Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: cipro | staph | infection | antibiotic | resistance

Don't Take Cipro for Staph

Friday, 13 Jan 2012 09:19 AM

Question: I just had the powerful antibiotic Cipro prescribed to me for a staph infection. I am an 80-year-old man and I worry about the side effects of this drug. Is there an alternative?


Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Cipro is not usually used for staph infections, as staph rapidly induces a resistance to Cipro. There are better medications to use. I would ask for alternative choices if Cipro is prescribed for staph.


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