Active Ingredient: Ciprofloxacin
To make sure ciprofloxacin is safe for you, tell your doctor if: you have had an allergy to ciprofloxacin or any other medicine you have had a serious side effect with ciprofloxacin or another antibiotic particularly a fluroquinolone in the past you had diarrhoea when you have taken antibiotics before you or someone in your family has an abdominal aortic aneurysm or any other problem with the aorta the large blood vessel running from the heart to the abdomen you have fast, pounding or irregular heartbeats you have problems with tendons you have epilepsy or another health problem that puts you at risk of seizures you have problems with your kidneys you have diabetes, as ciprofloxacin might affect your blood sugars 4.
How and when to take it How you take your medicine depends on the type of ciprofloxacin and what you're taking it for. Follow the instructions that come with it. Try to space the doses evenly throughout the day.
Keep taking or using this medicine until the course is finished, unless your doctor tells you to stop. How to take the tablets and liquid Ciprofloxacin comes as 250 mg, 500 mg and 750 mg tablets.
The usual dose of ciprofloxacin is 250 mg to 750 mg twice a day. For some infections you might only need to take a single dose.
Doses are usually lower for children and people with kidney problems. Swallow the tablets whole with lots of water.
Do not chew them. Ciprofloxacin liquid comes as granules that you need to dissolve in the special liquid provided.
Follow the instructions that comes with your medicine. Before taking ciprofloxacin liquid, shake the bottle for 15 seconds to make sure the granules have dissolved.
The liquid comes with a plastic syringe or spoon to help you take the right amount.
If you do not have one, ask your pharmcist for one. Do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give the right dose.
You can take ciprofloxacin tablets and liquid with or without food. How to apply the eyedrops You'll usually put 1 or 2 drops into the affected eye 4 times a day. You can then reduce how often you use it.
Gently pull down your lower eyelid with a clean finger and tilt your head back.
Hold the bottle over your eye and allow a single drop to fall into the space between your lower lid and your eye.
Wipe away any extra liquid with a clean tissue.
Put in a second drop if you have been told to. How to use the eye ointment Put just over 1 centimetre of ointment on the affected eye 2 or 3 times a day, or as your doctor advises.
Hold the tube with the nozzle close to your eye and gently squeeze the ointment into the space between your lower lid and your eye.
How to use the eardrops Put up to 5 drops into the affected ear twice a day, or as your doctor advises. Warm the drops by holding the container in your hands for a few minutes.