Compare Ciprodex vs. Cipro HC

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Ciprodex
(Ciprofloxacin / Dexamethasone)

Cipro HC
(ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

Coming soon.Treats outer ear infections (swimmer’s ear). Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) is a great option for swimmer’s ear and has few side effects.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Coming soon.Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) is a combination medication. Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. Hydrocortisone is a steroid that stops swelling and itching.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
CiprodexCipro HC
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
Used for
CiprodexCipro HC
  • Otitis Externa
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Coming soon.
      • Prolonged use of Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)
        Detailed Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Upsides and benefits
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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 and risks
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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.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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        • Make sure the tip of the Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) bottle doesn't touch your ear or your skin.
        • Warm the Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) bottle by holding it in your hand for a minute or two and shake it well before using it.
        • Lie on your side and apply Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) while gently pulling your ear upward and toward the back of your head. It’s important to stay lying on your side for another minute.
        • Be sure to use Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) for the full time your doctor prescribed. If you stop using it because you're feeling better, the infection could come back.
        • Talk to your doctor if you still have symptoms after you've finished using Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone).
        • Wash your hands before and after you use Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone).
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        More about CiprodexSide effectsFDA package insert
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