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Impairment of driving by ciprofloxacin

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:542
  1. K J Gray,
  2. K D Allen,
  3. E J Ridgway
  1. Department of Microbiology, Whiston Hospital, Prescot, Merseyside L35 5DR.

    EDITOR, - Ciprofloxacin is a 4-quinolone anti-bacterial agent. It is recognised to be potentially neurotoxic in both animals and man. The most commonly reported central nervous system side effects include dizziness, headache, and nervousness,1, 2 which may impair the ability to perform skilled tasks such as driving. Appropriate counselling is therefore advised for any patient for whom ciprofloxacin is prescribed, as outlined in the British National Formulary. The importance of this advice was highlighted when a colleague taking ciprofloxacin felt that she …

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