The ciprofloxacin or ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic drug (combat microorganisms) belonging to the group of fluoroquinolones . Its condensed chemical formula is C 17 H 18 FN 3 O 3 . This medicine is used to treat various types of infections, since it works by attacking bacterial DNA.Also, ciprofloxacin affects an enzyme that helps this nucleic acid : DNA gyrase . This is how it works by inhibiting the cell replication processes of the bacteria, preventing their continued reproduction and therefore controlling the spread of the infection.

This medicine is marketed in tablets and in injectable solutions for intramuscular use.

What is the use of ciprofloxacin?

Ciprofloxacin is used to fight various types of pathogenic germs , being applied to counteract various types of infections caused by bacteria, such as:

  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Urinary tract infections (kidneys, urethra)
  • Genital infections
  • Infections of the respiratory tract (lungs, throat), caused by pathogens such as cocci and streptococci

In particular, ciprofloxacin is dedicated to fighting infections by bacteria resistant to other types of antibiotics . For this reason, its use is recommended in limited cases, in which the other antibiotics do not have a sufficient action.

It also participates against skin infections and infections in the bone system (those that compromise the bones).

It is reserved for those infections of a special nature, its use being determined by a doctor only .

Ciprofloxacin is used to fight gastrointestinal infections

This medicine is used to fight infections in the intestines , caused by Escherichia Coli bacteria , and diarrhea generated by it.

In addition, it is recurred during the so-called ” traveler’s diarrhea “, which is produced by common bacteria, but from different strains from those that are usually in contact with the body.

It is administered in cases of typhoid fever , fighting Salmonella Typhi microorganisms . It is given both to patients who suffer from it and to its carriers. (A carrier is a person who carries Salmonella Typhi in their body , but does not show symptoms of the disease).

Ciprofloxacin serves as a treatment for urinary tract infections

It counteracts urinary infections, either through intravenous injections in acute cases , or orally , as in mild cases such as cystitis. All always depending on the criteria of the doctor.

In infections of the genitals

This medicine is used to treat gonorrhea , a sexually transmitted infection, by reducing the population of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae bacteria .

In respiratory tract infections

This is one of the antibiotics used against the dangerous Bacillus Anthracis , the causative agent of the disease called anthrax , in which, in addition to skin conditions, shortness of breath, cough and throat discomfort are generated.

Ciprofloxacin is given in cases of acute sinusitis , caused by bacterial agents.

Contraindications to ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin or ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that affects bacterial DNA.

Although ciprofloxacin is a non-addictive drug, there are several precautions that must be taken:

  • When administered to pregnant or lactating women
  • When used in patients with allergies
  • In its consumption combined with other medications
  • Avoid ingesting it together with alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid frequent use
  • Better resort to other medications, in the event of mild bacterial infections
  • Do not administer ciprofloxacin at the same time as antihistamines, tranquilizers and sedatives.

This article is for informational purposes, and at no time is it recommended to be administered without medical supervision. It is essential to CONSULT A DOCTOR.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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