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Brand Name

Apo-Ciproflox

Common Name
ciprofloxacin


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02229521 APO-CIPROFLOX 250MG TABLET
02229522 APO-CIPROFLOX 500MG TABLET
02229523 APO-CIPROFLOX 750MG 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. It is most commonly used to treat infections of the skin, sinuses, bone, lung, abdomen, kidney, prostate, and bladder.

It can also be used to treat some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), some forms of infectious diarrhea, and typhoid fever.

The extended release form of ciprofloxacin is used to treat bladder and kidney infections.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. 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?

The recommended adult dose of ciprofloxacin tablets ranges from 250 mg to 750 mg twice daily. Depending on the type of infection being treated, you may need to take ciprofloxacin for 3 to 14 days. For bone infections it may be necessary to take ciprofloxacin for as long as 3 months. For STIs, the dose is given once as a single dose.

Ciprofloxacin tablets may be taken with food or on an empty stomach. Drink plenty of fluids while taking ciprofloxacin and avoid dairy products. Although ciprofloxacin can be taken with meals that include milk, you should not take ciprofloxacin with dairy products alone or with calcium-fortified products. Do not take antacids; supplements with calcium, magnesium, aluminum, or iron; or multivitamins 6 hours before or 2 hours after taking ciprofloxacin.

If you are taking the suspension form of this medication, use a medication syringe to measure each dose as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons. Shake the bottle well before measuring. 

Many things can affect the dose of a 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 using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Even if you start to feel better after the start of treatment, it's important to finish the entire amount that was prescribed. This helps to prevent the infection from returning and being harder to treat. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer 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 the tablets at room temperature and keep them out of the reach of children. Store the oral suspension at room temperature or in the refrigerator in an upright position, protect it from freezing, and keep it out of the reach of children. After 14 days, safely discard any remaining medication.

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?

250 mg
Each round, white, film-coated, biconvex tablet, identified "APO" on one side and "CIP" over "250" on the other, contains ciprofloxacin HCl monohydrate equivalent to ciprofloxacin 250 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

500 mg
Each capsule-shaped, white, film-coated, biconvex tablet, engraved "APO-500" on one side, contains ciprofloxacin HCl monohydrate equivalent to ciprofloxacin 500 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

750 mg
Each capsule-shaped, white, film-coated, biconvex tablet, engraved "APO-750" on one side, contains ciprofloxacin HCl monohydrate equivalent to ciprofloxacin 750 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use ciprofloxacin if you:

  • are allergic to ciprofloxacin or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to other quinolone antibiotics
  • are taking tizanidine


 

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