What is Ciprofloxacin?

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic medicine that belongs to the fluoroquinolone group of antibiotics. This medicine is used to treat most bacterial infections. Ciprofloxacin helps in the treatment of certain types of plague and anthrax. If you have a severe bacterial infection and other antibiotics do not work, Ciprofloxacin can be used.

What are the uses of Ciprofloxacin?

  • Chest infections like cold, cough, pneumonia
  • Skin and bone infections
  • Eye infections like conjunctivitis
  • Ear infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Meningitis
  • Kidney and bladder infections like urinary tract infection (UTI)

What are the side effects of Ciprofloxacin?

Ciprofloxacin is used in the treatment of various bacterial infections. This medicine belongs to the group of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria in your body. Ciprofloxacin is used to treat the following bacterial infections –

  1. The common side effects of ciprofloxacin are –
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ailments like stomach pain, stomach upset
  • Abnormal liver function tests
  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea
  1. Serious side effects of ciprofloxacin include –
  • Severe diarrhoea – watery or bloody stools
  • Severe stomach ache
  • Skin rashes
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fast or erratic heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness – feeling like you may pass out
  • Muscle weakness
  • Urination issues – little or no urination
  • Jaundice – yellowish discolouration of skin and eyes
  • Increased pressure inside the skull – ringing in your ears, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, pain behind your eyes, vision issues

If you experience any of the above symptoms, consult your physician immediately.

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1. How fast does Ciprofloxacin work?

You will notice a difference and some relief in your symptoms within a few days of taking Ciprofloxacin. To benefit entirely, you may have to wait for a week or more to see complete results. Do not stop taking this medicine on your own, even if you see some early results.

2. Is Ciprofloxacin a strong antibiotic?

Ciprofloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. This means that it will prevent the growth of most bacteria. It works against different types of bacteria and avoids infections. However, some bacteria tend to become resistant to ciprofloxacin. Infections caused due to such resistant bacteria cannot be treated with ciprofloxacin.

3. What does Ciprofloxacin do?

Ciprofloxacin works by stopping the growth of the bacteria that cause infections. This medicine is an antibiotic that stops the multiplication of bacteria by preventing the reproduction and repair of their genetic material in your body.

4. Can Ciprofloxacin delay your period?

Antibiotics do not delay your periods. Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. However, the stress of being sick and on medications can affect your body and cause delayed periods. Some medicines like oral contraceptive pills, steroids, pain killers, and antipsychotics are known to affect your periods.

5. Is Ciprofloxacin good for sinus infections?

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic medicine used to treat bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and sinus infections. However, if there are other antibiotics available, it is not the first choice of antibiotic for sinus infections. An antibiotic medicine known as amoxicillin is the first drug of choice for sinus infections.

6. What kind of medicine is Ciprofloxacin?

Ciprofloxacin is a quinolone antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to the group of drugs known as fluoroquinolones. It is used as the antibiotic of choice when all other antibiotics have failed to work.

7. Is Ciprofloxacin safe during pregnancy?

There is no conclusive study to show if Ciprofloxacin is safe during pregnancy. There are no harmful effects on the baby if you take Ciprofloxacin during pregnancy. Although, it can cause joint pain and tendon rupture in the pregnant mother occasionally. Consult your physician before you take this medicine during pregnancy.

8. Can a child take Ciprofloxacin?

Ciprofloxacin should be used with caution for children. In case of conditions like complicated or recurrent UTI, intra-abdominal infections, multidrug-resistant infections, or other infections which seem complex, you can use ciprofloxacin in children.

9. Does ciprofloxacin cause constipation?

Ciprofloxacin can cause diarrhoea as a side effect. After taking this medicine, you may experience severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps, or nausea as severe side effects.

10. How long does Ciprofloxacin take to work?

For most infections, you will start feeling better within a few days of taking Ciprofloxacin. If you do not feel better within two days of taking this medicine, consult your physician immediately. If you are still confused about the usage of this medicine, consult our medical expert to get your queries solved.


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