Standby antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin 500mg for treatment of travellers' diarrhoea, for use when needed.

  • Take twice daily for 3 days

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How to buy Ciprofloxacin online

Ciprofloxacin 500mg is prescription only medicine.

To buy Ciprofloxacin online you will need to complete an online consultation before you can make an order.

  1. Read medical information about Ciprofloxacin
  2. Answer medical questions to check for eligibility

Once completed patients choose treatment, register details, and pay online. A doctor will review your order and issue the prescription electronically to our pharmacy. Medicine is then delivered direct to you.


Ciprofloxacin 500mg6 tablets (3 day course)£11.50

Prescription issued online - small prescription fee per order.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private or NHS paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£3.00
up to £50£5.00
up to £100£8.00
over £100£10.00

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Medical information

Recommended reading: background information on travellers' diarrhoea and NHS Fit for Travel travellers' diarrhoea information.

Self-treatment is suitable for travellers:

  • to remote rural areas distant from medical help.
  • with pre-existing bowel problems such as inflammatory bowel disease where infection may trigger a relapse.
  • with pre-existing medical conditions which may be worsened by severe infection or dehydration, i.e. poorly controlled diabetes, renal impairment etc.
  • with a tendency to severe travellers’ diarrhoea (on the basis of previous travel experience).

Ciprofloxacin antibiotic

Ciprofloxacin is effective in reducing the symptoms of travellers' diarrhoea, particularly if taken with Loperamide. The symptoms should improve within 24 hours of starting antibiotic.

In addition the anti-sickness tablet Avomine can be taken to reduce fluid loss and discomfort.

Choosing the right antibiotic

Ciprofloxacin is the preferred antibiotic to treat traveller's diarrhoea in all regions of the developing world except South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and SE Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines) where Azithromycin is the preferred antibiotic.

Ciprofloxacin and antacids and food

Do not eat or drink any dairy products (such as milk or yoghurt) or drinks with added calcium when you take the tablets.

If antacids, mineral supplements, supplements containing calcium, magnesium, aluminium or iron are essential, take tablets about two hours before or no sooner than four hours after them.

Taking ciprofloxacin

Take twice daily for 3 days; avoid taking with high calcium foods, such as dairy and some antacids. Take the first dose as soon as diarrhoea starts, NOT before. Ciprofloxacin is not a preventative.

Seeking help

Symptoms should start to improve within 24 hours of starting antibiotic. Medical advice should be sought if symptoms are not improving or are worsening, or if any of the following occur:

  • Profuse diarrhoea and vomiting lead to dehydration
  • Blood and green or yellow slime in the motions with severe abdominal pains
  • Diarrhoea associated with rashes
  • High fever and headache with diarrhoea (particularly in malaria areas)

Treating diarrhoea

  • The anti-diarrhoeal Loperamide and anti-sickness tablets also reduce symptoms
  • Try to get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if vomiting (at least 3-4 litres/day)
  • Continue to eat simple foods such as rice and dried bread, appetite permitting
  • Pay attention to personal hygiene, to prevent spread

Side effects and cautions

There may be no side effects. Potential side effects include flatulence, flushing, headache, rash, dizziness, vivid dreams and muscle and joint pains. May impair skilled task such as driving, effects enhanced by alcohol.

Stop taking ciprofloxacin if there is a rash, confusion, agitation, hallucination or pains in tendons. Not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women and those with seizures and epilepsy.

Ciprofloxacin 500mg Patient Information Leaflet

Antibiotic guardianship

Antibiotic Guardian logo

To combat antibiotic resistance please:

  • Only use antibiotics when needed
  • Never share antibiotics
  • Always complete course as instructed
  • Take unused medicine to local pharmacy for disposal

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Authored 22 March 2010 by Dr Tony Steele, MB ChB

Reviewed 08 December 2016 by Dr B. Babor, MB ChB

Last updated 3 March 2018

  1. Medical questions
  2. Choose treatment
  3. Complete order

Answer medical questions to order(travellers' diarrhoea)

Have you read the medical information?

Read the medical information.

Are you aware self-treatment with antibiotics is ONLY suitable for the following people?

  • Travellers to remote rural areas, who are distant from medical help.
  • Travellers with pre-existing bowel problems such as inflammatory bowel disease where infection may trigger a relapse.
  • Travellers with pre-existing medical conditions which may be worsened by severe infection or dehydration, i.e. poorly controlled diabetes, renal impairment etc.
  • Travellers with a tendency to severe travellers’ diarrhoea (on the basis of previous travel experience).

Are you travelling to Europe, North America, or Australasia?

Are you travelling to South or South East Asia?

South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines

Are you taking regular medication from the following list that may interact with Ciprofloxacin?

  • warfarin or other oral anti-coagulants (to thin the blood)
  • probenecid (for gout)
  • methotrexate (for certain types of cancer, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • theophylline (for breathing problems)
  • tizanidine (for muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis)
  • clozapine (an antipsychotic)
  • ropinirole (for Parkinson's disease)
  • phenytoin (for epilepsy)
  • pentoxifylline (for circulatory disorders)

Are you allergic to ciprofloxacin?

Have you been diagnosed with any of the following?

  • Myasthenia gravis (Rare muscle disorder)
  • Renal impairment (Kidney disease)
  • G6PD deficiency (Rare blood disorder)
  • Tendon weakness or disorder

For women, are you intending to take ciprofloxacin when pregnant or breast-feeding?

Men should answer 'No'.

Are you aware that ciprofloxacin may impair skilled task such as driving?

This is an uncommon side effect.

Are you aware that ciprofloxacin can cause muscle and tendon pain?

Significant but rare side effect requiring Ciprofloxacin to be stopped.

Are you aware that Ciprofloxacin can increase sensitivity to sun light?

Prolonged exposure to full sun best avoided.

Are you aware diarrhoea symptoms should improve within 24 hours of starting Ciprofloxacin?

Worsening symptoms or symptoms not improving require medical attention.

Do the following apply to you?

  • I am over 18
  • The medication is for my own use
  • I will read the patient information leaflet supplied with the medication
  • I agree to the terms and conditions

The order process

Answer short medical questionnaire

Choose treatment, register, and pay

Doctor issues prescription online

Medicine posted direct from pharmacy

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