How to Safely Use Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

How to Safely Use Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

These antibiotics treat or prevent certain bacterial infections. You’re more likely to know them by their generic or brand names:

Doctors prescribe these often, but they can cause serious side effects. You should know what to look for when taking them.

Some people who took fluoroquinolones reported:

There is a chance that your body will respond to these antibiotics with more severe reactions, including:

Some people have reported emotional and psychological reactions while taking these drugs, including:

Serious side effects can start after the first or second dose.

Most people who reported them had one or more of these:

These side effects led to changes in quality of life such as job loss, financial problems, and increased family tension.

The FDA put its strongest warning on the drug packaging.

You should know:

Your prescription will come with FDA-approved information to help you avoid serious side effects.

Here’s part of the guide:

CIPRO ® (Sip-row) (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) Tablets for oral use

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking CIPRO and each time you get a refill.  

There may be new information. This guide does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider.

What is the most important information I should know about CIPRO?

If you get any of the following serious side effects while you take CIPRO, you should stop taking CIPRO immediately and get medical help right away.

For some types of sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, and urinary tract infections, the risks of fluoroquinolone drugs are greater than the benefits for most people.

For some serious infections, like pneumonia or infections inside the abdomen, the benefits of fluoroquinolone drugs outweigh the risks.

Your health care provider can talk to you about your best choice.

Before you take a fluoroquinolone, read the entire Medication Guide to understand warnings and side effects.

Stop taking Cipro and contact your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects after starting treatment, such as:

Report any side effects to your health care professional and the FDA MedWatch program.

You can report a bad side effect to the FDA in these ways:


Medically Reviewed on 04/05/2017

Reviewed by Neha

Pathak, MD on April 05, 2017


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