Prescription onlyClass: Ear

Cipro HC Alternatives

(ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

Prescription onlyClass: Ear
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These medications are comparable to Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) or used for similar purposes.

Cipro HC
(ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

Floxin
(ofloxacin)

Ciprodex
(ciprofloxacin / dexamethasone)

Cetraxal
(ciprofloxacin)

Treats outer ear infections (swimmer’s ear). Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone) is a great option for swimmer’s ear and has few side effects.Coming soon.Coming soon.Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear). Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.
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Side effects
Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal

The Cipro HC FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.
Type of medication
Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
Used for
Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
  • Acute Bacterial Exacerbation Of Chronic Bronchitis Acute Otitis Media Tympanostomy Bacterial Conjunctivitis Chlamydia Chronic Purulent Otitis Media Perforation Of Tympanic Membrane Community Acquired Pneumonia Corneal Ulcer Cystitis
  • Otitis Externa
Risk factors for serious side effects
Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
  • Prolonged use of Cipro HC (ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)
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      • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)
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      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.

      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.

      Pain
      Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
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      • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
      Upsides and benefits
      Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
      • 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.
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      • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is an effective antibiotic that treats many common bacteria.
      • It's usually only given twice a day.
      • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is available as a generic, so you shouldn't need to pay the higher price of the brand version.
      • It comes in individual droppers, so it's convenient to take.
      • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is safe to use in children 1 year of age and older.
      Downsides and risks
      Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
      • 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.
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      • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
      • Stop using Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) right away if a rash develops on or in your ear.
      • You need to take Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) until you've used up all of the droppers. Otherwise the infection can come back and get worse.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Cipro HCFloxinCiprodexCetraxal
      • 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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      • Each dropper is used for only one dose, so throw it away after you've used it once.
      • Wash your hands before and after you use Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin).
      • Warm the dropper by holding it in your hand for a minute before using it.
      • Lie on your side with the ear that hurts facing the ceiling. Squeeze all the liquid in the dropper into your ear and don't get up for at least a minute.
      • Talk to your doctor if you still have problems even after you've finished using all of the medicine.
      • Don't put the drug in your fridge and don't let it sit in the direct sunlight.
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