What do I need to watch for while I take ciprofloxacin? Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days.
If you get severe or watery diarrhea, do not treat yourself. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice.
Drink several glasses of water a day. Cut down on drinks that contain caffeine. Ciprofloxacin can increase the stimulant effects of caffeine and cause heart, breathing and other problems.
Keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and use a sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how ciprofloxacin affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient.
Antacids can make ciprofloxacin ineffective. If you get an upset stomach and want to take an antacid, make sure there is an interval of at least 2 hours since you last took ciprofloxacin, or 6 hours before your next dose. Iron and zinc preparations can also make ciprofloxacin ineffective. Do not take multivitamins at the same time you take your ciprofloxacin tablets.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking ciprofloxacin.
Where can I keep my medicine? Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature below 30 degreesC (86 degreesF). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have questions about the drug(s) you are taking, check with your health care professional.