Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that used to be used to treat travellers’ diarrhoea.
But it's no longer recommended because of high rates of resistance to treatment.
Azithromycin is now the recommended antibiotic for travellers’ diarrhoea, wherever you’re travelling to.
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Ciprofloxacin is a broad spectrum antibiotic. This means that it’s effective against various types of bacteria. It used to be recommended for travellers’ diarrhoea, but because of high antibiotic resistance rates it’s now no longer recommended to be given to travellers to use ‘just in case’.
Treatment with ciprofloxacin usually consists of two 500mg tablets a day, depending on what it’s being used for. Usually you take one in the morning and one in the evening.
The tablets can be taken with or without food but you need to avoid taking them with dairy products or calcium supplements (including fortified juices or cereals).
Calcium can reduce the effectiveness of Ciprofloxacin, so you should take the tablets either 1 to 2 hours before eating dairy or at least four hours after your last meal containing dairy of added calcium.
If you’ve been prescribed Ciprofloxacin by a doctor, you should take it as advised for the duration of the course. If you’re not able to complete the course, or have side effects, you should speak to your doctor.
- allergic to any of the ingredients
- allergic to any other quinolone drugs
- taking tizanidine
- suffer from kidney problems
- suffer from a neurological condition such as epilepsy
- are taking any other medication
- have ever developed problems with your tendons due to an antibiotic treatment
- suffer from diabetes
- suffer from muscle weakness
- have a deficiency in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) or a family history of this condition
- have a salt imbalance in your blood
- suffer from a heart problem (including heart failure or heart attack)
- suffer from arrhythmia or have a slow heart rhythm
Ciprofloxacin causes side effects in some patients.
Common ciprofloxacin side effects
- Nausea or diarrhoea
- Joint pains (in children)
Uncommon side effects
- Decrease in appetite
- Taste disorders
- Pain in your muscles and bones
- Fever and feeling unwell
- Poor kidney function
- Joint pain
- Fungal infections
- Sleeping problems
- Headaches and dizziness
- Digestive problems (such as an upset stomach, vomiting or indigestion)
- Abdominal pain and flatulence
- Skin problems such as itching and rash
- Feeling agitated or hyperactive
- Changes affecting your blood levels of certain substances (this will affect your blood test results such as liver function tests and full blood count)
For a full list of all side effects associated with Ciprofloxacin read the patient leaflet supplied with your medication.
Like other antibiotics, Ciprofloxacin can interact with certain kinds of medication, including:
- warfarin and other Vitamin K antagonists (such as acenocoumarol, phenprocoumon or fluindione)
- certain blood-thinning medications
- certain medications used to treat epilepsy or Parkinson’s Disease
- some medications used to treat gout (such as probenecid)
- medicines which alter your heart rhythm
- mineral supplements or medicines containing calcium, magnesium, aluminium or iron
- sildenafil (used to treat erectile dysfunction)
- caffeine duloxetine
- clozapine (an antipsychotic medication)
- olanzapine (an antipsychotic)
- the multiple sclerosis medication tizanidine
- pentoxifylline (for circulatory disorders)
- metoclopramide (used to treat nausea and vomiting as well as migraine)
- methotrexate (for the treatment of cancer, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- medicines that belong to the group of anti-arrhythmics (for example quinidine, hydroquinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone and sotalol)
- tricyclic antidepressants,
- some antimicrobials (that belong to the group of macrolides)
- polymeric phosphate binder (e.g. sevelamer or lanthanum carbonate)
Ciprofloxacin does not interact with alcohol. Tell your doctor about any medications you're currently taking before you take Ciprofloxacin.