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Doctor insights on: Keflex Vs Cipro Uti

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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UTI for 2yr. Urine smells rotten. Gone for 6wk after IVmed. Took Keflex Cipro (ciprofloxacin) Macrobid. Test said those would cure. Dr will only write more oral med. ?

UTI for 2yr. Urine smells rotten. Gone for 6wk after IVmed. Took Keflex Cipro (ciprofloxacin) Macrobid. Test said those would cure. Dr will only write more oral med. ?

Chronic UTI: Follow up with urologist regarding , reflux, urinary retention may need cystoscopy . Take cranberry pills 4-5 a day as may decrease potential for UTI prevents cell wall adherence. Discuss low dose chronic suppressive therapy, Daily shower, urinate pre and post sex. Check for recto-vesicualr fistula. especially if crohns surgery fissure F/U w/urology ...Read more

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10 days keflex for strep b group uti, still symtomatic and lukocytes in urine (bladder pressure/freq urinate/back pain), now on cipro, (ciprofloxacin) what's going on?

10 days keflex for strep b group uti, still symtomatic and lukocytes in urine (bladder pressure/freq urinate/back pain), now on cipro, (ciprofloxacin) what's going on?

Cystitis: You need to see a urologist and be fully evaluated. Sounds as if you may have upper urinary tract infection, in which case evaluation for some anatomic abnormality may be warranted, along with a careful assessment of the antibiotic therapy. Grp b strep should be quite sensitive to penicillin derivatives. Keflex levels may not be sufficient to deal with this. See a urologist. ...Read more

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On second antibiotic for UTI. Keflex and now Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Still have symptoms. I am on plaquenil and methotrexate for SLE. Should I temporarily stop meds?

On second antibiotic for UTI. Keflex and now Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Still have symptoms. I am on plaquenil and methotrexate for SLE. Should I temporarily stop meds?

Check with doc first: The bacteria that cause UTI often are resistant to many antibiotics. It is possible but unusual for a UTI to resist both cephalexin (Keflex) and ciprofloxacin, so maybe UTI, maybe not. A vaginal yeast infection triggered by the antibiotics could cause UTI-like symptoms. Don't stop treatment yet, but speak with the doctor who prescribed it about next steps. ...Read more

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Hi there. Is ok to combine cephalexin and ciproflaxin for a uti? I had cephalexin but it is expired I think, but I have a bottle of ciiproflaxin that isn't. I already took a tablet of the expired one, is ok to take the cipro?

Hi there. Is ok to combine cephalexin and ciproflaxin for a uti? I had cephalexin but it is expired I think, but I have a bottle of ciiproflaxin that isn't. I already took a tablet of the expired one, is ok to take the cipro?

Yes and No: no significant interactions. Cephalexin is not the best UTI drug anyways. However, antibiotics are prescribed for previous infectious condition. I don't generally recommend taking old prescription drug for a new condition. But yes they can be taken together unless you are taking other medication that may interact with cipro (ciprofloxacin) (like warfarin) or heart problem like QTc prolongation. ...Read more

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Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) a stronger antibotic than keflex?

No: Both antibiotics are effective bactericidal drugs. Keflex causes time dependent killing while Cipro (ciprofloxacin) causes concentration dependent killing. The 2 drugs have different antibacterial spectrums. In general Cipro (ciprofloxacin) has better activity against gram negative bacteria like pseudomonas while Keflex is moe active against gram positive bacteria like staph. And strep. Species. ...Read more

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Serious side effect to feel tired on cipro (ciprofloxacin) or keflex?

Serious side effect to feel tired on cipro (ciprofloxacin) or keflex?

Not likely : Assuming your fatigue is not due to a allergic airway reaction, including shortness of breath, wheezing, your symptoms are benign. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What's stronger keflex or cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

What's stronger keflex or cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Neither: Both antibiotics are effective bactericidal drugs. Keflex causes time dependent killing while Cipro (ciprofloxacin) causes concentration dependent killing. The 2 drugs have different antibacterial spectrums. In general Cipro (ciprofloxacin) has better activity against gram negative bacteria like pseudomonas while Keflex is more active against gram positive bacteria like staph. And strep. Species. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i'm allergic to cipro (ciprofloxacin) can I take keflex?

Yes: These are different classes of antibiotic and an allergy to one should not increase the likelihood of an allergy in the other. ...Read more

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If you are alllergic to keflex and cipro, (ciprofloxacin) can you take bactrim?

If you are alllergic to keflex and cipro, (ciprofloxacin) can you take bactrim?

Yes: Bactrim contains trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole neither of which is chemically related to Keflex or cipro (ciprofloxacin). Note you appear to be atopic and could also have an allergic reation to Bactrim independent of your other allergies. ...Read more

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Tooth infected, should I use keflex or cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Tooth infected, should I use keflex or cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Antibiotics: The question is not which one to choose. The right questions are what has my doctor prescribed and will i take it. I assume you have both of these left over from some other infection. If that is the case then dispose of them in a responsible way. ...Read more

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Has Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 3 weeks ago and had a bad reaction. I tried keflex but now allergic as well. Can't take bactrum, zpack, what can I take?

Has Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 3 weeks ago and had a bad reaction. I tried keflex but now allergic as well. Can't take bactrum, zpack, what can I take?

More info needed: Usually antibiotics are prescribed for a specific reason. Before recommending what else you can take, we will like to know why you are taken the antibiotic, for what condition/illness? ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cellulitis one week ago put on KEflex not getting better and super painful wed put me on Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and UNNA boot cannot bear weight worried?

Diagnosed with cellulitis one week ago put on KEflex not getting better and super painful wed put me on Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and UNNA boot cannot bear weight worried?

You bet: Get reevaluated. WHAT IS THE DIAGNOSIS???? We do not treat cellulitis with Unna boot. We do not treat stasis dermatitis with antibiotics. We do not treat phlebitis with either of these. Ruptured long plantaris muscle and erythromalalgia are treated in yet other ways. GET ANOTHER OPINION. Usually the best for this is a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and keflex together?

Yes: In certain situations where we need the individual coverage of both agents. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more


Cipro (Definition)

Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride is an ocular anti-bacterial which is a ...Read more