What is a UTI | Which antibiotic to use | Common side effects | Antibiotic resistance | New antibiotics | OTC antibiotics | Recurring UTIs | Treatment without antibiotics | Cranberry juice | More resources If you have ever experienced the frequent urge to go the bathroom with painful burning urination, you have probably experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI). You may be surprised to know that UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for over 8 million visits to health care providers each year. Sometimes a UTI can be self-limiting, meaning that your body can fight the infection without antibiotics; however, most uncomplicated UTI cases can be treated quickly with a short course of oral UTI antibiotics. A UTI infection can happen anywhere along your urinary tract, which includes the kidneys (the organ that filters the blood to make urine), the ureters (the tubes that take urine from each kidney to the bladder), the bladder (stores urine), or the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder to the outside). A lower urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria gets into the urethra and is deposited up into the bladder -- this is called cystitis. Infections that get past the bladder and up into the kidneys are called pyelonephritis . An infection of the tube that empties urine from the bladder to the outside is called urethritis. Urinary tract infection symptoms may include: Upper UTIs which include the kidney may also have symptoms of fever, back pain, and nausea or vomiting. Also, it is best to take the doses at evenly spaced times, day and night. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses. This medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood or urine. For example, if you are to take one dose a day, try to take it at the same time each day. Shake the oral liquid for at least 15 seconds just before each use. If you need to take this medicine for anthrax infection, your doctor will want you to begin using it as soon as possible after you are exposed to anthrax. The oral liquid has small microcapsules floating in it. These microcapsules may look like bubbles or small beads. Do not chew the microcapsules when you take the oral liquid.
Mild/moderate: 500 mg PO q12hr or 400 mg IV q12hr for 7-14 days Severe/complicated: 750 mg PO q12hr or 400 mg IV q8hr for 7-14 days Limitations-of-use: Reserve fluoroquinolones for patients who do not have other available treatment options for acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis Acute uncomplicated: Immediate-release, 250 mg PO q12hr for 3 days; extended-release, 500 mg PO q24hr for 3 days Mild/moderate: 250 mg PO q12hr or 200 mg IV q12hr for 7-14 days Severe/complicated: 500 mg PO q12hr or 400 mg IV q12hr for 7-14 days Limitations-of-use: Reserve fluoroquinolones for patients who do not have other available treatment options for uncomplicated urinary tract infections Dry powder for inhalation: Orphan designation for patients with NCFB who suffer from frequent severe acute pulmonary bacterial exacerbations which lead to further inflammation, airway, and lung parenchyma damage Indication for treatment and prophylaxis of plague due to Yersinia pestis in pediatric patients from birth to 17 years of age 15 mg/kg PO q8-12hr x10-21 days; not to exceed 500 mg/dose, OR 10 mg/kg IV q8-12hr x 10-21 days; not to exceed 400 mg/dose Postexposure therapy IV: 10 mg/kg q12hr for 60 days; individual dose not to exceed 400 mg PO: 15 mg/kg q12hr for 60 days; individual dose not to exceed 500 mg Change antibiotic to amoxicillin as soon as penicillin susceptibility confirmed Nausea (3%) Abdominal pain (2%) Diarrhea (2% adults; 5% children) Increased aminotransferase levels (2%) Vomiting (1% adults; 5% children) Headache (1%) Increased serum creatinine (1%) Rash (2%) Restlessness (1%) Acidosis Allergic reaction Angina pectoris Anorexia Arthralgia Ataxia Back pain Bad taste Blurred vision Breast pain Bronchospasm Diplopia Dizziness Drowsiness Dysphagia Dyspnea Flushing Foot pain Hallucinations Hiccups Hypertension Hypotension Insomnia Irritability Joint stiffness Lethargy Migraine Nephritis Nightmares Oral candidiasis Palpitation Photosensitivity Polyuria Syncope Tachycardia Tinnitus Tremor Urinary retention Vaginitis Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), erythema multiforme, exfoliative dermatitis, fixed eruption, photosensitivity/phototoxicity reaction Agitation, confusion, delirium Agranulocytosis, albuminuria, serum cholesterol and TG elevations, blood glucose disturbances, hemolytic anemia, marrow depression (life threatening), pancytopenia (life threatening or fatal outcome), potassium elevation (serum) Anaphylactic reactions (including life-threatening anaphylactic shock), serum sickness like reaction, Stevens-Johnson syndrome Anosmia, hypesthesia Constipation, dyspepsia, dysphagia, flatulence, hepatic failure (including fatal cases), hepatic necrosis, jaundice, pancreatitis Hypertonia, hypotension (postural), increased INR (in patients treated with Vitamin K antagonists), QT prolongation, torsade de pointes, ventricular arrhythmia Methemoglobinemia Myasthenia, exacerbation of myasthenia gravis, myoclonus, nystagmus, peripheral neuropathy that may be irreversible, phenytoin alteration (serum), polyneuropathy, psychosis Myalgia, tendinitis, tendon rupture, toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell’s Syndrome), twitching Infections: Candiduria, vaginal candidiasis, moniliasis (oral, gastrointestinal, vaginal), pseudomembranous colitis Renal calculi Vasculitis Because the risk of these serious side effects generally outweighs the benefits for patients with acute bacterial sinusitis, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, and uncomplicated UTIs, that fluoroquinolones should be reserved for use in patients with these conditions who have no alternative treatment options Use in pregnancy, though generally contraindicated for all quinolones, is allowed for life-threatening situations; limited data from use of ciprofloxacin in pregnancy show no higher rate of birth defects than background Do not use oral suspension in nasogastric tube; to prepare, add microcapsules to diluent Commonly seen adverse reactions include tendinitis, tendon rupture, arthralgia, myalgia, peripheral neuropathy, and central nervous system effects (hallucinations, anxiety, depression, insomnia, severe headaches, and confusion); these reactions can occur within hours to weeks after starting therapy, including in patients of any age or without pre-existing risk factors; discontinue therapy immediately at first signs or symptoms of any serious adverse reaction; in addition, avoid use of fluoroquinolones, in patients who have experienced any serious adverse reactions associated with fluoroquinolones (see Black Box Warnings) Peripheral neuropathy: sensory or sensorimotor axonal polyneuropathy affecting small and/or large axons resulting in paresthesias, hypoesthesias, dysesthesias, and weakness reported; peripheral neuropathy may occur rapidly after initiating and may potentially become permanent In prolonged therapy, perform periodic evaluations of organ system functions (eg, renal, hepatic, hematopoietic); adjust dose in renal impairment; superinfections may occur with prolonged or repeated antibiotic therapy; discontinue use immediately if signs and symptoms of hepatitis occur Not first drug of choice in pediatrics (except in anthrax), because of increased incidence of adverse events in comparison with control subjects, including arthropathy; no data exist on dosing for pediatric patients with renal impairment (ie, Cr Cl Distributed widely throughout body; tissue concentrations often exceed serum concentrations, especially in kidneys, gallbladder, liver, lungs, gynecologic tissue, and prostatic tissue; cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentration is 10% in noninflamed meninges and 14-37% in inflamed meninges; crosses placenta; enters breast milk Protein bound: 20-40% Vd: 2.1-2.7 L/kg Additive: Aminophylline, amoxicillin, amoxicillin-clavulanate, amphotericin, ampicillin-sulbactam, ceftazidime, cefuroxime, clindamycin, floxacillin, heparin, piperacillin, sodium bicarbonate, ticarcillin Y-site: Aminophylline, ampicillin-sulbactam, azithromycin, cefepime, dexamethasone sodium phosphate, furosemide, heparin, hydrocortisone sodium succinate, magnesium sulfate(? ), methylprednisolone sodium succinate, phenytoin, potassium phosphates, propofol, sodium bicarbonate(? ), sodium phosphates, total parenteral nutrition formulations, warfarin Solution: Compatible with most IV fluids Additive: Amikacin, aztreonam, dobutamine, dopamine, fluconazole, gentamicin, lidocaine, linezolid, metronidazole (ready-to-use form is compatible; hydrochloride form in vial is incompatible), midazolam, potassium chloride, tobramycin Y-site: Amiodarone, calcium gluconate, clarithromycin, digoxin, diphenhydramine, dobutamine, dopamine, linezolid, lorazepam, midazolam, promethazine, quinupristin/dalfopristin, tacrolimus The above information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only. Individual plans may vary and formulary information changes. Contact the applicable plan provider for the most current information. Quinolone antibiotics (including ciprofloxacin) may cause serious and possibly permanent tendon damage (such as tendonitis, tendon rupture), nerve problems in the arms and legs (peripheral neuropathy), and nervous system problems. Get medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: pain/numbness/burning/tingling/weakness in your arms/hands/legs/feet, changes in how you sense touch/pain/temperature/vibration/body position, severe/lasting headache, vision changes, shaking (tremors), seizures, mental/mood changes (such as agitation, anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, depression, rare thoughts of suicide). Tendon damage may occur during or after treatment with this medication. Stop exercising, rest, and get medical help right away if you develop joint/muscle/tendon pain or swelling. Your risk for tendon problems is greater if you are over 60 years of age, if you are taking corticosteroids (such as prednisone), or if you have a kidney, heart, or lung transplant. This medication may make a certain muscle condition (myasthenia gravis) worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have new or worsening muscle weakness (such as drooping eyelids, unsteady walk) or trouble breathing.
Ciprofloxacin Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR is an antibiotic drug prescribed to treat a variety of bacterial infections sinus, tooth, UTI, gonorrhea, prostatitis. Common side effects are headache, rash, and diarrhea. Available by prescription only, Cipro ® ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used for a wide variety of bacterial infections, including bladder infections also called urinary tract infections, or UTIs. This medicine comes as a tablet, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous IV solution.