Ciprofloxacin 500mg (3 day course)

Standby medication for the treatment and prevention of travellers' diarrhoea: antibiotics (Ciprofloxacin and Azithromycin), anti-sickness and anti-diarrhoea medication.

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Ciprofloxacin 500mg (3 day course)

Ciprofloxacin 500mg (3 day course)

Prescription fees

Medicinesbymailbox 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 paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

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Ciprofloxacin product information

Ciprofloxacin belongs to a group of medicine called fluoroquinolone antibiotic and is used to treat many infections, including travellers' diarrhoea. It is particularly useful for those travelling to areas where medical assistance is poor.
It is not used for travel to South East Asia or India as there is an antibiotic resistance and it will not work well.

How to take

The usual dose for travellers' diarrhoea is to take 750mg once daily for 1 day or 500mg twice daily for 1 day. If no improvement is seen the tablets can be used for up to 3 days. 

Ciprofloxacin is best taken on an empty stomach and with plenty of fluids. Do not take Ciprofloxacin with dairy products such as milk or yoghurt or with fruit juices such as orange juice. This is because absorption of the medicine can be affected.  

For antibiotics, it is important to space the dose evenly and finish the whole course of antibiotics to ensure that infections are cleared up.

Side effects of ciprofloxacin

Like all medicines, ciprofloxacin can cause some side effects, although not everyone gets them.
The most common side effects associated include diarrhoea, nausea and joint pain. These side effects are usually mild but if you are troubled by them, you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice. If you are affected by dizziness, you should avoid driving or operating machinery.

However, if you develop severe allergic reactions with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swollen eyes, face or lips and rash or itching, you should stop taking azithromycin immediately and seek urgent medical advice.

The full list of side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet.


During a consultation with Medicinesbymailbox, you will be asked to complete an online assessment questionnaire to determine your suitability for the medication. You should NOT take ciprofloxacin without consulting a GP if you:
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a sensitivity to ciprofloxacin or any quinolone antibiotic eg. moxifloxacin, norfloxacin
  • Have liver problems, kidney problems or heart problems
  • Have or had epilepsy or fits
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a type of condition that causes muscle weakness called myasthenia gravis
  • Are taking a medicine used for muscle or spinal disease called Tizanidine

Some medications can influence the way Ciprofloxacin works and vice versa, such as indigestion remedies and blood thinning medication warfarin. The full list of medicines can be found in the patient information leaflet.

Patient information leaflet

The 'Patient Information Leaflets' supplied with medication must be read before taking tablets.