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Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension

Generic name: Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension [ sip-roe-FLOKS-a-sin ]
Brand name: Otiprio
Drug class: Otic anti-infectives

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 30, 2023.

Uses of Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension:

  • It is used to treat ear infections.
  • It is used to treat certain people with ear infections who are getting tubes put in the ears.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension?

  • If you have an allergy to ciprofloxacin or any other part of ciprofloxacin ear suspension.
  • If you are allergic to ciprofloxacin ear suspension; any part of ciprofloxacin ear suspension; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take ciprofloxacin ear suspension with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take ciprofloxacin ear suspension. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • It is normal to have some ear drainage for a few days after ear tube surgery. Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, ear pain, or if ear drainage does not stop.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using ciprofloxacin ear suspension while you are pregnant.

How is this medicine (Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension) best taken?

Use ciprofloxacin ear suspension as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • For the ear only.
  • Your doctor will give ciprofloxacin ear suspension.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad ear pain.
  • Very bad ear irritation.

What are some other side effects of Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Nose and throat irritation.
  • Feeling irritable.
  • Runny nose.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Ciprofloxacin Ear Suspension?

  • If you need to store ciprofloxacin ear suspension at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about ciprofloxacin ear suspension, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

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