Cipro is an antibiotic manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Cipro belongs to the class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, which fight bacteria in the body by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive. Although Cipro is used to treat many types of infections, Cipro does not work for viral infections, such as the common cold or flu.

In addition to bacterial infections, Cipro is FDA approved for the treatment of anthrax inhalation. After the U.S. anthrax scare in 2001, Cipro was prescribed to thousands of people, especially postal workers, who may have been exposed to mail containing anthrax. Today, the U.S. military stockpiles Cipro in case of another biological disaster of this kind.

Cipro Health Risks

Because Cipro is extremely potent, Cipro may wipe out good bacteria along with the bad. For instance,

Cipro may kill good bacteria, also known as “normal flora,” in the digestive track. After Cipro destroys this good bacteria, unwanted yeast or other bacteria may take over, causing upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting. To help avoid this problem, doctors recommend taking Cipro with lots of water. 

Cipro is also known to adversely affect the central nervous system, causing drowsiness, dizziness, irritability, insomnia, restlessness and headaches. Additionally, Cipro can weaken cartilage and cause tendon injuries, such as tendon rupture. In rare cases, Cipro may also cause hallucinations, seizures, and the life-threatening skin condition known as toxic epidermal necrosis (“TEN”).

To avoid side effects, patients should not take Cipro with dairy products, such as milk or yogurt, or with calcium-fortified juice. Additionally, patients with the following conditions should ask their doctors whether it is safe to use Cipro:

  • a history of allergic reaction to antibiotics
  • joint problems
  • kidney disease
  • epilepsy or seizures

Injured by Cipro?

Adverse reactions to antibiotics, such as Cipro, are responsible for more than 140,000 emergency rooms visits each year. If you or a loved one took Cipro and experienced an adverse side effect, contact us today as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

  • Bernstein Liebhard is no longer accepting Cipro cases.

Published November 17, 2011 by