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Cetraxal ear drops

Generic name: ciprofloxacin otic [sip-roe-flox-a-sin-oh-tik]
Brand names: cetraxal, otiprio
Class of drugs: otic antibiotics

What is Cetraxal?

Cetraxal contains ciprofloxacin. This antibiotic belongs to the group of drugs known as fluoroquinolones. Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria.Cetraxal is used for treating ear infections of the outer ear canal, also known as otitis externala. This type of infection is also known as "swimmer's ear.".This medicine, otiprio, is used for treating inner ear infections in children undergoing ear tube surgery (also known as otitis media).Cetraxal can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.


Cetraxal should be taken for the entire prescribed time. You may experience improvement in your symptoms before the infection has completely resolved. If your symptoms worsen or your infection doesn't improve after taking cetraxal, call your doctor.If you have an allergy to ciprofloxacin, do not use cetraxal. Cetraxal should not be put in your eyes, mouth, or skin. Rinse with water if it gets into these areas. If you experience any skin rash, white patches on your throat or mouth, or any vaginal discharge or itching (no matter the severity), stop using this medication immediately and contact your doctor.

Before you take this drug

Cetraxal should not be used if you have an allergy to ciprofloxacin or other similar antibiotics such as gemifloxacin or levofloxacin.The safety of ciprofloxacin in the ears is unknown. You may not be able to absorb enough ear medication for it to reach your bloodstream. Inform your physician immediately if you are pregnant or intend on becoming pregnant.There is no way to know if ciprofloxacin, which was used in the ears, could enter breast milk or harm a baby who is nursing. You should tell your doctor if you're breastfeeding a child.Cetraxal should not be given to children without a doctor's advice. Cetraxal is not recommended for children younger than one year of age.

Similar/related drugs

Ciprofloxacin otic, floxin otic, and cortisporin-tc

How to take Cetraxal?

Follow the directions on your prescription label. Please follow all instructions listed on your prescription label.use this medication only as directed. Never exceed the prescribed dosage or use it for longer than recommended.Do not swallow. Cetraxal should only be used in the ears.Cetraxal drops are to be used twice daily for seven days, unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor. You should space your doses at least 12 hours apart.Before using the ear drops, wash your hands.

How to use cetraxal eardrops:

  • Hold the container in your hand for at least one minute. Cetraxal eardrops that are too cold can cause dizziness.
  • If you are lying down, tilt your head so that your ear is facing up. When giving cetraxal, gently pull your ear back or pull downward on the earlobe.
  • Hold the dropper upside-down over your ear. Squeeze the dropper until the entire medicine is released into your ear.
  • Keep your head lying down for 1 minute or turn your ear upwards to allow the medication to reach your ear canal.
  • Repeat these steps if you're treating both ears. Use a second bottle of ear drops.

Cetraxal ear drop bottles contain enough medicine to treat only one ear. Use a different bottle for each ear if you're treating both ears. For the 7-day treatment for both ears, you will receive 14 bottles. After one use, throw away the container, even if it still contains some medicine.Cetraxal should be taken for the entire prescribed time.your symptoms could appear before the infection has completely dissipated. You may increase your chances of a second infection resistant to antibiotics if you skip doses.Keep the medicine away from moisture, heat and light to maximize effectiveness. Keep the cetraxal ear drops in their foil pouches until you're ready to use them.Your child may experience some drainage in the ears for the first few weeks after the surgery. If your child's fever, ear pain, or drainage lasts more than a couple of days, call your doctor.

Details on dosage

Adult dose for acute otitis externa:

The contents of a single-use container should be injected into the affected ear two times daily (approximately every 12 hours) for seven days.
Each single-use container contains ciprofloxacin at a concentration of 0.5 mg/0.25 ml.

The usual paediatric dose for acute otitis externa is:

One year old or older
the contents of a single-use container should be injected into the affected ear two times daily (approximately every 12 hours) for seven days.
Each single-use container contains ciprofloxacin at a concentration of 0.5 mg/0.25 ml.

What happens if i miss the dose?

As soon as you recall taking an unscheduled dose, take it without delay. However, if the next scheduled dosage is approaching soon after taking an unscheduled one. If that occurs instead, skip taking both missed dosages together. You should not take extra medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if i overdose?

Overdoses of cetraxal are not considered dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows cetraxal, seek emergency medical care or call poison help at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Avoid getting cetraxal into your eyes. Cetraxal drops can get into the eyes, nose, or mouth. Rinse with water.

Side effects of Cetraxal

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction after taking cetraxal, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.

If you:

  • A skin rash, no matter how mild,
  • New ear drainage and severe itching may be signs of a yeast infection.

Cetraxal may cause side effects such as:

  • Itching or pain following the use of ear drops
  • The feeling of being irritable or fussy
  • Headache
  • Sore throat and stuffy nose

There may be other side your doctor if experiencing side effects; for the fda's reporting services call them at 1-800-fda-1088.

Interaction with other drug

Ciprofloxacin in the ears is unlikely to interact with other drugs that you may take orally or by injection. Many drugs interact. Inform your healthcare provider about all medications you take, including vitamins, herbal products, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medicines.