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Not sure: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for 5 days versus 5 years. Your pharmacist should be able to provide more information. ...Read more
In general: Wouldn't recommend taking expired medications. Are they expired by 10 days or 10 years??? ...Read more
Can fluoroquinolones (ciprodex) cause als? Is there a connection between those two? I'm very worried.
Unlikely: Extremely unlikely and probably impossible to prove even if true since this is a rare disease. ...Read more
Ciprodex otic safe: According to Lactmed, "maternal use of an ear drop or eye drop that contains ciprofloxacin presents negligible risk for the nursing infant." The dex in ciprodex is dexamethasone, it is also negligible risk for the breastfeeding infant due to small dosage of medication. Ciprodex is safe to use while breastfeeding. ...Read more
Yes: Manufacturer is warranting 100% effectiveness until expiration date. There may be a very small/gradual decrease in effectiveness after expiration date. But that is still very significant effectiveness for treating ear infections. Still ok until you get a refill or run out. ...Read more
How long do ciprodex ear drops last for if sealed? I was just prescribed this again and it'll be $200 to purchase.
Check expiration: Look for the expiration date on the vial. ...Read more
If ciprodex otic (ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone) has been stored above and below recommend temps can is it safe yo ise.
Med safety: I wouldn't recommend its use in this case. If it was stored does this mean you had it for a prior diagnosis? Perhaps this isn't an instance where its use is appropriate and you may need to get seen and re-prescribed the same or even another medicine. ...Read more
Doctr prescribed ciprodex ear drops for childs earache and said to use 4drops twice a day for 3 days is that normal because package says to use 7 days?
Check with: Your doctor, s/he may have a logic for prescribing for 3 days only, standard duration is 7 days ...Read more
Had swimmers ear last month, have again. Ciprodex $50. Have a lot left from last time - bottle never touched ear. Not expired. Safe to use?
Yes except....: I've treated a lot of people for middle ear infections that thought they had swimmers ear. If you have enough drops left for full course then you can try it but don't under treat. Keep ears dry during showers and no swimming until it clears up. If not improving in 2-3 days see your doctor to confirm diagnosis. And possible ear culture. If in doubt of diagnosis, see doc first before treatment. ...Read more
I put a few drops of rubbing alcohol in my 7 yr olds ear with tubes to dry up water. She cried. Did I do damage? I have ciprodex drops. Can I use them now
It hurt her: Do not put anything in the ear canal ...Read more
Pea size hard yellow spot on back of pharnyx No pain, non removable, on ciprodex, and Flagyl for diverticu. Esophogeal ca 4 yrs ago. Same as yesterday?
Get evaluated: With your prior history you need to be evaluated as soon a possible. Schedule an appointment with your ENT as possible. All the best. ...Read more
Only works if...: Ciprodex can only work for an ear infection if it is an outer ear infection (in the ear canal), if your eardrum perforated, or if you have ear tubes in. Otherwise the topical drops can't penetrate into the area of the infection if it's in the middle ear. Even with those things, you may need an oral antibiotic as well. Call your doc back and ask. ...Read more
How long should it take for ear infection to go away when treated with bacrium and ciprodex drops?
Improvement is rapid: If infection is a true cause of symptoms, then some improvement should be noticed within days with more complete resolution in 5-10days. ...Read more
Iv had this double ear infection for a month now and it seems like the ciprodex I got helps ease the symptoms but hasent taken it away. Advice?
Ear infection: Do you have swimmers ear or also called otitis externa? Perhaps it is time to visit ENT to have specialist look at it. ...Read more
A few months: Past expiration should not create a problem. Be sure you are using for the correct diagnosis. ...Read more
I am a 16 year old male. I have an ear infection. I have some 7.5ml "ciprodex" ear drops. Can I take them past expiration? The expiration was may 2009.
The: The reason drugs have expiration dates relate to the stability of the medication over time and the possible loss of potency among other things. 3 years is too long, and while it may not harm you, you would be better off getting a new prescription to treat your infection optimally. This will require a physician prescription and usually evaluation which is a better idea than treating yourself. ...Read more