ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution (Ciloxan) (cont.)

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DOSING: The dose for bacterial eye infections in adults and children 1 year old or greater is 1 to 2 drops every 2 hours in the infected eye for 2 days, followed by 1-2 drops every 4 hours for 5 days. For corneal ulcers in this population, instill 2 drops into the eye every 15 minutes for 6 hours, followed by 2 drops every 30 minutes for the rest of day 1. On day 2, 2 drops should be used every hour, followed by 2 drops every 4 hours on days 3 to 14.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no known significant drug interactions with ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution.

PREGNANCY: Use during pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated. Ophthalmic use may lead to some systemic absorption, so caution should be used.

NURSING MOTHERS: Oral and IV ciprofloxacin passes into breast milk. Ophthalmic use may lead to some absorption into the body, so caution should be used in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: 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 an unpleasant taste in the mouth immediately after instilling the drop, redness, burning, numbness, itching, or discomfort of the eye, or the sensation that something is in the eye. The eye can also appear tired, stained, or swollen.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2014


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