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User Reviews for Cipro

Cipro has an average rating of 5.3 out of 10 from a total of 300 ratings on Drugs.com. 40% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 42% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Urinary Tract Infection  
5.6
164 reviews 189 medications
Bladder Infection  
5.0
30 reviews 82 medications
Prostatitis  
4.9
20 reviews 49 medications
Kidney Infections  
3.7
19 reviews 94 medications
Bacterial Infection  
5.4
15 reviews 171 medications
Diverticulitis  
5.6
15 reviews 32 medications
Sinusitis  
3.6
11 reviews 248 medications
Bronchitis  
5.4
9 reviews 288 medications
Skin or Soft Tissue Infection  
5.5
2 reviews 162 medications
Salmonella Gastroenteritis  
1.0
2 reviews 9 medications
Pneumonia  
1.0
2 reviews 188 medications
Bone infection  
7.5
2 reviews 65 medications
Intraabdominal Infection  
1.0
1 reviews 58 medications
Typhoid Fever  
9.0
1 reviews 11 medications
Tuberculosis, Active  
10.0
1 reviews 30 medications
Traveler's Diarrhea  
10.0
1 reviews 76 medications
Surgical Prophylaxis  
1.0
1 reviews 52 medications
Skin and Structure Infection  
10.0
1 reviews 76 medications
Anthrax  
9.0
1 reviews 28 medications
Infection Prophylaxis  
1.0
1 reviews 24 medications
Cholera  
10.0
1 reviews 20 medications
Summary of Cipro reviews 5.3 300 reviews

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Reviews for Cipro

Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month February 16, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “At 52 got my first UTI and I can say it was absolutely awful; ended up in ER because symptoms seemed to come fast and severe. Was prescribed 500 mg ciproflaxen 2X a day for 7 days. Within 4 hours I started to feel better. Pain and urgency to urinate decreased dramatically. (Thought it was in my head....how could it work so fast?). No side effects. Rarely on antibiotics which is maybe why it works so well for me.”

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HL33 · Taken for less than 1 month January 31, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Prescribed Cipro every 12 hours for a urinary infection, but only took 3 doses as my side effect felt terrible. I had the worse headache I’ve ever felt. IT felt like there was so much pressure in my head that it could explode. My muscles started to ache and my body would tingle. I had absolutely no energy, and felt like my brain wasn’t even working, and like I was in a different body. Complete disconnect from reality. Troubles staying asleep at night, and just laid awake in pain. Back pain, neck stiffness, and my vision blurred. Worst thing I have ever experienced. Called my doctor before I was suppose to take next dose to get something new and instantly felt better. Praying to God this new one works without the side effect as I’m terrified to feel that way ever again.”

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Charlivvy July 6, 2016

For Urinary Tract Infection: “6-8 years ago, I used to have a UTI every other month. Cipro was my go-to because I'm allergic to most others. It always worked. Haven't had an infection for at least 2-3 years until now- Cipro took care of it 100% in 3 days. It isn't easy on the digestive system, and definitely have to follow all instructions on bottle (don't take with calcium, or before anything fortified with vitamins &minerals and stay out of the sun!), but it works! The things I did to stop getting uti's: no baths, only showers; urinate before and after sex, lots of water and not too many caffeinated drinks, don't try to "hold it" (if you gotta go, then go!). Taking cranberry daily is helpful also.”

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Anonymous June 8, 2016

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I had no side effects and it cleared up my infection well! Scary reviews can scare you but don't ever forget YOUR body is different than someone else's therefore drugs can effect you differently than someone else.”

10 / 10
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Del1979 February 12, 2017

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I had a mild UTI that I was trying to treat naturally, but it didn't go away. So, I was forced to try an antibiotic. I was prescribed Cipro for 5 days. I had no side effects at all and felt 100% by day 3. I continued taking them through the 5th day even though all symptoms were already gone.”

10 / 10
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Mom of 4 too October 16, 2019

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Hi I just read mom of 4 and I also have had a UTI for 8 months straight. I have been in 8 rounds of antibiotics and nothing is completely ridding me of my UTI I did a CT scan and MRI and blood work and all is clear. I’m on cipro again and this round also seems to not be working. Is this the end where you just have a UTI till you get sepsis or an antibiotic resistant infection? Is there hope?”

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Tommy · Taken for less than 1 month February 2, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Cipro was very effective in treating my bladder infection after another antibiotic failed to work at all. Within 24 hours my fever and pain had subsided and I was feeling much better. Cipro works great!”

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MamawPapaw · Taken for 10 years or more September 7, 2014

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I've been suffering from urinary tract infections for most of my adult life. The first Dr that prescribed Cipro for me was a "Saint"! Nothing else works for me like it. I take 500mg twice a day for a week to 10 days. I insist on this medication. I've never had any issues with any side effects... Only amazing relief! I'm now in my late 60's and I still take this when I have a UTI.”

10 / 10
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Rusty · Taken for less than 1 month March 14, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Cipro was terrible. Was given an 8 day supply for an UTI and started having sharp joint/leg pain on day 6. For the next 15 days I have problems walking because the pain. I will never take it again!”

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Skipperose February 3, 2015

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Wow, many of your reviews are very helpful. I am a vibrant, healthy & semi-athletic post-menopausal female. I ignored symptoms which were later diagnosed as CTI; acute abdomen pressure, urge to urinate every few minutes with pulsing and finally, bloody urine. Cipro worked for me within the 1st 24 hrs ...500 mg 2x p/day for 5 days... No side effects, only relief...”

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Katiekatt · Taken for less than 1 month January 15, 2017

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I was panicked reading all these reviews but it worked great for me and got rid of my Uti after 3 other useless antibiotics. Bit of usual antibiotic side effects eg stomach pain but nothing really bad and nothing that lasted.”

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thorndyke March 13, 2009

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Used ciprofloxacin frequently for several years for chronic urinary tract infections. Ended up with painful urination frequently. After much money spent on tests for bladder cancer, I discovered that blood in the urine is a rare, but serious, side effect of Ciprofloxacin. So all those times I thought I had a bladder infection, I had a ciprofloxacin induced condition. Blood (not usually visible to the naked eye) in urine, but makes urinating very painful nonetheless. A word to the wise. We consumers have to do our own research on side effects.”

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Dreaasan January 4, 2016

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I was suffering from a UTI for over 2 weeks. Burning had stopped but was loosing my mind over how severe the urgency was. I got prescribed macrobid, after 4 days of no relief I went to the ER and got prescribed Cipro 500mg two times a day for 5 days. I took my second pill and my symptoms are 98% gone. The only side effect was a bit of anxiety after the first pill. But, this could've been because I had read so many scary reviews. I'm truly grateful for this drug. I was sleepless and restless to the point of depression. So happy something is finally helping!”

10 / 10
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Max November 8, 2019

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I took my second Cipro pill today out of 7 days dosage. Burning sensation almost disappeared and as well as the bladder pressure. However the back pain is still strong. Side effects: diarrhea, weakness and sleeping problems but it’s tolerable Will come back with an update on day 3”

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Sir Shatington · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 26, 2018

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I get UTI's about once a year (bad enough to cause bleeding). I go to Urgent Care and get Cipro. It works wonders. Within 3-4 hours after taking only one pill the urgency and burning sensations are reduced to a bearable level. After 2 or 3 pills everything feels like normal again. Cipro is great forme. Unfortunately not everyone reacts the same to medications, it might be the worst thing ever for some people, but I've never had any adverse reactions to Cipro.”

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PES · Taken for less than 1 month March 4, 2019

For Diverticulitis: “DO NOT TAKE THIS POISON! I was given Cipro for Diverticulitis 2 years ago. Please read every precaution & side effect of this drug. It effects your DNA, and never leaves your body. My right leg went into a spasm, I couldn't walk for over a month.! The tendons and ligaments in my ankles, knees, thumbs, neck and back started cracking , which has caused a crippling affect to this day. All the toes in my left foot are numb. It has changed my life and I still have depressing days. My advice is never take this drug, you will never be the same! Just research Floxie Hope to see how many others have been affected”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month January 10, 2015

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I am reading the comments and I am really surprised at how long and at how high a dosage some people with urinary tract infections are reporting. I went to the doctor this morning because I have a UTI, but I was given 6 Cipro pills, each 250 mg to be taken twice a day. From what I understand, most doctors will try this 3 day fix and not put you on an extended dose. I am reading comments that some people are on for 10 days. I am all for stamping out an infection, but I want to do it with as little medication as possible. So far so good. Who knows, I might need a new prescription but for now I am hoping that this modest approach of a 3 day treatment will do the trick.”

9 / 10
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SavSav January 23, 2017

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Despite all the side effects that are plaguing other users, I believe Cipro is worth a try - it is the most effective antibiotic I have been prescribed for UTI, and I experience little to no side effects. The only time I tried to take Macrobid, I experienced fever, nausea, muscle pain, dizziness, and had to call in sick to work last-minute because I'd slept through the whole day prior. So considering alternatives, I trust Cipro for MY use.”

8 / 10
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Ash · Taken for less than 1 month May 12, 2019

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I was given ciprofloxacin when I was 18 as a cure for my UTI, that wasn't a bad one. The UTI went away but I was left with constant nausea, abdominal pains, lost of appetite for multiple days, and chills and fever at night, making it impossible to sleep, so the Cipro had the hideous long-term side effects. Cipro is the worst medications I’ve ever been prescribed, and should be taken off the market. This drug is so awful. It has altered my stomach and it’s sensitivity for life. :( This drug sent me to the ER, and was fed through an IV for 2-3 days. HORRIBLE!”

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C January 25, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I unfortunately got a UTI during a trip in Bali and was prescribed cipro 500 for a 10 day course from a clinic here. My dr back home said try it for 3 days and if I still have problems push it to 5 days. I HATE taking meds, so after reading a ton of reviews and side effects for this drug I was very hesitant to take it. I waited 3 days until I couldn’t take it anymore and was in unbearable pain to finally start the course. I felt so much better day 1 and fortunately day 3 I’m feeling back to normal and luckily no major side effects except slight itchiness all over within the first few hours and a little bit of chest pressure (probably anxiety from taking this!) I actually felt more alert than normal. I’m going to stop today and hopefully will remain feeling good. I am rating this an 8 because it’s a heavy duty antibiotic and I think there are other choices I could’ve taken that aren’t as strong, for an uncomplicated uti- but that’s all they had available here.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 10, 2012

For Prostatitis: “Very discouraged after taking 10 days of Sulfa and 2 weeks of Doxycycline that my family doctor prescribed. Symptoms got better but never went away. Went to a Urologist and he said his first choice is definitely Cipro. Also said that Doxy is a "static" drug and WILL NOT kill the bacteria, it will only stop replication. Cipro kills it. I've also searched the web up and down for answers and almost all say it takes 4-6 weeks of taking a Cipro related drug. Finishing up week 6 of Cipro and all my symptoms are GONE and feel normal again! Going to take another week to be on the safe side. Give this time to work...it's not an overnight fix. Frustrating, but true. Also, no side effects either.”

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Review · Taken for less than 1 month July 16, 2013

For Kidney Infections: “I have chronic urinary tract infections. Every time I know one is coming on, I go to my doctor and this is what is prescribed. This last urinary tract infection I couldn't get treated because I have no insurance and didn't have the money for the office visit. so I tried to wait it out or flush it with water. It eventually turned to a Kidney Infection and I was put on this medication. It does the trick within a day every time.”

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legabeagle2 October 16, 2010

For Bladder Infection: “Cipro is magical when it comes to bladder infections. Please do not drink milk and please make sure you eat a cracker, a piece of bread or other food prior to taking this medication. It is by far the strongest and most effective for severe bladder infections. Within just hours you no longer feel that constant annoying urgency to urinate and the pain of the oncoming infection lessens the first day of taking Cipro. And, lastly, however most importantly, do not have intercourse for at least a week or longer.”

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GoGreen02 July 13, 2013

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Worked wonderfully. Was on Bactrim for a week with no relief, but after my first pill of Cipro I felt 100 times better and was sleeping through the night. On my fourth day of taking and no side effects and feeling awesome.”

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Anonymous August 28, 2012

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I have had bladder and kidney infections all my life, and Cipro has been a lifesaver for over 25 years. I have never experienced any side effects, and feel better within hours/days depending on the severity of my symptoms. I take Cranberry supplements on a regular basis, and it seems to aid in preventing urinary tract infections.”

10 / 10
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