Cipro XR and Cipro® contain the same active ingredient, ciprofloxacin, but they are not the same medication and are not interchangeable. Cipro XR is an extended-release form of Cipro, which is an immediate-release medication. Extended-release products are designed to slowly release the active ingredient of the medication into the body. With Cipro XR, this slow release allows the medication to be taken once a day, instead of twice a day, as is the case with regular Cipro.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed October 28, 2010.
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