Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride for Ears
If you have otitis externa, also known as "swimmer's ear," your healthcare provider may prescribe ciprofloxacin ear drops (Cetraxal®). They are typically used twice a day for seven days. Each single-use container provides ciprofloxacin hydrochloride equivalent to 0.2% ciprofloxacin (the equivalent of 0.5 mg of ciprofloxacin in 0.25 mL of solution).
These antibiotic ear drops are approved for use in adults and children as young as one year old. Although most people are able to use them without any problems, side effects are possible and may include things like headaches, fungal infections, and itching in the ear.
(For more information on using ciprofloxacin hydrochloride for ear infections, click Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops. This article offers details on how the ear drops work, what to do in cases of overdose, how you can help ensure a safe treatment process, and more.)