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How Do Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops Work?

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 bacteria to multiply.

Can Children Use Them?

This medication is approved for use in children as young as one year old. Ciprofloxacin ear drops should not be used in children younger than one year, as the product has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Can Older Adults Use Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops?

Older adults appear to respond to, and tolerate, this medication as well as younger age groups.

Are There Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than outer ear infections. This is referred to as an "off-label" use. Ciprofloxacin ear drops may sometimes be used off-label to treat otitis media (middle ear infections).
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