Cipro OTC Ciprofloxacin
Below are some common questions about Cipro answered including what Cipro is, what Cipro treats ans where to buy Cipro OTC, over the counter, and online.
Also check out the possible Cipro side effects before buying online.
Which bacteria does Cipro treat?
Cipro is the brand name for ciprofloxacin which is a type of antibiotic called fluoroquinolone. These types of antibiotics treat various types of bacteria, including those which can infect the bones, joints, abdomen, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin.
In most countries, Cipro is used to treat serious bacterial infections, especially those which are likely to be caused by a certain kind of bacteria called “Gram-negative bacteria” (look it up on wikipedia if you want more details).
What are the all the symptoms / diseases that Cipro treats?
Cipro is used to treat a wide variety of infections, many of which cause inflammation, such as endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), malignant otitis externa, (inflammation of the outer ear/ear canal) cellulitis (infection in the skin), prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) and some kinds of gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and small intestine). Clue: “itis” in medical terms means inflammation.
Cipro also treats other bacterial infections including bone and joint infections, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, along with typhoid, anthrax, and the STDs (sexually transmitted disease) chancroid and gonorrhea.
Although it can be used to treat all these infections, Cipro is not always considered the best medication for them. For example, for respiratory tract infections, acute sinusitis and some urinary tract infections other antibiotics are generally used first, and Cipro only if they don’t work.
Medical professionals increasingly try to limit the use of Cipro when it’s not clearly needed to try to minimize the bacteria developing a resistance to Cipro. Some kinds of bacteria have already become resistant to Cipro in the US, probably partly because it used to be prescribed too widely. For example, the gonorrhea bacteria in many parts of the world is resistant to Cipro so Cipro isn’t always effective against it any more.
Also, since it’s an antibiotic, Cipro will only help with bacterial infections and won’t be any good for treating viral diseases like colds, flu or herpes, or diseases like gastroenteritis and diarrhea when they’ve been caused by a virus rather than bacteria.
How long does Cipro take to work? (and how long does it’s effects last?)
How long Cipro takes to work depends on what kind of infection you have (and also the state of your general health – if you’re healthy with a strong immune system then it’ll generally not take so long to get over the infection).
Depending on your infection, you might be prescribed Cipro for as little as three days (e.g., for some urinary tract infections) or for two weeks. However, generally you can see improvements in your symptoms after a few days.
It’s effective only as long as you keep taking it – so even if you start to feel better, keep taking it for as long as you were prescribed because it’s important that the infection is fully treated otherwise it’ll come back (and the bacteria can become resistant to the effects of Cipro).
How does Cipro compare with other antibiotics like Zithromax / Azithromycin?
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is in the same class of antibiotic as Cipro, and used to treat similar things, though is used more for sinusitis, kidney infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.
The others are different types of antibiotics but most are broad-spectrum, which means they can be used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections. This means that while some are best for certain infections, many of their uses overlap. (For more details on each of them, search wikipedia or drugs.com.)
For example, Zithromax / azithromycin can be used to treat middle ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, traveler’s diarrhea, and certain other intestinal infections, as well as chlamydia and gonorrhea, and others.
Keflex (cefalexin) is often used for infections of the middle ear, bone and joint, skin, and urinary tract.
Augmentin is a penicillin antibiotic, also used to treat skin, sinus, urinary tract and respiratory tract infections and additionally also mouth-related infections such as dental infections and those caused by animal (or human!) bites.
Flagyl (metronidazole) and doxycycline are antibiotics which can also fight infections caused by protozoa (which Cipro and the other antibiotics can’t). Flagyl /metronidazole is used to treat primarily pelvic inflammatory disease, endocarditis, and bacterial vaginosis, and more.
Doxyclyline is used for bacterial pneumonia, acne, chlamydia infections, early Lyme disease, cholera and syphilis. as acne, urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, eye infections, gonorrhea, chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others, and also to treat some of the symptoms of rosacea.
Unlike the others, Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) is a narrow-spectrum antibiotic used specifically to treat bladder and urinary tract infections.
So as to which antibiotic is best, well firstly it depends on the type of infection you have – where it is in your body, what bacteria caused it – but also on your health and other medical conditions. For example, some people are allergic to penicillin, so have to avoid Augmentin.
There’s also the issue of side-effects. For example, Zithromax can cause potentially fatal irregularity in heart rhythms, and certain people are more susceptible than others. Cipro also has potentially serious side-effects which again, some folk will be more at risk of than others.
And some antibiotics interact with some medications, so which are suitable will depend on what other medications you’re taking.
It’s a bit tricky actually, so consult your doctor.
What are the side effects of Cipro?
You want to be very careful about taking Cipro because it can have some very serious side-effects.
The most common side-effects are diarrhea, nausea, dizziness or lightheadedness, headaches and trouble sleeping.
Even if you’re not obviously dizzy, Cipro can affect your thinking or reactions, so if you’re doing anything that requires being really alert – like driving, operating machinery – be very careful and keep a close eye on the effects of Cipro on your mind and behaviour.
Now for the serious side-effects.
Cipro actually carries FDA (US Federal Drug Administration) warnings that it “may cause sudden, serious, and potentially permanent nerve damage” and that it can damage tendons, especially in the elderly and those taking corticosteroids.
While these serious side-effects are fairly rare they are definitely something you need to be aware of. And there are a lot more potentially serious side-effects you also need to watch out for.
Click the link for more details and advice on Cipro side effects
As with all medications, some people may be allergic to them so get immediate medical help if you experience itching or swelling of the face, mouth, throat or tongue, trouble breathing, hives or a rash, or severe dizziness.
And don’t take it if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding since it’s not clear if it’s safe for the baby.
Should Cipro be taken (or not taken) with dairy and alcohol?
As well as having a lot of possible side-effects, Cipro also is affected, and interacts with, a lot of other foods, drugs and supplements. So you do need to find out about this before taking Cipro. More details and advice here: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1124-93/cipro-oral/ciprofloxacin-oral/details#precautions
First of all, Cipro shouldn’t be taken with products which are high in calcium as this stops the Cipro being effectively absorbed by the body. So this means being careful when you eat dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese, cream, ice cream or juices that are fortified with calcium. You don’t have to avoid them completely. Just don’t have them within two hours of when you’re taking your Cipro (although if there’s a little bit of dairy in a meal close to when you’re taking Cipro, that’s generally fine).
In the same way, you also need to choose your timing when taking supplements which contain calcium, iron or zinc, and also antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum (such as Maalox, Mylanta, or Rolaids), or the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate), and didanosine (Videx) powder or chewable tablets.
This is because all these things can make the Cipro less effective.
For different reasons, it’s also a good idea to avoid caffeine, or at least keep your eye on how it’s making you feel because taking Cipro can intensify the effects of caffeine.
Taking Cipro can also make you more sensitive to the sun and more susceptible to sunburn so avoid tanning salons too, and take care in the sun.
And since Cipro can affect your mind and concentration, as mentioned above, don’t drink much while you’re taking it.
A lot of other drugs and supplements can also interact with Cipro and alter its effects or create unsafe combinations – see here for details (scroll down a bit): https://www.drugs.com/cipro.html
Where is Cipro made and by whom?
Pharmaceutical giant company, Bayer, developed Cipro back in 1987 and held the patent on it till 2004 (during that time they paid off other compan
Ciprofloxacin – the active ingredient of Cipro – is now available in generic forms, pretty much everywhere.
Where can I buy Cipro OTC?
Since it’s available generically, it is widely available – and cheaply. You need a prescription to get it but you can buy it at any high street pharmacy or online pharmacy.
You can buy Cipro OTC from any of the online pharmacies listed below without a prescription. In order to comply with drug regulations you will be required to fill out a short questionnaire prior to purchase. This fulfills the prescription requirement for Cipro over the counter purchases.
Cipro / CiprofloxacinCipro is the brand name for ciprofloxacin which is a type of antibiotic called fluoroquinolone. These types of antibiotics treat various types of bacteria, including those which can infect the bones, joints, abdomen, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin.
Bear in mind that some online pharmacies allow you to undertake a consultation online to get a prescription, so you don’t necessarily need to go to your doctor in person – although it’s probably best to if you can, because there are so many medicines and health conditions which can interact with Cipro, that you want to be completely sure it’s safe for you.
And you want to be sure that it’s the best antibiotic for whatever you’ve got. Using antibiotics too carelessly can result in more and more bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, which is becoming a bit of a problem worldwide.