Important Instructions for Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic
What If I Take an Overdose of Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic?As with any medication, it is possible to use too much ciprofloxacin ophthalmic. If you or someone else may have taken an overdose of this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
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What Should I Do If I Forget a Dose?If you forget a ciprofloxacin ophthalmic dose, simply 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 a double dose.
How Does This Medication Work?Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic works by killing bacteria that cause eye infections. It does this 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. Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic does not kill viruses.
When and How to Use Ciprofloxacin OphthalmicSome general considerations for using this medicine include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of an eye drop or eye ointment. The eye drop is normally used many times a day, between every 15 minutes and every 4 hours, for 7 to 14 days. Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic ointment is normally used two to three times a day for seven days. Make sure you know your individual instructions for using this medicine.
- The tip of the ciprofloxacin ophthalmic container should not touch any surface, including your eye. This helps to keep the container clean and prevent further spread of infection.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. Ask your healthcare provider when you may use contacts again.
- Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after you apply this medicine to your eye. This helps to prevent spreading the infection.
- This medication should only be used in the eye. Do not take it by mouth or apply it to your skin.
- Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic ointment may cause blurred vision. This is common and will go away when you stop using the medicine. If you cannot see clearly, do not perform activities that require clear vision, such as driving.
- You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting ciprofloxacin ophthalmic. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish the full course of this antibiotic. Stopping treatment too early may cause your symptoms to return or lead to antibiotic resistance.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.