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Forum Name: Arrhythmias

Question: PVCs and Cipro


 bthorp - Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:22 pm

I have been prescribed Cipro for an infection and noticed that one possible side effect is that is may cause PVCs. Should someone that already has PVCs take Cipro?

Thanks!
 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:09 am

User avatar Hello -

First, there's no reason anyone who is not known to be allergic to Cipro should not take it, including people who already have PVCs (and we all do at some time or another, some more than others). It's also important to learn how to decode the drug information sheets that come with medications. In the case of Cipro, what you've seen is "Additional medically important events that occurred in less than 1% of ciprofloxacin patients are listed below," followed by a bunch of random medical events unrelated, by any known mechanism, to the drug itself. It is requisite that any untoward event reported by a patient in a drug study group be listed in this way, even though there may be no earthly explanation for why it might be connected to the drug. This paragraph usually follows one that has already described the known potential adverse side effects. Most people assume this means the things listed in the second paragraph are "associated" with use of the drug in question, but that's not the case. These things were merely mentioned by the patients in a given study or studies as having happened (they are required to do this, and it must be included in the literature).

So no, no problem with using Cipro unless you know you are specifically allergic to ciprofloxacin. Hope this answers your question. Good luck to you.

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