CIPROFLOXACIN (sip roe FLOX a sin) treats eye infections caused by bacteria. It belongs to a group of medications called quinolone antibiotics. It will not treat infections caused by viruses.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Contact lens wearer
An unusual or allergic reaction to ciprofloxacin, other antibiotics or medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medication is only for use in the eye. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to anything, even your eye or fingertips. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medication more often than directed. Finish the full course that is prescribed even if you think your condition is better. Do not skip doses or stop your medication early.
Talk to your care team regarding the use of this medication in children. While this medication may be prescribed for children as young as newborns for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your care team.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
New or worsening eye pain, redness, irritation, or discharge
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
Change in taste
Runny or stuffy nose
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Tell your care team if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days or if they get worse.
If your eyes are more sensitive to light, wear sunglasses.
Do not wear contact lenses while you have any signs or symptoms of an eye infection. Ask your care team when you can start wearing your contacts again.
Stop using this medication immediately if you notice signs of an allergic reaction.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
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