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Generic Name: Ciprobay Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin) used for?

Ciprobay® is an antibiotic that is commonly used for treating a variety of bacterial infections.

How should I take Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin)?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take Ciprobay® by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using Ciprobay®.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

For injection form, you should:

  • Receive Ciprobay® injection by health care professional in hospital by a dose calculated by your doctor.

How do I store Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin)?

Ciprobay® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Ciprobay® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Ciprobay® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Ciprobay® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin)?

Before using Ciprobay®, tell your doctor if you have:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Ciprobay® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Ciprobay® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Ciprobay®. Ciprobay® is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin)?

Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling nervous, anxious, or agitated
  • Sleep problems (insomnia or nightmares)
  • Severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats
  • Sudden pain, snapping or popping sound, bruising, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or loss of movement in any of your joints
  • Diarrhea that is watery or bloody
  • Urinating less than usual or not at all
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Numbness, tingling, or unusual pain anywhere in your body
  • Severe skin reaction — fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin)?

Ciprobay® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin)?

Ciprobay® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin)?

Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin) may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease (e.g., heart failure)
  • Heart rhythm problems (e.g., prolonged qt interval)
  • Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood)
  • Hypomagnesemia (low magnesium in the blood)
  • Liver disease
  • Seizures (epilepsy)
  • Stroke
  • Brain disease (e.g. hardening of the arteries)
  • Kidney disease
  • Organ transplant (e.g., heart, kidney, or lung)
  • Tendon disorder (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness)


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin).

What is the dose of Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin) for an adult?

For Anthrax Prophylaxis:

400 mg taken intravenously every 12 hours or 500 mg taken orally every 12 hours.

For Bacteremia:

400 mg taken intravenously every 12 hours.

For Bronchitis:

400 mg taken intravenously every 12 hours or 500 mg taken orally every 12 hours.

For mild/moderate: acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis:

400 mg taken intravenously every 12 hours or 500 mg taken orally every 12 hours.

For severe/complicated: acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis:

400 mg taken intravenously every 8hours or 750 mg taken orally every 12 hours.

What is the dose of Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin) for a child?

For urinary tract infection due to E coli for children from 1 to 18 years:

6 to 10 mg/kg injected intravenously every 8 hours (maximum dose: 400 mg/dose) or 10 to 20 mg/kg taken orally every 12 hours (maximum dose: 750 mg/dose).

How is Ciprobay® (ciprofloxacin) available?

Ciprobay® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Ciprobay® 250, 500, 750 (Tablets)
  • Ciprobay® IV (Infusion)
  • Ciprobay® Suspension 5%

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Ciprobay®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: July 26, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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