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What is the diffrence between Cephalexin and Ciprofloxacin?


Rajive Goel 4 Jan 2012

Cephalexin is a prescription antibiotic licensed to treat and prevent bacterial infections. It comes in either capsule or liquid form in a variety of strengths. Infections that can be treated with the drug include bone infections, middle ear infections, and respiratory tract infections. It can also be used to prevent heart valve infections. Possible side effects of cephalexin include diarrhea, headache, and upset stomach.

Cephalexin s a prescription antibiotic licensed to treat a number of infections. Some of these cephalexin uses include: Treatment of bacterial infections; Prevention of heart valve infections (bacterial endocarditis).

Bacterial Infections

Cephalexin is most commonly used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Some of these types of infections may include: Respiratory tract infection, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, strep throat, or tonsillitis; Bone infection (osteomyelitis); Middle ear infection (otitis media); Sinus infection (sinusitis); Urinary tract infection (UTI); Irritation of the prostate (prostatitis); Skin infection, such as cellulitis, folliculitis, or impetigo.

Cephalexin may be used to treat a number of other bacterial infections. In addition, it can be substituted in place of penicillin to treat common infections in those people who are allergic to penicillin. It should be noted, however, that there is a small chance that people who are allergic to penicillin will also be allergic to cephalexin or to other cephalosporins.

Cephalexin is not effective against any infection caused by a virus, such as the flu, stomach flu, or common cold.

Available by prescription only, Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic approved for the treatment of various bacterial infections. It comes in several forms, including tablets, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) solution. This medicine is typically taken twice a day, with about 12 hours between doses. Although most people tolerate it well, side effects are possible and may include nausea and diarrhea, among others.

Ciprofloxacin is a prescription antibiotic medication that belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short.

Ciprofloxacin is approved to treat a variety of different infections, including: Urinary tract infections (UTIs), commonly called "bladder infections"; Kidney infections; Prostate infections; Pneumonia; Bronchitis; Sinus infections; Infections of the skin and surrounding tissue; Severe infections within the abdomen (stomach); Diarrhea (when it is caused by bacteria); Bone and joint infections; Gonorrhea; Typhoid fever.

Ciprofloxacin is approved for treating the infections listed above only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. This is because Ciprofloxacin is not effective against all bacteria types. In addition, certain parts of the country may be more likely to have bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Ciprofloxacin. This medicine will not treat infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold or flu.

In some situations, the doc may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Ciprofloxacin. In other situations, the doc may decide to try this medication without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.

Ciprofloxacin is called a "broad spectrum" antibiotic, which means it is effective against a wide variety of different types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria types that Ciprofloxacin is effective against include, but are not limited to: Enterococcus; Staphylococcus; Streptococcus; Citrobacter; Escherichia coli (E. coli); Moraxella catarrhalis; Neisseria gonorrhoeae; Proteus; Pseudomonas; Serratia; Shigella.

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