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Antibiotics are effective treatment for most people who have an uncomplicated urinary tract infection and for many people who have a complicated urinary tract infection. The right antibiotic should be able to eliminate the kinds of organisms that cause urinary tract infections.

People with acute uncomplicated urinary tract infections nowadays may take antibiotics for as short a time as 3 days. For complicated urinary tract infections and acute uncomplicated kidney infections, it may be necessary to take antibiotics for 1 to 2 weeks. When an infection simply won't go away, antibiotics may have to be taken for as long as 6 months.

Bacteria are living organisms that can change with each generation, adapting to survive. They develop ways to resist the effects of drugs that have been used to wipe them out. This situation is called bacterial resistance because the bacteria are "resisting" the effects of the drugs.

Over the years, many of the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections have developed resistance to some of the drugs used to treat those infections. For example, many infection-causing bacteria have become resistant to ampicillin and some to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX).

State-by-State Analysis of In Vitro TMP-SMX Susceptibility (%)<br /> Among <em>E. coli</em> Collected from Uncomplicated UTIs

State-by-State Analysis of In Vitro TMP-SMX Susceptibility (%)
Among E. coli Collected from Uncomplicated UTIs

Source: TSN® Database-USA. Jan 1 - Nov 30, 2002.

One of the newer types of antibiotics is a group (class) of drugs called the quinolones. These antibiotics are effective against a wide variety of bacteria.

Quinolones work well against infections that involve various organs and systems of the body. One quinolone that effectively kills disease-causing bacteria in the urinary tract is CIPRO (generic name: ciprofloxacin). CIPRO is available in an extended-release form, called CIPRO XR (ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets), that is taken only once a day. You need a prescription to buy CIPRO XR and should consult a healthcare professional.


Only your doctor can prescribe antibiotics for a UTI.

Only your doctor can prescribe antibiotics for a UTI.

Talk to your doctor if you're experiencing the symptoms of a UTI.


CIPRO XR is an effective treatment option for UTIs.

Learn how CIPRO XR works to fight the infection.

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