What Is Cipro Used For?

If you have an infection, your healthcare provider may prescribe Cipro® (ciprofloxacin). Specifically, Cipro is used for treating certain bacterial infections, such as:
 
Cipro is also approved to prevent infections or worsening of infections after exposure to inhaled anthrax in adults and children.
 
Cipro works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two bacterial enzymes, which are needed for the bacteria to multiply.
 
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Cipro for something other than the infections listed in this article. This would be called an "off-label" use. Cipro is often used off-label to treat other infections caused by susceptible bacteria.
 
(Click Cipro Uses for a more in-depth look at what Cipro is used for. This article also discusses whether this medication is suitable for children and older adults.)
 
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