Cipro is used to treat life-threatening bacterial infections. It is also prescribed to prevent, or minimize, anthrax after inhalation.
Cipro is to be taken in strict accordance with a doctor’s directions. Cipro does not have to be taken with food, but it must be taken with a glass of water. While using Cipro, it is important to increase the intake of fluids. Do not take Cipro six hours before, or two hours after, using any of the following supplements: iron, zinc, calcium, aluminum, magnesium, sucralfate, didanosine or bismuth subsalicylate. To ensure that the infection has cleared properly, be sure to take the full course of Cipro. Do not stop taking the drug even if you experience a significant improvement in your condition.
If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.
Side-effects of Cipro include vision problems, dizziness, drowsiness and lightheadedness which may intensify if Cipro is used in conjunction with alcohol and other medications. In the early stages of dosage do not drive or perform potentially dangerous tasks in case of an adverse reaction to the drug. If symptoms persist, or get worse, contact a doctor immediately. Cipro should only be taken by the person for whom it was prescribed. Never increase or decrease the dosage without the permission of your doctor.