Ciloxan Ointment

Generic Name: Ciprofloxacin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Ciloxan Ointment is an antibiotic eye ointment used to treat conjunctivitis ("pink eye") caused by certain strains of bacteria.

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

    How does this medication work?

    Ciloxan Ointment works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

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

    What: Ciloxan Ointment has been shown to eliminate the bacteria causing pink eye. By eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, Ciloxan Ointment may help relieve symptoms of pink eye such as redness, swelling, itching, burning, and discharge of mucus/pus.

    When: In clinical studies, the majority of patients with signs and symptoms of 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 Ointment This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. It is important that you use Ciloxan Ointment 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: discomfort, feeling like something is in your eye.

    Less common side effects may include:

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

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Ciloxan Ointment if you are allergic to it, any of its 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 Ointment. 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.

    Ciloxan Ointment

    Adults and children ≥2 years: Apply a 1/2 inch ribbon into the lower eyelid(s) three times a day for the first 2 days, then apply a 1/2 inch ribbon two times a day for the next 5 days.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Apply Ciloxan Ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Ciloxan Ointment 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 Ointment.

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

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

    If Ciloxan Ointment is 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 Ointment with the following: caffeine, cyclosporine, theophylline, or warfarin.

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

    The effects of Ciloxan Ointment 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 Ointment, 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.