Ciprofloxacin Alternova Uses

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What is Ciprofloxacin Alternova?

Ciprofloxacin Alternova is an antibiotic in a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones (flor-o-KWIN-o-lones). Ciprofloxacin Alternova fights bacteria in the body.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova is used to treat different types of bacterial infections. Ciprofloxacin Alternova is also used to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova indications

infoAn indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova for oral suspension is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by susceptible isolates of the designated microorganisms in the conditions and patient populations listed below. Please see for specific recommendations.

Adult Patients

Urinary Tract Infections caused by Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter cloacae, Serratia marcescens, Proteus mirabilis, Providencia rettgeri, Morganella morganii, Citrobacter koseri (diversus), Citrobacter freundii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, or vancomycin-susceptible Enterococcus faecalis.

Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis in Females caused by Escherichia coli or Staphylococcus saprophyticus.

Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis caused by Escherichia coli or Proteus mirabilis.

Lower Respiratory Tract Infections caused by Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter cloacae, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Haemophilus influenzae, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, or penicillin-susceptible Streptococcus pneumoniae.* Also, Moraxella catarrhalis for the treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis.

*Ciprofloxacin Alternova is not a drug of first choice in the treatment of presumed or confirmed pneumonia secondary to Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Acute Sinusitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae, penicillin-susceptible Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Moraxella catarrhalis.

Skin and Skin Structure Infections caused by Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter cloacae, Proteus mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, Providencia stuartii, Morganella morganii, Citrobacter freundii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus epidermidis, or Streptococcus pyogenes.

Bone and Joint Infections caused by Enterobacter cloacae, Serratia marcescens, or Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections (used in combination with metronidazole) caused by Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, or Bacteroides fragilis.

Infectious Diarrhea caused by Escherichia coli (enterotoxigenic isolates), Campylobacter jejuni, Shigella boydii†, Shigella dysenteriae, Shigella flexneri or Shigella sonnei† when antibacterial therapy is indicated.

†Although treatment of infections due to this organism in this organ system demonstrated a clinically significant outcome, efficacy was studied in fewer than 10 patients.

Typhoid Fever (Enteric Fever) caused by Salmonella typhi.

NOTE: The efficacy of Ciprofloxacin Alternova in the eradication of the chronic typhoid carrier state has not been demonstrated.

Uncomplicated Cervical and Urethral Gonorrhea due to Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Pediatric Patients (1 to 17 years of age)

Complicated Urinary Tract Infections and Pyelonephritis due to Escherichia coli.

NOTE: Although effective in clinical trials, Ciprofloxacin Alternova is not a drug of first choice in the pediatric population due to an increased incidence of adverse events compared to controls, including events related to joints and/or surrounding tissues. Ciprofloxacin Alternova, like other fluoroquinolones, is associated with arthropathy and histopathological changes in weight-bearing joints of juvenile animals..

Adult and Pediatric Patients

Inhalational Anthrax (post-exposure)

To reduce the incidence or progression of disease following exposure to aerosolized Bacillus anthracis.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova serum concentrations achieved in humans served as a surrogate endpoint reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit and provided the initial basis for approval of this indication.5 Supportive clinical information for Ciprofloxacin Alternova for anthrax post-exposure prophylaxis was obtained during the anthrax bioterror attacks of October 2001.

If anaerobic organisms are suspected of contributing to the infection, appropriate therapy should be administered. Appropriate culture and susceptibility tests should be performed before treatment in order to isolate and identify organisms causing infection and to determine their susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin Alternova. Therapy with Ciprofloxacin Alternova may be initiated before results of these tests are known; once results become available appropriate therapy should be continued. As with other drugs, some isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa may develop resistance fairly rapidly during treatment with Ciprofloxacin Alternova. Culture and susceptibility testing performed periodically during therapy will provide information not only on the therapeutic effect of the antimicrobial agent but also on the possible emergence of bacterial resistance.

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of Ciprofloxacin Alternova for oral suspension and other antibacterial drugs, Ciprofloxacin Alternova for oral suspension should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.

How should I use Ciprofloxacin Alternova?

Use Ciprofloxacin Alternova as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Ciprofloxacin Alternova comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Ciprofloxacin Alternova refilled.
  • An extra patient leaflet may be available with Ciprofloxacin Alternova. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Take Ciprofloxacin Alternova by mouth with or without food. The preferred dosing time is 2 hours after a meal.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • Take Ciprofloxacin Alternova with a full glass of water (8 oz [240 mL]).
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Ciprofloxacin Alternova is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • If you also take any products containing magnesium, aluminum, calcium, iron, or zinc (eg, antacids, quinapril, vitamins/minerals); didanosine; sucralfate; or bismuth subsalicylate, do not take them within 6 hours before or 2 hours after taking Ciprofloxacin Alternova. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
  • If you also take sevelamer, do not take it within 4 hours before or after taking Ciprofloxacin Alternova. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
  • Ciprofloxacin Alternova works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, take Ciprofloxacin Alternova for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Avoid taking Ciprofloxacin Alternova with milk or milk products (eg, calcium-enriched juice, yogurt) by themselves. However, taking Ciprofloxacin Alternova as part of a full meal that contains milk or milk products is permitted.
  • Do not miss any doses. If you miss a dose of Ciprofloxacin Alternova, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ciprofloxacin Alternova.

Uses of Ciprofloxacin Alternova in details

infoThere are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova is used to treat wide range of bacterial infections including lung or respiratory tract infections, eye infection, bladder and kidney infections, reproductive tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections and bone and joint infections.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova description

Ciprofloxacin Alternova is a drug used to treat bacterial infections. It is a second generation fluoroquinolone antibacterial. It kills bacteria by interfering with the enzymes that cause DNA to rewind after being copied, which stops DNA and protein synthesis.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova is marketed worldwide with over three hundred different brand names. In the United States, Canada and the UK, it is marketed as Ciloxan, Ciprofloxacin Alternova, Ciprofloxacin Alternova XR, Ciprofloxacin Alternova XL Ciproxin and, most recently, Proquin. In Mexico it is available over the counter and marketed under the names Ciproflox or Ciprofloxacino. In Ecuador it is available and marketed under the name Cidrax. In Nigeria it is sold as Ciprotab while in Bangladesh it is marketed as Tablets and Microcapsules for Suspension by numerous companies, one of which is by Edruc Limited as Cipron. Additionally, Ciprofloxacin Alternova is available as a generic drug under a variety of different brand names and is also available for limited use in veterinary medicine.

Ciprofloxacin Alternova was first patented in 1983 by Bayer A.G. and subsequently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987.Ciprofloxacin Alternova has 12 F.D.A.-approved human uses and other veterinary uses, but it is often used for non-approved uses (off-label).

Ciprofloxacin Alternova interacts with other drugs, herbal and natural supplements, and thyroid medications.


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