August 27, 2014
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Ciloxan

(ciprofloxacin ointment and solution)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

01945270 CILOXAN 0.3% OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION
02200864 CILOXAN 0.3% OPHTHALMIC OINTMENT

How does Ciloxan work? What will it do for me?

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that belongs to the family of medications known as quinolones. Ciprofloxacin ointment or solution is used for the treatment of infections of the eye caused by certain types of bacteria.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Ciloxan?

Ointment: Apply a 1.25 cm (half-inch) ribbon of ointment into the inside of the lower eyelid as directed. (The directions will vary according to the condition being treated.) Avoid touching the tip of the tube to anything, as this can cause contamination.

Drops: Use 1 or 2 drops in the affected eye(s) as directed for conjunctivitis or corneal ulcer. Avoid touching the tip of the bottle to anything, as this can cause contamination.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as age, body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to apply this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Ciloxan come in?

Ointment
Each gram of ophthalmic ointment contains ciprofloxacin 3 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mineral oil and white petrolatum.

Solution
Each mL of ophthalmic solution contains ciprofloxacin 3 mg. It also contains benzalkonium chloride 0.006% as preservative. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acetic acid, edetate disodium, hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide, mannitol, purified water, and sodium acetate.

Who should NOT take Ciloxan?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to ciprofloxacin or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to nalidixic acid or other quinolones (e.g., norfloxacin, levofloxacin, and ofloxacin)

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