Fluoroquinolone antibiotics aim to struggle against the bacteria infecting a human organism. Ciprofloxacin or most widely known as simply Cipro is one of the most efficient antibiotics of this range. It is broadly used for treating such infections as are the followings:
- ear infections
- skin infections
- joints and bones
- feminine genital organs
- male genital organs
- soft tissue infections
- respiratory tract (bronchi and lungs, pharynx, sinuses, trachea and tonsils)
- infections in gastrointestinal tract
Cipro is also prescribed to patients that have very few white blood cells yet need a serious treatment against bacterial infection.
Actually, Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics are powerful medications and may cause serious side effects. Therefore, Cipro is mostly prescribed for deep infections that can’t be cured with safer medication.
Among side effects of Cipro, we can’t but count tearing and swelling of a tendon. This occurs mostly in patients above sixty or those who take steroid drugs. The same condition is observed among patients who have a transplant of heart, kidney or lung. Cipro is not recommended to use with tizanidine. If the patient has an allergy to any fluoroquinolone antibiotic or a muscle disorder, the doctor should be informed about it prior to prescribing Cipro.
It is not recommended to treat children with Cipro without a doctor’s prescription, as it may seriously harm a kid’s joints or tendon. Whether Cipro will harm an unborn baby or not is unveiled, yet. Therefore, if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby, your doctor must be informed about it. What concerns breastfeeding mothers, they should cease breastfeeding while taking the medication. The reason is that Ciprofloxacin easily passes to the newborn baby through milk and harms him/her.
Serious side effects may (though extremely rarely) appear via sudden stiffness, pain, bruising, swelling, tenderness, or inability of moving joints. In the case of experiencing any of these feelings, immediately contact a doctor.
So, if you intend to get a treatment with Cipro, you need to consult with a doctor. Be attentive to inform him/her about the following:
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- trouble in swallowing drugs
- problems with tendon
- history of seizures
- problems with joints
- myasthenia gravis
- any nerve-muscle disorder
- using a blood thinner
Taking Cipro may result in swelling or even tearing of a tendon especially that of the Achilles’ heel. As a rule, such cases appear among patients over sixty or in case the patient is using steroids, has had a transplantation operation on a heart, kidney or lung. Problems with tendon can occur as in the course of the treatment, so in several months after ceasing it.
Cipro is to be taken strictly adhering to the doctor’s prescriptions or the instructions provided with every pack of this medication. Take Ciprofloxacin every twelve hours in neither larger nor smaller amounts that told by the doctor. The course of the treatment is determined by the doctor, too. Do never undertake another course or cease the current one on your own.
A pill of Cipro is to be swallowed exceptionally with water. It is not advised to take the medication with yogurts, milk or juices fortified with calcium. The reason is that dairy products make the Cipro less effective. Extra fluids should be taken during the day to keep the kidneys operating well. Whether to take the medication with food or not, is left to the patient’s decision. However, what should be paid special attention to is the time. Cipro is to be taken at the same time every day. However, in case missing a dose, do not double the next. Just take the missed dose as soon as possible.
Additionally, patients taking Ciprofloxacin are advised to avoid caffeine drinks as Cipro has the power to intensity caffeine effects making it more harmful to the organism. What patients should be aware of, too, is that Cipro deteriorates reactions and thinking. Hence, if it is possible, avoid driving or doing any responsible mental activity till you are taking a course of treatment with Cipro.