Basic Information on Ciprofloxacin/Hydrocortisone
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone if you have:
- A hole in your eardrum (perforated eardrum) or have ear tubes
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Cipro HC and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Cipro HC and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ciprofloxacin/Hydrocortisone to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
How Does It Work?Ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone contains a combination of ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone. Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic medication that belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short. Fluoroquinolones interfere with a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase, which is needed by the bacteria to make DNA. Bacteria need to make DNA in order to multiply.
Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. It works to reduce inflammation and suppress the body's natural immune response to infection.