Ciprofloxacin is in a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Its primary function is to combat many types of bacterial infections. In addition, ciprofloxacin is often the drug of choice for patients who have had exposure to anthrax or specific kinds of plague. As ciprofloxacin can potentially cause serious side effects that could possibly be disabling this drug should only be prescribed when other, safer antibiotics are not an option.
Ciprofloxacin is often given as a tablet (extended release) or an oral suspension (liquid) once every 12 hours. It should be taken with water, and extra liquids should be consumed on a regular basis to keep kidneys working at optimum condition. Ciprofloxacin can be taken with or without food. It is very important to take your dose of ciprofloxacin on a regular schedule at the same time each day. Important note: ciprofloxacin should never be given through a feeding tube. Additionally, ciprofloxacin can be delivered as an intravenous solution; consult with your compounding pharmacist and primary care physician about which method of administering is right for you, specific to your condition.
Side effects may differ from patient to patient. Until you begin taking ciprofloxacin there is no way to know if you will experience some, several, or no side effects at all. Common side effects seen with ciprofloxacin are:
Other side effects are possible. Seek medical assistance if you feel it is needed, and certainly if any there are side effects you feel are increasing in intensity or lingering.
Contact your physician or seek emergency medical treatment immediately if you experience any side effects that are troubling or concerning to you, and most certainly if you experience any on the following (partial list) of serious side effects:
There are many possible serious side effects that can present with the use of ciprofloxacin, some of which may be potentially irreversible, as well as many possible contraindications. All patients considering the use of this drug should first have a full medical review and consultation with their primary care physician before beginning use.
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