Cipro is a fluoroquinolones antibiotic used for treating infections caused by bacteria. It works by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.

Make sure that you stay well hydrated while taking ciprofloxacin to avoid dehydration and also prevent crystals of the drug from developing in your urine. Keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and use a sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths. Use caution while driving or operating any machinery as it may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision or lightheadedness.

Avoid taking Cipro with milk or milk products (such as yogurt or calcium-enriched juice). Cipro only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections. It may affect blood sugar in diabetes patients.

Do not use if

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Cipro;
  • you have recently received a live, oral typhoid vaccination or you are taking cisapride or tizanidine.

Cipro Side Effects

Most severe: Difficulty breathing, fever, hallucinations, increased sensitivity to the sun or ultraviolet light, irregular heartbeat, palpitations or chest pain, joint, muscle or tendon pain, nervousness, excitability, restlessness, reduced amount of urine, severe or watery diarrhea, skin rash, itching, seizures (convulsions), swelling of the face or neck, unusual pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness, vomiting.

Most common: Diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, stomach upset, Confusion, tremors, depression, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, hives, increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight, muscle, tendon and joint pain, symptoms of severe allergic reaction.

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Cipro, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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