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The effects of a Cipro (ciprofloxacin) overdose will vary, based on how much of the drug was taken and whether it was taken with any other substances. Some possible overdose effects may include vomiting, diarrhea, and disorientation. Treatment options will also vary. Depending on how recent the overdose was, treatment could involve administering certain medications, "pumping the stomach," or providing supportive care.

Can You Take Too Much Cipro?

Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) is a prescription medication that belongs to the antibiotic class called fluoroquinolones, or quinolones for short. It is used to treat a variety of infections.
As with most medications, it may be possible to take too much Cipro. The specific effects of an overdose with Cipro will likely vary depending on a number of factors, including the Cipro dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.

What Are the Effects of an Overdose?

Some of the specific effects of a Cipro overdose may include:
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Disorientation
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Kidney problems.

Treatment Options

The treatment for a Cipro overdose will vary. If the overdose was recent, it is possible that the healthcare provider may administer certain medicines to induce vomiting, or place a tube into the stomach to "pump" it. Antacids containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium may be given to bind to Cipro and reduce the amount that is absorbed into the body. Dialysis is expected to remove only a small amount of Cipro from the body.
Treatment for any type of overdose typically involves supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options for this type of overdose may include:
  • Fluids through an intravenous line (IV), if necessary
  • Close monitoring of the kidneys.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have overdosed on Cipro.
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