With so many antibiotics on the market these days, it can be hard to keep them all straight. It is important to be well-informed about your medication before you begin taking it, which includes knowing the common major and minor side effects, when to avoid taking the medication, what to do if you miss a dose, and what to avoid while taking it. Getting familiar with medications and using them properly is important in the modern world where abuse and accidental use of medications can result in serious problems or potentially death.
Information. Ciprofloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic belonging to the class called fluoroquinolones. This class works by targeting the bacteria’s DNA so it stops reproducing. Ciprofloxacin is generally prescribed to treat infections such as pneumonia, gonorrhea, bronchitis and infections of the abdomen, bones, and skin. It is also used to treat those exposed to anthrax by inhalation. Ciprofloxacin cannot be used to treat colds, the flu, or other viruses, so make sure to take it only when prescribed. The medication comes in a tablet or liquid form and is usually taken once or twice a day, but follow the directions given by your pharmacist.