ciprofloxacin otic (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before using ciprofloxacin otic (Cetraxal)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ciprofloxacin (Cipro).
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether ciprofloxacin otic ear drops are harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether ciprofloxacin otic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use ciprofloxacin otic (Cetraxal)?
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Otic medications are for use only the ear. Do not take ciprofloxacin otic by mouth or apply it to the skin.
Wash your hands before using this medication.
Ciprofloxacin otic comes in single-use containers. Each container has enough medicine in it for one dose.
Before using the medication, warm the container by holding it in your hands for at least a minute. Using ciprofloxacin otic that is cold may cause dizziness when you place the medicine into your ear.
To use the ear drops, lie down with your ear facing upward. Pull back on your ear gently to open up the ear canal. If giving this medicine to a child, pull down on the earlobe to open the ear canal. Empty all of the medicine from the container into the ear and stay lying down for at least 1 minute longer.
If you are treating both ears, repeat the instructions above using a second container of ciprofloxacin otic.
Ciprofloxacin should be used 2 times daily for 7 days, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Your doses should be spaced at least 12 hours apart.
Each single-use container of this medicine is for one use only. Throw away the container after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Call your doctor if your infection does not improve after using ciprofloxacin otic, or if your symptoms get worse.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep each single-use container in the foil pouch until you are ready to use the medication.
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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