What Is Ciprofloxacin Prescribed For?
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If you have an infection, your healthcare provider may prescribe ciprofloxacin. Specifically, the oral and injectable forms of ciprofloxacin are prescribed for treating certain bacterial infections, such as:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs), commonly called "bladder infections"
- Kidney infections
- Sinus infections
- Prevention of infections or worsening of infections after exposure to inhaled anthrax.
Ciprofloxacin eye drops and ointment are used for treating bacterial conjunctivitis ("pink eye") and corneal ulcers. The ear drops can be prescribed for treating bacterial infections of the outer ear or ear canal, known medically as acute otitis externa ("swimmer's ear").
(Click What Is Ciprofloxacin Used For? for a more in-depth look at what this drug is prescribed for. This article also discusses how ciprofloxacin works and whether this medication is suitable for children and older adults.)