Zipro Syrup Uses, Dosage, & Side Effects

Pagoda Pharmaceuticals manufactures Zipro Syrup, which contains Ciprofloxacin (500mg) as its active ingredient.

Ciprofloxacin is a widely used antibiotic known for its effectiveness against various bacterial infections.

Healthcare professionals prescribe Zipro Syrup to treat a range of infections, and it is essential to understand its uses, dosage, and potential side effects for safe and effective treatment.

Zipro Syrup Uses

  1. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Zipro Syrup is often prescribed to combat UTIs caused by susceptible bacteria. It helps alleviate symptoms like painful urination, frequent urination, and lower abdominal pain.
  2. Respiratory Tract Infections: It can be used to treat respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia caused by susceptible bacteria. Zipro Syrup helps clear the infection and provides relief from symptoms like coughing and difficulty breathing.
  3. Skin and Soft Tissue Infections: Skin and soft tissue infections, including cellulitis and abscesses, can be effectively treated with Zipro Syrup.
  4. Gastrointestinal Infections: It can be used to treat gastrointestinal infections like traveler’s diarrhea, often caused by bacterial pathogens.
  5. Bone and Joint Infections: In some cases, Zipro Syrup may be prescribed to treat bone and joint infections, especially when caused by susceptible bacteria.


The dosage of Zipro Syrup may vary depending on the type and severity of the infection, as well as the patient’s age and overall health. It is essential to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions precisely. However, here are some general guidelines:

Type of InfectionDosageDuration
Urinary Tract Infections250-500mg twice daily for 3 days7-14 days for severe
Respiratory Tract Infections500-750mg twice daily for 7-14 days
Skin and Soft Tissue Infections500mg twice daily for 7-14 days
Gastrointestinal Infections500mg single dose (traveler’s diarrhea)Determined by healthcare provider
Bone and Joint InfectionsDetermined by severity and patient’s circumstances
Dosage of Zipro Syrup

Side Effects

While Zipro Syrup is generally safe and well-tolerated, like all medications, it may cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects may include:

  1. Nausea and Vomiting
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Headache
  4. Rash
  5. Joint Pain
  6. Allergic Reactions

If you notice any of these side effect getting worse then you should consult your prescribing doctor to get them resolved.

Precautions & Warnings

Precautions are essential when taking Zipro Syrup (Ciprofloxacin 500mg) to ensure safe and effective treatment. Here is a list of precautions to keep in mind:

  1. Allergies: Inform your healthcare provider of any known allergies or hypersensitivity to Ciprofloxacin or other antibiotics. If you have had an allergic reaction to Ciprofloxacin or any other medications in the past, discuss this with your doctor.
  2. Medical History: Provide your healthcare provider with a complete medical history, including any past or current medical conditions, such as kidney problems, liver disease, heart conditions, or seizures.
  3. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. Ciprofloxacin may not be suitable during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and your doctor will weigh the benefits against potential risks.
  4. Photosensitivity: Ciprofloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid excessive sun exposure and use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors to prevent sunburn.
  5. Avoid Dairy Products and Antacids: Do not consume dairy products, calcium-fortified juices, or antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or aluminum within six hours of taking Ciprofloxacin, as they can interfere with its absorption.
  6. Hydration: Drink plenty of fluids while taking Ciprofloxacin to prevent the formation of crystals in the urine, which can lead to kidney problems.
  7. Driving and Operating Machinery: Ciprofloxacin may cause dizziness or lightheadedness in some individuals. If you experience these side effects, avoid activities that require mental alertness, such as driving or operating heavy machinery, until you are sure you can do so safely.
  8. Complete the Course: Finish the entire prescribed course of Ciprofloxacin, even if your symptoms improve before you finish the medication. Stopping early can lead to incomplete treatment and antibiotic resistance.

Drug Interactions

  1. Antacids, Calcium Supplements, and Dairy Products: Ciprofloxacin should not be taken with antacids containing aluminium, magnesium, or calcium, as well as calcium-fortified juices or dairy products. These can bind to Ciprofloxacin and reduce its absorption, making it less effective. Allow at least two hours between taking Ciprofloxacin and these products.
  2. Multivitamins and Mineral Supplements: Similar to antacids and calcium supplements, multivitamins or mineral supplements that contain calcium, magnesium, or iron can interfere with Ciprofloxacin absorption. Take them at least two hours before or six hours after Ciprofloxacin.
  3. Corticosteroids: Combining Ciprofloxacin with corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone) may increase the risk of tendon problems, including tendon rupture. This combination should be used with caution, and your doctor will monitor you closely if necessary.
  4. Warfarin and Other Blood Thinners: Ciprofloxacin may increase the effect of blood thinners like warfarin, potentially leading to an increased risk of bleeding. Frequent monitoring of blood clotting parameters is essential if you are on both medications.
  5. Theophylline: Ciprofloxacin can elevate the levels of theophylline in the blood, increasing the risk of theophylline toxicity. If you are taking theophylline, your healthcare provider may need to adjust your dosage and monitor your blood levels closely.
  6. Probenecid: Probenecid can slow down the elimination of Ciprofloxacin from the body, potentially increasing its levels in the bloodstream. Your doctor may adjust the Ciprofloxacin dosage if you are taking probenecid.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Zipro Syrup?

Zipro Syrup is an antibiotic medication containing Ciprofloxacin (500mg) as its active ingredient. It is used to treat various bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, gastrointestinal infections, and more.

What should I do if I miss a dose of Zipro Syrup?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for a missed one.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Zipro Syrup?

It is generally recommended to avoid alcohol while taking Ciprofloxacin, as alcohol can interact with the medication and may increase the risk of certain side effects, such as dizziness and drowsiness.

Can I take Zipro Syrup if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

It’s important to discuss your pregnancy or breastfeeding status with your healthcare provider. They will weigh the potential benefits and risks and determine whether Zipro Syrup is safe for you during this time.

Can I drive or operate heavy machinery while taking Zipro Syrup?

Ciprofloxacin may cause dizziness or lightheadedness in some individuals. If you experience these side effects, it’s advisable to avoid activities that require mental alertness, such as driving or operating heavy machinery, until you are sure you can do so safely.

Can I take Zipro Syrup if I have a history of allergies to antibiotics?

If you have a history of allergies to antibiotics, especially Ciprofloxacin or other fluoroquinolones, inform your healthcare provider before taking Zipro Syrup. They will assess the risk and may recommend an alternative treatment if necessary.