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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 comes in four doses which are 250MG, 250mg, 750mg and 500mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

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.

Side Effects

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 is Cipro used for?

Cipro is a medication that is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. So what is Ciprofloxacin exactly? Cipro is known to belong to a group of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. How does Ciprofloxacin work? When taken, it works to stop the growth of the bacteria. Keep in mind however, that this medication only works for bacterial infections; it will not work for any viral infections such as the common cold or the flu. This medication comes in four different strengths which are 250mg, 500mg, and 750mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.     


What to avoid when taking Cipro?

You should not take this medication with any dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or with any calcium fortified juice. Although you may ask yourself as to “how long after taking Cipro can I eat dairy?” Then you should know that you should leave at least a 2 hour gap before taking this medication, and eating or drinking any kind of dairy products, or at least a 6 hour wait after you have taken the medication. Keep in mind that you should take this medication alongside your meals, since this medication should never be used alone. Taking it by itself will make the medication less effective.


How long does it take for Cipro to work for bacterial infection?

As to how long does Ciprofloxacin take to work is generally based on what type of infection the medication is working against. However, for most infections you should begin to feel an improvement within 2 to 3 days. If you do not start to feel any better after the third day, you should then consult your doctor.


How long does Cipro stay in your system?

After you have taken your last dose, Cipro should be out of your system at around the 22 to 24 hour mark.


How to take Cipro?

Cipro is taken orally and while on this medication you should be drinking plenty of fluids. You should also take this medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after taking any other products that may decrease its effectiveness. It is best to inform your doctor know of any kind of medications, vitamins or herbal products that you may take.


What are the side effects of Cipro?

Like all other medications Cipro does as well have a list of common side effects. As to what are the most common side effects of Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)? All of the more common ones for this medication are listed as follows; nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, vaginal itching and/or discharge, pale skin, unusual tiredness and sleepiness. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.


What is the generic name for Cipro?

The generic alternative for Cipro is known as Ciprofloxacin. The original medication was approved for medical use in 1987 from Bayer healthcare. However, in 2004 a generic version of Cipro was made available for use, which has been made by several different drug manufactures.

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