Ciprofloxacin Review

Ciprofloxacin  (also referred to as Cipro) is classified as an antibiotic. It treats various types of bacterial infections and can also be used to slow/prevent anthrax after exposure. It can be taken with or without food but should not be taken with dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or calcium fortified juice. The reason for this is because it can make the medicine less effective. Dairy products can be eaten during the day, just not at the same time you take the medicine. Ciprofloxacin was prescribed to me by my Urologist. I had been suffering from recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) and was put on Macrodantin for 6 months. Ciprofloxacin was to be used in case of an emergency where the Macrodantin was not doing its job of keeping the UTIs away. I was also instructed to use Ciprofloxacin for UTI flare ups once my six months on Macrodantin were up. Some side effects of Ciprofloxacin are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, headache, rash and abdominal pain.

The only side effects I experienced while on this medicine were restlessness and nausea. It was always necessary for me to take Ciprofloxacin with food. The medicine was extremely effective in treating UTIs. I had several flare ups during the six months I was on Macrodantin and one or two, once the six months were up. Ciprofloxacin took care of them right away. I usually only had to use the pills for a day or two and then I was symptom free. The instructions my Urologist gave me were to take a pill at the first sign of a flare up and continue taking the pills until the symptoms were gone and then stop. Others who are prescribed Ciprofloxac for a one time UTI may be instructed to continue taking the pills until the bottle is finished. Be sure to take the medicine just as your doctor prescribed.  Without insurance, Ciprofloxacin costs about $26 for thirty 250mg pills. With insurance, it costs about $5.

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