Ciprofloxacin no longer available Feb 2019

  • Public Health England no longer recommends fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin) for standby treatment of travellers' diarrhoea. National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, and Public Health England antimicrobial prescribing guidance recommends standby azithromycin for patients at high risk of severe illness should they develop travellers' diarrhoea or those visiting high-risk areas.
  • Dr Fox no longer supplies ciprofloxacin for travellers' diarrhoea - read latest guidance.

Ciprofloxacin

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

  • Take twice daily for 3 days

Read medical information and answer medical questions to buy treatment online.

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.

Prices

CiprofloxacinQuantityCost
Ciprofloxacin 500mg6 tablets (3 day course)£11.50

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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£2.00
up to £40£3.00
over £40£4.00

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.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

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 (no longer recommended Feb 2019 - not available)

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.

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

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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 07 February 2019 Dr B. Babor, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt

Last updated 19 July 2019

No longer available

Public Health England no longer recommends fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin) for standby treatment of travellers' diarrhoea. National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, and Public Health England antimicrobial prescribing guidance recommends standby azithromycin for patients at high risk of severe illness should they develop travellers' diarrhoea or those visiting high-risk areas.

Dr Fox no longer supplies ciprofloxacin for travellers' diarrhoea - read latest guidance.

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