How to use Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)
Take Cipro exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take Cipro in the morning and in the evening, at about the same time each day. Take it with or without food.
Swallow Cipro tablets whole. Do not split, crush, or chew them.
Shake the Cipro oral suspension bottle well for about 15 seconds before you take the medicine. Always use the measuring spoon provided to get the exact dose of medicine. Close the bottle completely after you take the medicine.
Do not take Cipro with dairy products (such as milk or yogurt) or calcium-fortified juices alone, but it may be taken with a meal that contains these products.
Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking Cipro.
Take Cipro two hours before or six hours after taking antacids containing magnesium or aluminum, sevelamer, lanthanum carbonate, sucralfate, didanosine, chewable/buffered tablets or pediatric powder, or other products that contain calcium, iron, or zinc.
Please see general statement regarding dosage.
Bone, Joint, Lower Respiratory Tract, Prostate, Sinus, and Skin Infections
Adults: The recommended dose for mild or moderate infection is 500 milligrams (mg) every 12 hours. Your doctor will determine the duration of treatment based on the type and severity of your infection. Your doctor may give you a higher dose for more severe or complicated infections.
Urinary Tract Infection
Adults: The recommended dose for mild or moderate infection is 250 mg every 12 hours. For severe or complicated infection, the recommended dose is 500 mg every 12 hours. Your doctor will determine the duration of treatment based on the severity of your infection.
Children 1-17 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.
If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.
Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other activities that require mental alertness or coordination until you know how Cipro affects you.
Do not expose yourself to sunlamps or tanning beds, and try to limit your time in the sun, as Cipro can increase your sensitivity to light. If you need to be outdoors, wear loose-fitting clothes that protect your skin for the sun.
Do not skip any doses, or stop taking Cipro even if you begin to feel better, until you finish your prescribed treatment.
Store at room temperature.