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What do ciprofloxacin tablets do? CIPROFLOXACIN (Cipro®) is an antibiotic. It treats many kinds of infections of the skin, bone, stomach, brain, blood, lungs, ear, and urinary tract. It also treats certain sexually transmitted diseases. Generic ciprofloxacin tablets are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I take ciprofloxacin? They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • dehydration

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • seizures (convulsions)

  • stomach problems (especially colitis)

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ciprofloxacin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or


  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine? Take tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow ciprofloxacin tablets whole with a full glass of water. Although this medicine can be taken with meals, it is best to take ciprofloxacin on an empty stomach. One hour before or two hours after meals is the preferred time. Try to avoid taking this medicine with dairy products. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose? If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. This medication should be taken at regular intervals.

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