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ciprofloxacin (generic name)

(sip roe FLOX a sin): An otic anti-infective - It is used to treat ear infections

ciprofloxacin

What is this medicine?
CIPROFLOXACIN (sip roe FLOX a sin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What is the price of this medication and similar alternatives?

This pricing information is subject to change at the sole discretion of DS Pharmacy. This pricing information was updated 09/2009. For the most current and up-to-date pricing information, please visit www.drugstore.com. Actual costs to patients will vary depending on the use of specific retail or mail-order locations and health insurance copays.

Cipro 400MG Solution SCHERING40/$259.99 or 120/$759.97
Cipro 500MG Tablets SCHERING30/$177.1 or 90/$497.75
Cipro XR 500MG 24-hr Tablets SCHERING20/$187.54 or 60/$538.41
Ciprofloxacin HCl 250MG Tablets IVAX PHARMACEUTICALS INC.30/$16.99 or 90/$46.67
Ciprofloxacin HCl 500MG Tablets IVAX PHARMACEUTICALS INC.100/$39.96 or 300/$99.9
Ciprofloxacin HCl 750MG Tablets DR.REDDY'S LABORATORIES INC.30/$135.99 or 90/$395.97
Ciprofloxacin HCl 750MG Tablets IVAX PHARMACEUTICALS INC.100/$429.99 or 300/$1199.85
Ciprofloxacin-Ciproflox HCl 500MG 24-hr Tablets MYLAN50/$394.99 or 150/$1119.86
ProQuin XR 500MG 24-hr Tablets DEPOMED3/$39.99 or 9/$105.97
ProQuin XR 500MG 24-hr Tablets DEPOMED50/$499.99 or 100/$956.75
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • confusion, nightmares or hallucinations
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • irregular heartbeat
  • joint, muscle or tendon pain or swelling
  • pain or trouble passing urine
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • seizure
  • unusual pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • nausea or stomach upset
  • white patches or sores in the mouth

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

You can take this medicine with food or on an empty stomach. It can be taken with a meal that contains dairy or calcium, but do not take it alone with a dairy product, like milk or yogurt or calcium-fortified juice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.


Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • terfenadine
  • tizanidine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antacids
  • caffeine
  • cyclosporin
  • didanosine (ddI) buffered tablets or powder
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines for inflammation like ibuprofen, naproxen
  • methotrexate
  • multivitamins
  • omeprazole
  • phenytoin
  • probenecid
  • sucralfate
  • theophylline
  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

Who should NOT use this medication?

  • Known hypersensitivity to ciprofloxacin or any quinolone.
  • Concomitant use with tizanidine. (See Interactions.)

What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Avoid antacids, aluminum, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc products for 6 hours before and 2 hours after taking a dose of this medicine.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • child with joint problems
  • heart condition
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • seizures disorder
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ciprofloxacin, other antibiotics or medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
Can I stop taking the medication if I feel better?
If you have been diagnosed with a disease for which an antibiotic is needed, you must complete the prescribed course of treatment. Even if you start to feel better, do not skip any doses and remember to take the medication until it is all gone.
I am on so many medications; do I have to take them all?
This is called polypharmacy—many different medications being used at the same time by one person. Sometimes, being on multiple medications is acceptable and appropriate but at other times it may be problematic. If you are receiving your medications from multiple physicians you need to ensure that they all know what medications you are taking. The best way to do this is to make a list of all the medications you are currently using, including all nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs (if possible, also include all the diseases you have been diagnosed with). Give a copy to every doctor who takes care of you so they have it on file, this way they can avoid duplicating medications and perhaps even try to consolidate some. After every doctor's visit remember to update the list accordingly. Also, as much as you possibly can, try to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions, this way any potential drug interactions can be caught and averted.
Where can I get more information?
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