Cipro or ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. It snuffs protein production that is needed by the bacteria to survive in the body. The drug is used to fight bacterial infections such as UTIs and is a defense against Anthrax.
Before accepting a prescription for Cipro, it's important that you give your doctor a complete run-down of your medical history, including any kidney or liver disease, problems with your joints, diabetes, low potassium levels, or a family history of Long QT Syndrome.
If you choose to go ahead and take Cipro for a bacterial infection, there are certain side effects you may experience and should be on the look out for ahead of time. The less severe side effects include:
- Temporary Nausea
The more severe side effects that will require a doctor's attention include:
- Heart Problems
- Kidney Failure
- Fever and Chills
- Blurred Vision
- Reduced Urination
- Easy Bleeding or Bruising
- Numbness or Tingling
Cipro has also been linked to side effects of the tendons. Tendon damage or rupture can occur soon after starting use of the drug or shortly after completing your drug treatment plan. The tendon damage tends to occur in the hands, shoulders, and Achilles tendons as well as other parts of the body. For the most part, these symptoms have popped up in those over 60 years of age or if taking a steroidal medication. Kidney, heart, and lung transplant patients are also more likely to see the tendon side effects than those without it.
To make Cipro as effective as possible, do not take with dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or calcium-fortified orange juice. While you can use the above products with your meals, do not use them to take your medicine.
Additionally, stay away from antacids, mineral supplements and vitamins as well as sucralfate or didanosine powder or tablets for six hours before or two hours after you take the Cipro.
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