• Ciprofloxacin is a trusted and strong antibiotic prescribed to treat urinary tract infections
• One pill taken 2x daily for 7 days
• Dosage of 250 mg
• FDA-approved in 1994
• Starts working in as little as one dose
• For uncomplicated UTIs, ciprofloxacin is a second-line medication
• E. coli’s resistance to ciprofloxacin is increasing and since this bacteria is the cause of most UTIs, it is not a first-line medication for uncomplicated UTI treatment
• Cipro is the brand name
• The generic form has the same active ingredients and is much less expensive
Taking cipro can cause blood sugars to go both lower and higher than usual, therefore diabetics taking this medication should take caution and blood sugars should be monitored closely.
Taking ciprofloxacin increases your risk of developing tendinitis, which may include pain at any tendon site which can occur at the heel, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, or base of the thumb. Taking systemic steroids, i.e. prednisone while taking Ciprofloxacin increases the likelihood of developing a tendinopathy/tendinitis.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking a muscle relaxant called tizanidine, or have a condition called myasthenia gravis, where cipro can further aggravate muscle weakness, you should not take ciprofloxacin. If you are 65 years of age or older, your risk of developing cardiac effects like arrhythmias increases with this medication.
Side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, QT prolongation, photosensitivity (sensitivity to sunlight), and exaggerated sunburn to minimal light exposure. You should avoid UV light during and for a few days after cipro therapy.
The UTI medications we offer are effective medications and, when prescribed under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider, are relatively safe. Our licensed doctors will evaluate your current medication prescriptions during intake to ensure you are the right candidate for UTI medications.