Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for virus infections (such as the common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.




Ciprofloxacin FAQ

What is Ciprofloxacin used for?

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections such as infections of the skin, lungs, airways, bones and joints, and urinary tract infections.

How should I take Ciprofloxacin?

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, as directed by your doctor, usually twice a day.

What are the possible side effects of Ciprofloxacin?

Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and trouble sleeping. Serious side effects may include tendonitis, peripheral neuropathy, and central nervous system effects.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Ciprofloxacin?

It is best to avoid alcohol while taking Ciprofloxacin as it can increase the risk of certain side effects.

How long does it take for Ciprofloxacin to work?

You may start to feel better before you finish your course of treatment, but you should continue taking it as prescribed. It is important to complete the full course of treatment to prevent the infection from returning.

Can I buy Ciprofloxacin online without a prescription?

No, Ciprofloxacin is a prescription-only medication in the UK, and a doctor's consultation is necessary to obtain it.

What should I do if I miss a dose of Ciprofloxacin?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Is Ciprofloxacin an over-the-counter medication?

No, Ciprofloxacin is not available over-the-counter. It requires a doctor's prescription.

Can I take Ciprofloxacin if I am allergic to penicillin?

Ciprofloxacin is not related to penicillin and can often be used by people who are allergic to penicillin.

Is it safe to use Ciprofloxacin during pregnancy?

It is important to consult a doctor before using Ciprofloxacin during pregnancy, as it may not be suitable for all pregnant women.

Can Ciprofloxacin be used to treat a cold or flu?

No, Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that specifically targets bacterial infections. It will not be effective against viral infections like the cold or flu.

What is the typical dosage of Ciprofloxacin?

The dosage of Ciprofloxacin can vary depending on the type and severity of the infection. It is important to follow the doctor's prescription for the correct dosage.

Is Ciprofloxacin suitable for children?

Ciprofloxacin may be prescribed to children for specific infections, but the dosage and usage should be determined by a pediatrician.

How should Ciprofloxacin be stored?

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

When should I seek medical help if I am taking Ciprofloxacin?

If you experience any serious side effects or allergic reactions while taking Ciprofloxacin, seek medical help immediately.

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