Cipro HC

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Cipro HC?

    Cipro HC is an antibiotic known as a quinolone that comes as ear drops. Cipro HC is used to treat bacterial infections in your ears.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cipro HC?

    Cipro HC suspension is for use in your ears only.

    Cipro HC can cause an allergic reaction that may result in death if not immediately treated. Stop using Cipro HC and tell your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash or any other signs of an allergic reaction.

    If you use Cipro HC for a long period of time, it can lead to other infections, including fungal infections, that might not respond to this medication. Tell your doctor if your infection does not improve after one week of therapy.

  • Who should not take Cipro HC?

    Do not use Cipro HC if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are allergic to other quinolone antibiotics (such as levofloxacin or moxifloxacin). Also, do not use Cipro HC if you have a perforated eardrum or viral infections of your outer ear (such as varicella or herpes simplex infections).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cipro HC?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cipro HC. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are allergic to quinolone antibiotics, have a perforated eardrum, or have viral infections of your outer ear.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults and children ≥1 year: Apply 3 drops into the affected ear(s) twice a day for 7 days.

  • How should I take Cipro HC?

    Apply Cipro HC exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Shake the suspension well immediately before you use it. Warm the suspension by holding the container in your hands for 1-2 minutes, to minimize the dizziness that can result from the application of a cold solution into your ear. Lie with your affected ear upward and then apply the drops into your ear. You should maintain this position for 30-60 seconds. Repeat, if necessary, for your opposite ear. Discard unused portion after therapy is completed.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cipro HC?

    Do not use Cipro HC in your eyes.

    Do not touch the applicator tip with material from your ear, fingers, or other sources, as this can contaminate Cipro HC.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cipro HC?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Cipro HC at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cipro HC?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: cough, decreased sensation, fungal skin reactions, hair loss, headache, itching, migraine, numbness or tingling in your skin, rash

  • Can I receive Cipro HC if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cipro HC during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cipro HC?

    If you miss a dose of Cipro HC, 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 Cipro HC?

    Store at room temperature. Do not freeze. Protect from light.