Compare Ciloxan vs. Tobradex

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

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Treats eye infections.

Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) effectively treats pink eye and corneal ulcers caused by a variety of bacteria, but might not be good for more serious infections.

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Upsides
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) has a high success rate in treating people with pink eye and corneal ulcers.
  • Has fewer side effects compared to alternative oral medications since Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) is applied directly to the eyes.
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) eyedrops are available in an inexpensive, generic form.
  • The ointment helps to lubricate and soothe the eye.
  • Applied less frequently than other eye drops.
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Downsides
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) drops require frequent applications, especially during the first few days of treatment.
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) ointment is expensive because a generic is not available.
  • The ointment can cause blurry vision for a few minutes after applying.
  • Application of Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) can temporarily irritate the eyes.
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Used for
  • Bacterial infection of eye; Treatment and Prophylaxis - Inflammatory disorder of the eye
  • Steroid-responsive
Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye ointment
  • Eye drops
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Side effects
The Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Tobradex (Tobramycin / Dexamethasone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro
  • Risk for contamination
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • Risk of infection
    • Prolonged use
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