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Active Ingredient(s):
ciprofloxacin
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Product:
Cipro Tablets
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Bayer

 

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General Information About Cipro

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.

Active Ingredient

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.

Conditions Treated

Cipro is used in the treatment of:

  • 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

Generic and brand name Cipro

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. 

Indications and Dosage Information

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.

Urinary Tract infection

  • 250 mg every 12 hours for three days (acute Uncomplicated).
  • 250 mg every 12 hours for 7-14 days (Mild/Moderate).
  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 7-14 days (Severe/Complicated).

Chronic Bacterial prostatitis

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 28 days (Mild/Moderate).

Lower Respiratory Tract

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 7-14 days (Mild/Moderate).
  • 750 mg every 12 hours for 7-14 days (Severe/Complicated)

Acute Sinusitis

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 10 days (Mild/Moderate)

Skin and Skin Structure

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 7-14 days (Mild/Moderate)
  • 750 mg every 12 hours for 7-14 days (Severe/Complicated)

Inhalational anthrax (post exposure)

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 60 days

Typhoid Fever

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 10 days (Mild/Moderate).

Bone and Joint

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 4-6 weeks (Mild/Moderate)
  • 750 mg every 12 hours for 4-6 weeks (Severe/Complicated)

Urethral and Cervical Gonococcal Infections Uncomplicated

  • 250 mg single dose once off.

Infectious Diarrhea

  • 500 mg every 12 hours for 5-7 days (Mild/Moderate)

Side effects

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.

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain/discomfort
  • Rash
  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased visual acuity
  • Hearing loss, bad taste
  • Allergic reaction
  • Pruritus
  • Urticarial
  • Photosensitivity
  • Flushing, fever
  • Chills
  • Angioedema
  • Edema of the face, neck, lips, conjunctivae or hands
  • Cutaneous candidiasis
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sweating

Warnings and Precautions

Contraindications

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.

Precautions

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.

Drug Interactions

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.

  • Theophylline
  • Caffeine
  • Magnesium/aluminum antacids
  • Sucralfate
  • Didanosine
  • Methotrexate
  • Metoclopramide

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Cipro?

Cipro is an FDA approved drug, used in the treatment infections caused by bacteria.

How does Cipro work?

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

How to store Cipro .

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.

What medical conditions is this drug usually prescribed for?

  • 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

Is there an alternative generic or brand name medication to Cipro ?

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.

Is Cipro called differently in Canada than the USA?

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.

How and when to take Cipro?

Note: Ciprofloxacin must always be taken as prescribed and for the duration of the treatment.

See section above named “Indications and Dosage Information”.

Why do doctors prescribe this medicine?

For the treatment of:

  • 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

What if I overdose?

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.

What if I miss a dose?

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.

 

 

 

 

Reference sources

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/019537s057,020780s019lbl.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciprofloxacin

 

 


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