Ciloxan eye drops and eye ointment contain the active ingredient ciprofloxacin, which is a type of medicine called a quinolone antibiotic. Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria.
Ciprofloxacin is effective against a large number of bacteria, some of which tend to be resistant to other commonly used antibiotics.
- Drops: 2.5 ml in 8 ml bottle, 5 ml in 8 ml bottle, 10 ml in 10 ml bottle
- Ointment: 3.5 gm tube
Dose (eye drops): The usual dose of CILOXAN® Eye Drops depends on the type and severity of eye infection that is being treated. Some surgeons use this in conjunction with various eye surgeries, as well.
The usual dose for corneal ulcers is:
- Day 1: 2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 15minutes for the first 6 hours. 2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 30minutes for the remainder of the first day.
- Day 2: 2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 60minutes.
- Days 3-14: 2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 4hours.
The usual dose for bacterial conjunctivitis is:
- Days 1 & 2: 1 drop in the affected eye(s) every 2 hours while you are awake.
- Days 3-7: 1 drop in the affected eye(s) every 4 hours while you are awake.
We may continue your treatment with CILOXAN®Eye Drops until the surface of your eye (cornea) is completely healed.
Dose (ointment): Apply a 1/2″ ribbon into the conjunctival sac three times a day on the first two days, then apply a 1/2″ ribbon two times a day for the next five days.
Children: Safety and effectiveness of CILOXAN® (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic ointment) 0.3% in pediatric patients below the age of two years have not been established.
Pregnancy: Because Ciloxan is used in the eye, levels of the medication in the body are expected to be very low or nonexistent. Based on this information, Ciloxan is not thought to be particularly dangerous during pregnancy. However, all of the possible risks to humans are not known at this time.
Side Effects: This medication may temporarily sting or burn your eyes for a minute or two when applied. Eye discomfort, itching, redness, tearing, eyelid crusting, feeling as if something is in your eye, blurred vision, a bad taste in your mouth, or sensitivity to light may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify our office promptly. White crystals may appear in the treated eye(s) after the first few days of Ciloxan Eye Drops (Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride) use, but usually go away in a few weeks. This effect is harmless.
Warnings: As with most type of eye medications, it is not advisable to wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. As a matter of fact, you could reintroduce bacteria into the eye after Ciloxan Eye Drops (Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic) has cleared it. Make sure that you throw away your contact lenses and start with a fresh pair after your dosage of Ciloxan Eye Drops (Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic) has been completed.