• Can you tell me what type of side effects are common with ciprofloxacin eye drops?


    Question:

    Can you tell me what type of side effects are common with ciprofloxacin eye drops?


    Answer:

    Ciprofloxacin is a drug in a group of medications called fluoroquinolones. They are commonly used by ophthalmologists to treat infections and abrasions (scratch or a scrape). These medications are excellent because they cover a wide variety bacteria and have few side effects unless you have an allergy to the medication. The various side effects that have been reported include irritation, burning, redness, tearing, foreign body sensation, puffy eyelids, and buildup of whitish residue.

    Since these drops are applied directly to the eye, a very little of amount of the drug is absorbed into the body. Over the past 5 years, there have been reports of systemic illnesses associated with oral fluoroquinolone usage, but not with topical eye drops.

    In my experience, I do not hesitate to use this medication as it has a much lower rate of corneal surface toxicity compared to commonly used alternatives such as gentamicin and tobramycin. It covers most infectious bacteria that cause corneal ulcers and is also available as a generic medication in the United States.


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