Ciloxan Eye Drops

Generic Name: Ciprofloxacin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Ciloxan is an antibiotic eye drop that is used to treat conjunctivitis ("pink eye") and corneal ulcers (ulcers in the clear tissue over the pupil of your eye) caused by certain types of bacteria.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Ciloxan eye drops work by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection or corneal ulcer.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Ciloxan eye drops have been shown to eliminate certain bacteria that cause pink eye or corneal ulcers. By eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, Ciloxan eye drops may help relieve symptoms such as redness, swelling, and discharge of mucus/pus from these eye conditions.

    When: In clinical studies, the majority of the patients with corneal ulcers and pink eye were cured.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your eye symptoms after you start using Ciloxan eye drops. This is a good indicator your medication is working. It is important that you take Ciloxan eye drops exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: change in taste, crusting around your eye, eye burning or discomfort, feeling like something is in your eye, formation of crystals on the surface of your eye, itching, red eye.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Ciloxan eye drops may cause allergic reactions (such as rash) or increase your risk of another infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Ciloxan eye drops if you are allergic to them, any of their ingredients, or to similar antibiotics (such as levofloxacin or moxifloxacin).

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ciloxan eye drops. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you wear contact lenses or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Pink Eye

    Adults and children ≥1 year: Apply 1 or 2 drops into the lower eyelid(s) every 2 hours while awake for 2 days, then apply 1 or 2 drops every 4 hours while awake for the next 5 days.

    Corneal Ulcers

    Adults and children ≥1 year: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Apply Ciloxan eye drops exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Ciloxan eye drops without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the applicator tip to touch your eyes or any other surface, as this can contaminate Ciloxan eye drops.

    Do not wear contact lenses if you experience signs and symptoms of pink eye while you are using Ciloxan eye drops.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Ciloxan eye drops are used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Ciloxan eye drops with the following: caffeine, cyclosporine, theophylline, or warfarin.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ciloxan eye drops during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Ciloxan eye drops, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.