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OverviewOther known brand namesAbout ciprofloxacinKey facts of ciprofloxacinWho is ciprofloxacin suitable for?Who is ciprofloxacin not suitable for?How and where to get ciprofloxacin?Dosage and strength for ciprofloxacin for travellers’s diaarheaInformation about how to take ciprofloxacin for travellers’s diaarheaHow to take or use ciprofloxacinWhat happens if you take too much ciprofloxacin?What are the side effects of ciprofloxacin?Information about taking ciprofloxacin at the same time as other medications or herbal supplementsWhy might ciprofloxacin not work for travellers’ diarrhea ?Can ciprofloxacin taken for travellers’ diarrhea be taken long term?Is there a herbal ciprofloxacin?Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking ciprofloxacin?Can I drink alcohol while taking ciprofloxacinAlternatives to ciprofloxacinSourcesPeople also asked
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Other known brand names

Ciproxin, Ciloxan, Cetraxal

About ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections, such as skin infections, bone and joint infections, adults who have inhaled anthrax, chronic bacterial prostatitis, respiratory tract infections including chronic bronchitis, urinary tract infections, complicated pyelonephritis, and acute sinusitis.

It is available with a prescription as generic ciprofloxacin or under the brand names Ciproxin, and Ciloxan. It is not available over the counter.

Now Patient offers ciprofloxacin for the treatment of travellers’ diarrhea only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of ciprofloxacin

  • For the treatment of bacterial infections
  • Ciprofloxacin begins to work immediately. Symptoms should start to improve within 2 to 3 days
  • Ciprofloxacin has some common side effects which include nausea and diaarhea
  • It can be dangerous if you take ciprofloxacin with certain medications like warfarin or phenytoin. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with a healthcare professional
  • Do not take ciprofloxacin with dairy products like milk or cheese, or products with added calcium, as they prevent ciprofloxacin from entering the body through the stomach

Who is ciprofloxacin suitable for?

Ciprofloxacin is suitable for most adults and children 1 and over.

Who is ciprofloxacin not suitable for?

Ciprofloxacin may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before taking ciprofloxacin if you:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to ciprofloxacin or to other quinolone antibiotics such as norfloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, or ofloxacin
  • Have ever had depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts
  • Have an abdominal aortic aneurysm or any other problem with your aorta
  • Have an irregular heartbeat
  • Have uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Have rheumatoid arthritis
  • Have epilepsy
  • Have kidney problems
  • Have diabetes (ciprofloxacin might affect your blood sugars)
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding (this medication passes into breast milk)

How and where to get ciprofloxacin?

Ciprofloxacin is available from a number of sources, but is only available with a prescription. It is not available over the counter.

Now Patient does not allow customers to buy ciprofloxacin directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of travellers’ diarrhea, you can discuss if ciprofloxacin is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by Now Patient.

Dosage and strength for ciprofloxacin for travellers’s diaarhea

Ciprofloxacin is available as tablets when used for travellers’ diaarhea. it is available in strengths ranging from 100mg to 750mg.

Information about how to take ciprofloxacin for travellers’s diaarhea

The typical dose of ciprofloxacin is 250 to 500mg twice a day when taken for travellers’ diaarhea.

How to take or use ciprofloxacin

You may take ciprofloxacin with or without food. Take tablets with lots of water. Do not crush or chew them. Avoid dairy products, and foods high in calcium, as they can prevent ciprofloxacin from working.

What happens if you take too much ciprofloxacin?

If you take more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects.

You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have taken too much ciprofloxacin and you experience any of the following side effects:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures

What are the side effects of ciprofloxacin?

Side effects of ciprofloxacin are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Redness or discomfort in the eye
  • Bad taste in the mouth

Serious side effects include:

  • Changes in mood or behaviour
  • Confusion, anxiety or depression
  • Muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis), tendinitis (inflammation of the achilles tendon), or tendon rupture
  • Severe tiredness
  • Sudden breathlessness
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Nervous system problems

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication?

Information about taking ciprofloxacin at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and ciprofloxacin. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Iron, calcium and zinc supplements can affect ciprofloxacin. Leave 2 hours between taking these supplements and ciprofloxacin.

Some medicines may affect how ciprofloxacin works, or make you more likely to get side effects. Tell your doctor if you take any of the following medicines:

  • Antacids containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium
  • Phenytoin
  • Methotrexate
  • Theophylline
  • Tizanidine
  • Warfarin
  • Clozapine and olanzapine
  • Cyclosporine
  • Duloxetine
  • Probenecid
  • Ropinirole
  • Sildenafil
  • Didanosine
  • Sevelamer or lanthanum carbonate
  • Sucralfate

Why might ciprofloxacin not work for travellers’ diarrhea ?

Ciprofloxacin may not work for you. Common reasons may be that you do not have a bacterial infection, or you are taking your medication with other medicines or foods that prevent ciprofloxacin from working properly.

Can ciprofloxacin taken for travellers’ diarrhea be taken long term?

Ciprofloxacin is generally used short term to clear an infection. It is not prescribed for more than 3 months at a time.

Is there a herbal ciprofloxacin?

No. Herbal ciprofloxacin does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking ciprofloxacin?

Avoid dairy products or products high in calcium while taking ciprofloxacin.

Can I drink alcohol while taking ciprofloxacin

Yes, you may drink alcohol with ciprofloxacin.

Alternatives to ciprofloxacin

Alternatives for the treatment of travellers diaarhea include Ciproxin.


NHS – Ciprofloxacin

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