Cipro Side Effects

Most people are able to take Cipro without any problems. However, some people do experience side effects during treatment. In clinical studies, the most common problems in adults included nausea, diarrhea, and abnormal liver function tests. Although most side effects of Cipro tend to be minor, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop seizures, hallucinations, or other potentially serious problems.

An Introduction to Cipro Side Effects

As with any medicine, Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cipro. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Cipro

Cipro has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking Cipro were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in a similar group of people taking either a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) or another antibiotic.
In these studies, the most commonly reported Cipro side effects in adults included:
  • Nausea -- in up to 2.5 percent of adults
  • Diarrhea -- up to 1.6 percent
  • Abnormal liver function tests -- up to 1.3 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 1 percent
  • A rash -- up to 1 percent.
The most commonly reported side effects in children included:
  • Stomach problems in general -- in up to 15 percent of children
  • Diarrhea -- up to 4.8 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 4.8 percent
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 3.3 percent
  • Stuffy nose -- up to 3 percent
  • Stomach upset -- up to 2.7 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 2.7 percent
  • Fever -- up to 2.1 percent
  • Asthma -- up to 1.8 percent
  • A rash -- up to 1.8 percent.

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