Order alternative travellers' diarrhoea treatment
Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Ciprofloxacin used to be a recommended treatment for travellers' diarrhoea in certain parts of the world. But, now the recommended antibiotic treatment is Azithromycin, no matter where you’re travelling to.
You can order travellers' diarrhoea treatment online from Zava - our doctors will provide you with a three day course to take when you notice symptoms and there is no medical help available. When you place your order, we will ask you to fill in a brief questionnaire. This is necessary so our doctor can establish whether Ciprofloxacin is suitable for you.
6 tablet(s) - £15.00
Ciprofloxacin is a broad spectrum antibiotic. This means, that it is effective against various types of bacteria. It used to be used to treat travellers' diarrhoea in for certain travel destination, but because of increased bacterial resistance it’s no longer recommended, no matter where you’re travelling to. The recommended antibiotic treatment for travellers' diarrhoea is now Azithromycin.
The dosage and duration of your treatment with ciprofloxacin will depend on what infection you’re taking it for. You should follow your doctor’s instructions on how to use it, and make sure it take every dose when you’re supposed to so that your treatment is effective.
Ciprofloxacin tablets can be taken with or without food but you need to avoid taking them with dairy products or calcium supplements (including fortified juices or cereals). Calcium can reduce the effectiveness of Ciprofloxacin, so you should take the tablets either 1 - 2 hours before eating dairy or at least four hours after your last meal containing dairy of added calcium.
How long you have to take Ciprofloxacin for will depend on what it’s been prescribed for. You should take Ciprofloxacin for as long as your doctor suggests, even if your symptoms improved before the end of your treatment.
- you are allergic to any of the ingredients
- you are allergic to any other quinolone drugs
- you are taking tizanidine
- suffer from kidney problems
- suffer from a neurological condition such as epilepsy
- are taking any other medication
- have ever developed problems with your tendons due to an antibiotic treatment
- suffer from diabetes
- suffer from muscle weakness
- have a deficiency in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) or a family history of this condition
- have a salt imbalance in your blood
- suffer from a heart problem (including heart failure or heart attack)
- suffer from arrhythmia or have a slow heart rhythm
Ciprofloxacin causes side effects in some patients.
- nausea or diarrhoea
- joint pains (in children)
- decrease in appetite
- taste disorders
- pain in your muscles and bones
- fever and feeling unwell
- poor kidney function
- joint pain
- fungal infections
- sleeping problems
- headaches and dizziness
- digestive problems (such as an upset stomach, vomiting or indigestion)
- abdominal pain and flatulence
- skin problems such as itching and rash
- feeling agitated or hyperactive
- changes affecting your blood levels of certain substances (this will affect your blood test results, such as liver function tests and full blood count)
For a full list of all side effects associated with Ciprofloxacin read the patient leaflet supplied with your medication.
Like other antibiotics, Ciprofloxacin can interact with certain kinds of medication, including:
- Warfarin and other Vitamin K antagonists (such as acenocoumarol, phenprocoumon or fluindione)
- certain blood-thinning medications
- certain medications used to treat epilepsy or Parkinson’s Disease
- some medications used to treat gout (such as probenecid)
- medicines which alter your heart rhythm
- mineral supplements or medicines containing calcium, magnesium, aluminium or iron
- sildenafil (used to treat erectile dysfunction)
- caffeine duloxetine
- clozapine (an antipsychotic medication)
- olanzapine (an antipsychotic)
- the multiple sclerosis medication tizanidine
- pentoxifylline (for circulatory disorders)
- metoclopramide (used to treat nausea and vomiting as well as migraine)
- methotrexate (for the treatment of cancer, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- medicines that belong to the group of anti-arrhythmics (for example quinidine, hydroquinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone and sotalol)
- tricyclic antidepressants,
- some antimicrobials (that belong to the group of macrolides)
- polymeric phosphate binder (e.g. sevelamer or lanthanum carbonate)
Ciprofloxacin does not interact with alcohol. Tell your doctor about any medications you're currently taking before you take Ciprofloxacin.
Last reviewed: 01 Mar 2019