This medication is utilized for the treatment of bacterial ear infections, including middle ear infections in children with ear tubes and outer ear infections (commonly referred to as swimmer’s ear) in both children and adults. This medication is formulated with a combination of ciprofloxacin, a quinolone-type antibiotic, and dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid. Its mechanism of action involves inhibiting the growth of bacteria and reducing inflammation and discomfort in the ear.
This medication is effective only against bacterial ear infections and should not be used to treat other types of ear infections. Overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to a decreased efficacy of the medication.
Uses and Dosage
Ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic is a suspension that is administered into the ear. The medication is typically used twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, for a duration of seven days. To ensure optimal results, take ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic at the same time every day, as directed by the prescription label.
Strictly adhere to the prescribed regimen when taking ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic. Under no circumstances should the medication be used more frequently than directed, or in greater or lesser quantities than recommended by your doctor.
Ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic should only be used in the ears and should never be applied to the eyes. During the initial few days of treatment, you should experience a noticeable improvement in your symptoms. If this is not the case, or if your symptoms worsen after a week, contact your physician immediately.
To achieve the best possible outcome, continue to use ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic until the prescription is finished, even if you feel better. Discontinuing treatment prematurely or skipping doses can result in incomplete treatment of the infection, and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- ear discomfort
- ear pain
- ear itching
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
Please inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist of any allergies you may have to ciprofloxacin, dexamethasone, quinolone antibiotics, or any other substances. This medication may contain inactive ingredients like benzalkonium chloride, which may cause an allergic reaction or other adverse effects.
Before using this medication, it is important to discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider, particularly if you have had ear infections caused by a fungus or virus.
If you are pregnant, this medication should only be used if it is clearly necessary. Please consult your doctor to discuss the potential risks and benefits.
It is unclear if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding if you are taking this medication.
Form and Strength
Ciprodex is available in the following forms and strengths:
Ciprodex otic suspension:
ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic suspension:
How long does it take for Ciprodex ear drops to work?
Most people feel better within 48 to 72 hours and have minimal or no symptoms by 7 days.
How long do you let Ciprodex sit in your ear?
The patient should lie with the affected ear upward, and then the drops should be instilled. This position should be maintained for 60 seconds.