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Ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone is available by prescription and is used to treat certain bacterial ear infections. Specifically, these ear drops are approved to treat middle ear infections in children with ear tubes; they can also treat outer ear infections in both children and adults. Common side effects of this combination medication include ear discomfort, ear pain, and itching in the ear.

What Is Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone?

Ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone (Ciprodex®) is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial ear infections, including middle ear infections (known medically as acute otitis media) in children with ear tubes. The medication is also used for outer ear infections (known medically as otitis externa, or more commonly "swimmer's ear") in both children and adults. It contains a combination of ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic, and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid medication.
(Click What Is Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone 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/dexamethasone side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Ear discomfort
  • Ear pain
  • Itching in the ear.
(Click Side Effects of Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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