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If you have certain bacterial infections, you may benefit from Cipro® (ciprofloxacin). But how do you take this antibiotic?
 
Cipro comes in several strengths and is available in the form of tablets, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) solution. Several factors will affect your dosage amount, including the infection being treated, your age, and other medications you are taking.
 
Cipro is usually taken twice a day, with about 12 hours between doses. Do 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.
 
It is also important to finish the entire course of this medicine. Stopping it too early may cause your infection to return, or lead to antibiotic resistance.
 
(For a closer look at how to take this antibiotic, click Cipro Dosage. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines and tips on effectively using this medication.)
 
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