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Your Cipro dosage will be based on factors such as your age, weight, and the infection being treated. 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. Make sure to finish the entire prescribed amount of Cipro, as stopping it too soon can cause your infection to return.

An Introduction to Dosing With Cipro

The dosage of Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) your healthcare provider recommends will depend on a number of factors, including:
  • The infection being treated
  • Your age
  • Your weight (in children)
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Cipro Dosage for Adults

The adult dosage of Cipro varies by the type and severity of the infection being treated, but is usually between 250 mg and 750 mg every 12 hours for oral Cipro and between 200 mg and 400 mg every 8 or 12 hours for intravenous (IV) Cipro. Higher or lower amounts of the medicine may be used for certain infections.
The length of treatment also varies by type and severity of infection. It can be as short as a single dose for treating certain gonorrhea infections or as long as the recommended 60 days for treatment of anthrax exposure. Most people will likely take Cipro for 7 to 14 days.
Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions carefully. Also, it is important to finish your entire course of Cipro, even if you start to feel better. Stopping Cipro too soon could cause your infection to return, or lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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