Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution (Ciprofloxacin) Medication


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Drug Description


Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution is used to treat bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) and corneal ulcers (open sore on the cornea). 

Belonging to the class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution works by eliminating the bacteria responsible for the infection. 

Uses and Dosage 

Before starting treatment with Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution and with every prescription refill, carefully review the accompanying medication guide and patient information leaflet. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for any queries or concerns. 

The prescribed number of drops and frequency of administration of Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution varies depending on the infection being treated.  

For corneal ulcers, the typical dosing regimen is as follows: 

  • First six hours: Instill two drops into the affected eye every 15 minutes. 
  • Remainder of the first day: Continue with two drops every 30 minutes. 
  • Second day: Administer two drops hourly. 
  • Third through fourteenth day: Apply two drops every four hours. 
  • Treatment may be extended if corneal re-epithelialization has not occurred after 14 days. 

For bacteria conjunctivitis, the typical dosing regimen is as follows: 

  • First two days: Instill one or two drops in the conjunctival sac(s) every two hours while awake. 
  • For the next five days: Instill one or two drops every four hours while awake. 

To correctly administer the eye drops, follow these steps: 

  1. Begin by washing your hands thoroughly. 
    • To prevent contamination, do not touch the dropper tip and avoid contact between the dropper tip and your eye or any other surface. 
  2. Tilt your head backward, look upward, and gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pouch. 
  3. Hold the dropper above your eye and dispense one drop into the pouch. 
  4. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes while applying gentle pressure with a finger near the corner of your eye to prevent medication drainage. Avoid blinking or rubbing your eyes during this time. 
  5. Use a tissue to wipe away any excess liquid from your face. 
  6. If you need to apply more than one drop in the same eye, wait at least 5 minutes before instilling the next drop. 
  7. Replace and securely tighten the cap on the dropper bottle. Do not wipe or rinse the dropper tip. 
  8. Finally, rewash your hands to remove any residual medication. 

To achieve optimal outcomes, adhere strictly to the prescribed instructions for Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution. Consult your doctor before making any adjustments to the recommended number of drops or usage frequency. 

Complete the entire course of medication as directed, regardless of symptom improvement, within a few days. Ceasing prematurely could foster bacterial growth and trigger a relapse of the infection. 

Side Effects 

Listed below are the potential adverse effects of Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution. Promptly inform your doctor if any of these symptoms continue or worsen. 

Common Side Effects 

  • Temporary stinging or burning sensation for a brief duration upon application of the eye drop 
  • Eye discomfort, itching, redness, tearing 
  • Eyelid crusting 
  • Sensation of foreign objects in the eye 
  • Blurred vision 
  • A bitter taste in the mouth 
  • Light sensitivity 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Eye staining 
  • Swelling in or around the eye 
  • Eye pain 
  • Worsening vision 

Notify your doctor immediately if any of the above-listed serious side effects are experienced. 

White crystals may form in the treated eye(s) during the initial days of Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution use, typically resolving within a few weeks, posing no harm.  

Maintain your scheduled appointments to monitor your eye infection with your doctor closely. Should you observe any new or worsening eye symptoms (e.g., increased discharge or eye pain), promptly inform your doctor. 

Allergic Reactions 

In rare cases, Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution may trigger a severe allergic response. Promptly seek medical attention if you observe signs of an allergic reaction, such as: 

  • Breathing difficulties 
  • Hives  
  • Swelling or itching of the mouth or face, lips, tongue, or throat 
  • Rash 
  • Severe dizziness 

This list does not cover all side effects of Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution. Report to your doctor if other side effects occur. 


Before using Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution, inform your doctor if you have any known allergies, particularly to ciprofloxacin or to other quinolones like levofloxacin and moxifloxacin.  

Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution may contain inactive components like benzalkonium chloride as preservatives, which may lead to allergic reactions or other issues. Consult your pharmacist for further information. 

Disclose any preexisting eye conditions to your doctor before starting treatment with Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution. 

The effectiveness of Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution is generally not affected by other oral or injectable medications. However, informing your healthcare providers about all your medications, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal products, is recommended to avoid potential drug interactions. 

Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution use may lead to blurred vision and potentially affect cognitive and motor skills. Exercise caution when operating vehicles or engaging in activities demanding attentiveness and clear vision. 

The impact of Ciloxan Ophthalmic Solution on fetal development is currently uncertain. Before initiating this medication, inform your healthcare provider of your pregnancy or intentions to conceive. 

The transfer of ciprofloxacin into breast milk and its potential impact on the nursing infant remains uncertain. Before using this medication, please notify your healthcare provider if you are breastfeeding. 

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