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Precautions and Warnings With Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

Tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking before starting treatment with ciprofloxacin ear drops. Other warnings and precautions apply to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. To avoid any complications, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the specific safety concerns that may apply to you.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using ciprofloxacin ear drops (Cetraxal®) 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
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with this product include the following:
  • Ciprofloxacin ear drops should only be used in the ears. Do not take them by mouth, put them in your nose or eyes, or apply them to your skin.
  • Ciprofloxacin ear drops do not kill all the different types of organisms that may cause ear infections. Therefore, if your infection seems to get worse, or if it has not improved within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
  • Although some temporary ear irritation, such as a mild burning or pain, is to be expected when you use this product, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if extreme or persistent irritation occurs.
  • Ciprofloxacin ear drops may cause a fungal or yeast infection. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience persistent discomfort or itching in your ears or notice pus coming from your ears. Also, contact your healthcare provider if you notice white patches in your mouth or throat.
  • Ciprofloxacin ear drops are unlikely to react with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops).
  • This product is classified as a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Cetraxal and Pregnancy for more information).
  • It is unknown if ciprofloxacin ear drops pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider before using this medication (see Cetraxal and Breastfeeding).
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