Important Instructions for Ciprofloxacin/Hydrocortisone

When and How to Use Ciprofloxacin/Hydrocortisone

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone include the following:
  • Ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone comes in the form of an ear drop. It is normally used in the infected ear twice a day for seven days.
  • Keep the tip of the applicator clean by avoiding contact with your hands, ear, or other surfaces. This will help prevent germs from getting into the medication.
  • Throw out any unused medication when you finish your treatment. Do not save it for later use.
  • General steps for using ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone include the following:
    • Wash your hands before use.


    • Warm the container by holding it in your hands for about a minute. This helps reduce the dizziness that may occur when cold drops are placed into the ear.


    • Shake the container well to thoroughly mix the medicine.


    • Remove the cap.


    • Lie with the infected ear up, and instill the drops into the ear.


    • Stay lying with the infected ear up for at least a minute. This helps the medicine stay in the ear.


    • If you have an infection in the other ear, repeat these steps on the other side.
  • Ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone should only be used in the ear. Do not take it by mouth, put it in your nose or eyes, or apply it to your skin.
  • Try to keep your ears dry while using this medication. You should not go swimming during treatment unless your healthcare provider tells you it is okay to do so.
  • You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting this medication. However, this does not mean your infection is completely gone. It is important that you finish the full course of this medicine. Stopping treatment too early may cause your symptoms to return or lead to antibiotic resistance.
  • For ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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