U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Mineral Bluff, GA
A 22-year-old male asked:

I know cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic killing gram neg. & pos. bacteria. what are the most common infections does it treat? & does it kill mrsa

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 23 years experience
Not good for MRSA.: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a fluroquinolone (FQ) drug that is mostly used for Gram neg. infections that affect the GI tract, bladder, & some special infections that affect the head, neck, & respiratory tract. While it is effective againt some special, unusual Gram pos. bacteria, it does a poor job against Staph (like MRSA) or Strep. In fact, some evidence shows MORE nasal penetration by Staph when pts take FQ Abx.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jul 2, 2016


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.