Ciprofloxacin – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the nose, lungs, skin, bones, joints, genitals, bladder, stomach and bowels.

This medicine may be used to treat other bacterial infections as decided by your doctor.


How do I take this medicine?

Take Ciprofloxacin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine may be taken with or without food. Take it with meals if you experience any stomach discomfort. Always take it with a full glass of water, unless your doctor has specifically told you not to do so.

Ciprofloxacin is available as a tablet, extended-release tablet, or oral suspension.

If you are taking the extended-release type of tablet (may be labelled “ER”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.

If you are taking an oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose.

Ciprofloxacin must be taken at regular intervals for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don’t, the infection will not clear completely.


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