Ciprofloxacin is taken to treat the symptoms of travellers’ diarrhoea and urinary tract infections, amongst some other bacterial infections. Travellers diarrhoea is common among people travelling to a different country and is usually experienced alongside other symptoms such as fever and vomiting.


Ciprofloxacin for Urine Infections and Travellers Diarrhoea

Ciprofloxacin is taken to treat the symptoms of travellers’ diarrhoea and urinary tract infections, amongst some other bacterial infections. It can even be prescribed to treat those who have anthrax of a form of plague. You can contract traveller’s diarrhoea or illness from being exposed to foreign bacteria that your body is not used to. It can be caught from drinks, food or being in contact with infected utensils. Although the bacteria do not effect those that live in the country, your body will not be used to it and so may become ill. 

Different Strengths of Ciprofloxacin:

At Medicine Direct we sell Ciprofloxacin in 500mg doses. This is the most commonly prescribed strength of the medicine.

Ciprofloxacin 500mg

For most bacterial infections, you will be prescribed two 500mg tablets to take each day to be taken for between one to two weeks. If you are suffering from an infections of the bone or joint, you could be taking this dose for up to 3 months.

How should Ciprofloxacin be taken?

You should always follow the exact instructions for administering Ciprofloxacin as given to you by your doctor. It is usually directed to be taken every 12 hours. You must take the tablet with a glass or more of water, not only will this help you swallow the tablets but it will help your kidneys continue functioning properly. The tablet must be swallowed whole- do not crush or break it. If the ciprofloxacin tablet is broken it may increase the risk of side effects.

Do not finish your course of antibiotics early, even if your symptoms have begun to improve or seem cured. If you skip or stop the doses you will increase your chance of another infection, which may not be able to be treated with antibiotics.

The concentration of Ciprofloxacin is at its peak around 1-2 hours after taking it. It may take up to 48 hours of taking the medicine for the infection symptoms to decrease and to feel relief from them.

What is Ciprofloxacin used to treat?

Below are the general recommendations given by doctors on how to take Ciprofloxacin in accordance to different infections:

  • Ciprofloaxin for Travellers’ Diarrhoea

You will be told to take Ciprofloxacin once a day for up to three days. It is important that you replace all of the fluids you loose by drinking plenty of water- bottled if you are worried the water may be contaminated or be the carrier of the foreign bacteria.

  • Urinary tract Infection

To treat Urinary tract infections, patients will be instructed to take 250-500mg of the antibiotic every 12 hours. The course will last for one or two weeks.

  • Bronchitis

When Ciprofloxacin to treat Bronchitis, you should take 500 – 750mg of the antibiotic every 12 hours. The duration of the course will be between 7 days to a fortnight.

You should not take Ciprofloxacin if you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine or any other fluoroquinolones.

Before being prescribed Ciprofloxacin you must tell your doctor of any other medicines you are taking so that they can make sure it will not negatively interact with anything you are already taking. Moreover, to ensure that it is safe for you to take this antibiotic, tell your doctor if you have ever suffered from:

  • Tendon complications, arthritis or any other joint problem
  • A disorder effecting the nerves or muscles
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain tumour
  • Head injury
  • A family, or personal, history of Long QT syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Low levels of potassium in the blood

One of the most severe side effects of Ciprofloxacin is that it may cause swelling or the tendons which then increase the risk of it tearing, especially the Achilles heel. Problems with the tendons are more likely to happen over the age of 60.

Possible Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin

All medicine comes with the risk of causing side effects. Below are some of the side effects that Ciprofloxacin may cause.

Common Side Effects

  • Diarrhea
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Head pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Distorted vision
  • Anxiety, agitation

Uncommon Side Effects (If you experience any of the following you should contact your doctor)

  • Stools which look tarry or bloody
  • Skin feeling like it is numb, itching or tingling
  • Skin colour changing
  • Difference in urination habit
  • Pain in the chest or a heaviness
  • Coughing or spitting blood
  • Loss of hearing
  • Hive like swelling on the body
  • Discomfort of pain in the arms, jaw, back or neck
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Troubles with coordination or trembling of muscles

In rare cases patients taking Ciprofloxacin can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:

  • Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
  • Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
  • Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
  • Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.

How can I buy Ciprofloxacin online in the UK?

If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Ciprofloxacin online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for Ciprofloxacin, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.

Can you drink alcohol whilst taking Ciprofloxacin?

You should avoid drinking alcohol whilst taking any form of antibiotics, in fact with some you should not consume any alcohol at all. It can worsen the side effects of antibiotics such as nausea, dizziness and drowsiness.

How can you avoid getting travellers’ diarrhoea?

There are a few ways we can taken preventative measures to not get ill whilst travelling. It is wise to avoid all water, even in the form of ice. Instead drink bottled water or use packaged ice bought at supermarkets. Stay away from raw vegetables and fruit which have been pre-prepared or peeled as they may have bacteria. Also, if you have seen the vegetables being washed in the local water avoid eating them. Use antibacterial wipes or gel and ensure you frequently wash your hands.

Ciprofloxacin drug interactions

There are some medicines that are known to negatively interact with Ciprofloxacin. These include:

  • Blood thinners such as warfin, Coumadin or jantoven
  • Water pills
  • Heart rhythm medication
  • Medication being used to treat depression of mental illness
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen is included in this)
  • Steroid medicine

This list is not complete. You must ensure you make your doctor aware of all medicine you are taking whether it is herbal or prescription.

Is there any food you shouldn’t eat whilst taking Ciprofloxacin?

You should avoid dairy rich products such as cheese, milk, yoghurt or calcium fortified juice. They can be eaten as part of a meal but should not be eaten on their own as they are known to make the medicine less effective. You should also avoid drinking or taking any caffeine supplements, as Ciprofloxacin can increase the effects of caffeine more intense.

Do not take any vitamin or mineral supplements which contain calcium, iron or zinc. You need to also avoid antacids which contain magnesium or aluminium.

Can I drive if I am taking Ciprofloxacin?

Some patients have reported that after taking Ciprofloxacin their reactions and thinking processes were temporarily impaired. Following this, it is not advised to drive. If you have to take extra precaution.

Does Ciprofloxacin cause you to get sun burn?

Ciprofloxacin can increase the skins sensitivity to sunlight, which increases the chances of burning. You should avoid exposure to sun rays and tanning beds. Wear protective clothing and use sun block if you are going outdoors.

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