Cipro tablets, suspension and infusion all contain the active ingredient Cipro, which is a type of drug called a
quinolone antibiotic. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat infections caindicated by bacteria.
Cipro works by killing the bacteria that are causing an infection. It does this by entering the bacterial cells
and inhibiting a bacterial enzyme called DNA-gyrase. This enzyme is involved in replicating and repairing the genetic material
(DNA) of the bacteria. If this enzyme doesn't work, the bacteria cannot reproduce or repair themselves and this kills the
Cipro is effective against a large number of bacteria, some of which tend to be resistant to other commonly
indicated antibiotics. Cipro is particularly useful against a sub-group of bacteria called Gram-negative
Cipro is prescribed to treat a wide range of infections, including infections of:
- Of the gastrointestinal system;
- The chest;
- Urinary tract;
Cipro is also prescribed as a single dose treatment for gonorrhoea.
To make sure the bacteria causing an infection are susceptible to Cipro your doctor may take a tissue sample,
for example a swab from the throat or skin, or a urine or blood sample.
Take Cipro at regularly spaced intervals. You must complete the course of Cipro otherwise your infection
may come back and be more difficult to treat.
Important: If you experience pain or inflammation in your joints, particularly hips, knees or ankles, stop taking
Cipro, rest the limb and seek medical advice immediately.
Do not take indigestion remedies or any drugs containing iron or zinc at the same time of day as this drug. Take any such
remedies at least two hours before or two hours after a dose of Cipro.
Drink plenty of water during treatment.
Cipro works by killing the bacteria that cause infections.