Common and Rare Reactions to Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone

Common Side Effects

Ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the ear drops were carefully documented.
In these studies, the most common side effects of ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone included but were not limited to:
  • Ear discomfort -- in up to 3 percent of people
  • Ear pain -- up to 2.3 percent
  • Itching of the ear -- up to 1.5 percent.

Uncommon Side Effects

Some ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone side effects were reported very rarely in clinical trials. Because they occurred so infrequently, it is difficult to tell if they were due to ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone use or something else (such as the ear infection). Uncommon side effects that occurred in less than 1 percent of people included:
  • Ear residue
  • Irritability (in children)
  • Changes in taste sensation
  • A second ear infection
  • Ear pressure
  • Redness.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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