Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops
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You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using ciprofloxacin ear drops if you have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Cetraxal and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Cetraxal and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medication you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
Ciprofloxacin ear drops belong to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or sometimes "quinolones" for short. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics used to kill bacteria that cause infections. Ciprofloxacin ear drops interfere with a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is needed by the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ciprofloxacin eye drops include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of an ear drop. It is normally used in the infected ear twice a day, about 12 hours apart, for seven days.
- Ciprofloxacin ear drops come in a single-use container. This means the contents in each container are enough for one dose. Throw out the container after use, even if it is seems like there is still some medicine left in it.
- General steps for using ciprofloxacin ear drops include the following:
- Wash your hands before use.
- You can warm the single-use container in your hands for about a minute if you like. Putting cold ear drops into the ear can sometimes cause dizziness.
- Twist off the top of the container, and throw it away.
- Lie with the infected ear up and empty the entire contents of one container into the ear.
- Stay lying with the infected ear up for at least a minute. This helps the medicine stay in the ear.
- Throw out the empty container.
- If you have an infection in the other ear, repeat the steps using a new container of ciprofloxacin ear drops.
- This medication should only be used in the ear. Do not take it by mouth, put it in your nose or eyes, or apply it to your skin.
- Try to keep your ears dry while using this medication. You should not go swimming during treatment with ciprofloxacin ear drops unless your healthcare provider tells you it is okay.
- You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting ciprofloxacin ear drops. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish the full course of this medicine. Stopping treatment too early may cause the infection to return, or lead to antibiotic resistance.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.