Cipro to Doxy: Why the Switch?

No doctor has ever written a prescription as sweeping as the one the Centers for Disease Control penned to head off the anthrax attack: 10 to 60 days of Cipro, a powerful antibiotic in the arsenal of modern medicine, for anyone who might have come anywhere near a spore. Nearly 20,000 Americans are already taking Cipro, and the number was shooting up--by the hundreds or even thousands--every time another anthrax "hot spot" was discovered.

But every blister pack of antibiotics has its downside, and now doctors are bracing for a second wave of bad news--reports of Cipro side effects and whole...

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