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Ciprofloxacin HCl ophthalmic

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.





This medication is used for eye infections.

How To Use

To avoid contamination, do not let the tube tip touch any surface. Wash your hands before applying this medication. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Squeeze the prescribed amount of ointment into this pouch. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. The usual dose is 1/2 inch ribbon into the lower eye lid(s) three time daily for 2 days, then twice daily for the next 5 days. Or use as directed by your doctor. Do not rinse the tube tip after use. Instead, wipe the tip with a clean tissue and replace the cap tightly. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. Stopping this medication too soon may result in a relapse of the infection. If you are using other kinds of eye medications, wait at least five minutes before applying the other medications.

Side Effects

Blurry vision, dry eyes, watery eyes, bad taste in mouth, or eye irritation/stinging may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop a rash, itching, redness or swelling in or around the eyes. This may indicate a drug allergy. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: any allergies, other illnesses, contact lens use. Because vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this medication, use caution driving or performing activities that require clear vision. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection. This drug should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of: other antibiotics, other eye medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


Do not share this medication with others or save it for later use for another infection. Another medication may be needed in those cases.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.