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Proquin XR Uses

Uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) are commonly treated with Proquin XR, an antibiotic. Specifically, this drug is used for bladder infections caused by two particular types of bacteria. It is currently approved for use in adults only, as using Proquin XR in children could increase the risk of bone, joint, or tendon problems.

What Is Proquin XR Used For?

Proquin® XR (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) is an antibiotic licensed to treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs). In particular, it is prescribed for cystitis (also called a bladder infection). This medication belongs to a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short.

Using Proquin XR for Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection occurs somewhere in the urinary tract, which is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Urinary tract infections are generally categorized as either uncomplicated or complicated. Uncomplicated UTIs are usually easier to treat than complicated ones.
When a urinary tract infection occurs in the bladder and urethra, it is called cystitis, or more commonly, a bladder infection. Not everyone who has a bladder infection will have symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include:
  • Frequent or intense urges to urinate, even when you have little urine to pass
  • Painful or burning sensations during urination
  • Milky, cloudy, or reddish-brown urine.
If an infection has reached the kidneys, symptoms will be more severe. Symptoms of a kidney infection may include:
  • Upper back or side pain
  • High fever
  • Shaking and chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting.
Proquin XR is only approved to treat uncomplicated cystitis (bladder infections) caused by the following types of bacteria:
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae.
It is not approved to treat complicated UTIs or kidney infections (known medically as pyelonephritis).
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is either susceptible or resistant to Proquin XR. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try this drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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