Active substances: Ciprofloxacin
Take the ciprofloxacin box or leaflet inside the packet plus any remaining medicine with you. Serious allergic reaction In rare cases, it's possible to have a serious allergic reaction anaphylaxis to ciprofloxacin. These are not all the side effects of ciprofloxacin.
For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicines packet. Information: You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
How to cope with side effects What to do about: feeling sick — stick to simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food while you're taking this medicine. It might help to take ciprofloxacin after you have had a meal or snack diarrhoea after taking the tablets or liquid — drink lots of fluids, such as water or squash, to avoid dehydration.
Signs of dehydration include peeing less than usual or having dark strong-smelling pee. Do not take any other medicines to treat diarrhoea without speaking to a pharmacist or doctor discomfort or redness in the eyes after using the drops or ointment — this should go away on its own.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until your eyes feel comfortable again and your vision is clear bad taste in your mouth after using the eyedrops or ointment — this should not last long after using your medicine.
Drink some water or juice, or chew some sugar-free gum white specks on the surface of your eye after using the eyedrops or ointment — keep taking your ciprofloxacin but tell your doctor if these side effects bother you or do not go away 7.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding Ciprofloxacin is not usually recommended in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.Ciprofloxacin is only available on prescription. It comes as tablets, a liquid.
However, it is OK to use the ear or eyedrops or the eye ointment. If you're trying to get pregnant or you're already pregnant, talk to your doctor about the benefits and possible harms of taking ciprofloxacin.
Non-urgent advice: Tell your doctor if you're: trying to get pregnant breastfeeding 8.
Cautions with other medicines Some medicines can affect the way ciprofloxacin works.
They can also make you more likely to get side effects. It's important to tell your doctor if you take any of the following medicines before taking ciprofloxacin: antacids for heartburn or indigestion — take ciprofloxacin at least 2 hours after antacids.
Do not take another antacid until at least 4 hours after your ciprofloxacin methotrexate, a medicine used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis phenytoin, a medicine for epilepsy steroids, such as prednisolone theophylline or aminophylline for asthma tizanidine, a medicine used for muscle stiffness warfarin, a blood thinner anticoagulant Mixing ciprofloxacin with herbal remedies and supplements Iron tablets such as ferrous sulphate or ferrous fumarate, calcium and zinc supplements can affect ciprofloxacin.
Leave 2 hours in between doses of these supplements and ciprofloxacin.
There are no known problems with taking other supplements and herbal remedies with ciprofloxacin. Important For safety, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you're taking any other medicines, including herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.
Common questions Ciprofloxacin is from a group of medicines called fluoroquinolone or quinolone antibiotics.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics work by killing the bacteria causing an infection. How long does it take to work?