Cipro is a quinolone antibiotic prescribed to treat a variety of bacterial infections including those of urinary tract (e,g., cystitis, pyelonephritis), lower respiratory tract (e.g., bronchitis), skin (e.g., cellulitis, erysipelas), bones and joints (e.g., osteomyelitis, septic arthritis), gastrointestinal system (e.g., typhoid fever, infective diarrhea), and sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., gonorrhea). Cipro is particularly effective against Gram-negative bacteria (e.g., salmonella, campylobacter, shigella, pseudomonas, and neisseria). Cipro works by killing bacteria and preventing their growth.
Cipro is usually taken twice a day with or without food. It works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Doctor prescribes dosage and length of treatment depending on the particular medical condition and response to treatment. It is very important to complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, even if you get better after a shorter period. If you stop too early, bacteria may continue to grow and the infection will return.