Prescription onlyClass: Ear

Cipro HC 

(ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

Prescription onlyClass: Ear
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Treats outer ear infections (swimmer’s ear).

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Our bottom line

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

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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.


  • 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.
How it works

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.

What to expect when you take Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) for Ear infection

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Side effect rates for Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

564 From clinical trials of Cipro HC / Ear infection

Risks and Warnings for Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

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  • If your ear starts feeling irritated or you see a rash around your ear, stop taking Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) and tell your doctor right away. This can happen as soon as you take your first dose. Make sure to tell your doctor and your pharmacist about all of your drug allergies.

Common concerns from people taking Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

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