Cipro HC Otic (Ciprofloxacin/Hydrocortisone)

Cipro HC Otic

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Cipro HC Otic is specifically used to treat bacterial ear infections, particularly outer ear infections, also known as swimmer's ear, in both children and adults.

It contains a combination of ciprofloxacin, a quinolone-type antibiotic, and hydrocortisone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid. This ear drop works by halting the growth of bacteria and reducing ear swelling and discomfort.

Cipro HC Otic treats only bacterial ear infections and is not effective for other types of ear infections.


  • Use exactly as directed by your healthcare provider, usually twice daily for 7 days.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before using the ear drops.
  • Shake the container well before each use.
  • Warm the container by holding it in your hand for a few minutes to avoid dizziness.
  • Lie on your side with the affected ear facing up.
  • Place the prescribed number of drops into the ear canal.
  • Hold the earlobe up and back (adults) or down and back (children) to help the drops roll in.
  • Keep your head tilted with the treated ear upward for about 1 minute.
  • Repeat for the other ear if directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Use the medication for the full prescribed duration, even if symptoms improve.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if your condition worsens or doesn't improve after 7 days of treatment.
  • Report any fluid drainage from the ear after treatment is completed.


  • Don't use Cipro HC Otic in your eye.
  • Don't touch the dropper tip with your fingers or let it touch your ear or any other surface.
  • Don't rinse the dropper after use.
  • Don't stop using the medication early unless directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Don't use this medication for any other ear condition without consulting your healthcare provider.

Common Side Effects:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Skin irritation, such as burning, itching, or redness
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Itching or numbness at the application site

Serious Side Effects:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Severe skin reactions: blistering, crusting, irritation, or reddening of the skin
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Seizure
  • Status epilepticus
  • Respiratory failure
  • Symptoms of theophylline toxicity if used concomitantly with theophylline
  • Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions, some following the first dose
  • Caution should be exercised when used by pregnant women
  • Discontinue at the first appearance of a skin rash or any other sign of hypersensitivity

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Cipro hc otic,  contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

  • Inform your healthcare provider if you have allergies to Ciprofloxacin (a quinolone antibiotic) or hydrocortisone (a corticosteroid), or any other ingredients in Cipro HC Otic.
  • Disclose your medical history to your healthcare provider, especially if you have a perforated eardrum (hole in your eardrum) or a viral ear infection (herpes simplex or varicella).
  • Cipro HC Otic should only be used during pregnancy if absolutely necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.
  • Cipro HC Otic passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm your baby. However, consult your healthcare provider before breastfeeding while using this medication.

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Cipro HC Otic

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Other Names:

Ciproxin HC Ear Drops

Strength(s): 0.2/1%
Quantities Available: 10

Ear drop

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