Full Prescribing Info
Each tablet contains equivalent to Ciprofloxacin 250 mg.
Each tablet contains equivalent to Ciprofloxacin 500 mg.
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: Ciprofloxacin is a synthetic 4-quinolone derivative, with bactericidal activity. It acts via inhibition of bacterial DNA gyrase, ultimately resulting in interference with DNA function.
Ciprofloxacin is highly active against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms and has shown activity against some anaerobes, Chlamydia spp. and Mycoplasma spp. Ciprofloxacin is also suitable for use in combination with penicillins, cephalosporins, aminoglycosides and tetracyclines where additive behaviour is usually observed. additive behaviour is usually observed.
Pharmacokinetics: Absorption of ciprofloxacin occurs rapidly, mainly from the small intestine (Abs. T1/2 = 2-15 min). Plasma levels are dose-related and peak 0.5-2.0 hrs after dosing. The AUC also increases dose proportionately after administration of both single and repeated oral doses. The oral bioavailability is approximately 70-80%. Distribution of ciprofloxacin within tissues is wide and the volume of distribution high, though slightly lower in the elderly. Protein binding is low ( between 19-40%).
Elimination of ciprofloxacin and its metabolites occurs rapidly, primarily by the kidney. After single dose of ciprofloxacin, 55% are eliminated by the kidney and 39% in the faeces within 5 days. The elimination half-life of unchanged ciprofloxacin over a period of 24 - 48 hrs post dose is 3.1-5.1 hrs.
Even though, studies with severely renally impaired patients (creatinine clearance < 20ml/ minute) do not give clear indications, it is recommended to reduce by half the total daily dose.
Results of studies in paediatric cystic fibrosis patients have shown dosages of 20 mg/kg orally twice daily is recommended to achieve plasma concentration/time profiles comparable to those achieved in the adult population at the currently recommended dosage regimen.
Uncomplicated and complicated infections caused by ciprofloxacin-sensitive pathogens: Infections of the respiratory tract.
In the treatment of outpatients with pneumonia due to Pneumococcus, ciprofloxacin should not be used as a first choice of drug. Ciprofloxacin can be regarded as an advisable treatment for pneumonias caused by Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Proteus, E. coli, Pseudomonas, Haemophilus, Branhamella, Legionella and Staphylococcus.
Infections of the middle ear (otitis media), of the paranasal sinuses (sinusitis), especially if these are caused by gram-negative organisms including Pseudomonas or by Staphylococcus.
Infections of the eyes.
Infections of the kidneys and/or the efferent urinary tract.
Infections of the genital organs, including adnexitis, gonorrhoea, prostatitis.
Infections of the abdominal cavity (eg, infections of the gastrointestinal tract or of the biliary tract, peritonitis).
Infections of the skin and soft tissue.
Infections of the bones and joints.
Infections or imminent risk of infection (prophylaxis) in patients whose immune system has been weakened (eg, patients on immunosuppressants or have neutropenia).
Selective intestinal decontamination in immunosuppressed patients.
Dosage/Direction for Use
The following guideline doses are recommended: (See table.)

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Administration: The tablets are swallowed whole with a small amount of fluid.
They can be taken independent of mealtimes, (if the tablets are taken on an empty stomach, the active substance is absorbed more rapidly).
If the patient is unable to take tablets, because of the severity of the illness or for other reasons, it is recommended to commence the therapy with an intravenous form of ciprofloxacin.
Duration of Treatment: The duration of treatment depends on the severity of the illness and on the clinical and bacteriological course. It is essential to continue therapy for at least 3 days after disappearance of the fever or of the clinical symptoms.
Mean Duration of Treatment: 1 day for acute uncomplicated gonorrhea and cystitis; up to 7 days for infections of the kidneys, urinary tract and abdominal cavity; over the entire period of the neutropenic phase in patients with weakened body defences; a maximum of 2 months in osteomyelitis; 7-14 days in all other infections.
In streptococcal infections the treatment must last at least 10 days because of the risk of late complications.
Infections caused by Chlamydia should also be treated for a minimum of 10 days.
Elderly: Elderly patients should receive a dose as low as possible depending on the severity of their illness and the creatinine clearance.
Impaired Renal Function: Where creatinine clearance is between 31 and 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 or where the serum creatinine concentration is between 1.4 and 1.9 mg/100 mL the maximum daily dose should be 1000 mg/day. Where creatinine clearance is ≤ 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 or where the serum creatinine concen tra tion is ≥ 2 mg/100 mL the maximum daily dose should be 500 mg/day.
Impaired Renal Function + Haemodialysis: Dose as Impaired Renal Function; on dialysis days after dialysis.
Impaired Renal Function + CAPD: 500 mg.
Impaired Liver Function: No dose adjustment is required.
Impaired Renal and Liver Function: Dose adjustment as in Impaired Renal Function.
Mode of Administration: Oral.
Routine emergency measures and to monitor renal function, including urinary pH and acidify, if required, to prevent crystalluria. Patients must be kept well hydrated and, in the case of renal damage resulting in prolonged oliguria, dialysis should be initiated. Calcium or magnesium antacids may be administered as soon as possible after ingestion of Ciprofloxacin tablets in order to reduce the absorption of ciprofloxacin. Serum levels of ciprofloxacin are reduced by dialysis.
In patients who have shown hypersensitivity to ciprofloxacin or other quinolones.
In children/ adolescents except in cases of cystic fibrosis associated (5-17 yrs).
Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Ciprox should be used with caution in patients suffering from epilepsy and CNS disorders.
Crystalluria related to the use of ciprofloxacin has been reported.
Patients with a family history of or actual defects in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity are prone to haemolytic reactions with quinolones. Older patients and those treated concurrently with corticosteroids might experience tendon inflammation and rupture. At the first sign of pain or inflammation, patients should discontinue ciprofloxacin and rest the affected limbs.
Patients should avoid prolonged exposure to strong sunlight or UV radiation during treatment. Ciprox could result in impairment of the patient's ability to drive or operate machinery, particularly in conjunction with alcohol.
Particular caution is advised in patients who need to concurrently take: antacids, any other preparations containing aluminium, calcium, magnesium or iron, anticoagulants (such as warfarin), medicines used to relieve pain and inflammation except aspirin, glibenclamide, probenecid or metoclopramide, cyclosporin, phenytoin.
Exacerbation of myasthenia gravis: Fluoroquinolones have neuromuscular blocking activity and may exacerbate muscle weakness in person with myasthenia gravis. Post marketing serious adverse events, including deaths and requirement for ventilator support have been associated with fluoroquinolones use in persons with myasthenia gravis. Avoid fluoroquinolones in patients with known history of myasthenia gravis.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Ciprox during pregnancy is not recommended. Studies have indicated that ciprofloxacin is secreted in breast milk. Administration to nursing mothers is thus not recommended.
Adverse Reactions
Usual side effects are diarrhoea, nausea and skin rashes.
Rare side effects reported include: Allergic reactions (e.g. angioedema), CNS reaction (e.g. headache, dizziness, tremor, depression), hyperglycaemia, gastrointestinal reactions (e.g. vomit, indigestion, anorexia, pseudomembranous colitis), skin sensitivity to the sun, haematological disturbances (e.g. anaemia, eosinophilia), musculoskeletal reactions (e.g. arthralgia, myalgia), hepatitis, yellow jaundice, crystalluria, or visual disturbances.
Post Marketing Experience: Exacerbation of myasthenia gravis.
Drug Interactions
Concurrent administration of ciprofloxacin and theophylline can cause an undesirable increase in the serum theophylline concentration. This can lead to theophylline-induced side effects; in very rare cases, these side effects can be life-threatening or fatal. If concurrent use of the 2 products is unavoidable, the serum theophylline concentration should therefore be checked and the theophylline dose appropriately reduced.
Animal studies have shown that the combination of very high doses of quinolones (gyrase inhibitors) and certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (but not acetylsalicylic acid) can provoke convulsions.
A transient rise in the concentration of serum creatinine was observed when ciprofloxacin and cyclosporin were administered simultaneously.
Therefore, it is necessary to control the serum creatinine concentrations in these patients frequently (twice a week).
The simultaneous administration of ciprofloxacin and warfarin may intensify the action of warfarin.
In particular cases, concurrent administration of ciprofloxacin and glibenclamide can intensify the action of glibenclamide (hypoglycaemia). Probenecid interferes with renal secretion of ciprofloxacin. Co-administration of probenecid and ciprofloxacin increases the ciprofloxacin serum concentrations.
Renal tubular transport of methotrexate may be inhibited by concomitant administration of ciprofloxacin, potentially leading to increased plasma levels of methotrexate and increased risk of methotrexate associated toxic reactions.
Therefore, patients under methotrexate therapy should be carefully monitored when concomitant ciprofloxacin therapy is indicated.
The simultaneous administration of ciprofloxacin and iron, sucralfate or antacids and highly buffered drugs (eg, didanosine tablets), containing magnesium, aluminium, or calcium reduce the absorption of ciprofloxacin. Consequently, ciprofloxacin should be administered either 1-2 hrs before, or at least 4 hrs after these preparations. This restriction does not apply to antacids belonging to the class of H2-receptor blockers.
Metoclopramide accelerates the absorption of ciprofloxacin resulting in a shorter time to reach maximum plasma concentrations. No effect was seen on the bioavailability of ciprofloxacin.
Store below 30°C in a dry place protected from light.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
J01MA02 - ciprofloxacin ; Belongs to the class of fluoroquinolones. Used in the systemic treatment of infections.
FC tab 250 mg (white oblong, 14.3 x 6.3 mm, scored on both side) x 10 x 10's. 500 mg (white oblong, 17.3 x 8.3 mm, scored on both side) x 10 x 10's.
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