Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic Dosage

If you have conjunctivitis (pink eye) or a corneal ulcer, a healthcare provider may prescribe ciprofloxacin ophthalmic. Your dosage of this medication will depend on the type of infection being treated and the specific product used (either the eye drops or the ointment). Even if you feel better after a few days, finish the full course of the medication so that your infection doesn't return.

An Introduction to Dosing With Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic

The dose of ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (Ciloxan®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on:
  • The type of infection being treated
  • The specific ciprofloxacin ophthalmic product you will use.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic Dosing for Conjunctivitis

The standard dosage of ciprofloxacin ophthalmic liquid eye drop to treat bacterial conjunctivitis (commonly called pink eye) is one or two drops in the infected eye every two hours while awake for two days, and then one to two drops every four hours while awake for five more days.
The standard dosage of ciprofloxacin ophthalmic eye ointment to treat bacterial conjunctivitis is a ½-inch ribbon applied to the infected eye three times a day for two days, then two times a day for five more days.
When using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic for conjunctivitis, the medication should be inserted into the conjunctival sac. This is the space between the eyelids and the eye. You can access the conjunctival sac by pulling down the lower eyelid gently with your finger to form a pocket. Insert or apply the medication into this pocket.

Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic Dosing for Corneal Ulcer

When treating a corneal ulcer, ciprofloxacin ophthalmic eye drops are dosed very frequently, especially in the first couple of days of treatment. The standard dosage on day one is two drops into the affected eye every 15 minutes for the first six hours, and then two drops every 30 minutes for the remainder of the day.
The dose is then reduced to two drops every hour on day two, and two drops every four hours on days 3 through 14. In some cases, treatment may be needed for longer than 14 days.

Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic information

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