Ciprodex, also known as ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone, is a medication that is intended to treat bacterial ear infections, middle ear infections in children who have ear tubes, and outer ear infections in adults and children.
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Ciprodex is an ear drop medication that consists of ciprofloxacin, fluoroquinolone antibacterial, dexamethasone, and a corticosteroid. The ear drops are intended to treat only bacterial ear infections and stop bacteria growth in the ear as well as swelling and discomfort.
Ciprodex is prescribed to treat middle ear infections in children over the age of six months who have tubes in their ears and outer ear infections in adults and children over the age of six months.
Dosage and Strength Options
Ciprodex is available in the form of ear drops (or otic suspension) and has three dosage forms and strengths. Each mL of the medication contains .3 % of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride and 0.1 % of dexamethasone.
The recommended dosage for children (six months and older) with ear tubes, is four drops in the infected ear twice a day for a week. For best results, the drops should be warmed up first by holding the bottle of medication in one’s hand for a few minutes; cold drops can result in dizziness.
When receiving drops, the individual should lie with the ear upward while the tragus (outer piece of the ear) is pressed five times to ensure that the drops go into the ear. After staying in position for one minute, the individual can receive drops in the other ear if needed.
For adults and children over the age of six months who are treating an outer ear infection (or “swimmers ear”), follow the same dosing instructions of four drops twice a day and for a week.
When using Ciprodex, the side effects may vary from one individual to the next. If you experience something out of the ordinary, consult your doctor immediately. Some of the most common side effects (with about a one to three percent incidence rate) include:
In some cases, a new bacterial infection may form in the ear if Ciprodex is used for an extended period.
Before you start using Ciprodex, talk with your doctor about any OTC products, herbal supplements, and other medications that you take on a regular basis. Depending on the medications or products you are taking, your doctor may suggest stopping a product or adjusting your Ciprodex dose.
While the manufacturer of Ciprodex does not indicate if there are specific drugs to avoid while taking ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone, it doesn’t mean that you won’t experience a drug interaction.
Anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients in Ciprodex should avoid using the ear drops. Users should also avoid using Ciprodex if they have a fungal infection of the ear or herpes simplex infection. While Ciprodex is safe for infants over the age of six months, pregnant and nursing mothers should use caution if using this medication.
As you should, when starting any new medication, it’s important to discuss your full health history with your doctor to ensure the drug is the best choice for you.
It’s best to store Ciprodex out of the light and in temperatures between 68ºF to 77º F (20ºC to 25º C); never allow the medication to freeze. Always keep the ear drops out of reach of children and if you have questions about the expiration date, talk with your pharmacist.
Currently, there is no generic form of Ciprodex available. If you are looking for other options to treat a bacterial ear infection, the following drugs may treat similar symptoms. Keep in mind not all drugs work the same so your, doctor may need to determine which will work best.