Many common infections in humans are caindicated by single cell organisms, called bacteria. Bacteria can grow and multiply,
infecting different parts of the body. Drugs that control and eradicate these bacteria are called antibiotics. Cipro
is an antibiotic that stops multiplication of bacteria by inhibiting the reproduction and repair of their genetic material
Cipro is an antibiotic prescribed to treat infections of:
- The abdomen;
- The bones and joints;
- The lower respiratory tract;
- The skin;
- The urinary tract including cystitis (bladder inflammation) in women;
Cipro is also prescribed for:
- Infections of the prostate gland;
- Infectious diarrhea;
- Inhalational anthrax;
- Severe sinus or bronchial infections;
- Some sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea;
- Typhoid fever;
Additionally, some doctors prescribe Cipro for:
- Some of the infections common in people with AIDS;
- Certain serious ear infections;
Cipro may also be prescribed for children with a urinary tract infection or kidney infection when other
antibiotics are not effective.
Because Cipro is effective only for certain types of bacterial infections, before beginning treatment your doctor
may perform tests to identify the specific organisms causing your infection.
Cipro is available as a tablet and an oral suspension (liquid). Cipro HC Otic is a suspension (ear drops)
that also contains the anti-inflammatory drug hydrocortisone; it's prescribed externally to treat ear infections.
Cipro XR, an extended-release form of the drug, is prescribed to treat:
- Urinary tract infection;
- Kidney infection;
Cipro kills a variety of bacteria, and is frequently prescribed to treat infections in many parts of the body.
However, be sure to stop taking Cipro and notify your doctor immediately at the first sign of a skin rash or any
other allergic reaction. Although quite rare, serious and occasionally fatal allergic reactions--some following the first
dose--have been reported in people receiving this type of antibacterial drug. Some reactions have been accompanied by
collapse of the circulatory system, loss of consciousness, swelling of the face and throat, shortness of breath, tingling,
itching, and hives. Fever and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) are other potential symptoms that should send you
to the doctor immediately.