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Brand Names: Cipro HC

Generic Name: ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone otic (Pronunciation: sih pro FLOCK sah sin and hye droe CORE tih sone OH tic)

What is ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone otic (Cipro HC)?

Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Ciprofloxacin fights bacteria in the body.

Hydrocortisone is a steroid. It is used with ciprofloxacin to reduce inflammation caused by an infection.

Together, ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone are used to treat ear infections.

Ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone otic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Cipro HC Otic

What are the possible side effects of ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone otic (Cipro HC)?

Stop using ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone otic and seek emergency medical attention or notify your doctor if you experience:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • skin rash; or
  • ear drainage, discharge, or worsening pain.

Other less serious side effects may also occur such as headache or itching in the ear. Continue to use the medication and talk to your doctor if these side effects seem excessive or unusual.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone otic (Cipro HC)?

Do not use this medication in the eyes or take it by mouth. Ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone otic is intended for use in the ears only.

Do not touch the dropper opening to any surface, including the ears or hands. The dropper opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause another infection in the ear.

Notify your doctor if the condition does not improve or appears to worsen.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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