Cipro - Ciprofloxacin

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), a member of the quinolone group of antibiotics, is used to treat bacterial infections of the abdomen, skin, bones, urinary tract, and lower respiratory system. Doctors also prescribe the antibiotic for the treatment of bronchial infections, typhoid fever, prostate gland infections and tuberculosis. Cipro gained national attention when doctors announced that the antibacterial drug is effective against inhalation anthrax.

Cipro Advisory Information

A number of side effects have been linked to the use of Cipro. Side effects may include rashes, stomach aches, constipation, fever, jaundice, shortness of breath, tingling, itching, and hives. Rarely, fatal allergic reactions are reported in first time users. Patients taking certain asthma medications, including Theophylline, in conjunction with Cipro have also reported reactions. Anyone taking Cipro is advised to stay away from antacids which contain aluminium, magnesium or calcium as the presence of these metals prevents Cipro from being fully absorbed and effective. Also, avoid taking Cipro only with dairy products or with calcium fortified juice as this lowers it effectiveness. You may take Cipro with dairy products or calcium fortified juice only if it is accompanied with a meal.

Cipro has also been linked to tendon ruptures. A recent study conducted on lab rats in Germany revealed that the rodents' Achilles tendons underwent "degenerative alterations" shortly after Cipro therapy began. Researchers now believe that Cipro may have a toxic effect on connective tissue structures, a theory that may explain tendon ruptures. In the study, ruptures continued to occur even after the animals stopped receiving the drug. Cipro tendon rupture may be as high as 1 in 250.

As of July 8th, 2008 the FDA heightened the warning to a "black box warning" after Public Citizen, a public interest watchdog organization founded by Ralph Nader, successfully brought the issue to trial. This is the highest warning the FDA places on a drug, meaning anyone who experiences tendon pain, swelling, or inflammation while taking Cipro needs to stop their use and see a doctor right away. It therefore goes without saying that anyone taking Cipro should stay away from heavy exercise.


See Also

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Allergies: Overview
  3. Bone, Joint & Muscle Disorders: Overview
  4. Breathing: Overview
  5. Jaundice
  6. Skin Disorders: Overview
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