Can Ciprofloxacin Be Used for Urinary Tract Infections?

Ciprofloxacin is often prescribed to treat various bacterial infections. But can ciprofloxacin be used for urinary tract infections?
This prescription medication comes in various forms and strengths, and the oral and injectable forms are approved for treating urinary tract infections (also known as UTIs or "bladder infections"). Ciprofloxacin helps to treat this particular bacterial infection by interfering with two bacterial enzymes called topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase. Bacteria need these enzymes to copy and repair DNA, important steps required for bacteria to multiply.
Ciprofloxacin is approved for treating UTIs in adults. It is also approved to treat serious UTIs in children. However, this drug is often not the first choice for treating infections in children, because it may cause bone, joint, or tendon problems in this age group.
(For more information on using this drug for urinary tract infections, click What Is Ciprofloxacin Used For?. This article also describes other infections this medication is approved to treat, as well as possible off-label uses.)
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