ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution (Ciloxan)

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GENERIC NAME: ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution

BRAND NAMES: Ciloxan

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. Ciprofloxacin belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics which includes levofloxacin (Levaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), gatifloxacin (Tequin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), and others. Ciprofloxacin interferes with bacterial DNA uncoiling and replication, which ultimately leads to bacterial cell death. Ciprofloxacin, like other fluoroquinolone antibiotics, targets a wide range of bacteria. Targeted organisms include Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and the viridans group of Streptococcus. Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution was approved in March 1998.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Ophthalmic Solution 0.3%

STORAGE: Ciprofloxacin solution should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F), or may be refrigerated and stored between 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 46 F). Protect from light.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution is prescribed for the treatment of ulcers on the eye surface (corneal ulcers) and bacterial infections of the eye.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2014



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