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User Reviews for Ciprofloxacin to treat Bladder Infection

Also known as: Cipro, Cipro Cystitis Pack, Cipro I.V., Cipro XR

Ciprofloxacin has an average rating of 5.2 out of 10 from a total of 105 ratings for the treatment of Bladder Infection. 38% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 46% reported a negative effect.

Ciprofloxacin Rating Summary

5.2/10 average rating

105 ratings from 114 user reviews.

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Reviews for Ciprofloxacin

ajmar · Taken for less than 1 month October 28, 2014

“I took Cipro (500mg 2x/day) for a bladder infection and the only side effect I got was some drowsiness. A few days into taking it, I made the mistake of reading medication reviews and I thought for sure it was going to slowly kill me. Well, I don't know if any other side effects are going to creep up on me in the future, but I can assure you that the actual course of medicine worked just the way it was supposed to, with no serious side effects. The conclusion--there are either a ton of people with pyschosomatic tendencies or I am some sort of anomaly.”

8 / 10
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legabeagle2 October 16, 2010

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “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.”

9 / 10
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carrosa · Taken for less than 1 month April 13, 2014

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “This medicine gave me the relief of symptoms of pain, urgency and frequency I needed quickly but I felt bad otherwise with overall fatigue and joint pain everywhere. Seven Days of that was worth it to me to rid me of that infection. But I worry if those side effects could worsen if I use it again in the future.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous October 16, 2013

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “I love Cipro. I have had it several times before for a bladder infection, and again recently after passing a kidney stone. It works so fast. I have nothing bad to say about it, in fact I have noticed that my skin has cleared up, I know it isn't for that but my skin has never been this clear.”

10 / 10
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Tough lesson January 23, 2013

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “I took one dose and within about 3 hours the blood started to clear from the urine and pain lessened; however, soon I got a bad headache, nausea, and chills. Within about 12 hours from the first (and only)dose I was in the hospital--vomiting and feeling miserable. Was there for 3 days taking a different antibiotic and fluids by IV. One week later bad diahrrea, and pain in knee joint. Must be allergic to Cipro--will remember that for sure!”

2 / 10
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mybladder April 25, 2013

“Cipro works great for me and is what I ask for. I've always been given 500 mg twice a day. Knocks out the pain and burning within 24 hours. For those who say they always get a yeast infection... take a supplement of acidophilus every day to replenish the good bacteria in your system. You won't get the yeast infection if you do this. Take it several days after stopping the Cipro, and you'll be good to go! ”

10 / 10
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Anonymous54 May 7, 2013

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “This medicine gave me quick relief from the urinary tract infection, however I am vomiting and have diarrhea. The pharmacist label said to take on an empty stomach but when I called them, they said I can eat just no dairy. Hopefully with something in my stomach the side effects will decrease.”

8 / 10
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Mease June 16, 2019

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “I was given Cipro as I was leaving a hospital where I was treated for a bladder infection. I became confused and nauseous after being on it for 1.5 days and stopped taking it. A little over a week later, I could hardly walk and felt like I had electricity running down my legs. That was followed by stabbing pains in hands and feet, prickling sensations all over my body and patches of burning sensations on my arms, legs and back. It's now almost a year later and I have had to deal with this horror 24/7. Only when I developed overactive bladder along with the neuropathy did I learn Cipro can cause all of my symptoms. My urologist told me this based on my medical history and notifications sent by the FDA to him and other physicians.”

1 / 10
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Still Miserable February 10, 2014

“I have very frequent bladder infections and I take Cipro. It always works except for this time. I took it twice yesterday as prescribed but I woke up every hour last night having to go. I've never had a problem with it not working, but maybe I'm developing an immunity to it because of the amount I get bladder infections.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month March 20, 2019

“Was prescribed ciprofloxacin for a UTI and had to take it 2 times a day for seven days, I got no side effects or mental health issues but the first day I took I had slight stomach pain but it was barely nothing. It's best if you eat a good full meal before or right after you take pill and drink A LOT of water that's what I did and I was fine. UTI went away thank goodness. I hope this helps anyone”

9 / 10
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Panikki · Taken for less than 1 month November 5, 2015

“Best med ever for bladder infections. I thought I'd never leave the house but after the first dose I felt better in 4 hours. After the 2nd dose I feel almost back to normal. I've taken this med a LOT in my life with no side effects. Take it with food and plenty of water if you can.”

10 / 10
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KateW May 14, 2015

“I've been prescribed Cipro several times and have never had a problem with the drastic side effects others have posted here. I usually have 60% relief within 6 hours of taking the first pill. By day two, the burning is pretty much gone. The frequency and bloating slowly resolve during the rest of the treatment days. I use AZO to help with pain at the onset, but usually only need to take 1 dose before the Cipro kicks in.”

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Eli · Taken for less than 1 month May 7, 2019

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “I took Cipro for a bladder infection which gave me severe burning pain, depression and dark thoughts. I now have severe tendon and joint pains to the extreme that doctors are diagnosing me with chronic arthritis, severe tendonitis, and there are days I can't walk. The FDA has double black box warning. NOT good, do YOUR research. This Cipro can change your life over night. I never, ever had joint pain until my doctor was careless the day he prescribed this - the double black box warning had been issued so prescribers take more care. His staff never paid attention and here I am living with the consequences. RESEARCH CIPRO, you will be well informed and trust me you could save your own life. Doctors prescribe but it is YOUR health so be informed”

1 / 10
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Anonymous March 5, 2011

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “I had to stop taken the medicine due to getting yellowing of the skin, fevers, nightmares, severe headaches, dizziness, hot flashes, restlessness, nausea, etc. The medicine was fine until about 3 days into it then I began to feel worse and it was even hard for me to breathe. I may be one of the select few who reacted this way and I followed everything that I was told to do exactly.”

2 / 10
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Renee June 17, 2018

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “Unfortunately I can no longer take this drug. This has been my go too for years and was always able to “fix me”. I suffer from interstitial cystitis, chronic kidney infections and chronic UTI’s. After 11 days on 500mg 2x a day I found myself in the ER, looks as if the bacteria I have is now resistant to this medication. Please be careful when taking this I know how great it can work but your body can also become rejecting of it as well. It has given me many side affects at times and other times none at all. Best of luck to my fellow sufferers.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous October 21, 2011

“2 -250 mg for 3 days. Worked great! Left me very tired, lightly nauseous and a little heartburn (and perhaps developing a little yeast infection) but nothing I can't handle. I got great night of sleep but my days were bad. I did get freaked out by some of the reviews I read but I had to remember that hundreds, if not thousands, of people take this medicine and only the ones with bad reactions will post anything (only a fraction of the people prescribed it). It works differently with everyone so do not let these reviews make your mind up. Take it one pill at a time and see how it affects you. Tip: take the pill with a lot of water and food in your belly. This helped me. Good luck!”

8 / 10
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jerzeegirl1 February 26, 2015

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “I have to be on it for 2 months due to surgery and chronic bladder infection..women..please eat something and take a probiotic with this medicine. Working great! No complaints and no yeast infection..yay!”

8 / 10
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Anthony · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 24, 2019

“I am so tired!!! I don't feel like even breathing! My back hurts, my head hurts, dizzy, depressed, mad, sad, my bladder burns, I'm constantly running to the bathroom, and feel like rubbish! I will finish taking what I'm supposed to but I think next time I'll ask if there's something else. This is crazy!!!”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month July 3, 2012

“I was prescribed Cipro after having a SEVERE bladder infection. Within 3-4 hours, I started feeling relief, by 12 hours I was almost completely better. Be sure to take all of the medication, or it may come back worse. Overall, Cipro worked like a charm and gave me almost instant relief. ”

10 / 10
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GVB · Taken for less than 1 month November 7, 2012

“Felt relief within 3 hours of taking it! Three days into it, I still feel the urgency to "go", but the pain and all other symptoms are gone. I too have headaches, but they are minimal. Medication insert said you can take vitamins/iron after a minimum of 2 hours of taking Cipro and I can live without milk for 10 days. Hang in there, I freaked out after reading the "warnings", but so far, so good.”

9 / 10
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DlReed November 18, 2014

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): “Cipro worked the first day for reducing the urgency, but I must not have eaten enough, because I felt like vomiting. The second day I had diarrhea, and the third day, I have the urgency back, but not as painful.”

3 / 10
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Jesse is me June 25, 2017

“Great stuff. And for those who have had issues with it...guess what..your system is different than mine. That's all. So don't go telling folks it sucks. A Tesla won't run on gasoline, but that doesn't mean gasoline doesn't work.”

10 / 10
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Hannah1405 August 24, 2017

“Hi! So I went to the doctor after 10 days of a terrible UTI. Baking soda, AZO and the generic version, cranberry tablets and juice, lots of water, applied heat and NOTHING helped. My doctor started me on Bactria DS which after 7 days of taking this we discovered I was allergic to the antibiotic so for that week it wasn't helping. My body was rejecting it. I was constipated for 2 weeks, throwing up and broke out with a chest rash. My UTI felt like it was getting worse and like it would never end. I got a culture done at the doctors my second visit and I was put on Cirpofloaxin for 10 days. After the 2nd pill I felt immediate relief. I'm still taking them but on day 4 it was completely gone. $4 later, Im better! :)”

10 / 10
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Danny January 30, 2020

“I took cipro for prostrate infection twice a day and the course was suppose to be for 7 days, by the 4th day I had pain in my back and legs, constipation, insomnia, fog mind, tremors in my hands. Now, I always tired, lost about 20 pounds, I'm very susceptible to cold weather, no longer working. I was very healthy person before I took Cipro awful pill.”

1 / 10
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BJ · Taken for less than 1 month July 22, 2020

“Almost 3 yrs ago I was given Cipro for a maybe infection after a stent was placed in my ureter. After 3 pills I started feeling pulling in my calves. I stopped the Rx. Pulls, leg cramps, left side weakness in my arm and leg, terrible brain fog, confusion, abdominal pain, chest pain up the center, heart palpitations, suicidal thoughts, depression, itching, that some “side effects” still continue today! Almost 3 years later!!! This is a terrible DRUG FAMILY!! DO NOT TAKE ANY OF THEM!!”

1 / 10
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