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Ciproxin® 250mg/5ml granules and solvent for oral suspension
Ciprofloxacin 250mg/5ml granules and solvent for oral suspension
Your medicine is known by one of the above names but will be referred to
as Ciproxin throughout this:
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1) What Ciproxin is and what it is used for
2) What you need to know before you take Ciproxin
3) How to take Ciproxin
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Ciproxin
6) Contents of the pack and other information

1) What Ciproxin is and what it is used for
Ciproxin contains the active substance ciprofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin is an
antibiotic belonging to the fluoroquinolone family. Ciprofloxacin works by
killing bacteria that cause infections. It only works with specific strains of
Ciproxin is used in adults to treat the following bacterial infections:
• respiratory tract infections
• long lasting or recurring ear or sinus infections
• urinary tract infections
• genital tract infections in men and women
• gastro-intestinal tract infections and intra-abdominal infections
• skin and soft tissue infections
• bone and joint infections
• to prevent infections due to the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis
• anthrax inhalation exposure
Ciprofloxacin may be used in the management of patients with low white
blood cell counts (neutropenia) who have a fever that is suspected to be
due to a bacterial infection.
If you have a severe infection or one that is caused by more than one
type of bacterium, you may be given additional antibiotic treatment in
addition to Ciproxin.
Children and adolescents
Ciproxin is used in children and adolescents, under specialist medical
supervision, to treat the following bacterial infections:
• lung and bronchial infections in children and adolescents suffering from
cystic fibrosis
• complicated urinary tract infections, including infections that have
reached the kidneys (pyelonephritis)
• anthrax inhalation exposure
Ciproxin may also be used to treat other specific severe infections in
children and adolescents when your doctor considered this necessary.

2) What you need to know before you take Ciproxin
Do not take Ciproxin:
• if you are allergic to the active substance, to other quinolone drugs or to
any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6)
• if you are taking tizanidine (see Section 2: Other medicines and
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before taking Ciproxin
• if you have ever had kidney problems because your treatment may
need to be adjusted.
• if you suffer from epilepsy or other neurological conditions.
• if you have a history of tendon problems during previous treatment with
antibiotics such as Ciproxin.
• if you are diabetic because you may experience a risk of hypoglycaemia
with ciprofloxacin.
• if you have myasthenia gravis (a type of muscle weakness) because
symptoms can be exacerbated.
• if you have heart problems. Caution should be taken when using
Ciprofloxacin, if you were born with or have family history of prolonged
QT interval (seen on ECG, electrical recording of the heart), have salt
imbalance in the blood (especially low level of potassium or magnesium
in the blood), have a very slow heart rhythm (called ‘bradycardia’), have
a weak heart (heart failure), have a history of heart attack (myocardial
infarction), you are female or elderly or you are taking other medicines
that result in abnormal ECG changes (see section 2: Other medicines
and Ciproxin).
• if you or a member of your family is known to have a deficiency in
glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), since you may
experience a risk of anaemia with ciprofloxacin.
For the treatment of some genital tract infections, your doctor can
prescribe another antibiotic in addition to ciprofloxacin. If there is no
improvement in symptoms after 3 days of treatment, please consult your
While taking Ciproxin
Tell your doctor immediately, if any of the following occurs while taking
Ciproxin. Your doctor will decide whether treatment with Ciproxin needs
to be stopped.
• Severe, sudden allergic reaction (an anaphylactic reaction/shock,
angio-oedema). Even with the first dose, there is a small chance that
you may experience a severe allergic reaction with the following
symptoms: tightness in the chest, feeling dizzy, sick or faint, or
experiencing dizziness when standing up. If this happens, stop taking
Ciproxin and contact your doctor immediately.
• Pain and swelling in the joints and tendinitis may occur
occasionally, particularly if you are elderly and are also being treated
with corticosteroids. Inflammation and ruptures of tendons may occur
even within the first 48 hours of treatment or up to several months after
discontinuation of Ciproxin therapy. At the first sign of any pain or
inflammation stop taking Ciproxin, contact your doctor and rest the
painful area. Avoid any unnecessary exercise, as this might increase
the risk of a tendon rupture.
• If you suffer from epilepsy or other neurological conditions such as
cerebral ischemia or stroke, you may experience side effects
associated with the central nervous system. If seizure happens, stop
taking Ciproxin and contact your doctor immediately.
• You may experience symptoms of neuropathy such as pain, burning,
tingling, numbness and/or muscle weakness. If this happens, stop
taking Ciproxin and contact your doctor immediately.
• You may experience psychiatric reactions the first time you take
Ciproxin. If you suffer from depression or psychosis, your symptoms
may become worse under treatment with Ciproxin. In rare cases,
depression or psychosis can progress to thoughts of suicide, suicide
attempts, or completed suicide. If this happens, contact your doctor
• Hypoglycemia has been reported most often in diabetic patients,
predominantly in elderly population. If this happens, contact your doctor
• Diarrhoea may develop while you are taking antibiotics, including
Ciproxin, or even several weeks after you have stopped taking them. If
it becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains
blood or mucus, stop taking Ciproxin and contact your doctor
immediately, as this can be life-threatening. Do not take medicines that
stop or slow down bowel movements.
• If your eyesight becomes impaired or if your eyes seem to be
otherwise affected, consult an eye specialist immediately.
• Your skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight or ultraviolet (UV)
light when taking Ciproxin. Avoid exposure to strong sunlight, or
artificial UV light such as sunbeds.

• Tell the doctor or laboratory staff that you are taking Ciproxin if you
have to provide a blood or urine sample.
• If you suffer from kidney problems, tell the doctor because your dose
may need to be adjusted.
• Ciproxin may cause liver damage. If you notice any symptoms such as
loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), dark urine, itching, or
tenderness of the stomach, contact your doctor immediately.
• Ciproxin may cause a reduction in the number of white blood cells and
your resistance to infection may be decreased. If you experience an
infection with symptoms such as fever and serious deterioration of your
general condition, or fever with local infection symptoms such as sore
throat/pharynx/mouth or urinary problems you should see your doctor
immediately. A blood test will be taken to check possible reduction of
white blood cells (agranulocytosis). It is important to inform your doctor
about your medicine.
Other medicines and Ciproxin
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicines.
Do not take Ciproxin together with tizanidine, because this may cause
side effects such as low blood pressure and sleepiness (see Section 2:
Do not take Ciproxin).
The following medicines are known to interact with Ciproxin in your body.
Taking Ciproxin together with these medicines can influence the
therapeutic effect of those medicines. It can also increase the probability
of experiencing side effects.
Tell your doctor if you are taking:
• Vitamin K antagonists (e.g. warfarin, acenocoumarol, phenprocoumon
or fluindione) or other oral anti-coagulants (to thin the blood)
• probenecid (for gout)
• methotrexate (for certain types of cancer, psoriasis, rheumatoid
• theophylline (for breathing problems)
• tizanidine (for muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis)
• olanzapine (an antipsychotic)
• clozapine (an antipsychotic)
• ropinirole (for Parkinson’s disease)
• phenytoin (for epilepsy)
• metoclopramide (for nausea and vomiting)
• cyclosporin (for skin conditions, rheumatoid arthritis and in organ
• other medicines that can alter your heart rhythm: medicines that belong
to the group of anti-arrhythmics (e.g. quinidine, hydroquinidine,
disopyramide, amiodarone, sotalol, dofetilide, ibutilide), tricyclic
antidepressants, some antimicrobials (that belong to the group of
macrolides), some antipsychotics
• zolpidem (for sleep disorders)
Ciproxin may increase the levels of the following medicines in your blood:
• pentoxifylline (for circulatory disorders)
• caffeine
• duloxetine (for depression, diabetic nerve damage or incontinence)
• lidocaine (for heart conditions or anaesthetic use)
• sildenafil (e.g. for erectile dysfunction)
• agomelatine (for depression)
Some medicines reduce the effect of Ciproxin. Tell your doctor if you take
or wish to take:
• antacids
• omeprazole
• mineral supplements
• sucralfate
• a polymeric phosphate binder (e.g. sevelamer or lanthanum carbonate)
• medicines or supplements containing calcium, magnesium, aluminium
or iron
If these preparations are essential, take Ciproxin about two hours before
or no sooner than four hours after them.
Ciproxin with food and drink
Unless you take Ciproxin during meals, do not eat or drink any dairy
products (such as milk or yoghurt) or drinks with added calcium when you
take the suspension, as they may affect the absorption of the active
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
It is preferable to avoid the use of Ciproxin during pregnancy.
Do not take Ciproxin during breast-feeding because ciprofloxacin is
excreted in breast milk and can be harmful for your child.
Driving and using machines
Ciproxin may make you feel less alert. Some neurological adverse events
can occur. Therefore, make sure you know how you react to Ciproxin
before driving a vehicle or operating machinery. If in doubt, talk to your
Ciproxin contains sucrose
If you are sucrose intolerant, please consult your doctor before taking
Ciproxin 250 mg/5 mL granules and solvent for oral suspension. As
Ciproxin contains 1.4 g sucrose per 5-mL measuring spoonful, this has to
be taken into consideration in terms of daily intake, particularly if you are
on a diabetic diet to control your blood sugar level. This product can be
harmful to teeth.

3) How to take Ciproxin
Your doctor will explain to you exactly how much Ciproxin you will have to
take as well as how often and for how long. This will depend on the type
of infection you have and how bad it is.
Tell your doctor if you suffer from kidney problems because your dose
may need to be adjusted.
The treatment usually lasts from 5 to 21 days, but may take longer for
severe infections. Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has
told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to
take Ciproxin.
Preparing and taking the suspension
Use only after reconstitution: the small brown bottle contains granules of
ciprofloxacin. Add them to the solvent in the larger white bottle
1. The product comes in 2 bottles, a small brown
bottle and a larger white bottle. The small brown
bottle contains granules which you add to the
solvent in the larger white bottle.

2. Open both bottles. Press down the child-proof
cap and turn it to the left.

3. Empty the small brown bottle containing the
granules into the opening of the larger white
bottle with the solvent. Do not add any water to
the solvent. Discard the empty small brown

4. Close the white bottle with the solvent and added
granules, turn it on its side and shake vigorously
for about 15 seconds.

5. Shake it vigorously for about 15 seconds before each dose.
6. Enter the expiry date after reconstitution (= reconstitution date + 14
days) in the relevant field on the white solvent bottle. The reconstituted
suspension is stable for no more than 14 days even when stored in a
7. Do try to take the suspension at around the same time every day.
8. Always use the measuring spoon provided. The full spoon will give you
a dose of 250 mg Ciproxin.
9. Do not chew the granules present in the suspension, simply swallow
A glass of water may be taken after taking the dose.
11. You can take the suspension at mealtimes or in between meals. Any
calcium you take as part of a meal will not seriously affect uptake.
However, do not take Ciproxin with dairy products such as milk or
yoghurt or with fortified fruit-juice (e.g. calcium-fortified orange-juice).
Remember to drink plenty of fluids while you are taking this medicine.
If you take more Ciproxin than you should
If you take more than the prescribed dose, get medical help immediately.
If possible, take the oral suspension or the box with you to show the
If you forget to take Ciproxin
Take the normal dose as soon as possible and then continue as
prescribed. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, do not take
the missed dose and continue as usual. Do not take a double dose to
make up for a forgotten dose. Be sure to complete your course of
If you stop taking Ciproxin
It is important that you finish the course of treatment even if you begin
to feel better after a few days. If you stop taking this medicine too soon,
your infection may not be completely cured and the symptoms of the
infection may return or get worse. You might also develop resistance to
the antibiotic.
If you have any further questions about the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

4) Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
The following section contains the most serious side effects that you can
recognize yourself:
Stop taking Ciproxin and contact your doctor immediately in order to
consider another antibiotic treatment if you notice any of the following
serious side effects:
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

Seizure (see Section 2: Warnings and precautions)
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)

Severe, sudden allergic reaction with symptoms such as tightness in
the chest, feeling dizzy, sick or faint, or experience dizziness when
standing up (anaphylactic reaction/shock) (see Section 2: Warnings
and precautions)

Muscle weakness, inflammation of the tendons which could lead to
rupture of the tendon, particularly affecting the large tendon at the
back of the ankle (Achilles tendon) (see Section 2: Warnings and

A serious life-threatening skin rash, usually in the form of blisters or
ulcers in the mouth, throat, nose, eyes and other mucous
membranes such as genitals which may progress to widespread
blistering or peeling of the skin (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic
epidermal necrolysis).
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

Unusual feelings of pain, burning tingling, numbness or muscle
weakness in the extremities (neuropathy) (see Section 2: Warnings
and precautions)

A drug reaction that causes rash, fever, inflammation of internal
organs, hematologic abnormalities and systemic illness (DRESS
Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms, AGEP
Acute Generalised Exanthematous Pustulosis).
Other side effects which have been observed during treatment with
Ciproxin are listed below by how likely they are:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

nausea, diarrhoea

joint pain and joint inflammation in children
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

joint pain in adults

fungal superinfections

a high concentration of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell

decreased appetite

hyperactivity or agitation

headache, dizziness, sleeping problems, or taste disorders

vomiting, abdominal pain, digestive problems such as stomach upset
(indigestion/heartburn), or wind

increased amounts of certain substances in the blood
(transaminases and/or bilirubin)

rash, itching, or hives

poor kidney function

pains in your muscles and bones, feeling unwell (asthenia), or fever

increase in blood alkaline phosphatase (a certain substance in the
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

muscle pain, inflammation of the joints, increased muscle tone and

inflammation of the bowel (colitis) linked to antibiotic use (can be
fatal in very rare cases) (see Section 2: Warnings and precautions)

changes to the blood count (leukopenia, leukocytosis, neutropenia,
anaemia), increased or decreased amounts of a blood clotting factor

allergic reaction, swelling (oedema), or rapid swelling of the skin and
mucous membranes (angio-oedema) (see Section 2: Warnings and

increased blood sugar (hyperglycaemia)

decreased blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) (see Section 2: Warnings
and precautions)

confusion, disorientation, anxiety reactions, strange dreams,
depression (potentially leading to thoughts of suicide, suicide
attempts, or completed suicide) (see Section 2: Warnings and
precautions), or hallucinations

pins and needles, unusual sensitivity to stimuli of the senses,
decreased skin sensitivity, tremors, or giddiness

eyesight problems including double vision (see Section 2: Warnings
and precautions)

tinnitus, loss of hearing, impaired hearing

rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)

expansion of blood vessels (vasodilation), low blood pressure, or

shortness of breath, including asthmatic symptoms

liver disorders, jaundice (cholestatic icterus), or hepatitis

sensitivity to light (see Section 2: Warnings and precautions)

kidney failure, blood or crystals in the urine, urinary tract

fluid retention or excessive sweating

increased levels of the enzyme amylase

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)

a special type of reduced red blood cell count (haemolytic anaemia);
a dangerous drop in a type of white blood cells (agranulocytosis)
(see Section 2: Warnings and precautions); a drop in the number of
red and white blood cells and platelets (pancytopenia), which may be
fatal; and bone marrow depression, which may also be fatal

allergic reaction called serum sickness-like reaction (see Section 2:
Warnings and precautions)

mental disturbances (psychotic reactions potentially leading to
thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts, or completed suicide) (see
Section 2: Warnings and precautions)

migraine, disturbed coordination, unsteady walk (gait disturbance),
disorder of sense of smell (olfactory disorders), pressure on the brain
(intracranial pressure and pseudotumor cerebri)

visual colour distortions

inflammation of the wall of the blood vessels (vasculitis)


death of liver cells (liver necrosis) very rarely leading to lifethreatening liver failure (see Section 2: Warnings and precautions)

small, pin-point bleeding under the skin (petechiae); various skin
eruptions or rashes

worsening of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis (see Section 2:
Warnings and precautions)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

feeling highly excited (mania) or feeling great optimism and
overactivity (hypomania)

abnormal fast heart rhythm, life-threatening irregular heart rhythm,
alteration of the heart rhythm (called ‘prolongation of QT interval’,
seen on ECG, electrical activity of the heart)

influence on blood clotting (in patients treated with Vitamin K
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme, Website: By reporting side effects, you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5) How to store Ciproxin
• Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children
• Do not use Ciproxin after the expiry date which is stated on the carton
and bottle labels after “EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
Do not store above 25ºC.
Do not store above 25ºC.
Protect from freezing. Avoid inverted storage.
When reconstituted, the ready-to-use oral suspension is stable only for 14
days when stored either at ambient temperatures up to 30°C or in a
refrigerator (2°C-8°C). After this time, the reconstituted oral suspension
should not be taken. Protect the reconstituted oral suspension from
If the oral suspension becomes discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell
you what to do.
Medicines should not be disposed of down the drain or with household
rubbish. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of any medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6) Contents of the pack and other information
What Ciproxin contains:
The active substance is Ciprofloxacin.
1 measuring spoonful (approx 5.0ml suspension) provides approx. 250mg
1/2 measuring spoonful (approx 2.5ml suspension) provides approx.
125mg Ciprofloxacin.
The other ingredients are:
Granules: hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyacrylate dispersion 30
%, polysorbate 20, povidone.
Solvent: Soya lecithin, medium chain triglycerides, strawberry flavour,
sucrose, purified water.
What Ciproxin looks like and contents of the pack
Granules and solvent for oral suspension.
Appearance before reconstitution:
Granules: white to slightly yellowish granules
Solvent: white to slightly yellowish suspension
Pack sizes:
Pack with one brown glass bottle containing 7.95 g of granules and one
white HDPE bottle containing 93 ml of solvent.
The pack size is provided with a blue plastic graduated measuring spoon.
PL 10383/2022


Who makes and repackages your medicine?
Your medicine is manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Manufacturing S.r.l.
via delle Groane, 126, Garbagnate Milanese (MI), Italy. Procured from
within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder Primecrown
Ltd, 4/5 Northolt Trading Estate, Belvue Road, Northolt, UB5 5QS.
Leaflet date: 31.03.2017
Ciproxin® is a registered trademark of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft, Germany.
Advice/medical education
Antibiotics are used to cure bacterial infections. They are ineffective
against viral infections.
If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics, you need them precisely for your
current illness.
Despite antibiotics, some bacteria may survive or grow. This phenomenon
is called resistance: some antibiotic treatments become ineffective.
Misuse of antibiotics increases resistance. You may even help bacteria
become resistant and therefore delay your cure or decrease antibiotic
efficacy if you do not respect appropriate:
- dosages
- schedules
- duration of treatment
Consequently, to preserve the efficacy of this drug:
1. - Use antibiotics only when prescribed.
2. - Strictly follow the prescription.
3. - Do not re-use an antibiotic without medical prescription, even if you
want to treat a similar illness.
4. - Never give your antibiotic to another person; maybe it is not
adapted to her/his illness.
5. - After completion of treatment, return all unused drugs to your
chemist’s shop to ensure they will be disposed of correctly

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