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Cipro is the trade name of a prescription drug containing ciprofloxacin as the active component. Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic (broad spectrum) of the Fluoroquinolone class, it is commonly used to treat bacterial infections such as Urinary Tract Infections, Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis in females, Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis, Lower Respiratory Tract Infections, Acute Sinusitis, Uncomplicated cervical and urethral gonorrhea, Typhoid Fever (Enteric Fever), Infectious Diarrhea, Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections, Skin and Skin Structure Infections. Cipro is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Cipro is available in pack size of 100 tablets. The tablets are slightly yellowish and are filmed coated.
Ciprofloxacin works by interfering or destroying the bacteria DNA hence preventing the growth/multiplication of the bacteria leading to its dead and treatment of the infection. Ciprofloxacin works in a different manner when compared to other antibiotics commonly used such as tetracycline, macrolides, cephalosporin, aminoglycosides and penicillin’s. Therefore bacterial infections that cannot be treated with these class of antibiotics, maybe treated with ciprofloxacin.
Cipro is used in the treatment of:
There are a few generic brands for the oral tablets of Cipro. The generic name is the same as the active ingredient in Cipro, Ciprofloxacin. Ciproflox is an alternate brand medication to Cipro.
Note: Ciprofloxacin must always be taken as prescribed and for the duration of the treatment. The dosage issue to a patient is based on the severity and type of infection, the status of the hepatic and liver functions, susceptibility of the causative organism and the patients defence mechanism. The recommended duration of treatment is always 7-14 days; However complicated and severe infections warrant a prolonged duration of therapy.
Cipro like all other drugs may exhibit some side effects, these side effects may range from mild (normally disappear) to severe (stop its use when the severe cases appear). Below is a list of some side effects you may experience with Cipro use.
Note: this may not be complete therefore you should report any new experience or feeling occurring after the use of Cipro.
The use of Cipro is contraindicated in patients with a history or who are hypersensitive to ciprofloxacin or any of the quinolone class of antibacterial.
Ciprofloxacin has been associated with central nervous system disorders such as increased intracranial pressure, Convulsions, and toxic psychosis. Treatment should be discontinued if patients show any of the signs.
The concurrent use of theophylline and ciprofloxacin has been shown to be fatal, ciprofloxacin seem to potentiate reactions such as status epilepticus, cardiac arrest, seizure, and respiratory failure.
Serious and occasional fatal hypersensitive (anaphylactic) reactions have been reported after the first dose use, requires serious emergency treatment.
Tendon Effects: ciprofloxacin has been associated in the ruptures of the hand, shoulder, Achilles tendon or other tendons that requires surgical repair.
Ciprofloxacin should be used with caution in patients with renal impairment.
The use of ciprofloxacin has been associated with photosensitivity. Therefore patients should avoid excessive sunlight.
Use of peripheral neuropathy has been associated with ciprofloxacin, if symptoms appear, stop treatment.
Taking Cipro with certain drugs can either potentiate their effects in the body or nullify them, it may affect the manner in which these drugs work or vice versa. Therefore you should know the medicines you take and always remember to tell your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you are prescribed new medicine. Below are examples of medicines that may interact Cipro when used together.
Cipro is an FDA approved drug, used in the treatment infections caused by bacteria.
Ciprofloxacin works by interfering or destroying the bacteria DNA hence preventing the growth/multiplication of the bacteria leading to its dead and treatment of the infection
Store away from direct sunlight and heat.
Store at room temperature between 15˚C-30˚C.
Do not store in a humid place (bathroom).
Keep in a well closed container.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Yes, there are a few generic brands for the oral tablets of Cipro . The generic name for Cipro is the same as its active ingredient Ciprofloxacin. An alternative brand medication to Cipro is Ciproflox.
NO it is not called by a different name. Though another brand name medication is used in the USA, called Proquin. This drug is equivalent to Cipro.
Note: Ciprofloxacin must always be taken as prescribed and for the duration of the treatment.
See section above named “Indications and Dosage Information”.
For the treatment of:
If you accidentally overdose on Cipro , seek immediate medical advice or call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222.
Antidote: in cases of overdose, the stomach most be emptied as soon as possible by inducing vomiting, magnesium, calcium, or aluminum containing antacids should be administered as they aid in reducing the absorption of Cipro and adequate hydration should be maintained throughout.
Take a dose as soon as you remember, however if you remember just an hour or two before the next dose, only take one dose. Never try to double up on the doses.