Available by prescription only, ciprofloxacin ophthalmic can help treat certain bacterial eye infections. This medication comes in the form of an eye drop or an eye ointment and is used several times daily. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects may still occur and can include eye burning, redness, or itching.
What Is Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic?Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (Ciloxan®) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the eye. It belongs to a class of medications called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short. Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic is a topical medication, applied directly to the eye.
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Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin OphthalmicJust like any medicine, ciprofloxacin ophthalmic may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common ciprofloxacin ophthalmic side effects may include but are not limited to:
- Burning or discomfort in the eye
- The presence of a white, crystal-like substance in the eye
- Crusty or itchy eyes
- Feeling like something is in the eye
- Eye redness
- Unpleasant taste.
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