December 09, 2011
The main advantage of Cipro is that it has been proven effective in a wide range of diseases, from bone infection and sinusitis to respiratory tract bacterial infections and cystitis.
Cipro is the short, somehow colloquial form for ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic used in the treatment of several bacterial infections. It has been sold in pharmacies for almost 25 years now, actively fighting bacteria in millions of patients worldwide.
The main advantage of Cipro is that it has been proven effective in a wide range of diseases, from bone infection and sinusitis to respiratory tract bacterial infections and cystitis. Even if it comes with many possible side effects, the overall tolerance of this drug is good, when taking into account medical statistical data on the subject.
Even so, Cipro is rather a second-line antibiotic. This happens because there are many antibiotics on the market which target a small number of bacterial infections and are more beneficial in the risk/benefits scheme than ciprofloxacin is.
Therefore, we can speak of three separate contexts when doctors prescribe ciprofloxacin for a bacterial infection to their patients:
- Used as a first option if the physician finds no drug interactions.
- Used as an alternative to other antibiotics which have proven ineffective (due to the development of drug-resisting bacteria), unsuitable (due to drug interaction with other medicines used in the treatment) or dangerous (due to the increased risk of allergies).
- Used in relation to other antibiotics (rare cases) to better trigger down an infection in complicated medical cases.
Ciprofloxacin is a strong antibiotic and many people experience mild side effects (like upset stomach, a slight form of diarrhea or minor headache) during and immediately after the treatment. As long as they don't interfere with the general treatment and don't severely influence the patient's wellbeing, they are considered normal and treated or taken care of contextually.
Ciprofloxacin should be administered only after consulting a doctor. Any kind of treatment done without the supervision of a medical professional is likely to end up bad. Avoid such treatments at any cost.