Ciplox is used to treat bacterial otitis externa, which is an infection of the outer ear caused by bacteria and may cause itching or pain.
Ciprofloxacin ear drops are a quinolone antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.
Ciprofloxacin ear drops are only for the ear. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water. Wash hands before and after using ciprofloxacin ear drops. Before using, hold the ear drop container in your hand for at least 1 minute to avoid dizziness that may result from putting cold drops into the ear. Lie down or tilt your head so that the affected ear faces up. For adults, gently pull the earlobe up and back to straighten the ear canal. For children, gently pull the earlobe down and back to straighten the ear canal. Drop the medicine into the ear canal. Keep the ear facing up for at least 1 minute so the medicine can run to the bottom of the ear canal. A clean cotton plug may be gently inserted into the ear canal to prevent medicine from leaking out.
To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator to any surface, including the ear. Use your doses of ciprofloxacin ear drops about 12 hours apart.
Do not use Ciplox if you are allergic to any ingredient in ciprofloxacin ear drops. Ciprofloxacin ear drops should not be used in children younger than 1 year old.
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The most common side effects are discomfort, pain, itching in the ear or headache. Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur: decreased hearing, severe or persistent ear pain, itching or irritation.
Because little, if any, of ciprofloxacin ear drops are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
If you miss a dose of ciprofloxacin ear drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once.
Store ciprofloxacin ear drops at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat and light. Avoid freezing. Keep ciprofloxacin ear drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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