Precautions and Warnings With Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic
Before using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic, there are many precautions to be aware of, including warnings on who should not use the drug and possible side effects that may occur. For example, this prescription eye medicine could cause several reactions (such as a burning sensation or other eye irritation) and may not be safe for use in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (Ciloxan®) if you have any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic include:
- Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic is a topical eye medication. It should only be used in the eye.
- Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic does not kill all types of organisms that may cause eye infections. In rare cases, ciprofloxacin ophthalmic may cause an overgrowth of these nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi. Therefore, if your infection seems to get worse, or if it has not improved within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
- Although some temporary eye irritation, such as a mild burning, may occur with ciprofloxacin ophthalmic use, let your healthcare provider know if you experience extreme or persistent irritation.
- Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic ointment may cause blurred vision. Therefore, you should not drive or do anything else that requires clear vision while using this ointment.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you have bacterial conjunctivitis, or while using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic. The use of contact lenses may worsen your infection.
- The use of ciprofloxacin ophthalmic eye drops may lead to the formation of a white, crystal-like substance, called a precipitate, in the eye. In clinical trials, this substance occurred in some people using ciprofloxacin ophthalmic to treat corneal ulcers. This reaction did not prevent the continued use of the medicine, and resolved without any need for treatment in the majority of cases.
- Bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, may spread very easily. Therefore, it is very important that you do not touch the tip of the ciprofloxacin ophthalmic container to your eye, to help limit the spread of infection. Also, make sure you wash your hands often while using this medicine, especially after you touch your eyes.
- Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic).
- Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ciloxan and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if ciprofloxacin ophthalmic passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medicine (see Ciloxan and Breastfeeding).