Highlights for ciprofloxacin
ciprofloxacin Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- depressed mood
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- hallucination, loss of contact with reality
- joint, muscle, or tendon pain or swelling
- pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
- suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry mouth
- trouble sleeping
ciprofloxacin May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- birth control pills
- didanosine (ddI) buffered tablets or powder
- medicines for diabetes
- medicines for inflammation like ibuprofen, naproxen
How to Use ciprofloxacin
The medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bone problems
- cerebral disease
- history of low levels of potassium in the blood
- irregular heartbeat
- joint problems
- kidney disease
- myasthenia gravis
- tendon problems
- tingling of the fingers or toes, or other nerve disorder
- an unusual or allergic reaction to ciprofloxacin, other antibiotics or medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.
Drink several glasses of water a day. You must not get dehydrated.
Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if the diarrhea is severe and watery.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Keep out of the reach of children.
If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
Last Updated: July 28, 2016