Ciprofloxacin eye drops are antibiotics to treat bacterial infections in the eye, such as conjunctivitis and infected corneal ulcers. Ciprofloxacin eye drops can only be purchased with a doctor's prescription.
Ciprofloxacin eye drops work by killing bacteria that cause infection in the eye. These antibiotic drugs block enzymes that bacteria need to reproduce and survive.
Ciprofloxacin eye drops cannot treat eye infections caused by fungi or viruses.
Ciprofloxacin eye drops trademarks: Baquinor, Interflox, Ulcori, Ximex Cylowam
What is Ciprofloxacin
Precautions Before Using Ciprofloxacin
The following are some things that need to be considered before undergoing treatment with ciprofloxacin eye drops:
- Tell your doctor about any allergies you have. Ciprofloxacin eye drops should not be used in people who are allergic to this medicine or to other quinolone class antibiotics, such as levofloxacin .
- Do not use ciprofloxacin eye drops if you have an eye infection caused by a fungus or virus. Always consult your doctor about using this drug if you have certain eye complaints.
- Do not use contact lenses while using ciprofloxacin eye drops. It's best to avoid using contact lenses as long as you still have an eye infection.
- Discuss with your doctor about using ciprofloxacin eye drops if you have a history of eye diseases, such as dry eyes , cataracts, glaucoma , or retinal disorders .
- Do not immediately drive a vehicle or perform activities that require alertness after using ciprofloxacin eye drops, as this medicine may cause temporary blurry vision.
- Talk to your doctor about using ciprofloxacin eye 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.
- See your doctor immediately if you have an allergic reaction to the drug or any serious side effects after using ciprofloxacin eye drops.
Dosage and Rules for Using Ciprofloxacin Eye Drops
The following is a dose of 0.3% ciprofloxacin eye drops based on the patient's condition:
Conditions: Eye infections, conjunctivitis
Adults and children aged ≥ 1 year : 1-2 drops in the sore eye, 4 times a day. For severe eye infections, instill 1–2 drops every 2 hours for the first 2 days, followed by 4–6 times daily on day 3 and so on. The maximum duration of treatment is 21 days.
Condition: Corneal ulcer
Adults and children ≥ 1 year : 2 drops every 15 minutes for the first 6 hours of use, followed by 2 drops every 30 minutes for the remainder of the first day. On the second day, 2 drops every 1 hour. On the 3rd day onwards, 2 drops every 4 hours. The maximum duration of treatment is 21 days.
How to Use Ciprofloxacin Eye Drops Correctly
Follow the doctor 's instructions and read the instructions for use on the drug packaging before using ciprofloxacin eye drops. Do not increase or decrease the dose, and do not use this drug beyond the treatment period recommended by the doctor.
Be sure to wash your hands and dry them before using ciprofloxacin eye drops. Shake the eye drop bottle before using the medicine.
To apply eye drops , tilt your head back and pull the lower eyelid down to form a pouch. After that, put 1 drop of medicine into the eye and slowly close the eye. Wait 1–2 minutes and don't blink or rub your eyes.
Repeat the above process if the recommended dose is more than 1 drop. If you have an infection in both eyes, do the steps above for both eyes. Try not to touch the tip of the eye drop bottle to avoid contamination.
Do not stop using ciprofloxacin eye drops without consulting a doctor first even though the complaint has disappeared. Stopping using ciprofloxacin eye drops prematurely can increase the risk of the infection recurring and being more difficult to treat.
Store ciprofloxacin eye drops in a cool place and avoid direct sunlight. Keep medicine out of reach of children.
Interaction of Ciprofloxacin Eye Drops with Other Drugs
It is not yet known what interaction effects can occur if ciprofloxacin eye drops are given together with other medicines. However, to avoid unwanted drug interactions, tell your doctor which medications, herbal products, or supplements you are taking.
If you are using other eye medications, wait 5–10 minutes before using ciprofloxacin eye drops. If you are using eye drops and ointment, use the eye drops first.
Side Effects and Dangers of Ciprofloxacin Eye Drops
Some of the side effects that may arise after using ciprofloxacin eye drops are:
- Eyes feel hot or painful temporarily
- Temporary blurry vision
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes
- Feels like there is a lump in the eye
- The eyes are more sensitive to light, so they easily feel glare
- Bad taste in mouth
- Swollen eyelids
- Dirt on the eyelids
- You can see a white precipitate in the eye
The side effects above are generally mild and temporary. However, if it doesn't get better or gets worse, consult a doctor immediately.
Check with your doctor if you have an allergic drug reaction, or serious side effects, such as worsening vision problems, persistent tears or discharge in your eyes, sore and swollen eyes , or changes in eye color.