Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Ciprfloxacin?


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There is no indication of an adverse interaction between ciprofloxacin and alcohol, according to Drugs.com. However, there can be an interaction if this prescribed medication is used together with coffee or any caffeine products because it can heighten the effects of caffeine, such as sleeplessness and agitation. Ciprofloxacin also should not be taken together with milk or certain multivitamins and minerals.

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The effectiveness of ciprofloxacin may be affected if it is taken with either dairy products or multivitamins/mineral supplements that contain calcium, iron, magnesium or aluminum. There also can be interactions between this medication and other prescription drugs, such as warfarin, tizanidine and certain antidepressants or antipsychotics. Similarly, antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium hydroxide also may interact with ciprofloxacin. Patients should speak with their doctors about when and how to take these different medications, states MedlinePlus. In most cases, patients need to wait a certain amount of time to take another medication before or after using ciprofloxacin.

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic prescribed for different types of bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections. This medication come in different forms, such as tablets or a liquid. Patients usually take ciprofloxacin twice a day or as instructed by a doctor. Someone taking it may experience side effects such as nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, feeling nervous and confusion. Ciprofloxacin may also cause increased sun sensitivity or increase the risk factor for tendinitis.

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