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Generic Cipro, with Ciprofloxacin as an active ingredient, serves as a time-tested antibiotic. Belonging to a group of fluoroquinolones, the medication is powerful enough to kill the bacteria in the body. The drug is recommended for patients with different types of infections, activated by the bacteria.
Availability: 26 packsActive Ingredient: Ciprofloxacin
Analogs of Cipro Generic: Ciplox,
Other names of Cipro Generic: Baycip, Cifran, Ciloxan, Ciprofloksacin, Ciprofloxacina, Ciprofloxacinum, Ciprofloxin, Ciproxin, Ciproxina, Ciriax, Floxelena, Kensoflex, Lucipro, Novidat,
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Cipro is the more popular brand name of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride. It is an antibiotic that addresses conditions caused by different types of bacteria. It is important to note that this does not treat any viral infections.
The specific group of antibiotic that it belongs to is the family of quinolones.
What Is Cipro For?
Cipro is specifically used to treat bacterial infection in the different parts of the body, such as the skin, bones, joints, kidney and bladder.
What Is the Information That I Need to Know Before Taking Cipro?
It is important to know and inform your physician if you have any allergies to ciprofloxacin or any ingredients that are included in the mix.
You should not be taking this medication if you are any of the following:
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are studies that show harmful effects from the medication for the developing baby.
- If you are breastfeeding. It has been known to pass into the breast milk and can cause harmful effects to the baby if ingested.
- If you have seen that the medication has expired. It is important to know the validity of the medication as this can affect the effectiveness of the drug.
Make sure that inform your physician the following information before you take the medication, including:
- If you have been taking corticosteroids
- If you are taking any medication such as aspirin or NSAIDS
- If you have any medical conditions such as convulsion, kidney disease or myasthenia gravis
How Much Is the Recommended Dosage?
The dosage per person would depend on the prescription of the physician. The usual adult dosage is one tablet twice daily for 7 up to 14 days maximum.
How to Take Cipro
Cipro is an orally ingested medication. It is recommended to swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water. It is important not to crush the tablets or take it with milk. Milk may interfere with the absorption of the medication.
It is important to take the medication on the same hour each day. This helps in maintaining the levels of the medication in the blood, and at the same time prevents you from forgetting to take the scheduled dose.
What if I Forget to Take My Scheduled Dose of Cipro?
If you forget to take the dose, immediately take it once you remember. However, if it’s almost time for the next scheduled dose, take the scheduled dose and omit the missed dose. Do not take 2 tablets to compensate for the missed dose.
Do not stop taking the medication unless suggested by a physician.
What If I Suspect an Overdose?
If you have taken too much or overdose is suspected, proceed to the nearest emergency room and call the poison information center.
What Are the Side Effects of the Medication?
Just like any other medication, there are different side effects that can be possible while taking the medication, such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vaginal discharge
If you feel severe stomach cramps, skin rashes and/or severe diarrhea, immediately call your physician or head directly to the emergency room.
What Should Be Avoided While Taking Cipro?
Avoid taking antacids, especially those that contain magnesium or aluminum such as Maalox, Carafate, any vitamin or mineral with calcium, iron or zinc, and didanosine powder or tablets within 6 hours before or 2 hours after taking Cipro. These medications decrease the effectiveness of Cipro. Desired effects may not be completely achieved.
Are There Other Drugs That Affect Cipro?
Aside from those mentioned above, there are other drugs that affect absorption and effects such as:
- Cyclosporine, metoclopramide and omeprazole
- Diuretics- this may cause and increase the side effect of diarrhea, and may cause electrolyte imbalance leading to abnormal heart rhythm
- Heart rhythm medication- this may cause alteration and cause heart problems
- Depression medication such as imipramine, iloperidone- mood may be affected if the two drugs interact
- NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen, indomethacin
How Do I Store the Medication?
It is important to store it in an airtight container and avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
Where Do I Get Cipro?
This medication is available in different pharmacies across the country and can be ordered online as well.