What is Cipro?

Cipro, which has the generic name ciprofloxacin, is an antibiotic manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Cipro is FDA approved for the treatment of 14 types of bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections (UTIs) and infections affecting the abdomen, bones, skin, and lower respiratory system. Additionally, Cipro is FDA approved to prevent and treat infections caused by anthrax inhalation. In fact, Cipro was used to treat thousands of Americans after the famous anthrax-by-letter scare in 2001.

How Cipro Works

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Cipro belongs to the class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones, like Cipro, fight bacteria in the body by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive. Cipro is the most powerful germ-killing antibiotic currently available, which is why the U.S. military stockpiles it for possible biological warfare.

Because Cipro is so potent, Cipro may wipe out good bacteria along with the bad. For instance, Cipro may kill good bacteria, also known as “normal flora,” in the digestive track. After Cipro destroys this good bacteria, unwanted yeast or other bacteria may take over, causing upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting. To help avoid this problem, doctors recommend taking Cipro with lots of water.

Cipro is also known to adversely affect the central nervous system, causing drowsiness, dizziness, irritability, insomnia, restlessness and headaches. Additionally, Cipro can weaken cartilage and cause joint damage. In rare cases, Cipro may also cause hallucinations, seizures, and the life-threatening skin condition known as toxic epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Those at greatest risk of suffering side effects from Cipro include:

  • runners, weight-lifters, or any athletes or workers who put a lot of pressure and strain on their joints;
  • tea and coffee drinkers
  • small children
  • expectant mothers
  • the elderly or anyone with a weak immune system
  • heavy alcohol drinkers or those with a history of liver problems
  • diabetics

Adverse Reactions to Cipro

Adverse reactions to antibiotics, such as Cipro, are responsible for more than 140,000 emergency rooms visits each year. If you or a loved one took Cipro and experienced an adverse side effect, contact us today as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

  • Bernstein Liebhard is no longer accepting Cipro cases.