You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Tendon or joint problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Nerve problems, such as neuropathy
- Epilepsy or have ever had a seizure
- An irregular heartbeat or a heart rhythm problem known as QT prolongation or long QT syndrome, or have family members with these problems
- Low potassium levels in the blood
- Cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening and thickening of the arteries of the brain)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Myasthenia gravis.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Ciprofloxacin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Ciprofloxacin and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ciprofloxacin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
The dose of ciprofloxacin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The particular ciprofloxacin product
- The type and severity of your infection
- Your age
- Your weight (in children)
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Ciprofloxacin Dosage for more information.)