How to Use Cipro to Treat Bacterial Infections
Cipro is a popular medication taken by people to treat a wide range of bacterial infections. It belongs to a group of meds called quinolone antibiotics, so it works by stopping and preventing the growth of bacteria in the body.
You shouldn’t use it for any viral or other infections because this medicine won’t be effective, and the worst part is that its misuse leads to reduced effects in the future.
General Guidelines on Its Correct Use
You should take Cipro orally, usually twice a day (in the morning and in the evening), but don’t chew or split tablets because of their bitter taste.
Basically, the length of your treatment and regular doses are prescribed by doctors according to a specific medical condition and tolerance to its ingredients. Be sure to drink enough water when using Cipro and avoid mixing it with other medications because of possible interactions.
You need to take this medicine at even intervals to get the most from it.
Possible Cipro Contraindications
Talk to your doctor about any other products that may interaction with this medication because of possible drug interactions.
For example, it’s not advisable to mix Cipro with such meds as vitamins and minerals that contain iron and zinc, products that include calcium, aluminum and magnesium, antacids and so on. Stay away from calcium-enriched products because they tend to reduce the effectiveness of this medicine.
You shouldn’t use any narcotic pain killers and anti-diarrhea pills when undergoing this treatment.
Possible Side Effects
There are both mild and serious side effects caused by Cipro, but the good news is that they are very rare, so they don’t affect many patients. In rare cases, they may develop such unwanted symptoms as:
- Lightheadedness and headaches;
- Diarrhea and nausea;
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Allergic reactions.
If any of these symptoms get worse, you need to contact your doctor at once, especially when it comes to such serious adverse effects as:
- Increased sun sensitivity;
- Unusual bleeding and easy bruising;
- Signs of new infections;
- Symptoms of kidney or liver problems;
- Stomach pain and severe vomiting;
- Urine changes and yellow eyes;
- Fainting and irregular heartbeat.
Moreover, the use of Cipro may lead to serious intestinal conditions because of persistent bacteria, so you need to go to the hospital once you notice any blood and mucus in your stool. If you use this medication for a long time, you risk ending up with new yeast infections.
Basic Precautions for All Patients
Before using Cipro, discuss possible health risks with your doctor, especially if you have any allergies, heart conditions, diabetes, tendon and joint problems, liver and kidney diseases, nerve complications, seizures and others.
Finally, you also need to keep a list of other medications that you’re using because some of them may cause unwanted and dangerous drug interactions, including blood thinners.
Don’t drink too much coffee when taking Cipro.