Active substances: Ciprofloxacin
Cautions with other medicines Some medicines can affect the way ciprofloxacin works.
They can also make you more likely to get side effects. It's important to tell your doctor if you take any of the following medicines before taking ciprofloxacin: antacids for heartburn or indigestion — take ciprofloxacin at least 2 hours after antacids.
Do not take another antacid until at least 4 hours after your ciprofloxacin methotrexate, a medicine used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis phenytoin, a medicine for epilepsy steroids, such as prednisolone theophylline or aminophylline for asthma tizanidine, a medicine used for muscle stiffness warfarin, a blood thinner anticoagulant Mixing ciprofloxacin with herbal remedies and supplements Iron tablets such as ferrous sulphate or ferrous fumarate, calcium and zinc supplements can affect ciprofloxacin.
Leave 2 hours in between doses of these supplements and ciprofloxacin. There are no known problems with taking other supplements and herbal remedies with ciprofloxacin.
Important For safety, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you're taking any other medicines, including herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements. Common questions Ciprofloxacin is from a group of medicines called fluoroquinolone or quinolone antibiotics.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics work by killing the bacteria causing an infection. How long does it take to work?
For most infections, you should feel better within a few days, but this depends on the type of infection. Tell your doctor if you do not start feeling better after taking or using ciprofloxacin for 2 to 3 days, or if you feel worse at any time.
Some infections will take longer to clear, such as bone infections like osteomyelitis. In this case, you should start to feel better after a week or maybe longer. How long will I take it for?
It's very important that you keep taking ciprofloxacin until your course is finished.
Do this even if you feel better. It will help to stop the infection coming back.
It is usual to take ciprofloxacin for a week or 2. For some infections you might only need to take it for a day, but up to 3 months for others.
Your doctor will tell you how long to take or use ciprofloxacin.
Is it safe to take for a long time? Ciprofloxacin is generally used for a short time to clear an infection. Many people take ciprofloxacin and have no side effects.
However, some people have serious side effects. These can happen during treatment or even months after stopping.