Ciprodex Otic Suspension(Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone)
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Ciprodex Otic Suspension Overview
Ciprodex Otic Suspension is used to treat bacterial ear infections. Ciprodex Otic Suspension is used to treat middle ear infections in children with ear tubes, as well as outer ear infections (also known as swimmer's ear) in children and adults. Ciprodex Otic Suspension contains a combination of ciprofloxacin (a quinolone-type antibiotic) and dexamethasone (an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid). This ear drop works by stopping the growth of bacteria and reducing ear swelling and discomfort. Ciprodex Otic Suspension treats only bacterial ear infections. It will not work for other types of ear infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
How to Use Ciprodex Otic Suspension
Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use if available from your pharmacist before you start using Ciprodex Otic Suspension and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Ciprodex Otic Suspension is usually used twice daily (every 12 hours) or as directed by your doctor. The ear canal should be clean and dry before using Ciprodex Otic Suspension. For accuracy and to avoid contamination, have another person insert the drops if possible. Before using, hold the container in your hand for a few minutes in order to warm it. This will minimize dizziness. To apply ear drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your ear or any other surface. Shake the container well before using. When treating middle ear infections in children with ear tubes, the child should lie down with the treated ear upward. Hold the dropper directly over the ear, and place the prescribed number of drops into the ear canal. Next gently press down 5 times in a pumping motion on the cartilage that partially covers the opening to the ear. This will allow the medicine to pass through the tube in the eardrum and into the middle ear. Keep the head tilted with the treated ear upward for at least 1 minute or insert a soft cotton plug if so directed. When treating outer ear infections, the patient should lie down with the treated ear upward. Hold the dropper directly over the ear, and place the prescribed number of drops into the ear canal. While placing the drops into the ear of an adult, the earlobe should be gently pulled up and back to allow the drops to flow down into the ear canal. For children, gently pull the earlobe down and back. Keep the head tilted with the treated ear upward for at least 1 minute or insert a soft cotton plug if so directed. Repeat the above steps for the other ear if so directed. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the cap after use. Use Ciprodex Otic Suspension regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Continue using it for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping Ciprodex Otic Suspension too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 7 days of treatment. Report any fluid you find in the ear after treatment is completed. Do not use in the eye.
Ciprodex Otic Suspension Precautions
Before using Ciprodex Otic Suspension, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to ciprofloxacin or dexamethasone; or to quinolone antibiotics (such as levofloxacin); or if you have any other allergies. Ciprodex Otic Suspension may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Ciprodex Otic Suspension, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,ear infections caused by a fungus or virus (such as herpes simplex). Ciprodex Otic Suspension should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Ciprodex Otic Suspension passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Ciprodex Otic Suspension Misdose
If you miss a dose of Ciprodex Otic Suspension, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Ciprodex Otic Suspension Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Ciprodex Otic Suspension Side Effects
What are Ciprodex Otic Suspension side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Ciprodex Otic Suspension may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Ciprodex Otic Suspension as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Ciprodex Otic Suspension
The side effects of Ciprodex Otic Suspension may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Ciprodex Otic Suspension. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Ciprodex Otic Suspension may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Ciprodex Otic Suspension, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Ciprodex Otic Suspension.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Ciprodex Otic Suspension, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Ciprodex Otic Suspension and the side effects associated with Ciprodex Otic Suspension are described in the following:
Common Ciprodex Otic Suspension Side Effects
- ear itching
Less Frequent Ciprodex Otic Suspension Side Effects
- ear irritation
Rare or Very Rare Ciprodex Otic Suspension Side Effects
- eustachian tube congestion
- headache disorder
- abnormal desquamation
- swelling of pinna
- erythema of ear
Ciprodex Otic Suspension Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Ciprodex Otic Suspension when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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