What You Need to Know About Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you forget a dose of ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses of this medicine at the same time.
 

How Does This Medication Work?

Ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone is a combination of two medications: ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone. Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that belongs to a group of medications called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short. Fluoroquinolones work to kill bacteria by interfering with a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is needed by the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply.
 
Dexamethasone belongs to a group of medications called corticosteroids. It works to reduce inflammation and suppress the body's natural immune response to infection. Dexamethasone helps to reduce the swelling, redness, and itching caused by the ear infection.
 

Clinical Effects

Clinical studies have shown that ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone 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 ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone for seven days, compared to 79 percent who received a different antibiotic ear drop.
 
In another study, ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone cured outer ear infections in 94 percent of people, compared to 89 percent of people who received a different ear infection medication.
 
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