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The most commonly reported side effect of Ciloxan is burning or discomfort in the eye. Other common problems with this medication include eye redness, itching, and the presence of a white, crystal-like substance in the eye. In most cases, reactions are minor and easy to treat. However, contact your healthcare provider if you have more serious problems, such as wheezing, hives, or severe eye pain.

An Introduction to Ciloxan Side Effects

As with any medicine, Ciloxan® (ciprofloxacin ophthalmic) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Ciloxan. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Ciloxan

Ciloxan has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people who received Ciloxan were carefully documented. Because very little of this medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, most of the side effects are localized to the eye.
 
The most commonly reported side effect of Ciloxan was burning or discomfort in the eye. Other common side effects included:
 
  • The presence of a white, crystal-like substance in the eye -- in up to 17 percent of people
  • Crusty eyelids -- up to 10 percent
  • Eye itching -- up to 10 percent
  • Feeling like something is in the eye -- up to 10 percent
  • Eye redness -- up to 10 percent
  • Unpleasant taste -- up to 10 percent
  • Problems with the cornea -- up to 2 percent.
     
The white, crystal-like substance generally went away on its own and did not cause people to stop using Ciloxan.
 
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