Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

Ciprofloxacin ear drops are used to treat bacterial infections of the outer ear or ear canal, known medically as acute otitis externa. This type of ear infection is sometimes called "swimmer's ear." The ear drops are typically applied in the affected ear twice a day for seven days. Ear pain and itching are some of the most commonly reported side effects of this product.

What Are Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops?

Ciprofloxacin ear drops (Cetraxal®) are a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections of the outer ear or ear canal, known medically as acute otitis externa. This type of ear infection is sometimes called "swimmer's ear."
 
(Click What Are Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, ciprofloxacin ear drops may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
 
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
 
The most common side effects seen with ciprofloxacin ear drops include:
 
  • Ear pain
  • Itching in the ear
  • Fungal infections in the ear
  • Headache.
     
(Click Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD; Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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