Common Side Effects of Cipro
Before you start taking Cipro, tell your doctor about any allergies, medical conditions, and medicines you take. Include over-the-counter medicines or herbal supplements, particularly antacids. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to become pregnant.
While taking Cipro, use caution when driving or using machinery until you know whether it makes you dizzy, confused, or tired. Also, take care to protect yourself from the sun. Cipro can make your skin more sensitive.
If you start feeling pain, swelling, or stiffness, or have trouble with muscle movement, stop taking Cipro and get emergency help. Tendinitis is a potential risk of taking Cipro. It is caused when tissue that connects bone to muscle in your body swells. In some cases, taking Cipro might cause a tendon to rupture. Tendinitis can happen while you are taking Cipro or months later. While tendonitis can happen to anyone taking Cipro, it most often happens in people over age 60, those taking corticosteroids, or those who have had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant.
You may experience side effects while taking Cipro, such as headaches, vaginal itching or discharge, an urgent need to urinate, or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and heartburn. Call your doctor if these effects are severe or do not go away.
Finish your entire Cipro prescription, unless you experience tendonitis, tendon rupture, or an allergic reaction. If you do not finish treatment, the bacteria may become resistant to Cipro. Unless the following side effects of Cipro are severe or become bothersome, they don't usually need medical attention:
- Nausea or upset stomach
- White patches or sores in the mouth
- Severe diarrhea or stomach cramps, up to two months after you stop taking Cipro
- Skin problems such as rash, blisters, hives, or itching
- Swelling of areas on your head, neck, or extremities
- Hoarseness, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Changes in heart rate
- Joint or muscle pain
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Extreme tiredness, lack of energy, or loss of appetite
- Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Dark-colored urine
- Flu-like symptoms
- Seizures, dizziness, confusion, restlessness, or anxiety
- Sleep problems or nightmares
- Paranoia, hallucinations, or suicidal thoughts
- Uncontrollable shaking or pain, burning, tingling, or numbness