*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.
How does Ciprofloxacin work?
Ciprofloxacin is part of the Fluoroquinolone antibiotic family. Ciprofloxacin can be given to cystic fibrosis (CF) patients between the ages of 5 and 17 for an extended period of time in order to fight off infections in their respiratory systems.
Do not use when
Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients in the medication
You are pregnant or nursing
Consult your doctor when
Your child has ever suffered from respiratory system dysfunction, liver or kidney problems, and urinary tract problems, problems with the nervous system or epilepsy
Your child is taking other medication or has any allergies
How should I store the medication?
Store the medication at in cool, dark place in a closed container and out of reach of children.
DO NOT USE the medication past its expiration date
Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician.
The medication is mainly given to children under the age of 18. The medication does not to be given during a meal. The tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water. Make sure your child keeps hydrated while he is on the medication. Do not take the medication with drinks that contain caffeine. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
What should I do if I forgot to administer the dose on time?
If you forgot to administer the dose on time, give your child the medication as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon, skip the forgotten dose. Do not give two doses at once.
When can I stop giving my child the medication?
Finish the round as instructed by your physician. Do not stop giving your child the medication even he is feeling better and no longer has a fever without first consulting your physician.
What side effects does the antibiotic cause?
While taking the antibiotic, your child may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, irritability, drowsiness, stomach aches, headaches and dizziness.
Call your doctor when
Your child develops an allergic reaction (shortness of breath, swelling in the facial area, itchiness, pain or pressure in the chest, rapid pulse). Take your child to the nearest ER immediately.
Your child experiences severe side effects such as severe diarrhea, rash, fever, anxiety attacks, shaking, swelling in the face and neck, nightmares, confusion, depression
Your child’s condition worsens
Ciprofloxacin should be taken four hours after taking antacids or multivitamins containing aluminum or magnesium.
Be careful not to let your child be exposed to sunlight for a long period of time.
Do not use this medication for an extended period of time or frequently without consulting your doctor