Medical Q&As

Acne - treatment with ciproxin?

I developed acne after I was divorced in my 40's. I tried numerous treatments including various topical applications and combinations of oral antibiotics to no avail. I visited Ireland in April 2003 and had to see a G.P. in Dublin regarding a respiratory infection. He ordered "Cipro" and within 3 days I was cured of the respiratory infection and the acne. How do I obtain more "Cipro" as the acne is recurring?

“Cipro” is the abbreviated name for Ciproxin (chemical name ciprofloxacin), which is an antibiotic used in the treatment of infections in the respiratory, gastro-intestinal and urinary tracts. It is also used in the treatment of gonorrhoea and anthrax acquired by inhalation. Acne is not one of its listed indications. Ciproxin is available on a prescription only basis. Clearly your acne benefited from this drug when you were being treated for your recent respiratory infection but I would think that most doctors would be reluctant to use the drug in the treatment of acne. Acne often requires long term treatment with antibiotics and this raises the possibility of bacterial resistance to the drug emerging. Antibiotic resistance has become an increasingly serious problem as more bacteria become resistant to previously effective antibiotics. Therefore the more effective potent antibiotics tend to be reserved for specific conditions only. I would discuss your experience with Ciproxin with your own doctor who can advise you further on this matter.