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02 Feb 2012 09:03 AM

CIPRO – A broad Spectrum Antibiotic

Ciprofloxacin commonly sold under the brand name of CIPRO is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent i.e. it is used to treat bacterial infections caused in the body leading to various illnesses. Belonging to the group of fluoroquinolones, Ciprofloxacin is widely available in tablet and oral suspension. When need arises it can also be administered in IV form.


Here are listed some of the infections for which Cipro is administered to treat the condition. Depending upon other factors and severity of the ailment the dosage is prescribed by the medical practitioner. As Ciprofloxacin is broad spectrum antibiotic susceptible strains of E.coli, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella sp and many more can be effectively killed with optimal doses of CIPRO.
Urinary tract infections and Cystitis in women has been treated with this drug to fight bacterial manifestations for a long period of time. Respiratory tract infections of the lower region in which species of Enterobacter cloacae,has been found to be the cause can also be successfully treated with this medicine. Other infections such as Sinusitis, Typhoid, Gastro intestinal infections, diarrhea, skin lesions and many such issues are effectively cured with the administration of ciprofloxacin.
CIPRO can be prescribed to the patient in tablet or suspension form. The tablet is an extended release pill that must be taken through the oral route. In most of the cases this medicine needs to be taken twice a day depending upon the patient condition and strength of the dose. XR brand are extended release tablets that can be prescribed only once a day. They can be taken with or without food. The final instructions about how this medicine must be taken are decided from your physician. In most of the cases after the main meal of your day this medicine is taken. Also it must be administered at the same time of the day. Every infection is of varying severity so the course of these antibiotics must be carefully followed. Read the instructions carefully and take your tablets as prescribed. It is found in many patients by the middle of the course they stop taking the antibiotics as they start feeling normal. This is a very wrong practice as the bacteria in your body may become resistant eventually making this medicine ineffective for you. Thus taking the exact course is an important step while you are on antibiotics.

Direction for Use

If you are prescribed suspension then the bottle must be shaken well for 15 to 20 seconds before every use. This allows even mixture of the ingredients into a homogenous mixture. It is discouraged to taken ciprofloxacin along with calcium rich or dairy fortified foods.
If you are taking ciprofloxacin tablet swallow it completely, do not try to chew or crush it in your mouth. If you face any problem swallowing it contact the doctor for an alternative dose/brand. Sometimes in cases of UTI, if you feel feverish or backache then it might show some signs that infection is not getting cured and you may need to refer for some other course of action. Seek physician assistance as soon as possible in such conditions.
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