitamins/minerals (including iron and zinc supplements), and products containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium (such as antacids, didanosine solution, calcium supplements).
Calcium-rich foods, including dairy products (such as milk, yogurt) or calcium-enriched juice, can also decrease the effect of this medication. Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after eating calcium-rich foods, unless you are eating these foods as part of a larger meal that contains other (non-calcium-rich) foods. These other foods decrease the calcium binding effect.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about safely using nutritional supplements/replacements with this medication.
It is always best to speak with your doctor on any kind of allergies you may have, do inform you doctor especially if you are allergic to Ciprofloxacin, or of any other various allergies you may have.
Before taking this medication, one of the best things you can do is inform your doctor of your medical history, especially if it includes the following; diabetes, heart problems (such as recent heart attack), joint/tendon problems (such as tendonitis, bursitis), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders (such as depression), myasthenia gravis, nerve problems (such as peripheral neuropathy), seizures, conditions that increase your risk of seizures (such as brain/head injury, brain tumors, cerebral atherosclerosis), blood vessel problems (such as aneurysm or blockage of the aorta or other blood vessels, hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, certain genetic conditions (Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome).
This medication may rarly cause series changes in blood sugar, especially if you have diabetes. Check your blood sugar regularly and share your results with your doctor.
Nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, light headedness, headache, and trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these serious side effects, which are; unusual bruising/bleeding, signs of a new infection (such as new/persistent fever, persistent sore throat), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, red/pink urine), signs of liver problems (such as unusual tiredness, stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).
If any of the following happens to you such as; severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, signs of a tear/break in the main blood vessel called the aorta (sudden/severe pain in the stomach/chest/back, cough, shortness of breath). Make sure you see medical attention right away.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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