How Effective Is Ciprofloxacin for Sinus Infection?

Negative drug interactions with certain other medications can limit the use of ciprofloxacin.
A sinus infection is characterized by pain or pressure around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead.
Article Details
  • Written By: Kesha Ward
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 27 July 2014
  • Copyright Protected:
    Conjecture Corporation
  • Print this Article

Ciprofloxacin is considered to be an effective medicine for the treatment of sinus infection. Healthcare professionals prescribe ciprofloxacin for sinus infection because the medication is an antibiotic that targets and kills bacteria. Sinus infections are uncomfortable and can cause pressure in the eye area. They also can cause bad breath, fever and a sore throat.

Sinus infection, or sinusitis, is a common ailment that occurs when there is inflammation in the nasal passages. The inflammation can result in the buildup of mucus in the nose. Sinus infections are a common condition that affects millions of people each year. Individuals who take ciprofloxacin for sinus infections take the medication orally in pill form.

The sinuses provide natural defenses against bacteria and viruses. There is a mucous layer and tiny hairs that cover the sinuses to help trap the bacteria and push out the pollutants. Acute sinusitis can last for weeks, and symptoms often can be relieved only by taking an oral antibiotic. Ciprofloxacin, also called cipro, is one of the most common treatments for the condition.

It is best for a patient to take the medication with a full glass of water. Physicians also recommend that patients taking cipro increase fluid consumption and take the medication within two hours after eating. Patients normally feel better within a few days of starting the medication. To ensure efficacy and prevent the infection from occurring, it is important for the patient to take the full prescription.


There are side effects that can be experienced with all medications. Individuals who take ciprofloxacin for a sinus infection might experience side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, headaches and loss of appetite. Although these side effects are not serious, they should be monitored, and the doctor should be notified if the side effects are persistent.

In rare cases, individuals who take ciprofloxacin for sinus infection might develop serious side effects that require medical treatment. The medication must be stopped immediately if the patient notices bloody stools, jaundice, a change in urine output, hallucinations or seizures. In addition to immediately stopping the medication, the prescribing physician should be contacted immediately.

As with any medication, ciprofloxain might interact with other drugs. Drug interactions can be harmful; it is important for the patient to inform the prescribing physician and pharmacist of all medications currently being taken. Individuals who are taking corticosteroids or an antiarrhythmic drug have to be especially careful and might find that cipro cannot be taken, so they might need an alternative treatment.


Discuss this Article

Post 1

Actually, Ciprofloxacin doesn't work to target and kill bacteria. Its mode of treatment is blocking the infection from growing and spreading. Different antibiotics treat differently.

Cipro is also not usually prescribed for the treatment of a sinus infection because it is a broad spectrum antibiotic and the likelihood of building an immunity to it is rather high. Cipro is most usually prescribed to treat UTI's and digestion/intestinal infections.

Post your comments

Post Anonymously


forgot password?