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Ciprofloxacin or Cipro ®, is an effective treatment prescribed for individuals who have been exposed to the disease known as inhalational Anthrax. It is one of three drugs including Doxycycline and Penicillin used to fight inhalational Anthrax, however it is not recommended for use by everyone. The information below explains all forms of the Anthrax disease, who is eligible to take Ciprofloxacin and Doxycycline, potential side effects of each drug and the appropriate dosages.

 

 

 

 



 

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What is Ciprofloxacin?

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to fight bacteria in the body and falls in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. First approved for use in the United States in 1987, it has since been used to treat 250 million patients worldwide. It is now approved for 14 indications including serious infections of the lower respiratory tract, intra-abdominal, typhoid fever, bone and joint infections and inhalational anthrax.

Who should NOT take Ciprofloxacin without a doctor’s consent?

  • Those who have not been exposed to, or are not at risk to exposure of inhalational Anthrax.
  • Those who have kidney disease should first consult a doctor.
  • Those who have an existing seizure disease should first consult a doctor.
  • Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should first consult a doctor. Doxycycline.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not take Ciprofloxaxin as it may interfere with bone development. Doxycycline.

What are the common side effects of Ciprofloxacin?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Ciprofloxaxin immediately and seek emergency medical attention. Allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, face or a break out in hives; seizures; confusion or hallucinations; liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue); muscle or joint pain.

If you experience any of the following less serious side effects, talk to your doctor:
nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal pain; rash; headache; lightheadedness; drowsiness; ringing of the ears; restlessness; or increased sensitivity to sunlight.

Contraindicators

(drugs that should only be taken with a doctor’s permission while taking Ciprofloxaxin®)

Do not take antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum (such as Tums or Rolaids); the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate); or vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron or zinc for a minimum of 6 hours before or 2 hours after a dose of Ciprofloxaxin. They can decrease the effects of the antibiotic.

Before taking Cipro, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs: didanosine (Videx, ddI); theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theoliar, Slo-Phyllin, Slo-Bid, Elixophyllin); warfarin (Coumadin); probenecid (Benemid); insulin or an oral diabetes medication such as glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase), and others; a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, others) naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox) ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Orudis, Oruvail), and others; phenytoin (Dilantin); or cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune).

Talk to your doctor before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines while taking Ciprofloxaxin.

Dosages

The recommended adult dose of Ciprofloxaxin for post-exposure inhalational anthrax is 500 milligrams given orally twice a day. The recommended pediatric dose of Ciprofloxaxin (children 12 years of age and older) is 15 mg given orally twice a day. Treatment with ciprofloxacin should begin as soon as possible after exposure and be administered for a total of 60 days

 

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