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Generic Name: ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (sih proe FLOCK sa sin)
Brand Names: Ciloxan

What is ciprofloxacin ophthalmic?

Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic is an antibiotic.

Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about ciprofloxacin ophthalmic?

Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The applicator is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Apply light pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) after applying the eye drops to prevent the fluid from draining down the tear duct.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment. Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic can cause the development of crystals on contact lenses. After applying this medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic?

Do not use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only. It is not known whether ciprofloxacin ophthalmic will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether ciprofloxacin ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic?

Use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Shake the drops gently to be sure the medicine is well mixed. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid. Position the dropper above the eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close the eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down the tear duct.

To apply the eye ointment:

  • Hold the tube in your hand for a few minutes to warm it up so that the ointment comes out easily.

  • Tilt the head back slightly and pull down gently on the lower eyelid.

  • Apply a thin film of the ointment into the lower eyelid. Close the eye and roll the eyeball around in all directions for 1 to 2 minutes.

If you are using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic to treat a corneal ulcer, you may notice a whitish buildup on the ulcer. This means that the medication is working; it is not a harmful development.

Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The applicator is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye. Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it. Store ciprofloxacin ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this medication is unlikely to threaten life. If an overdose is suspected or if the medication is ingested, call an emergency room or poison control center for advice.

What should I avoid while using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic may cause blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision, avoid these activities.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment. Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic can cause the development of crystals on contact lenses. After applying this medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with ciprofloxacin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic side effects

Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with this medication.

If you are using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic to treat a corneal ulcer, you may notice a whitish buildup on the ulcer. This means that the medication is working; it is not a harmful development.

More commonly, some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling or crusting, a bad taste in your mouth, tearing, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use ciprofloxacin ophthalmic and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience.

What other drugs will affect ciprofloxacin ophthalmic?

Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with ciprofloxacin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ciprofloxacin ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about ciprofloxacin ophthalmic written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic is available with a prescription under the brand name Ciloxan in solution and ointment formulations. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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