Ciplox 500 mg is an antibiotic that is commonly used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections. It is effective in treating infections of the ear, nose, throat, skin, soft tissues, respiratory and urinary tract, and others. Physicians may also prescribe this medicine for other purposes not listed in this document. The active ingredient of this medicine is Ciprofloxacin. Nevertheless, it also contains other inactive ingredients such as microcrystalline cellulose, titanium dioxide, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, and others. Ciplox 500 mg belongs to a group of medications called quinolone antibiotics. It works by killing and preventing the future growth of bacteria, which helps to reduce the symptoms and cure the infection.
The manufacturer of Ciplox 500 mg is Cipla Limited.
Take the tablet whole by mouth with a glass of water (4 ounces/ 120 mL), preferably on an empty stomach. It is not allowed to administer this medicine with alcoholic drinks because your risk of adverse effects may increase. While swallowing, do not crush, break, or chew the pill because you may notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth. You can take this drug with low-fat food or milk if an upset stomach or nausea occurs. To get a better effect from Ciplox 500 mg, it is advised to administer the tablet at a fixed time every day.
The duration of the treatment is prescribed by a doctor, which may be approximately 1-2 months. Do not use Ciprofloxacin more frequently than is prescribed by your doctor because it will not treat your condition faster. Your doctor may gradually increase the dosage or even change the medicines if you do not notice the desired result.
Use a special measuring device or spoon if you intend to use the liquid form of Ciplox 500 mg. Otherwise, you may get the wrong dose, which may also increase your risk of adverse effects. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Physicians usually prescribe different dosages for their patients. It depends on your age, response to treatment, other medicines you may use, and the severity of your medical condition. If you are not sure what dosage is better for you, do not use Ciplox 500 mg or talk to a doctor. Furthermore, keep taking Ciprofloxacin even if you feel well because if you stop the treatment too early, it may lead to a return of the symptoms. Therefore, your health condition may become worse or more difficult.
If you miss a dose, doctors recommend administering the dose as soon as you remember. In case it is approaching the time for the next dose, simply skip the missed dose and resume the normal dosing schedule. Do not take an increased dose of Ciplox 500 mg the next time to catch up because it may lead to severe side effects.
Using this product more often than is allowed may lead to an overdose. Symptoms of overdose include breathlessness, fast or pounding heartbeat, fainting, severe dizziness, seizures, and others. If you experience any of the previous symptoms, stop administering Ciplox 500 mg and get medical help right away. Talk to a doctor for more details.
Side Effects of Ciplox 500 mg
Ciprofloxacin like other medicines may give you some side effects during treatment. Some factors that can cause side effects are overdose and allergy. There are three types of adverse effects such as mild, moderate, and severe.
Mild Side Effects
Dehydration is one factor that can cause mild side effects. Thus, to diminish this problem, it is advised to drink plenty of water during treatment until your doctor directs you to do otherwise. Check some examples below:
Moderate Side Effects
This category of adverse effects usually is not dangerous and patients can continue safely administering Ciplox 500 mg. Moreover, your doctor may help you to avoid or prevent side effects. For example:
Severe Side Effects
Rarely, this category of side effects may occur usually due to an increased dose of Ciplox 500 mg. Stop using this medicine and seek medical attention right away if any of the following side effects appear. Check below some examples:
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Sore throat
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Extreme tiredness
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Dark urine
- Bloody stools
This article does not contain all possible side effects. Tell your doctor promptly if you experience any of the side effects listed below or any other effects.
All medicines may interact with each other and Ciplox 500 mg is not an exception. It means that other drugs may change how Ciprofloxacin works by reducing its effectiveness or even increasing the risk of adverse effects. Before using this medication, tell your doctor about all products that you are using. Examples include supplements, vitamins, prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, herbal products, and others. Check below some examples:
- Caffeine and chocolate products
This document does not contain a complete list of drug interactions. Consult a doctor before using this product. Moreover, you should not start, stop, or change the dosages without the doctor’s approval because it may lead to undesired results.
It is recommended to tell your doctor if you are allergic to the ingredients of the drug or if you have any other allergies. Share your medical history with your physician before taking Ciplox 500 mg. Examples include:
- Conditions that may increase the risk of seizures (such as brain injury or tumors, cerebral atherosclerosis, and others)
- Blood vessel problems (such as aneurysm or blockage of the aorta)
- High blood pressure
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Kidney or liver disease
- Myasthenia gravis
Ciplox 500 mg may rarely cause a serious health condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). In addition, decreased levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase the risk of QT prolongation.
- Do not use Ciplox 500 mg after the expiry date because you may experience severe adverse effects.
- Information in this document may be different from the doctor’s prescription. Hence, to treat your conditions fast and safely, you should follow the physician’s recommendations only.