Side Effects of Cipro: Can they be fatal?

Cipro or Ciprofloxin is a quinolone antibiotic. After doing it results start showing in 1-2 hours. It is effective against bacteria. It enters tissues like prostates. It proves to be a very able drug in many conditions. As caffeine level increase quench for thirst also increases. But everything has side effects and so does cipro. The side effects caused by cipro are very severe in some cases. They cause erosion of cartilage in weight bearing joints. There might be insomnia issues caused by headaches, nausea, diarrhea and dizziness. People may suffer from a few mental or mood problem like hallucinations and depression. It may even cause sun burns. The side effects of Cipro could be subjected to nervous system also. Although these problems are reversible but still it can cause health issues in Central Nervous System. If you feel any numbness or shaking in your body contact your doctor immediately. Severe headaches and bleeding may also occur. If you suffer from any other infections or fever, this may be a side effect.

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Urinary problems like change in its amount and color may be a result of the dosage.

Some other rare urinary problems include blood from abdomen. You could suffer from kidney problems, urine blockade and acidosis. Hyper pigmentation is also a side effect of cipro.  People can have bad taste in mouth and ringing in ears. Blurred vision and night walking is a problem seen in a few patients. You may go through psychotic reactions.  These indicate acute liver problems. Since cipro attacks the prostate gland, liver problems cannot be ignored. Cardiac problems like high blood pressure, fast breathing, increased heartbeat etc may are also some rare but serious side effects. Heart attacks are common to patients taking cipro. Lung problems like bronchitis and fast breathing are also common. It makes patient susceptible to tuberculosis.


Bone marrow depletion is another issue which has come to light recently. Intracranial hypertension is another side effect. A resistant bacterium may cause intestinal problems like diarrhea. This problem may occur after a month of the stoppage of the treatment. Using anti-diarrhea medications may worsen the infection.

Long term usage can cause oral brush or vaginal problems. You could suffer from allergic reactions like rashes, itching and swelling up of body parts like tongue and lips. You may experience neck, back and joint pains.  Pregnant mothers might suffer from severe vaginal bleeding and in few cases death of the fetus. Also they may not be able to get pregnant in future.


Be careful and do not take pain killers. There might be an abnormal rise in cholesterol and thyroid levels. Fatal condition called agranulo-cytosis could cause reduction in the count of white blood cells. It has proved to be fatal over the past decades due to hypersensitivity. Thus cipro cannot be trusted anymore, except, in conditions where it is extremely necessary, avoid using it. If you notice any of the above mentioned side effects do not hesitate to contact your pharmacist or doctor.