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Is ciprofloxacin used to treat ear infections?

Is ciprofloxacin used to treat ear infections?

Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can be used PO (by mouth) or topically in the ear canal for ear infections. ...Read more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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How to treat an ear infection without cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

How to treat an ear infection without cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

I assume you..: Are talking about an external ear infection and referring to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) drops. If so, a 50:50 mixture of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol works well for killing bacteria and fungus. I recommend using it twice a day and flushing the canal with peroxide at the end of the day. If that doesn't improve things over a 3 to 4 day period you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be taken internally to treat ear infection?

Ciprofloxacin is an: Antibiotic that comes in an oral dose and a topical drops. If you are treating an external ear infection the topical medication is far superior because it produces a much higher concentration directly to the bacteria. If the canal is blocked with cerumen and debris the canal must be cleared first. The oral form is not the preferred treatment for middle ear or external infections. ...Read more

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I've been switched from Biaxin to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat middle ear infection because Biaxin didn't help me. I need to take it for 7 days. Is this enough?

I've been switched from Biaxin to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat middle ear infection because Biaxin didn't help me. I need to take it for 7 days. Is this enough?

Usually enough: Usually a seven day course of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) would be enough to treat the infection if the cause is bacterial and it is sensitive to Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Since it did not respond to Biaxin, I encourage you to follow-up with your physician at the end of treatment to make sure things are clear. You may still have a little fluid left in the ear, but the redness and cloudiness should have cleared up. ...Read more

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My doctor changed the antibiotic to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because Biaxin didn't help treat my middle ear infection. Will Cipro (ciprofloxacin) cure it?

My doctor changed the antibiotic to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because Biaxin didn't help treat my middle ear infection. Will Cipro (ciprofloxacin) cure it?

Antibiotic: You don't say what you are being treated for, what the causative organism is, whether it is sensitive to the antibiotics that have been prescribed, etc. Cannot possibly answer your question without more data. ...Read more

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Could you use ciprofloxacin as for an ear infection?

Could you use ciprofloxacin as for an ear infection?

Yes: Ciprofloxacin is prescribed for complicated middle ear infection caused by bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics. Combination of Ciprofloxacin and Dexamethasone works well for ear canal infection such as swimmer's ear. ...Read more

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What if ciprofloxacin doesn't work for an ear infection?

What if ciprofloxacin doesn't work for an ear infection?

Other choices : If the diagnosis is correct, the chances of antibiotic failure with the first drug runs about 5-10% for any drug.Since there are other meds available, another can be selected. ...Read more

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Was given cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a possible ear infection, never started taking it still have it unopened should I be taking it?

Was given cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a possible ear infection, never started taking it still have it unopened should I be taking it?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) works: Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that is highly effective for outer ear infections when placed topically into the ear canal. It is typically administered multiple times daily for up to 10 days or longer in the affected ear. If your diagnosis was recent, and especially if your symptoms are persistent, you would be well-advised to follow your physician's instructions. ...Read more

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I have a marina Iud and I'm taking ciprofloxacin for an ear infection. Should I avoid sex with my long term boyfriend or use protection?

I have a marina Iud and I'm taking ciprofloxacin for an ear infection.  Should I avoid sex with my long term boyfriend or use protection?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics can affect the metabolism of different medications including birth control pills however intrauterine devices effectiveness shouldn't be affected by antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more