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Ciprofloxacin

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Ciprofloxacin, Fluoroquinolones

Ciprofloxacin - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ciprofloxacin be used?

Oral tablets

  • You may take this medication with or without food.
  • Take this medication at the same time each day.
  • Complete the course of antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Incomplete treatment may cause infections to recur.
  • Do check with your healthcare professional before stopping your medication.

    Eye drops
  1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using the eye drops.
  2. Shake the bottle and remove the cap.
  3. Tilt your head back and pull your lower eyelid downwards to form a pocket.
  4. Hold the tip of the bottle near your eye. Do not touch your eye with the tip of the bottle.
  5. Gently squeeze the bottle to instil one drop into your eye.
  6. Release the lower eyelid and close your eye.
  7. Press the inner corner of your eye (the tear duct). This helps to stop the medication from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 for the other eye if you have been instructed to use the eye drops for both eyes. If you need more than 1 drop to the eye, repeat steps 1 to 7 after 5 minutes.
  9. Replace the cap.

Eye ointment

  1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using the eye ointment.
  2. Remove the cap.
  3. Tilt your head back and pull your lower eyelid downwards to form a pocket.
  4. Hold the tip of the tube near your eye.  Do not touch your eye with the tip of the tube.
  5. Squeeze the tube to release a thin line of ointment (about 1 cm) along the insides of your eye pocket.
  6. Let go of your eyelid and close your eyes for 1-2 minutes to allow the ointment to spread  around the inside of your eye.
  7. With a clean tissue, wipe off any excess ointment from your eyelid and eyelashes.
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 for the other eye if you have been instructed to use the eye ointment for both eyes.
  9. Replace the cap.

Ear drops

  1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before using the ear drops.
  2. Remove the cap.
  3. Position your head so that your ear faces upwards.
  4. Gently pull the upper ear up and back (for adults) or pull the lower ear down and back (for children).
  5. Hold the tip of the bottle near your ear. Do not touch your ear with the tip of the bottle.
  6. Squeeze the correct number of drops into the ear.
  7. Gently pull the earlobe up and down to allow the drops to move into the ear. Keep your head tilted for about 2-5 minutes.
  8. Wipe away any extra liquid from your ear with clean tissues.
  9. Replace the bottle cap.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

‚ÄčOral tablets: If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Ciprofloxacin - Additional Information

 

 

  • Updated on Saturday, July 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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