Generic Cipro, or Ciprofloxacin, is an antibiotic drug of the fluoroquinolone class. It is also referred to as a chemotherapeutic antibiotic because of it use in the treatment of cancer. Its way of killing bacterial infection is by interfering with the enzymes that cause DNA to reverse or rewind after copying. As a result, the manufacture of DNA and proteins comes to a halt.
With every drug there is the risk of overdose or harmful side effects. As at 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration put two black box warnings on the package insert of Ciprofloxacin. Black Box warning r black label warning is a mark showing that the drug has some adverse side effects. With two black box warnings, clearly the drug is potentially hazardous and should be handled with care. Since it is a prescription drug, it has useful effects.
1. Ciprofloxacin is used both to prevent and treat bacterial infections in the body.
2. Cipro is a powerful drug used to treat anthrax.
3. Those suffering from certain urinary infection can get a prescription of long-acting Ciprofloxacin.
4. Cipro is used to treat some forms of sexually transmitted diseases, diarrhea and typhoid fever.
Note, however, that Ciprofloxacin does not cure viral infections. Therefore, flu and colds cannot be cured. There is the tablet form, the extended-release (XR) form and the liquid or suspension form. The different forms of Cipro cannot be interchanged. If your prescription is for the XR, then you are supposed to stick to the Extended Release form. The suspension and tablet forms are taken twice a day, usually in the morning and evening, either with food or without. However, with the XR form, it is take once a day, and with a meal. Preferably, it is to be administered at night and with a meal. The meal’s purpose is to keep you strong and awake because the drug tends to make you weak and nauseated. Directions. Ciprofloxacin should not be taken with milk products or calcium-reinforced juices alone. A meal with these products is fine, but not alone.
. For the tablets and XR forms, take it whole. Do not chew, crush or split the drug. If you cannot swallow, inform the doctor.
. For the suspension, shake it for at least fifteen seconds the swallow the right dose.
Effects of Ciprofloxacin
Some minor side effects include:
. Nausea and Vomiting
. Stomach pain and diarrhea. This might or might not be present in some people.
. A strong urge to urinate
. Heartburn and moderate headache
Some patients may undergo serious side effects, some which may be life-threatening. When these surface, the patient is asked to immediately seek his/her physician’s assistance.
. Severe diarrhea- this may continue for up to two months after the treatment.
. Difficulty in breathing and swallowing of food and beverages. If this happens, the patient should be rushed to the hospital.
. Hives may appear- these are raised, red wounds or welts that form due to an allergic reaction to food or medicine. They are often itchy and may bleed if left uncared.
. Serious visual impediments may occur. Hallucinations occur but in rare cases.
. Confusion and a drastic change in thought pattern may occur.
. Irregular heart rate. This is a sure sign that things are not well with you.