Ciprofloxacin is the drug that is used to treat the infections caused by bacteria in the body. This drug belongs to a group of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolones.
The various bacterial infections treated using this drug are:
Infections of the lower respiratory tract
The abdomen, the skin, the bones and joint infections
Urinary tract infections, including cystitis (bladder inflammation) in women
Severe sinus or bronchial infections
Infections of the prostate gland
Sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea
Additionally, some doctors prescribe Cipro for certain serious ear infections, tuberculosis, and some of the infections common in people with AIDS.
HOW IT WORKS?
The antibiotic ciprofloxacin works by killing the bacteria that cause the infection. It is effective against both the gram positive and gram negative bacterial cells. The drug hampers the cell replication process of bacteria, by inhibiting the function of DNA gyrase or type II topoisomerase enzymes that separates the bacterial DNA and prepares it for the replication process.
WHO SHOULD AVOID IT?
You should not take this drug if you:
Have an allergy to this drug
Have heart rhythm problems
Have trouble swallowing this drug
Have liver problems
Have kidney disease
Have seizures or epilepsy
Have a history of brain injury
Have low levels of potassium in blood
Are breastfeeding as this drug may pass into the blood and may harm the baby
WHAT ARE THE STRENGTHS AVAILABLE?
The drug Ciprofloxacin antibiotic is available on our website in the following strengths and brand names:
Ciplox 100 mg
Ciplox 250 mg
Ciplox 500 mg
Ciplox 750 mg
Cifran-OD 1000 mg
WHO IS THE MANUFACTURER?
Ciplox and Cifran are the products of two well known Indian pharmaceutical companies Cipla and Ranbaxy respectively. These two drugs are available in different pack sizes of tablets our website.
HOW MUCH TO TAKE?
The drug is taken with a gap of 12 hours in between hence the drug should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor only. Do not take this drug less or more than the prescribed dose.
HOW TO TAKE IT?
Cipro may be taken with or without meals but is best tolerated when taken 2 hours after a meal. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication to prevent crystals from forming in your urine.
WHEN TO TAKE?
The drug is taken two times a day, usually in the morning and evening with or without meals.
FOR HOW LONG SHOULD IT BE TAKEN?
The length of treatment with Cipro depends upon the severity of infection. Generally, Cipro should be continued for at least 2 days after the signs and symptoms of infection have disappeared. The usual length of time is 7 to 14 days; however, for severe and complicated infections, treatment may be prolonged. The following is the detail of the treatment:
Bone and joint infections: treatment for 4 to 6 weeks or longer
Infectious diarrhea: may be treated for 5 to 7 days
Typhoid fever: is treated for 10 days
Chronic prostate inflammation should be treated for 28 days
Cystitis in women: takes 3 days of treatment
WHAT IF YOU TAKE TOO MUCH (OVERDOSE)?
Symptoms of overdose are like:
Seek medical attention in case you find you have used more of this medicine or if you find the kind of discomfort after taking this medicine.
WHAT IF YOU MISS THE DOSE?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. But if it is almost the time of your taking the next dose, then skip the missed dose and never take up extra medicine to make up for the missed one.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CIPLOX 500MG:
Feeling tired and sleepy
Involuntary eye movement
Sore throat or cough
Tremors or weakness
ARE THERE ANY POSSIBLE DRUG INTERACTIONS?
Drugs may interact with each other to produce certain unwanted effects like changing the way they work or increase the chances of side effects. Make a list of all the products you use and share it with your doctor.
If Cipro is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. These drugs include:
Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF?
Avoid alcohol, sedatives and tranquilizers as they may increase drowsiness.
Do not drive or work use tools or machines, i.e. Don?t do that work which will require mental alertness as this medicine may cause drowsiness in some people.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else.
Dispose of all out-of- date or expired medicines.
Ciplox 500 Tablet should be used in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. It may be taken with or without food, preferably at a fixed time. Avoid skipping any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Simply take the next dose as planned.
You may experience nausea as a side effect of this medicine. This is usually temporary and resolves on its own, but please consult your doctor if it bothers you or persists for a longer duration. Diarrhea may also occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it does not stop or if you find blood in your stools.
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Rarely, some people may have a severe allergic reaction which needs urgent medical attention. Signs of this include rash, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, shortness of breath, or breathing problems. Special care should be taken in people with kidney problems while taking this medicine.
USES OF CIPLOX TABLET
- Treatment of Bacterial infections
BENEFITS OF CIPLOX TABLET
In Treatment of Bacterial infections
This medicine usually makes you feel better quite quickly. However, you should continue taking it as long as it is prescribed even when you feel better, to make sure that all bacteria are killed and do not become resistant.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CIPLOX TABLET
Common side effects of Ciplox
- Gastrointestinal disorder
- Joint pain
HOW TO USE CIPLOX TABLET
Avoid Ciplox 500 Tablet with caffeine and chocolate as well as food containing caffeine and chocolate such as tea leaves, cocoa beans.
HOW CIPLOX TABLET WORKS
Baby should be closely monitored for development of fever, loss of appetite and diarrhea. In case, any of the above happens please inform your doctor immediately.
Inform your doctor if you develop any signs of jaundice like yellowing of eyes and skin, itching, and clay colored stools while taking this medicine.