|What are the possible side effects of
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking
ciprofloxacin and seek emergency medical attention or contact your
An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat;
swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); seizures; confusion or
hallucinations; liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea,
abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe
fatigue); or muscle or joint pain; skin rash; or chest pain, chest
discomfort, shortness of breath, or swelling of the legs or feet.
If you experience any of the following less serious side effects,
continue taking ciprofloxacin and talk to your doctor: nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea; headache; dizziness or lightheadedness; drowsiness; insomnia;
ringing in the ears; or increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your
doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially
What other drugs will affect ciprofloxacin?
Do not take antacids that contain calcium, magnesium or aluminum (e.g.,
Tums or Rolaids); the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate); or vitamin
or mineral supplements that contain calcium, iron or zinc for a minimum
of 6 hours before or 2 hours after a dose of ciprofloxacin. Taking
antacids, sucralfate, or vitamin or mineral supplements too close to a
dose of ciprofloxacin can greatly decrease the effects of the
Before taking ciprofloxacin, tell your doctor if you are taking any of
the following drugs: didanosine (Videx, ddI); theophylline (Theo-Dur,
Theolair, Slo-Phyllin, Slo-Bid, Elixophyllin); warfarin (Coumadin);
probenecid (Benemid); insulin or an oral diabetes medication such as
glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase), and
others; a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen
(Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox),
ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Orudis, Oruvail), and others; phenytoin
(Dilantin); or cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune).
You may not be able to take ciprofloxacin, or you may require a dosage
adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any
of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ciprofloxacin.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or
over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.