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Can I take cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat a sinus infection?

Can I take cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat a sinus infection?

Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Not everyone would agree that it is a "best drug" for a sinus infection. There may be others that wold be considered better for this. The question is "do you really have a sinus infection? " a sinus infection can be a viral infection in the upper passages with pain and discomfort or allergies with fullness/congestion and pain or frank bacterial infection. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good to treat a sinus infection?

Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good to treat a sinus infection?

Yes: Yes a very good and strong antibiotic for sinus infections. Usually a second line antibiotic for resistant cases. ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat sinus infection?

Thanks for asking!: The simple answer is yes if it is a susceptible bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more

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Does Jevity 1.5 which I use for my peg tube have any dairy in it and can I take it together with Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because I have a sinus infection?

Does Jevity 1.5 which I use for my peg tube have any dairy in it and can I take it together with Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because I have a sinus infection?

Probably ok together: Abbott Nutrition describes Jevity 1.5 Cal is a concentrated calories to help tube-fed pts gain and maintain health wt. 12 grams soluble and insoluble fiber and 10 g of short chain fructooligosaccharides. 15 g of prebiotics. Meets 100z% of 24 essential vitamine and minerals in 1500 cal (1 Liter). Kosher, Gluten free. Suitable for lacose intolerance.
Avoid sun with Cipro (ciprofloxacin). ...Read more

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Have sinus infection. Got prescribed Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500mg 2x day. Can I still take multivitamins, drink coffee and take my 5-HTP supplement?

Have sinus infection. Got prescribed Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500mg 2x day. Can I still take multivitamins, drink coffee and take my 5-HTP supplement?

Sinusitis: Yes you can take all of those. It is usually unnecessary to take antibiotics for acute sinusitis. Try irrigation with saline using a Neti-pot (see pharmacist), and using a decongestant and see what happens. ...Read more

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Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good for sinus infection?

Not the best: In general, antibiotics are not recommended for sinus infections. But in severe or prolonged cases, they may be used. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not the best choice; it doesn't kill some of the common bacteria that cause sinus infections. The recommended drug is amoxicillin, provided you're not allergic to penicillin. ...Read more

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What is the dosage and duration of cipro (ciprofloxacin) for sinus infection?

What is the dosage and duration of cipro (ciprofloxacin) for sinus infection?

It depends.: For the average size adult without kidney or liver problems, the appropriate dose for an acute sinus infection (symptoms present for only a week or so) is 500mg twice a day for 7 to 10 days. Chronic sinusitis (infection persisting for several weeks or more) is often treated for much longer, up to 4-6 weeks of antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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I have been taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 6 days for a sinus infection and see no relief so far. I usually see relief in 2 days. What should I do?

I have been taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 6 days for a sinus infection and see no relief so far. I usually see relief in 2 days. What should I do?

Consult a physician: Sinusitis could be poly microbial. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) works for particular type of bacterial (gnr) only. If Cipro (ciprofloxacin) does not work, need evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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My current anti-biotic (cipro) not working for sinus infection. What do I do?

My current anti-biotic (cipro) not working for sinus infection. What do I do?

Good drug: It may not be long enough sinus infections require at least 10 days of antibiotic often you see no change for at least 3 days. If this continues see your doctor to change the antibiotic. Unless you are penicillin allergic augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) works well ...Read more

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I'm now taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because Bactrim didn't help my sinus infection. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) helped me before when I had sinusitis so will it help me now?

I'm now taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because Bactrim didn't help my sinus infection. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) helped me before when I had sinusitis so will it help me now?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may or may: Not help, depending on the type of infection. With sinusitis, Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not a first choice treatment. However if it helped you before, it certainly may do that again. I would make sure I see a healthcare provider sooner than later if you don't feel well after, say, 5 days being on Cipro (ciprofloxacin). And you usually need antibiotic treatment for 10-14 days minimum for bacterial sinusitis. ...Read more

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Is Levaquin more effective in treating a sinus infection than Cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Med?: No. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is cheaper but Levaquin is taken once a day instead of two times ...Read more

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I have had a sinus infection for about a week now. I'm on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and now I have a smelly, yellow colored snot. Is this normal?

I have had a sinus infection for about a week now. I'm on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and now I have a smelly, yellow colored snot. Is this normal?

Yes and no: Foul-smelling mucus is most often due to a less common type of infection known as an anaerobic infection, which is not well treated by cipro (ciprofloxacin). Clindamycin typically works best for these. If your symptoms don't resolve by the time you finish the cipro (ciprofloxacin), you should contact your doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

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I apparently have a severe sinus infection and was switched to Levaquin 500mg once daily for 10 days. Is this stronger and effective then Cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

I apparently have a severe sinus infection and was switched to Levaquin 500mg once daily for 10 days. Is this stronger and effective then Cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Culture: It is not a matter of one antibiotic being BETTER than another. The appropriate antibiotic is related to a culture and sensitivity of the bacterium isolated from the lateral wall of the nose. If your doctor has not cultured the area adjacent to the sinus in the lateral wall of the nose, it is only a guess on the part of the physician. The concept of 1 drug being stronger than another is wrong. ...Read more

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Hi I have had a sinus infection for 11 weeks, and I'm on an antibotic called cipro (ciprofloxacin). Now my symptoms are coming back even.

See an ENT doctor: Without a full exam and possibly some imaging studies it is impossible to make a diagnosis over the internet. Please go see an ENT doctor now and get better quickly. ...Read more

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I have had a bad sinus infection for weeks. I was put on Cipro (ciprofloxacin). then I developed a bladder infection so I was switched to Bactrim. Then put on doxy?

I have had a bad sinus infection for weeks. I was put on Cipro (ciprofloxacin). then I developed a bladder infection so I was switched to Bactrim. Then put on doxy?

Clarify the question: To be put on antibiotics for prolonged periods is not ideal but necessary if medical condition demands it. Hope you feel better to get some antibiotic-free time to enjoy life! ...Read more

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Taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 4 days now for sinus infection. Last night I couldn't sleep due to numbness and pain in my hands. Can I stop taking the Abx?

Taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 4 days now for sinus infection. Last night I couldn't sleep due to numbness and pain in my hands. Can I stop taking the Abx?

Talk to your doctor: Or the on-call doctor in the AM before your next dose to ask if a change in antibiotics is needed. Four days of antibiotics is insufficient to treat sinusitis. Your doctor may recommend evaluation to determine if your hand pain & numbness is related to Cipro (ciprofloxacin). ...Read more

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On cipro (ciprofloxacin) for prostatitis. However, blew green muscus out of my nostril/ how is this possible, while on cipro (ciprofloxacin)? Sinus infection? I have had a cold.

Green mucous: The color of mucous has more to do with the amount of moisture in your nose and sinuses and how recently you have blown your nose than it has to do with the presence of infection or not. Even if you had a sinus infection that was giving you green mucous, you will still have discolored mucous for a while after the germs are gone because it takes some time for any inflammation to go away. ...Read more

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What's more effective in treating a bacterial sinus infection - Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Augmentin? I also have bad odour through the nose

What's more effective in treating a bacterial sinus infection - Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Augmentin? I also have bad odour through the nose

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate): Augmentin is usually recommended first line. More resistance to cipro (ciprofloxacin). The bad odor is probably from the purulent sinus drainage. ...Read more

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A facial mri, revealed a sever sinus infection, I was on cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg 2x28 days, and a brain mra, should a infection to the brain have been visible?

A facial mri, revealed a sever sinus infection, I was on cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg 2x28 days, and a brain mra, should a infection to the brain have been visible?

Brain Abscess: A routine MRI rather than an mra would have shown an abscess had it been present, and on this with contrast would also show meningeal inflammation if present. Did not need a brain mra which focuses more on the vascularity. ...Read more

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Dosage of ciprofloxacin 500mg for sinus infection?

Twice a day: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is usually given twice a day. 500mg would be an appropriate dose. ...Read more

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Is Cipro (ciprofloxacin) a good antibiotic for a severe acute sinus infection?

OK, not first line.: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) will likely do an OK job on most sinus infections. There are other medications that are considered "first choices"-- amoxicillin, levofloxicin, doxycycline. There is quite a bit of resistance to some medication. Thus, if you are not responding after 5 days or so, or if you are getting worse, let your doctor know ...Read more

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Have a uti/ sinus infection so I was prescribed Cipro. Inremoved ring same day. Had unprotected sex 4 days into period. Am I protected?

Have a uti/ sinus infection so I was prescribed Cipro. Inremoved ring same day. Had unprotected sex 4 days into period. Am I protected?

Maybe.: If you were prescribed cipro 4 days ago and removed the Nuvaring and had unprotected sex 4 days ago then you should be protected. Technically you can get pregnant once you remove the ring. But if you were still on your period it is not likely that you could get pregnant. Please followup with your primary doctor or gynecologist if you skip a period. ...Read more

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Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) an appropriate antibiotic for a sinus infection? I've had a cold for over a week and now very bad sinus headaches.

Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) an appropriate antibiotic for a sinus infection? I've had a cold for over a week and now very bad sinus headaches.

Acute sinusitis: Not first choice for sinusitis unless a person has reasons to avoid penicillin, cephalosporins, macrolides, bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)...Please use sterile nasal saline rinses frequently to cleanse out the bacteria and mucous. Dropping your head over the bed and moving it in different directions helps the sterile saline reach all cavities. Grandmother's method of steam inhalation also can help. ...Read more

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Have a uti/ sinus infection so I was prescribed Cipro. Inremoved ring same day. Had unprotected sex 4 days later while on period. Am I protected?

Have a uti/ sinus infection so I was prescribed Cipro. Inremoved ring same day. Had unprotected sex 4 days later while on period. Am I protected?

Unlikely: But always possible. Taking Ciprofloxcin will not make a difference. Removing the ring may. It doesn't sound like you were sexually active at a risky time. All the best and if you don't get your next period when expected do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more