Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

Ciprofloxacin ear drops are antibiotics to treat bacterial infections of the outer ear or ear canal. External ear infection or otitis externa is usually characterized by hearing loss or annoying itching and pain.

Ciprofloxacin ear drops work by inhibiting an enzyme that bacteria need to multiply and survive. This way of working will kill the bacteria that cause infection so that the symptoms of an outer ear infection can gradually improve.

The itching, pain, and hearing loss that occurs with external ear infections are usually caused by swelling that narrows the ear canal. In order for complaints to subside more quickly, ciprofloxacin ear drops can be combined with fluocinolone drugs that function to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Ciprofloxacin ear drops trademark: Duoxal

What Are Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

class Prescription drugs
Category Quinolone type antibiotics
Benefit Treating bacterial infections of the ear, especially otitis externa
Used by Children aged ≥6 months to adults
Ciprofloxacin ear drops for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

It is not known whether ciprofloxacin ear drops are absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor first.

Drug form Ear drops

Warning Before Using Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

Here are some things that need to be considered before undergoing treatment with ciprofloxacin ear drops:

  • Tell your doctor about any allergies you have. Ciprofloxacin ear drops should not be used in people who are allergic to this medicine or to other quinolone antibiotics, such as levofloxacin or ofloxacin.
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had a ruptured eardrum .
  • Do not use ciprofloxacin ear drops if you have an ear infection caused by a fungus or virus. Always consult a doctor about the use of this medicine if you have certain ear complaints.
  • Do not use ciprofloxacin ear drops in children without consulting a doctor first.
  • Consult your doctor about using ciprofloxacin ear drops if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking other medications, including supplements and herbal products, in anticipation of drug interactions.
  • Immediately consult a doctor if a drug allergic reaction or serious side effects occur after using ciprofloxacin ear drops.

Dosage and Rules for Using Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

The dose of ciprofloxacin ear drops to treat otitis externa in adults and children aged 1 year is 4-6 drops into the problematic ear canal, 2 times a day for 7 days.

How to Use Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops Correctly

Follow the doctor 's instructions and read the instructions on the drug packaging before using ciprofloxacin ear drops. Be sure to wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

Clean and dry the outside of the ear first. Hold the bottle for a few minutes to allow the liquid to warm up. This is done to prevent dizziness after the drug enters the ear.

After the medicine is ready to be dripped, tilt your head with the position of the ear to be treated facing upwards. Drop the drug according to the recommended dose. Pull the earlobe back and hold the position with the ear up for 1 minute.

If the treatment is done on both ears, do the above process to the other ear 1 minute after the process in the first ear. Make sure the tip of the ear drop bottle does not touch any surface to avoid contamination.

Ciprofloxacin ear drops should not be used in the eyes, mouth, or nose. Rinse immediately with running water if these parts are accidentally exposed to this medicine.

Use ciprofloxacin ear drops at around the same times each day. If you forget to use ciprofloxacin ear drops, use this medicine immediately if it is not near the next schedule. If it is close, ignore the missed dose and do not double the next dose.

Do not stop using ciprofloxacin ear drops without consulting a doctor first, even if the complaint has disappeared. Stopping ciprofloxacin ear drops prematurely can increase the risk that the infection will come back and be more difficult to treat.

Store ciprofloxacin ear drops in a cool place and away from direct sunlight, and keep the medicine out of reach of children.

Interaction of Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops with Other Drugs

There is no known interaction that can occur if ciprofloxacin ear drops are given at the same time as other medicines. However, it is possible that ciprofloxacin ear drops may interact with certain drugs or active ingredients.

To avoid unwanted drug-to-drug interactions, tell your doctor all medications, herbal products, or supplements you are currently taking.

Side Effects and Dangers of Ciprofloxacin Ear Drops

Some side effects that may arise after using ciprofloxacin ear drops are itching or pain in the ear, headache , sore throat, or nasal congestion . In children, this complaint makes them cranky.

Consult a doctor if the side effects above do not improve or even get worse. Immediately see a doctor if you experience an allergic drug reaction which is characterized by the appearance of a skin rash accompanied by itching, swelling of the lips and eyelids ( angioedema ), or difficulty breathing.

Long-term use of ciprofloxacin ear drops has the risk of causing new infections, both bacterial and fungal infections in the ear. Stop using this medicine and see a doctor if severe itching or discharge develops from inside the ear .

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