What is Ciprofloxacin? Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. Ciprofloxacin belongs to the group of antibiotics called quinolone. It is also used to treat traveller’s diarrhoea.
Although drug prophylaxis is not discouraged in the treatment of diarrhoea, the use of a fluoroquinolone, such as Ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day for one to three days is found to be effective in the treatment of adults with traveller’s diarrhoea. Antibiotic treatment for diarrhoea is usually reserved where loperamide does not work.
Traveller’s diarrhoea is a disorder in the digestive tract that usually causes loose stool and abdominal cramps. It is usually caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. You can reduce your risk of traveller’s diarrhoea by being careful about what you eat or drink during your travel.
Ciprofloxacin cannot treat infections caused by viruses.
How does Ciprofloxacin work?
Ciprofloxacin works by killing the bacteria or preventing their growth. It kills the bacteria that caused traveller’s diarrhoea and other infections.
What are the benefits of taking Ciprofloxacin?
Ciprofloxacin is beneficial in killing bacteria and stopping the infection.
Take one tablet twice daily, roughly 12 hours apart.
You should always continue the course until it is complete unless otherwise directed by a doctor.
You should start taking Ciprofloxacin as soon as you recognize the symptoms of traveller’s diarrhoea such as diarrhoea, nausea, sickness, and stomach cramps.
You should try to avoid food and drink containg high levels of calcium or iron (e.g. dairy products, red meat) at least 2 hours each side of taking Ciprofloxacin. You should also try to avoid antacids for the duration of your treatment.
Most people will not experience any side effects when using Ciprofloxacin, however approximately 1 in 10 people might experience the following symptoms:
- Joint pain
Ciprofloxacin contains the active ingredient ciprofloxacin hydrochloride which kills the bacteria that has caused the infection.
The inactive ingredients of Ciprofloxacin are cellulose microcrystalline, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, maize starch, silica colloidal anhydrous, hypromellose, macrogol 4000, and titanium dioxide (E171).
Please Note: Different brands of generic medications can contain different inactive ingredients.