Compare Ciprodex vs. Cipro HC

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats outer ear infections (swimmer’s ear).

Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) is a great option for swimmer’s ear and has few side effects.

Upsides
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  • In one study, 90% of people who used Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) for a full week had all of their symptoms go away.
  • Unlike other ear drops, Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) doesn't cause your hearing to go bad or give you trouble balancing.
  • Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) is safe for children 1 year of age and older.
Downsides
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  • Some people can get a rash when using Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone). If this happens, you should stop using it and tell your doctor right away.
  • Using Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) when you don't need to or using it more than your doctor recommends can make it stop working.
  • If your infection comes back, you may need to try a different medication.
  • Some people get a headache or itching when using Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone).
  • Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) is only available as brand drug, so it can be expensive.
Used for
  • Otitis externa
  • Acute Otitis media
  • In patients with tympanostomy tubes
Dosage forms
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
Price
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Reviews
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Side effects
The Ciprodex (Ciprofloxacin / Dexamethasone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Skin rash
  • Use only in the ear
  • Growth of resistant bacteria
    • Prolonged use of Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)
  • Secondary infection
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