Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic (Ciloxan)


  • Antibiotic


  • Fluoroquinolone antibiotic


  • Ocular infections (conjunctiva and corneal infections due to susceptible microorganisms)

  • Refer to Ciprofloxacin monograph for organisms


  • None


  • Pregnancy category C

  • May cause photosensitivity reactions

  • Use proper ophthalmic application procedures (tilt head backward, pull lower eyelid downward to make a “cup”, avoid touching tip of bottle, drop in eye, place light pressure on lacrimal sac for ~1 minute)

  • Administration overdose may be flushed with warm water

  • Notify provider immediately at the first sign of skin rash or other allergic reaction

Adverse Reactions (Side Effects):

  • Transient irritation, burning or stinging

  • May cause white crystalline precipitates and lid margin crusting


  • Administered by ophthalmic solution

  • Instill 1-2 drops in affected eye(s) every 4 hours

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