User Reviews for Ciprodex to treat Otitis Externa
Ciprodex has an average rating of 5.8 out of 10 from a total of 47 ratings for the treatment of Otitis Externa. 47% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 38% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Ciprodex
"This medicine works for swimmers ear but you HAVE to take it for the prescribed amount of time. The first 1-5 doses will be very painful and it sucks, especially at night. Pain meds, cold and warm compresses help immensely! The medicine starts working and all pain will be gone by your 3rd or 4th day. Seriously don’t let these reviews claiming it doesn’t work from people who took one dose scare you—take it for the prescribed amount of time and it will do wonders!!"
"Just wanted to add my experience because I read these reviews when I got swimmer’s ear and got really freaked out. I had otitis externa in both ears, waited for 2 days before going to a drop in clinic because it was so painful. Got prescribed CiproDex, 4 drops twice a day for a week. It took about 2 days to start feeling better, a week to be pain-free and another couple of days after that for my ears to pop and my hearing to be normal again. I didn’t experience pain with the drops or any side effects. Do make sure you rub the bottle between your hands before administering to make the drops less cold. My sister had the same experience with these drops a couple of years ago. Definitely preferable to waiting it out because OUCH, swimmer’s ear is more painful than I expected! Don’t be afraid to take them, most people who have a perfectly fine experience with something don’t go online to review it, it’s usually the minority of people who had a problem who do."
"I’m on the 4th day of using Ciprodex for ear infection. There is a ringing, whooshing in my ears. I can barely hear properly! My ears are pulsating. Feel so terrible. I’m worse off then when I started the drops! I hope I’m not going deaf from this stuff."
"Ok so I was scared after reading these reviews Ciprodex. But these worked so fast for me. I had a middle ear infection which worsened over 3 days and somehow I also ended up with swimmers ear as well. I had severe pain, ear canal was swollen shut, couldn’t hear. After 2 days these drops opened up my ear and I could hear and the pain got much better. Now 5 days later I feel completely back to normal. I am so glad they worked."
"I am currently one day after the 7 days of treatment that I was instructed to do. Just about all pain and most of the fluid have gone away, but I am still feeling a clogged/muffled sensation in my ear. It was already that way when I was prescribed so I'm hoping that it will go away soon. I am seeing a lot of negative reviews, and while my symptoms aren't all gone it has improved them a lot. Talk to your doctor about possible adverse reactions and PLEASE use medicine exactly as instructed. Be sure to read the paper insert it comes with for further instruction as well - neither pharmacist or doc told me it had to be warmed with my hands for 1-2 minutes and to shake well. Best of luck to everyone healing."
"I've had an ear infection on my left side for almost a month!! I tried EVERY THING!!! I tried OTC ear drops, sweet oil, peroxide... you name it.. went to my local ER because I was hurting so bad, my face had swollen up on the side my ear ache was on, my neck swollen up on that side, my lymph node were swollen, and I became feverish! It got into my jaw and I could barely open my mouth and of course it was the weekend and I couldn't get into my regular Dr. Well they didn't do much but give me an antibiotic for an ear ache, no ear drops. Anyways, I finally made it to my PCP and she prescribed me ciprodex! She advised me to continue the antibiotics but also start the ear drops( that the ER should have also given me)... THEY WORKED PERFECT!! Just remember people, everyones BODY is different!! Just because it doesn't work for one person does not mean it wont work for you, and vice versa!"
"I had a double ear infection. It started as a little pain. However after taking Cipro HC the pain intensified and my hearing was gone. At first I thought maybe it has to get worse in order to get better.... Nope! That’s definitely not the case. After being in excruciating pain for one week and no relief from taking the Cipro. I contacted my doctor and explained what was going on. My Dr. changed my ear drops (although he stood by the Cipro they don’t realize this brand isn’t any good). I’m now taking neomycin polymyxin/polymyxin b sulfates and hydrocortisone otic suspension. Within taking my first dose my ear started to feel better. My ear’s still currently clogged. But no pain! Thank god!!!"
"This medication ear drop Ciprodex is horrible. My ears wasn’t as bad before using the drops, both ears are infected and I can hardly hear. I stopped taking the drops and am sticking to the amoxicillin provided. I don’t recommend these drops. My face hurts on the side my jaw filling tight. So uncomfortable sleeping at night so I sleep sitting in the upright position. Please just pray that this pain is over with soon. I’m not sure if I should see a ENT. I had this problem before in one ear but it’s in both now. So it’s stressful.."
"Took Ciprodex for ear infection. It immediately intensified my pain, so I stopped it. Saw ENT one day later while on amoxicillin clav and steroid he thought pain could have been from ear being flushed. He advised to try ciprodex again. After next dose I was thrown immediately into suffering pain, stabbing and throbbing pain, inflamed jaw and throat. Pain will not relent. Taken 3 tylenol and iced it. 14 hours later still throbbing. Please tell me this pain will stop!!! Never take this med, its torture!!!"
"I’ve taken 4 doses of Ciprodex and will need my 5th dose in a few hours. I was prescribed this medicine by a nurse practitioner and told to use it 2x per day (4 drops per dose). My ear canal is still swollen, the pain has a lot gotten worse, and I also have pain in and under my jaw now. I have difficulty eating and I can’t sleep because it feels like someone is stabbing my brain with a knife. I came to this site to find out how long it takes to work. Its not looking hopeful."
"I was floxed by Ciprodex. It was a nightmare from day 1. I need an ear doctor that understands how to help me recover from the damage of this eardrop. Please provide doctor names. I need serious help, my specialist still cannot come to terms that I was floxed or what to do for me. I am very desperate. I have permanent hearing loss from this drug."
"The other users here are very dramatic and unfairly giving people a scare from this wonderful ear drop. 1. The tingle I felt was only on the first two applications and that is due to the ingredient in the drop acetic acid and once you take it more than once your ears become used to this mild ingredient. It will tingle temporarily than it will quickly become way better as the dexamethasone reduces all inflammation inside the ear canal and drum. 2. The clogged feeling/deafness is literally people not draining drops back out after application.. I had no deafness. The negative reviews had me afraid for days to take this drop. I finally gave in due to pain, headaches, dizziness due to ear infection and by application two at bed time I slept great with no symptoms by bed time. Stop letting other people bad reviews scare you guys! The majority of the people here are describing symptoms of their ear infection NOT this meds side effects. This drop greatly helped me please don’t be misled."
"My ENT prescribed Ciprodex for external ear infection in left ear. I didn't have pain in my left ear until after ENT had cleaned ear due to feeling of fullness and hearing loss, and after I started Ciprodex. Left ear was extremely painful and itchy after I put drops in ear and I could not sleep at night without Ibuprofen. My left jaw and side of face was very uncomfortable. I used drops for 5 days and then went back to ENT. He suggested using for 2 more days. I almost cried. I used one more day and gave up. A little over a week since I stopped drops and I'm just beginning to not have continual pain in my left ear and left side of face/jaw. I am finally able to sleep on my left side without excruciating discomfort."
"I had the worst double ear infection...outer and inner....the doctor had seen. They were so bad they were swollen shut. I had to work to get the drops even in. I managed to get the drops in and was blessed with relief within a few hours. I was in so much pain I thought I would have to be rushed to the ER. They are ridiculously expensive but totally worth it."
"USE WITH CAUTION! My 14yo daughter was prescribed Ciprodex for swimmer's ear in both ears. Before seeing dr., we were using ibuprofen & OTC pain relief eardrops with the only serious pain being in the middle of the night. Dr. said Ciprodex would be expensive ($50) but worth it as it would clear the ear fast. WRONG! Approx. 30 min. after the very first dose she was screaming and writhing in pain like I'd never seen. MUCH WORSE! Googled it to find LOTS of similar stories AND pain as a known side effect! Immediately called and got an alternative (Neomycin-Polymyxin HC drops -FREE-100% coverage by insurance & no copay!) Tried the new drops in the first ear & waited 1 hour before using in other ear to make sure these drops wouldn't cause the same intense pain. She was fine with the free Neomycin-Polymyxin HC. Hopefully, healing can begin now!"
"I had Ear canal inflammation for almost 4 weeks and haven't touched these drops since the reviews say that it'll damage your cochlear nerve, hearing loss and Tinnitus. Taking these drops and I've seen some improvement. Yeah a little pain there and there and yes... a little Tinnitus there and there but thats cause the medicine is eating the inflammation like Pac-man. It works like a charm. Just don't overuse it or you'll get hearing loss and resistance. It works, trust me."
"I started using Ciprodex, and in 24hrs, massive change and improved difference. The ear swelling came completely down which was a huge relief. Now just waiting for the hearing to come back once the clog goes away. It feels like its sooo close to being normal."
"I had an ear infection I went to the ER and the gave me Ciprodex and told me to use it for 7 days but I didn't need to because my infection was gone after 2 days of using Ciprodex..... I will think it works great..."
"So when I first got Ciprodex prescribed, I was scared of it hurting, due to all the reviews about pain. However, having been on this for a week and doing the 4 drops twice a day, I felt NO PAIN. Literally nothing. Just normal ear drops. Sometimes it was a bit cold because I didn't warm it up in my hand long enough, but that was it. I was hesitant of trying this at first but it worked great, my ear (which was painful to the touch prior) is now feeling normal. I had never previously had an ear infection, but if I get one again, I would use this. Only reason I am not choosing 10/10 is because it is pricey. My insurance covered most of it, but I had to pay about $70 out of pocket still. Obviously different people have different side effects to medicine and could take Ciprodex when they have a much more severe infection than I did, but it treated me super easy and painlessly."
"I would rate this medication Ciprodex as 0 if that was an option. It cost $150 and did absolutely nothing for my daughters ear infection. We had to go back to her doctor and get a generic that we've used before. Incredibly disappointing and absurdly overpriced."
"Showered in the morning (I usually don't). this probably was the start of the bacterial infection. Early next morning, I woke up to pain in my left ear. felt like a chunk of ear wax was poking my eardrum and back of ear. spent the entire day trying to get it out with ear wax remover and water. advil got me to sleep. The day after, went to doctor, who prescribed ciprodex. It hurt quite a bit, but less than the pain from before. I took advil 2/3 times that day. The next day, ear felt inflamed. Sometimes felt sharp pain at the back of my ear, but I didn't need advil that day, though. The next after that is today. I just feels like there's ear wax all over the inside of my ear, but no pain. Some pieces I picked out looked like earwax, but I'm thinking it's ciprodex that has just dried out in my ear canal. For fixing my issue in about two days, I'd say this stuff is actually insanely effective. (though disclaimer, I have no idea how bacterial infections go for other regions of the body)."
"While this med helped my ear pain and infection heal... the swollen mouth, jaw, tongue, and face were too unbearable I quit the drops after 4 days. My doc advised me there was no way my swelling came from the drops. I insisted on prednisone and then picked up zyrtec, pepcid, and benydryl Those meds, combined with 50 mg of prednisone I'm feeling much better. I'm allergic to penicillin. I'm wondering if my pcn allergy is related to my cipro allergy. I'll never go back to that doctor."
"I have been using ciprodex drops in my right ear for 9 days as instruction by the P.A. at the ENTs Office. The drops have not helped one bit, nor will they go down my ear. I am at a loss what to do now since the P.A. didn't recommend or prescribe anything else."
"I’ve been prescribed this antibiotic for my ear infection! My instructions are to use it twice DAILY for “7” days & use 4 drops! You guys, I am on my 7th day & guess what ??? NOTHING ! Like this can’t be true .. this little tube of ear drops costed me $40 just for it NOT to work ! I have headaches , sometimes my neck hurts & on top of that my ear doesn’t feel like it’s getting better ! This has to be the worst I could have gotten !!"
"This hurts so bad I'm not sleeping at night I'm in constant pain from the medication. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow and reporting this I feel like I stuck poison in my ear. I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS UNLESS U WANNA BE IN SO MUCH PAIN!!!!"
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