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- What is ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
- Is ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
- What are the side effects of ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
- What is the dosage for ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
- Is ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
What is ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What brand names are available for ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
Is ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
What are the side effects of ciprofloxacin-ophthalmic drops?
It is common to have white crust or crystals (precipitate) into the eye or on the eyelid during treatment; they dissolve in a few weeks. Other common side effects include:
- unpleasant taste in the mouth immediately after instilling the drop,
- discomfort of the eye,
- the sensation that something is in the eye.
The eye can also appear tired, stained, or swollen.
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