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Brand Name

Cipro XL

Common Name
ciprofloxacin extended-release


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02247916 CIPRO XL 500MG TABLET
02251787 CIPRO XL 1000MG TABLET

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that belongs to the family of medications known as quinolones. It is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. Ciprofloxacin extended-release (XL) is used to treat urinary tract infections such as cystitis (bladder infection) or uncomplicated pyelonephritis (kidney infection).

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

For uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women, the usual recommended adult dose of ciprofloxacin extended-release (XL) is 500 mg once a day for 3 days.

For complicated urinary tract infections and uncomplicated kidney infections, the usual recommended adult dose is 1,000 mg once a day for 7 to 14 days. For people with severely reduced kidney function, the recommended dose is 500 mg once a day for 7 to 14 days.

Ciprofloxacin extended-release should be swallowed whole. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablet. It should be taken at approximately the same time each day, with or without food. Although the medication can be taken with meals that include milk, it is best to avoid taking it with dairy products alone (e.g. yogurt) or with calcium-fortified products. (See "What other medications could interact with this medication?" below.)

Drink adequate amounts of liquids (water, juices) when you are taking this medication.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Finish all of this medication, even if you begin to feel better. It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue on with your regular schedule. Do not take more than one dose of ciprofloxacin extended-release per day. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

500 mg
Each nearly-white-to-slightly-yellowish, film-coated, oblong-shaped, extended release tablet, coded with the word "BAYER" on one side and "C500 QD" on the reverse side, contains ciprofloxacin 500 mg as ciprofloxacin HCl (287.5 mg, calculated as ciprofloxacin on the dried basis) and ciprofloxacin (212.6 mg, calculated on the dried basis). Nonmedicinal ingredients: crospovidone, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, silical colloidal anhydrous, succinic acid, and titanium dioxide.

1000 mg
Each nearly-white-to-slightly-yellowish, film-coated, oblong-shaped, extended release tablet, coded with the word "BAYER" on one side and "C1000 QD" on the reverse side, contains ciprofloxacin 1000 mg as ciprofloxacin HCl (574.9 mg, calculated as ciprofloxacin on the dried basis) and ciprofloxacin (425.2 mg, calculated on the dried basis). Nonmedicinal ingredients: crospovidone, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, silical colloidal anhydrous, succinic acid, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to ciprofloxacin or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to other medications in the quinolone family (e.g., norfloxacin, moxifloxacin)
  • are also taking a medication called tizanidine


 

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