If you have bacterial conjunctivitis (also called "pink eye") or a corneal ulcer, your healthcare provider may prescribe Ciloxan® (ciprofloxacin ophthalmic). This medicine comes in the form of a liquid eye drop solution or an eye ointment.
The eye drops are typically used many times a day, between every 15 minutes and every 4 hours, for 7 to 14 days. It is important to not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. Ask your healthcare provider when you may use contacts again.
You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting Ciloxan ophthalmic solution. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish the full course of this antibiotic. If you stop using this medication too soon, your infection may return, and antibiotic resistance may develop.
(To learn more about using this ophthalmic solution, click Ciloxan. This article takes an in-depth look at how the drug works, dosing tips, potential side effects, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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