Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 2, 2019.
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- Ciprofloxacin HCl
- Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Ointment, Ophthalmic, as hydrochloride:
Ciloxan: 0.3% (3.5 g)
Solution, Ophthalmic, as hydrochloride:
Ciloxan: 0.3% (5 mL) [contains benzalkonium chloride, edetate disodium]
Generic: 0.3% (2.5 mL, 5 mL, 10 mL)
Brand Names: U.S.
- Antibiotic, Fluoroquinolone
- Antibiotic, Ophthalmic
Inhibits DNA-gyrase in susceptible organisms; inhibits relaxation of supercoiled DNA and promotes breakage of double-stranded DNA
Only small amounts are absorbed systemically after ophthalmic instillation
Use: Labeled Indications
Ointment: Treatment of superficial ocular infections (conjunctivitis) due to susceptible strains of bacteria
Solution: Treatment of superficial ocular infections (corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis) due to susceptible strains of bacteria
Hypersensitivity to ciprofloxacin, any component of the formulation, or other quinolones
Bacterial conjunctivitis: Ophthalmic:
Solution: Instill 1 to 2 drops into the conjunctival sac every 2 hours while awake for 2 days and 1 to 2 drops every 4 hours while awake for the next 5 days
Ointment: Apply a 1/2 inch ribbon into the conjunctival sac 3 times/day for the first 2 days, followed by a 1/2 inch ribbon applied twice daily for the next 5 days
Corneal ulcer: Ophthalmic:
Solution: Instill 2 drops into affected eye every 15 minutes for the first 6 hours, then 2 drops into the affected eye every 30 minutes for the remainder of the first day. On day 2, instill 2 drops into the affected eye hourly. On days 3-14, instill 2 drops into affected eye every 4 hours. Treatment may continue after day 14 if re-epithelialization has not occurred.
Ointment (off-label): Apply 1/2 inch ribbon into the conjunctival sac every 1 to 2 hours around the clock on the first 2 days, then apply 1/2 inch ribbon every 4 hours for up to 12 days. Treatment may continue after day 12 if re-epithelialization has not occurred (Ciloxan Canadian product labeling).
Refer to adult dosing.
Bacterial conjunctivitis; treatment:
Ointment: Children ≥2 years and Adolescents: Apply 1/2" ointment ribbon into the conjunctival sac 3 times daily for 2 days, then twice daily for the next 5 days
Solution: Children ≥1 year and Adolescents: Instill 1 to 2 drops into the conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) every 2 hours while awake for 2 days, then 1 to 2 drops every 4 hours while awake for the next 5 days
Corneal ulcers; treatment: Solution: Children and Adolescents: Instill 2 drops into the conjunctival sac every 15 minutes for the first 6 hours, then 2 drops every 30 minutes for the remainder of the first day; on the second day, 2 drops every hour; on the third day and for the duration of therapy, 2 drops every 4 hours thereafter for a total of 14 days; treatment may continue longer if reepithelialization has not occurred
Ophthalmic: For topical ophthalmic use only; avoid touching tip of applicator to eye or other surfaces. Contact lenses should be removed prior to administration.
Store at 2°C to 25°C (36°F to 77°F). Protect solution from light.
There are no known significant interactions.
Frequency not always defined.
>10%: Ophthalmic: Crystalline eye deposits (solution: 17%; white crystalline precipitate in superficial portion of corneal defect in those with corneal ulcer; reversible after completion of therapy)
1% to 10%:
Gastrointestinal: Unpleasant taste (immediately after instillation)
Ophthalmic: Corneal disease (ointment: 2%), burning sensation of eyes, conjunctival hyperemia, crusting of eyelid, eye discomfort, eye pruritus, foreign body sensation of eye
<1%, postmarketing, and/or case reports: Blurred vision, corneal infiltrates, corneal staining, dermatitis, epitheliopathy, eye pain, eye irritation, eyelid edema, keratitis, keratoconjunctivitis, lacrimation, nausea, photophobia, vision loss, xerophthalmia
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Delayed healing: Corneal healing may be delayed.
• Hypersensitivity reactions: Severe hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis (some fatal), have occurred with quinolone therapy (primarily with systemic use). Prompt discontinuation of drug should occur if skin rash or other symptoms arise.
• Superinfection: Prolonged use may result in fungal or bacterial superinfection. If superinfection is suspected, institute appropriate alternative therapy.
• Contact lens wearers: Some products contain benzalkonium chloride which may be absorbed by soft contact lenses; contact lenses should not be worn during treatment of ophthalmologic infections.
• Ophthalmic use: For ophthalmic use only. Not for subconjunctival injection or for introduction into the anterior chamber of the eye. To avoid contamination, do not touch tip of container to any surface.
Adverse events have been observed in some animal reproduction studies. When administered orally or IV, ciprofloxacin crosses the placenta (Giamarellou 1989; Ludlam 1997). The amount of ciprofloxacin available systemically following topical application of the ophthalmic drops is significantly less in comparison to oral or IV doses. If ophthalmic agents are needed during pregnancy, the minimum effective dose should be used in combination with punctual occlusion for 3 to 5 minutes after application to decrease potential exposure to the fetus (Samples 1988).
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience blurred vision, eye redness, crusting of eyelid, foreign body sensation in eye, or bad taste. Have patient report immediately to prescriber vision changes, eye pain, severe eye irritation, eye or eyelid edema, joint pain, joint edema, or crystalline eye deposits (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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