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Understanding the Effects of Ciprodex and Treatment Tips

Clinical Effects of Ciprodex

Clinical studies have shown that Ciprodex can cure ear infections of the outer ear and middle ear. In one study, 86 percent of people with middle ear infections were successfully treated when given Ciprodex for seven days, compared to 79 percent who received a different antibiotic ear drop.
In another study, Ciprodex cured outer ear infections in 94 percent of people, compared to 89 percent of people who received a different ear infection medication.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations for using this medicine include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of an ear drop. It is normally used in the infected ear twice a day, about 12 hours apart, for seven days.
  • Try to use this medication at about the same time every day.
  • Do not touch the tip of the applicator to your fingers, ear, or any other surface. This will help keep the applicator tip clean and prevent germs from getting into the medication.
  • General steps for using Ciprodex are as follows:
    • Wash your hands before use.
    • Warm the container by holding it in your hands for about a minute. This will help reduce any dizziness that may occur when cold drops are placed into the ear.
    • Shake the container well to thoroughly mix the medicine.
    • Remove the cap.
    • Lie with the infected ear up, and put the prescribed number of drops into the ear.
    • If you are treating a middle ear infection, push the tragus (the small piece of cartilage in front of your ear opening) five times to help the medicine move toward the middle ear.
    • Stay lying with the infected ear up for at least a minute. This helps the medicine stay in the ear.
    • If you have an infection in the other ear, repeat these steps on the other side.
  • Ciprodex is only for use in the ears. Do not put this medication in your eye, apply it to your skin, or take it by mouth.
  • Try to keep your ear clean and dry during treatment. Avoid getting it wet during bathing, and do not go swimming unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
  • You should start to feel better within a few days. If your symptoms have not improved after one week, or worsen, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Take the entire course of this medication, even if you feel better. Stopping this medication early may cause your infection to return or lead to antibiotic resistance.
  • Throw out any unused medication when you have finished your treatment. Do not save it for later use.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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