Strictly speaking, Ciprofloxacin is not for multiple sclerosis, it is an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections or UTIs.

If, as I do, you have a need to self-catheterise, it is likely that you will contract a bladder or urinary infection at some time. I have managed at least three over the past few years.

Ciprofloxacin for Bladder Infection

Ciprofloxacin for Urinary Tract Infection

Urine infection can lead to moderate discomfort, or, in my experience, quite severe pain. While bladder pain is not excruciating, any pain can be debilitating if it is persistent.

I have been prescribed Ciprofloxacin after Trimethoprim failed to clear my bladder pain, I shall pass judgement on this later.

Consult your doctor is you use:

  • warfarin
  • probenecid
  • glibenclamide
  • methotrexate
  • theophyline
  • tizanidine
  • clozapine
  • ropinirole

You should not consume dairy products whilst on this medication, the packaging says 2 hours before or after taking the tablets

You must NOT consume alcohol. But, I think that’s a standard warning that comes with all medications.

I have used Ciprofloxacin only once, to my knowledge, and found it to be fairly effective.

As mentioned above, while self-catheterizing I was prone to what appeared to be frequent UTIs, since that time I have discovered that this was probably not the case. I had been submitting regular urine samples to be tested for UTI and my GP was prescribing various pharmaceutical products. It was a few years later during a longer consultation with my GP that I discovered most of the urine samples had been clear.

I was not given an explanation for being prescribed medication when I was, apparently, clear of infection. I can only assume that an overworked GP found it easier to prescribe a few pills to shut me up or it was to massage her statistics.

I still have bladder pain although I no longer self-catheterise. For the moment I have accepted that pain is an unavoidable consequence of Multiple Sclerosis.

It would be unfair to try to pass judgement on the efficacy of Ciprofloxacin in treating my UTI or in relieving pain when, with hindsight, and in all probability, I had no infection.

Ciprofloxacin confirmation

I usually make the effort, to back up my writing with at least some impartial information. To that end I turn, as I often do, to Wikipedia.

It never ceases to amaze me, but Wikipedia has a page on almost any subject you care to mention, even Ciprofloxacin.

I alluded earlier to having accepted that pain was an inevitable part of having multiple sclerosis. I was wrong, because the pain might not be caused by the multiple sclerosis. One should always look beyond the facade.

There may be a chronic pain remedy where you least expect it

I found my remedy, it came in the form of Tamsulosin, a drug designed to reduce my enlarged prostate. I have had incredible relief from my acute pain ever since.

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