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Using Cipro XR for Complicated Urinary Tract Infections

Complicated urinary tract infections are more severe than uncomplicated infections. They also are, in general, more difficult to treat. In complicated UTIs, an underlying problem makes the infection more difficult to treat, such as the presence of another medical problem like diabetes mellitus, a problem with the structure of the bladder, or the presence of a urinary catheter.
 
Cipro XR is approved to treat complicated urinary tract infections caused by the following bacteria:
 
  • E. coli
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
     

How Does Cipro XR Work?

This medication works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two bacterial enzymes called topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase. These enzymes are needed by the bacteria to copy and repair DNA, important steps required for the bacteria to multiply.
 

Can Children Use It?

Cipro XR is not approved for children under the age of 18, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Like other quinolones, Cipro XR may cause bone, joint, or tendon problems in children.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Cipro XR may be used to treat infections in older adults. However, older adults may have an increased risk for certain Cipro XR side effects, such as QT prolongation (a problem with the heart rhythm) and tendon problems (see Cipro XR and Tendon Rupture). In addition, because kidney function declines with age and Cipro XR is removed from the body by the kidneys, older adults may need a lower Cipro XR dosage.
 

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