Ciprinol - Elimination of infections

This article was medically reviewed by M.Pharm, Marko Tanaskovic on August 12, 2018. To read more about an author, click here.

Ciprinol is a medicine that contains an active substance called ciprofloxacin. It belongs to a group of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It has bactericidal effects (kills bacteria), thus eliminating the infection. It is used in the treatment of the following infections:

  • Respiratory tract infections (sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, pharyngitis)
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Reproductive tract infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Digestive tract infections
  • Prevention and treatment of infections in patients with agranulocytosis (severe reduction in the number of white blood cells).


Ciprinol should be avoided in the following conditions:

  • In patients allergic to the active substance ciprofloxacin or other similar medicines:
    • norfloxacin,
    • ofloxacin,
    • levofloxacin, and others. If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy, such as:
      • skin rash,
      • itching,
      • redness,
      • swelling of the face,
      • swelling of the tongue,
      • difficulty breathing, contact your doctor.
  • In patients with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).
  • In patients with tendon damage, tendon rupture or muscle disease such as myasthenia gravis. Ciprinol can cause tendon damage and tendon rupture, especially among the elderly paitents. If you are experiencing muscle or tendon pain, discontinue use and call your doctor. If you think that you may have ruptured your tendon, you need to rest painful area and avoid any activity that makes the pain worse.
  • Patients with epilepsy.
  • In patients with renal impairment.

In patients with depression, Ciprinol can exacerbate the symptoms of this disease.

Ciprinol can cause liver damage with the following symptoms:

  1. nausea,
  2. pain in the right upper abdomen,
  3. loss of appetite,
  4. dark-colored urine,
  5. jaundice-yellowing of the skin and eyes, and others. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

Ciprinol can decrease the number of leukocytes (white blood cells) in the blood (so-called agranulocytosis-severe reduction in the number of white blood cells). Leukocytes are vital cells of the immune system and play a key role in fighting off infections, and when your white blood cells count is low, your body is less likely to be able to fight off infections. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms:

  1. cough,
  2. fever,
  3. sore throat and others, contact your doctor immediately.

This medication can cause photosensitivity (abnormal high sensitivity to sunlight), therefore you should avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight while taking this medicine.

Use of Ciprinol during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Ciprinol should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

This medicine passes into breast milk and may harm your baby.

How to use

Ciprinol should be taken after a meal to reduce the risk of stomach upset. Taking milk and dairy products may reduce the effect of this edicine. Avoid use of milk and dairy products while taking this medicine.

You should drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine.

The recommended dosage and length of the treatment depends on the type and severity of infection you have. Your doctor will tell you what dose is right for you. The treatment usually lasts 5 to 21 days.

Do not crush or chew the tablet. Swallow the tablet whole with plenty of water.

You should take a pill at the same time every day.

Use with other medicines (Interactions)

Ciprinol should be avoided in combination with the following medicines:

  • Tizanidine, a medicine used in the treatment of muscle cramps.
  • Warfarin (Farin), a medicine used in the treatment of thrombosis. Concomitant use of this medicine with Ciprinol, increases the risk of bleeding.
  • Phenytoin, used in the treatment of epilepsy.
  • Methotrexate, used in the treatment of cancer.
  • Clozapine, used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  • Ropinirole, used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
  • Probenecid, used in the treatment of gout.
  • Theophylline, used in the treatment of asthma.
  • Pentoxifylline (Trental), used in the treatment of the peripheral circulation disorders. Ciprinol can increase the level pentoxifylline in the blood and cause side effects.
  • Antacids, medicines used to relieve the symptoms of heartburn. These medicine can reduce the level of Ciprinol in the blood and reduce its effect. If you need to take antacids, then take Ciprinol 2 hours before or 3 hours after antacids.

Tell your doctor about all medications and herbal produts you are taking.

Side effects

Ciprinol may cause the following side effects:

  1. nausea,
  2. vomiting,
  3. diarrhea,
  4. abdominal pain,
  5. loss of appetite,
  6. headache,
  7. dizziness,
  8. restlessness,
  9. insomnia,
  10. muscle pain,
  11. joint pain,
  12. tendon damage,
  13. fungal infections,
  14. colitis (intestinal infection),
  15. high blood sugar (hyperglycemia),
  16. ringing in the ears,
  17. hearing loss,
  18. depression,
  19. hallucinations,
  20. low white blood cell count,
  21. low blood pressure (hypotension),
  22. photosensitivity,
  23. pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas),
  24. migraine,
  25. liver damage,
  26. Stevens-Johnson syndrome,
  27. allergy, and others.

Tell your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects.

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