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Cetraxal (Generic Ciprofloxacin Otic)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Adults and children with outer ear infections can both benefit from the use of ciprofloxacin otic suspension (Otiprio) and ciprofloxacin otic solution (Cetraxal). For the purpose of avoiding infection or ear discharge, children are also given Ciprofloxacin otic suspension (Otiprio) after the surgical installation of ear tubes. A class of drugs known as quinolone antibiotics includes the drug ciprofloxacin otic. The infection-causing germs are eliminated as a result of its action.

How should this medicine be used?

Ciprofloxacin otic (Cetrexal) is available as a liquid solution that is inserted into the ear. Typically, it is used twice daily for seven days. Take the ciprofloxacin otic solution every day at around the same time(s). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the ciprofloxacin otic directions exactly. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

In addition to the otic form, ciprofloxacin (Otiprio) is also available as a liquid suspension that a medical professional, such as a nurse or doctor, can inject into the patient’s ear. Typically, a single dosage of otic suspension of ciprofloxacin (Otiprio) is administered.

The only place to utilise ciprofloxacin otic is in the ears. Use away from the eyes.

After the first few days of ciprofloxacin otic treatment for your ear infection, you should start to feel better. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away after a week or worsen. Moreover, if you experience fever after ear tube surgery or ear pain, notify your doctor right once.

Single-use vials are available for Ciprofloxacin otic (Cetrexal) ear drops (small bottles to be used for one dose). After opening the container, use the liquid within right away, and then toss the container away when you’re done. Despite feeling better, keep using the ciprofloxacin otic ear drops until the prescription is finished. Your infection could not be completely treated and the bacteria might develop antibiotic resistance if you stop using ciprofloxacin otic too soon or skip doses.

Use the eardrops as directed to get started:

  1. completely clean your hands.
  2. Warming the solution requires at least one minute of holding the container in your hand.
  3. Remove the container’s lid by twisting.
  4. Place the affected ear up while lying down.
  5. Put the whole thing in your ear from the container.
  6. Lay still for at least 60 seconds with the affected ear pointed upward.
  7. If required, repeat measures 1-6 for the other ear.
  8. Place the empty container(s) in a garbage receptacle for disposal.

For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using ciprofloxacin otic,

  • If you have an allergy to ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), or moxifloxacin, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), nalidixic acid (NegGram), any additional drugs, or any of the components of ciprofloxacin otic. For a list of the ingredients, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to become pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking ciprofloxacin otic.
  • You should be aware that when using ciprofloxacin otic, you must maintain your infected ear or ears clean and dry. Aside from avoiding swimming unless your doctor has advised you otherwise, avoid getting the infected ear(s) wet while taking a bath.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Never add more eardrops to make up for lost ones.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects with ciprofloxacin otic are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Uncomfortable, painful, or itchy ears

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using ciprofloxacin otic and call your doctor immediately

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Edoema of the hands, feet, ankles, lower legs, cheeks, neck, tongue, lips, and eyes
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges

Further negative effects of ciprofloxacin otic are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from light, excessive heat, and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. It’s likely that your prescription cannot be renewed.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Cetraxal®
  • Otiprio®
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