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Treating Bacterial Infections (Urinary Tract, Digestive System & Skin)

Ciprofloxacin belongs to the group of antibiotic medicine called quinolone. It can treat different kinds of bacterial infection in the urinary tract, digestive system and skin. Ciprofloxacin can treat joint and bone infections too.

How does Ciprofloxacin works?

It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. However, it does not work for viral infections like flu and common cold. It is only intended in treating bacterial infections. Its efficacy decreases if used for a longer period of time. You should use Ciprofloxacin if safer antibiotics cannot cure the infection.

What condition does Ciprofloxacin treat?

Ciprofloxacin can treat bacterial infections like:

  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Infections of the bones and joints
  • Infections of the chest
  • Digestive system infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Typhoid fever
  • Skin infection
  • Infectious diarrhea

What is the dosage of ciprofloxacin?

You should take the necessary dosage as prescribe by your doctor. Avoid taking the medicine in excess amount nor longer than the recommended period.

For ciprofloxacin of 250 mg, the recommended dosage is two times a day. Avoid exceeding the maximum dose of 750 mg per day for adults. For pediatric patient, the recommended dosage is 10 to 20 mg/kg two times a day.

Take the medicine at evenly spaced time for best result. 

How to take Ciprofloxacin?

  • Read the product leaflets for more information.
  • Know the different side effects that you may experience from taking the medicine.
  • Take the medicine according to your doctor’s prescription. The usual dose is two times a day.
  • Avoid chewing the medicine. Take the whole tab with a glass of water.
  • Avoid taking the medicine with juice or milk. Taking it with juice or milk can make the medicine less effective.
  • Avoid drinking multivitamins containing iron or zinc. This can interfere with how the body absorbs the medicine.
  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not double-up the dose just to make up for the missed one.
  • Take the prescribe medication until the course is complete.

What are the precautions for Ciprofloxacin?

It contains ingredients that can cause allergic reactions and other health problems. If you are allergic to any group of quinolone antibiotics you should tell you doctor.

  • It can affect the heart’s rhythm. Your doctor should know your medical history before taking this medicine.
  • It can cause changes in the blood sugar levels.
  • It is not recommended if you have metabolic conditions. Ciprofloxacin contains sucrose.
  • You may become sensitive to sunlight.
  • Avoid taking ciprofloxacin with bacterial vaccines.

Costs of Ciprofloxacin

The generic Ciprofloxacin is cheaper than the brand name. But the mechanism of action in both brand and generic forms are the same. Ciprofloxacin 25mg costs $0.43 per unit price or $13.00 for 30 tabs. While the branded Cipro 250 mg costs $94.00 for 60 tablets.

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