Available by prescription only, Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic used for a wide variety of bacterial infections, including bladder infections (also called urinary tract infections, or UTIs). This medicine comes as a tablet, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) solution. It is usually taken twice a day, with about 12 hours between doses.
This antibiotic works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two bacterial enzymes that are necessary for the bacteria to grow and multiply.
Cipro is approved for treating bladder infections in adults. It is also approved to treat serious bladder infections in children. However, Cipro is often not the first choice for treating infections in children because it may cause bone, joint, or tendon problems in this age group.
(To learn more about how this drug is used to treat infections such as bladder infections, click Cipro Uses. This article also discusses other potential uses, including approved and off-label uses, for this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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