Ciprofloxacin Too Risky for UTIs, Sinusitis

Medically Reviewed

The popular antibiotic ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and other types of fluoroquinolone antibiotics should no longer be used to treat common infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections, says the FDA, because of their serious side effects.

The drugs already carry labels that warn of their association with disorders that affect the nerves, muscles, tendons, and joints, such as tendinitis, tendon ruptures, and peripheral neuropathy. Other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class include moxifloxacin (Avelox), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and ofloxacin (Floxin).

If you’re taking ciprofloxacin or any of these drugs and experience tendon, joint, or muscle pain; a pins-and-needles tingling or prickling sensation; confusion; or hallucinations, contact your doctor immediately. The only patients who should be using these drugs, the FDA says, are people who don’t have alternative treatment options.