Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) is available only by prescription and is approved for treating several types of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections (or bladder infections), and sinus infections, just to name a few. It is part of a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short, and works by interfering with the bacteria's ability to multiply.
Cipro is available as a tablet, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) solution. It is typically taken twice daily, with about 12 hours between doses.
Because Cipro is not suitable for everyone, make sure your healthcare provider has complete information on your medical history and what medicines you are taking (including nonprescription medications and herbal supplements).
Although most people do not have any problems while taking this antibiotic, Cipro can cause side effects, such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. If negative reactions do occur, they tend to be mild and easily treated.
(For more information on this antibiotic, click Cipro. This article goes into more detail about how it works, general dosing guidelines, and safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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