Drug Class: What is Cipro and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Cipro work?
Dosage: How should you take Cipro?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Cipro
Special information on Cipro
Cipro side effects
|Drug Class: What is Cipro and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Cipro is used to treat infections of the lower respiratory tract, the abdomen,
the skin, the bones and joints, and the urinary tract, including cystitis (bladder inflammation) in women. Generic Cipro is also prescribed for severe sinus or bronchial infections, infectious diarrhea, typhoid fever, inhalational anthrax, infections of the prostate gland, and some sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea.
Additionally, some doctors prescribe Generic Cipro for certain serious ear infections, tuberculosis, and some of the infections common in people with AIDS.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Cipro work?|
|Many common infections in humans are caused by single cell organisms, called bacteria.
Bacteria can grow and multiply, infecting different parts of the body. Medicines
that control and eradicate these bacteria are called antibiotics like Generic Cipro.
Generic Cipro is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Generic Cipro XR works by interfering with an enzyme that allows bacteria to reproduce. This enzyme interference halts the growth of bacteria and eventually leads to death of the bacteria.
|Dosage: How should you take Cipro?|
|Generic 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 Generic Cipro to prevent crystals from forming in your urine. Generic Cipro, like other antibiotics, works best when there is a constant amount in the blood and urine. To help keep the level constant, try not to miss any Generic Cipro doses, and take them at evenly spaced intervals around the clock. If you are taking the Generic Cipro suspension, be sure to shake the bottle vigorously for 15 seconds before each dose. Swallow without chewing the microcapsules in the suspension. Reclose the bottle completely, following the instructions on the cap. Warm the Generic Cipro HC Otic suspension by holding the bottle in your hand for a minute or two; putting a cold suspension into the ear can make you dizzy.|
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Cipro|
| Serious and fatal reactions have occurred when Generic Cipro was taken in combination
with theophylline (Theo-Dur). These reactions have included cardiac arrest, seizures,
status epilepticus (continuous attacks of epilepsy with no periods of consciousness),
and respiratory failure.
The following can interfere with the absorption of Generic Cipro and should be taken no less than 6 hours before or 2 hours after a dose of Generic Cipro:
Antacids containing magnesium and aluminum Carafate, Supplements and other products containing calcium, iron, or zinc Videx chewable tablets and pediatric powder.
You should also avoid taking Generic Cipro with milk or yogurt alone, though calcium taken as part of a full meal has no significant effect on the drug.
Generic Cipro may increase the effects of caffeine.
If Generic Cipro is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of Generic Cipro either could be increased, decreased, or altered. These drugs include:
Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), Glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, Micronase), Metoprolol (Lopressor), Phenytoin (Dilantin), Probenecid, Warfarin (Coumadin).
|Special information on Cipro|
| Special information on Generic Cipro, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: Although
there is reason to believe that Generic Cipro poses little danger during
pregnancy, its effects have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or
plan to become pregnant, notify your doctor immediately.
Generic Cipro does appear in breast milk when it is taken internally, and could affect a nursing infant. If Generic Cipro is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding your baby until your treatment is finished.
|Cipro side effects|
Side effects of Generic Cipro cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in
intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine
if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Cipro.
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