What Drug Classification Does Ciprofloxacin Belong To?

Available by prescription only, ciprofloxacin is a medication licensed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Ciprofloxacin belongs to a drug classification known as fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short. It works to kill certain bacteria by interfering with two enzymes bacteria need to copy and repair DNA, important steps for bacteria to multiply.
Ciprofloxacin comes in several strengths and forms, including:
  • A regular tablet
  • An extended-release tablet
  • An intravenous (IV) solution
  • An oral liquid suspension
  • An eye and ear drop
  • An eye ointment.
The particular form and dosage you are prescribed will depend on several factors, including the type and severity of your infection, your age and weight (in children), and other medications you are taking.
(For more information, click Ciprofloxacin. This article offers more details on the drug classification of ciprofloxacin, as well as information on possible side effects, dosing tips, and safety concerns to discuss with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.)
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