Cipro works by preventing bacteria from duplicating, so it will help kill off your urinary tract infection.
Adverse effects include headache, seizures, diarrhea, and sensitivity to sunlight, so be sure to protect yourself while outdoors. Also, a potential complication is tendon rupture, so be sure to get medical help if you feel any tendon pain. Also, you'll need to drink 1,500-2,000 mL of water a day.
You ready, dear?
There are several drug interactions you need to be aware of with cipro. Avoid taking theophylline, antacids, iron, bismuth, zinc, warfarin, phenytoin, and corticosteroids. Your doctor has looked through your list of current medications and none interact with cipro, but if you are prescribed anything by another doctor, you'll need to make sure they are aware you are on cipro. Also, avoid dairy products, which decrease absorption of the drug.
This is Mrs. Smith, a patient being seen in the clinic for a UTI. She has been prescribed ciprofloxacin to treat her infection. The nurse is educating her on things she needs to know while taking this medication.
The nurse educates Mrs. Smith about adverse effects and important information to know while taking ciprofloxacin.
The nurse also teaches about drug and food interactions.