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Cipro is licensed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections in adults and children. Some of these infections Cipro is used to treat include pneumonia, sinus infections, and urinary tract infections. Cipro works by interfering with the bacteria's ability to grow and multiply. Older adults may need a lower dosage, as they may be more susceptible to side effects or other problems.

What Is Cipro Used For?

Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) is a prescription antibiotic medication that belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short.
Cipro is approved to treat a variety of different infections, including:
Cipro is also approved to prevent infections or worsening of infections after exposure to inhaled anthrax in adults and children.
Cipro is approved for treating the infections listed above only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. This is because Cipro is not effective against all bacteria types. In addition, certain parts of the country may be more likely to have bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Cipro. This medicine will not treat infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold or flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Cipro. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try this medication without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
Cipro is called a "broad spectrum" antibiotic, which means it is effective against a wide variety of different types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria types that Cipro is effective against include, but are not limited to:
  • Enterococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • Streptococcus
  • Citrobacter
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Proteus
  • Pseudomonas
  • Serratia
  • Shigella.
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