Medically Reviewed by Harshi Dhingra, M.D.

Last Reviewed: Jun 17, 2022

Drug Details

Common Brands:



Prescription only

Therapeutic Class:

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics


Tablet, oral suspension


By mouth

Therapeutic Uses:

Bacterial infections

Controlled Status:

Not a controlled substance

What is ciprofloxacin (Cipro)?

Ciprofloxacin (si proh flaw suh sn) is an antibiotic that is effective against a wide variety of bacteria, including both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. It is used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body.


There may be other uses of ciprofloxacin - your doctor or pharmacist can give you more ciprofloxacin information.

Who can take ciprofloxacin (Cipro)?

Ciprofloxacin is approved for use in adults and children 1 to 17 years of age. Cipro XR (ciprofloxacin extended-release tablet) is only for treating urinary tract and kidney infections in adults.