CILOXAN 0.3% EYE DROPS
Active substance(s): CIPROFLOXACIN HYDROCHLORIDE / CIPROFLOXACIN HYDROCHLORIDE / CIPROFLOXACIN HYDROCHLORIDE
CILOXAN® 0.3% EYE DROPS
Your medicine is known as the above but will be referred to
as Ciloxan throughout the remainder of this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms
are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
In this leaflet:
1. What Ciloxan is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Ciloxan
3. How to use Ciloxan
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ciloxan
6. Further information
What Ciloxan is and what it is used for
Ciloxan belongs to a group of medicines known as
It is used for the treatment of corneal ulcers and some
other bacterial infections of the eye(s).
Before you use Ciloxan
Do not use Ciloxan...
If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ciprofloxacin or any
other quinolone antibiotic or to any of the other ingredients
listed in section 6.
Ask your doctor for advice.
Take special care...
Only use Ciloxan in your eyes.
Only use Ciloxan in children younger than 1 year if
prescribed by your doctor.
As with any antibiotic, use of Ciloxan for a long time may
lead to other infections. If your symptoms get worse or
suddenly return tell your doctor. You may become more
susceptible to other infections with the use of this medicine,
especially after prolonged use.
If you notice the first signs of a skin rash or any other
allergic reaction, including hives, itching, breathing problems
stop treatment and immediately contact your doctor. If you
have a serious allergic reaction then you may need
If you feel pain, swelling or inflammation while or shortly
after taking this medicine, stop treatment and contact your
If you are elderly or if you are taking medicines called
‘corticosteroids’ used to treat conditions such as pain and
inflammation, asthma or skin problems then you have a
higher risk of getting tendon problems during treatment with
Ciloxan. If you experience any inflammation or inflammatory
condition, stop treatment and immediately consult your
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or might get pregnant, or if you are
breast-feeding a baby, talk to your doctor before you use
Driving and using machines
If your sight is temporarily blurred or affected in any way
following use of Ciloxan you should not drive or operate
machinery until your vision is clear again.
Using other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
If you are using more than one type of eye medicine, the
medicines must be used at least 5 minutes apart. Eye
ointments should be used last.
Important information if you wear Contact Lenses
There is a preservative in Ciloxan (benzalkonium chloride) that
may cause eye irritation and can discolour soft contact lenses.
Do not wear contact lenses (hard or soft) during treatment with
Ciloxan. If you do continue to wear your lenses, you must
remove them before using Ciloxan and wait at least 15 minutes
after use before putting your lenses back in.
How to use Ciloxan
The usual dose
This will depend on whether you are being treated for corneal
ulcers or for some other bacterial infection in your eye.
Dosing is continued during the night time.
Day 1 - 2 drops every 15 minutes for the first 6 hours and then
2 drops every 30 minutes.
Day 2 - 2 drops every hour.
Day 3 to Day 14 - 2 drops every 4 hours.
Your doctor will tell you if treatment needs to be continued for
longer than 14 days.
Other bacterial infections
1 or 2 drops 4 times a day. For severe infections the dose for
the first 2 days may be increased to 1 or 2 drops every 2 hours,
while you are awake.
It is important that you continue to use Ciloxan for the full
treatment period as advised by your doctor even if your
symptoms improve. If you stop using this medicine too early,
your symptoms may re-occur.
You should not use Ciloxan for more than 21 days, unless
your doctor says otherwise.
Remove the loose collar from the cap when the bottle is
Always use Ciloxan exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How to use
Wash your hands before you
Twist off the bottle cap.
Hold the bottle pointing down,
between your thumb and
Tilt your head back.
Pull down your lower eyelid
with a finger, until there is a
‘pocket’ between the eyelid and
your eye. The drop will go in
here (picture 1).
Bring the bottle tip close to the
eye. Do this in front of a mirror
if it helps.
Do not touch your eye or
eyelid, surrounding areas or
other surfaces with the dropper.
It could infect the drops.
Gently press on the base of
the bottle to release one drop at
a time (picture 2).
Do not squeeze the bottle, only a gentle press on the
bottom is needed.
If you use drops in both eyes, repeat the steps for your
other eye. Put the bottle cap firmly back on immediately
If a drop misses your eye, try again.
If you forget to use Ciloxan, do not worry, just use it
when it is next due. Do not take a double dose to make up.
If you use more Ciloxan than you should it can be
washed out of your eye with lukewarm water.
If this medicine is accidentally swallowed, it is not likely
to cause any serious problems, but contact your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of Ciloxan,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Ciloxan can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
You may experience some or all of the following effects
in your eye(s):
Common (1 to 10 users in 100): White deposits on the eye
surface (cornea), discomfort (stinging or burning, gritty feeling in
the eye, irritation), redness.
Uncommon (1 to 10 users in 1,000): Damage to the eye surface
(cornea), sensitivity to light, blurred vision, swelling of the eye or
eyelid, pain, dry eye, itchiness, eye discharge, eyelid crusting,
eyelids scales, eyelid redness, poor vision, watery eyes, red
Rare (1 to 10 users in 10,000): Damage of the eye,
inflammation, double vision, decreased eye sensation, tired
If you notice white particles in your eyes, continue to use
Ciloxan but tell your doctor immediately.
You may also experience effects in other areas of your
Common: Bad taste.
Uncommon: Headache, nausea.
Rare: Hypersensitivity, dizziness, ear pain, inflammation inside
the nose, nasal sinus discharge, diarrhoea, abdominal pain,
skin inflammation, tendon disorder.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting
side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
If you experience an allergic reaction, stop using Ciloxan
and tell your doctor.
How to store Ciloxan
Do not store above 25°C. Store upright.
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the carton label
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN
Discard one month after first opening.
If your doctor tells you to stop using this medicine, take any
unused medicine to your pharmacist for safe disposal. Only
keep it if told to do so by your doctor.
If you notice signs of your medicine deteriorating, consult
What Ciloxan contains
The active substance is 0.3% w/v ciprofloxacin (as 0.35%
w/v ciprofloxacin hydrochloride).
The other ingredients are sodium acetate, acetic acid,
mannitol, edetate disodium and purified water. It also
contains 0.006% w/v of benzalkonium chloride as a
preservative. Hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide
may also be included in very small quantities to adjust the
acidity or alkalinity of the product to ensure comfort of the
product in the eye.
What Ciloxan looks like and the contents of the pack
Ciloxan is a clear, colourless to pale yellow solution, it is
supplied as a sterile solution in a 5 ml dropper bottle containing
0.3% w/v ciprofloxacin (as 0.35% w/v ciprofloxacin
This product is manufactured by: Alcon-Couvreur N.V., Puurs,
Procured from within the EU. Parallel Import Product Licence
holder: G Pharma Ltd, Salford M50 2PU.
Ciloxan 0.3% Eye Drops
3rd April 2017
‘Ciloxan’ is a registered trademark belonging to Alcon Inc.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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