Sold as an intravenous (IV) solution, an oral liquid suspension, an eye and ear drop, an eye ointment, regular tablets, and extended-release tablets, ciprofloxacin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Your specific dosage will depend on several factors, such as the particular product you are using, your age and weight (in children), the infection being treated, and other medications you are taking.
Ciprofloxacin works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two bacterial enzymes, which are needed for bacteria to multiply.
Regardless of the form or dosage you are prescribed, it is important to finish your entire course of the medication. If you stop taking this antibiotic too soon, it may cause your infection to return.
(To learn more about taking this antibiotic, click Ciprofloxacin. This article offers more details on the uses and effects of ciprofloxacin tablets and other forms of the drug.)