Cipro HC

(ciprofloxacin / hydrocortisone)

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Treats outer ear infections (swimmer’s ear).

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

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Quick facts about Cipro HC
  • Drug class: Ear
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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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Downsides

  • 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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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.

Quick facts about Cipro HC
  • Drug class: Ear
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Ear drops
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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)

From 564 clinical trials of Cipro HC when taken for 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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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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