Cipro Dosage

Cipro Dosage for Kidney Disease

The kidneys help to remove Cipro from the body, and people with kidney disease will not excrete Cipro as well from the body. Therefore, the Cipro dosage for people with kidney disease is normally less than the standard recommended amount. People with severe kidney disease may only need to take the medication once a day.

Cipro Dosage for Children

The recommended dosage of Cipro in children is based on the child's weight, as well as the form of Cipro (IV or oral) being used. The actual dose will depend on the type and severity of the infection being treated.
The usual dosage for treating serious urinary tract or kidney infections in children is 10 mg to 20 mg per kg body weight every 12 hours for oral Cipro and 6 mg to 10 mg per kg every 8 hours for IV Cipro. The maximum oral dose is 750 mg per dose, while the maximum IV dosage is 400 mg per dose. Treatment usually continues for 10 to 21 days.
The usual dose of Cipro for treating anthrax exposure in children is 15 mg per kg of body weight (about 6.8 mg per pound) every 12 hours for oral Cipro and 10 mg per kg (about 4.5 mg per pound) every 12 hours for IV Cipro. The maximum oral dose is 500 mg per dose, while the maximum IV dosage is 400 mg per dose. The length of treatment is 60 days.

General Information on Using Cipro

Some considerations for Cipro use include the following:
  • Cipro comes as a tablet, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) solution. It is usually taken twice a day, with about 12 hours between doses.
  • This medication can be taken with or without food. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach.
  • Cipro is usually taken in the morning and evening. Take it at about the same time each day to keep an even level of the medication in your bloodstream.
  • Swallow Cipro tablets whole. Do not crush, cut, or chew the tablets. Also, do not chew the tiny capsules in the liquid suspension.
  • Before taking Cipro liquid suspension, shake the bottle well for about 15 seconds to make sure the medicine is mixed evenly. Do this before each dose.
  • You should not take this medication with dairy products alone (such as milk or yogurt) or with calcium-fortified juices (such as orange juice). However, you can take Cipro with meals that contain these food items.
  • Make sure you stay well hydrated while you take Cipro, by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • You should start to feel better within a couple of days of beginning Cipro treatment. However, make sure you finish the entire course of this medicine. Stopping it too early may cause your infection to return, or lead to antibiotic resistance.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

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