Ciprofloxacin for Ear Infection
When people think of ear infections, they often think of the most common type, otitis media, an infection that occurs in the middle ear. However, other ear infections are possible, especially if you are a swimmer or if your ears are exposed to too much water. For example, otitis externa is an ear infection that affects the outer ear and ear canal. It frequently occurs in people who swim a lot, which is why otitis externa is often called "swimmer's ear."
As a prescription treatment for outer ear infections, ciprofloxacin ear drops (Cetraxal®) are generally used in the affected ear twice a day for seven days. The ear drops are approved for use in adults, as well as children who are at least one year old. Common side effects include fungal infections, ear pain, and headaches.
(Click Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops to learn more about how these drops are used to treat infections of the outer ear. Topics discussed in this article include how to take your dosage correctly, how the ear drops work, and why they may not be the best choice for everyone.)