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What Are the Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin?

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Ciprofloxacin is a type of antibiotic commonly used to treat traveller’s diarrhoea. Because this is an antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin can only treat diarrhoea caused by bacteria. This is not recommended for diarrhoea caused by parasites or viral infections. Within this guide, we will be taking you through the side effects of Ciprofloxacin.

How to Use Ciprofloxacin

Using Ciprofloxacin is easy. Take one tablet of Ciprofloxacin every 12 hours. You can continue taking the medication if your symptoms have not improved. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose.

Who Can Take Ciprofloxacin?

Adults and children over a year old can take Ciprofloxacin. People who have the following are not allowed to take this medicine:

  • Diarrhoea when you take antibiotics
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Problem with your tendons or kidneys
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm

The Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin

All medicines have side effects and Ciprofloxacin is no exception. Some of the common side effects of this medication include:

  • Nausea or feeling sick after taking the tablet
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Diarrhoea
  • Swelling
  • Pale skin
  • Sleepiness
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Heartburn
  • Vaginal itching

Usually mild, these side effects of Ciprofloxacin go away on their own after you stop taking the medication.

Serious Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin

Serious side effects of Ciprofloxacin happen in less than 1 in 100 people. Stop taking this medication and immediately inform your doctor if you developed:

Muscle pain or weakness - this side effect usually starts in your calf or ankle. It can also occur in your arms, legs, or shoulders. You may also develop swelling in your tendons or joints. This side effect is more common in children and can occur several months after stopping the medication.

Abnormal sensations - usually characterised by pins and needles or feelings of numbness, ticking, and tingling that lingers. You may also experience weakness in your legs or arms.

Severe tiredness - usually characterised by excessive tiredness, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety.

Diarrhoea - may contain blood or mucus. You may also experience muscle cramps. Consult your doctor as well if you have severe diarrhoea for more than four days even though it doesn’t have blood or mucus.

Other serious side effects of Ciprofloxacin are:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Loss of taste
  • Changes in sight or smell
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Seizure or fits

Coping With Ciprofloxacin Side Effects

Mild side effects usually don’t need medical intervention. Here are some of the things you can do to cope:

If you are feeling sick…

Avoid taking spicy food. Instead, eat simple meals. Also, take Ciprofloxacin after you have had a snack or meal.

If you have diarrhoea…

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water. It helps to replenish your lost electrolytes too. Telltale signs of dehydration include peeing less than normal and having a strong-smelling pee.

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