ciprofloxacin (oral) (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- What are the possible side effects of ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- How should I take ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- What happens if I overdose (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- What should I avoid while taking ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- What other drugs will affect ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include seizures, urination problems, weakness, or blue lips with pale skin.
What should I avoid while taking ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
You may be taking certain other medicines that should not be taken at the same time as ciprofloxacin. Avoid taking the following medicines within 6 hours before or 2 hours after you take ciprofloxacin. These other medicines can make ciprofloxacin much less effective when taken at the same time:
- antacids that contain calcium, magnesium or aluminum (such as Tums, Mylanta, or Rolaids);
- the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate);
- didanosine (Videx) powder or chewable tablets; or
- vitamin or mineral supplements that contain calcium, iron, or zinc.
Avoid caffeine while you are taking ciprofloxacin, because the medication can make the effects of caffeine stronger.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Ciprofloxacin can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Call your doctor if you have severe burning, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after being in the sun.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking ciprofloxacin and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Ciprofloxacin may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)?
Do not take ciprofloxacin together with tizanidine (Zanaflex).
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
- metoclopramide (Reglan);
- phenytoin (Dilantin);
- probenecid (Benemid);
- ropinirole (Requip);
- theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theochron, Uniphyl);
- an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others; or
- steroid medication (prednisone and others).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with ciprofloxacin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about ciprofloxacin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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