Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) – Medical Facts You Should Know About This AntibioticCiprofloxacin belongs to a family of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. A German based pharmaceutical company named Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals discovered this drug in the year 1981. It is popular and sold all over the world under various brand names such as Ciloxan, Cipro, Neofloxin, Cetraxal, Ciflox to name a few. The drug was approved by FDA in the year 1987.Cipro is used in the treatment of various bacterial infections. For example: anthrax, cystitis, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, respiratory tract infections and many others. It works either by stopping the growth of bacteria or by directly destroying them.How to use Cipro?Consult your doctor before taking Cipro. The medicine is available in 2 forms: tablet and the liquid.It is usually taken twice in a day. It can be taken with or without meals. It is advisable to drink plenty of water during the medication period. The liquid form of medicine contains little beads. Take care to see that you do not crush or chew them.Ensure that you take the medicine at the same time of the day; everyday. This will ensure even level of drug in your blood.Do not stop the medication in between or leave the course incomplete. There can be situations where the symptoms have improved but the infection is not cured.Store the medicine at temperatures below 30 degrees C. Keep the medicine away from heat and moisture.What Precautions should be taken when using Cipro?• Inform your doctor if you are allergic to quinolone antibiotics. Cipro contains many inactive ingredients like titanium dioxide, cellulose, magnesium stearate, cornstarch and many more that are said to cause such allergic reactions.• Avoid taking this medicine if you are suffering from any liver diseases, kidney diseases and heart related problems.• It should not be administered to people suffering from myasthenia gravis.• Avoid taking Cipro with other medications containing magnesium, calcium and aluminium.• Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before taking this medication.• The medicine passes into breast milk. Hence consult your doctor before breastfeeding.• Caffeine and chocolate consumption should be avoided.• Do not drink alcohol. There is a potential for serious side effects.What are the benefits of using Cipro?• It can be used in combination with other antibiotics to treat bacterial infections in abdomen and urinary tracts. • Many skin infections and ear infections can also be cured using this medicine. • Cipro can also be used to cure infections that are transmitted sexually.• It is an FDA approved drug.• It is easy on the pocket and hence, used by whenever required.
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