Cipro and Ear Infections
If you have been diagnosed with "swimmer's ear" (outer ear infection, or otitis externa), your healthcare provider may recommend ciprofloxacin ear drops (Cetraxal®). This medication is an antibiotic ear drop used to treat the ear infection after it occurs. It works by killing the bacteria that are causing the infection. Specifically, this product is used to treat outer ear infections caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Staphylococcus aureus.
The drops are used twice a day for seven days. You may start feeling better before finishing your course of treatment, but it's important to use the drops for the entire seven days; this will help prevent bacterial resistance or a recurrence of your infection. If your ear infection hasn't resolved after seven days, talk to your healthcare provider about other treatment options.
(To learn more about treating ear infections with this drug, click What Are Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops Used For?. This article also talks about the age groups it is approved for and whether there are any "off-label" uses.)