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Ciprofloxacin

Last updated on June 26, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Ciprofloxacin

CHINESE NAME: 環丙沙星

COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Ciproxin, Ciloxan, Cipro HC (contains Ciprofloxacin and hydrocortisone)

What is Ciprofloxacin for?

Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used for treating bacterial infections, including but not limited to the following: 

  • Bladder infections (urinary tract infections [UTI])
  • Superficial bacterial eye infection 
  • Acute otitis externa 
  • Respiratory-tract infections
  • Pseudomonal lower respiratory-tract infection
  • Acute or chronic prostatitis 
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Traveller’s diarrhoea  

How to use it?

Usual dosing range

Oral

Adult

250–750 mg twice daily

For superficial bacterial eye infection

To the eye, using eye drops

Adult / Child 

Apply 4 times a day for maximum duration of treatment 21 days

To the eye, using eye ointment

Adult / Child 1-17 years 

Apply 1.25 cm 3 times a day for 2 days, then apply 1.25 cm twice daily for 5 days

For superficial bacterial eye infection (severe infection)

To the eye, using eye drops

Adult / Child 

Apply every 2 hours during waking hours for 2 days, then apply 4 times a day for maximum duration of treatment 21 days

For acute otitis externa

To the ear

Adult / Child 1-17 years

Apply 0.25 mL (contains 0.5 mg Ciprofloxacin) twice daily for 7 days

What are the side effects of Ciprofloxacin?

Common side effects of Ciprofloxacin include joint pain, diarrhea, dizziness, and gastrointestinal discomfort. Eye discomfort and eye disorders may also occur associated with the use of eye drops. 

Where to buy Ciprofloxacin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Ciprofloxacin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

For detailed information about the use of Ciprofloxacin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

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