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Ciprodex Warnings and Precautions

Before using Ciprodex, let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, or have any allergies. Other safety precautions with Ciprodex include warnings against using this medication in the eyes or ears, or taking it orally. This medicine may also cause certain reactions, such as fungal or yeast infections and allergic reactions.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Ciprodex® (ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone) if you have any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Ciprodex

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this drug include the following:
  • Ciprodex is an ear drop and should only be used in the ears. Do not take it by mouth, put it in your nose or eyes, or apply it to your skin.
  • Ciprodex will not kill all types of organisms that may cause an ear infection. Therefore, if your infection seems to get worse, or if it has not improved within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
  • In rare cases, Ciprodex may cause a fungal or yeast infection. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience persistent discomfort or itching in your ears or notice pus coming from your ears. Also, contact your healthcare provider if you notice white patches in your mouth or throat or flaky, itchy, or red skin.
  • When taken orally, ciprofloxacin (one of the active ingredients in Ciprodex), has been reported to cause severe allergic reactions. Although this type of reaction is not likely with Ciprodex (since very little of it is absorbed into the bloodstream), seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • A rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the lips or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
  • Ciprodex is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Ciprodex Drug Interactions).
  • Ciprodex is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ciprodex and Pregnancy for more information).
  • It is unknown if Ciprodex passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medication (see Ciprodex and Breastfeeding).
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