As fear over anthrax grows, the desire to cross the border and cheaply and easily obtain a form of ciprofloxacin may grow. Yes, forms of the cirprofloxacin are available across the border, and you do not need a prescription.
We would urge people to think twice about crossing the border for the medication for several reasons. First, if you have not been exposed to the anthrax bacteria, taking ciprofloxacin may do more harm than good. According to federal authorities, the more people take such a drug without a need, the more resistant bacteria may become to it. Also, the medication has side effects that could affect a person's daily life.
Another issue people need to think about is whether the medication they are seeking is truly what they think it is. Authorities have voiced concern there is fake medication that can be obtained across the border or even on Web sites offering cheap forms.