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what is quinolone antibiotics? is that in the cipro (ciprofloxacin) family of drugs?

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Dr. Joseph Hermann
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and other drugs (levaquin, floxin, others) make up the quinolone class of drugs. Although generally safe and effective, problems associated with them include tendon rupture and overuse leading to bacterial resistance. The public needs to have more appreciation of the risks and benefits of antibiotics; resist asking for them when they may not be needed and question doctors about true need.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care 19 years experience
Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a quinolone, so are Avelox and Levaquin. This family of antibiotics stops bacteria from replicating and so stops infection.

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Last updated May 12, 2016

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