Cipro belongs to the family of quinolone drugs that are prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the eyes, ears, lungs, blood, bones or joints, skin, and abdomen, to name a few. Once the doctor has established that this is bacterial and not a viral infection, you will be given instructions that must be followed in order to make certain all bacteria have been killed, even if you are feeling better before the suggested treatment duration is complete.
Discuss your medical background with your doctor so it can be determined if Cipro is the right medicine for your situation. Make your doctor aware of other prescription drugs, over the counter meds, and herbal preparations or vitamin supplements you are taking. Combining Cipro with certain medications could cause a negative interaction or unintended side effects. Before taking Cipro, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant or breast-feeding as it could result in causing harm to your unborn or nursing baby.