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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

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How many days is cipro (ciprofloxacin) taken orally for ear infections in adults?

Varies w severity: Oral Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) depending on severity of any infection, can very in length from usually 5-14 days. That being said, 7 days is usually adequate for most ear infections, as overuse of any antibiotic can eventually lead to future bacterial resistance, which in the flouroquinolone class is becoming more prevalent. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have an inner ear infection, I have cipro (ciprofloxacin) drops that are 2 years old, will they still work?

I'm pretty sure I have an inner ear infection, I have cipro (ciprofloxacin) drops that are 2 years old, will they still work?

Hard to say: Definitions matter to us, and an inner ear infection involves the ear nerve, is generally viral and has no treatment. A middle ear infection (the common type) does not respond to drops unless you have a hole or tube in your ear drum. Outer canal infections (swimmers ear) can sometimes respond to drops unless there is too much debris in the way. The date on the drug matters less than what you have. ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining what do I do?

I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining what do I do?

See your doctor: You need to be re evaluated, and treated with a different medication. You may have a resistant bacteria that needs pills instead of ear drops, or you could have an issue with fungus or yeast. ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taken 10 days worth of cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining?

I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taken 10 days worth of cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining?

Ear issues: It sounds like you should see your provider or an ear nose and throat specialist to try a different antibiotic and assess for whether antibiotic ear drops will help if the ear canal and ear itself are swollen as it appears you have possibly ruptured your ear drum but this is not always the case with drainage. ...Read more

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I am on Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and I am reading many comments stating how bad it is for you and I am starting to think I should stop taking it for my ear infection.

I am on Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and I am reading many comments stating how bad it is for you and I am starting to think I should stop taking it for my ear infection.

Antibiotics: Antibiotics can be hazardous to your health and your microbiome - the organisms that grow in your digestive tract and on your skin. Antibiotics can also be life saving as well as protecting you from complications of ear infections like infection of nearby bones. Sometimes waiting to see if an ear infection gets better on its own is better than starting an antibiotic. ...Read more

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On day 6 of cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg1 tablet 2x per day for sinus and ear infection. Inner ears still hurt and am now running a low fever. Possible reasons?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): Cipro (ciprofloxacin) treats some bacterial sinus/ear infections, but the fact is most sinus and ear infections in adults and children are viral and would be unaffected by antibiotics. Worsening symptoms indicate either inflammation/fluid accumulation and may be relieved with netti-pot, antihistamines, time. But, if this is bacterial, worsening suggests resistance and the need for a different antibiotic. ...Read more

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I'm on a zpak for upper mid. Ear infection will this also cure a UTI if it is present? I'm allergic to pen. Sulfa, cipro (ciprofloxacin)...

I'm on a zpak for upper mid. Ear infection will this also cure a UTI if it is present? I'm allergic to pen. Sulfa, cipro (ciprofloxacin)...

Might be effective: Depends upon organism causing possible UTI. Best to get a urinalysis with urine culture if UA is positive. That will provide answer. There are still other antibiotics which can be used if necessary. Zithromax is not usually prescribed for a UTI & may well be ineffective. ...Read more

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I'm 13 weeks pregnant, have an ear infection, I'm putting some ciprofloxacin opthalmic drops, not feeling better. Will the infection harm the baby?

I'm 13 weeks pregnant, have an ear infection, I'm putting some ciprofloxacin opthalmic drops, not feeling better. Will the infection harm the baby?

? ear infection?: If your talking about a canal infection-swimmers ear, drops are an appropriate treatment and would not have any way to enter your milk and bother baby. If you have a middle ear infection, the drops would do nothing. As long as you let your treating doc know you are breastfeeding, they can select meds that won't bother baby. ...Read more

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Ear infection 3wks. Cipro (cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin) ear drops first, oral cipro (ciprofloxacin) second for 10 days. Eardrum ruptured, black/green/white pus coming from ear. When will it go away?

Ear infection 3wks. Cipro (cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin) ear drops first, oral cipro (ciprofloxacin) second for 10 days. Eardrum ruptured, black/green/white pus coming from ear. When will it go away?

Middle ear infection: With ruptured eardrum, that would need the right antibiotic, right dosage for proper duration, your treating doctor can only decide that, meanwhile make sure you keep it clean and dry, and plugged when showering, avoid swimming for now, ...Read more

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What to do if I have been prescribed eye drops called ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) for an ear infection, why?

What to do if I have been prescribed eye drops called ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) for an ear infection, why?

Not sure: I would talk to the pharmacist to make sure the right medication was dispensed. If the prescription was actually written for eye drops then you need to talk with the prescriber about why. ...Read more

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Ear Infection (Definition)

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