Using Ciprofloxacin HcL Drops, Ciloxan Eye Drops Generic

Treatment for Pets with Bacterial Eye Infections

By Sam Bourne.

  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Infection
  • Eye Lid Problems

indications for Ciprofloxacin

Typically a broad-spectrum antibacterial pill, Ciprofloxacin HcL (or Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic) is the same drug as regular Ciprofloxacin, but retooled into an eye drop version, used primarily to treat eye infections caused by bacteria. It is an antibiotic that kills a wide variety of bacteria (primarily gram negative), and is safe for use in both dogs and cats.


Should only be taken to help fight off an existing condition and should be stopped once the condition is cleared up. Ciprofloxacin HcL is not a preventative drug.


1 drop 2-3 times a day

Brand/Generic equivalents


Side Effects

Retinal damage and retinal neurotoxicity may occur. May cause crusting, corneal defects, conjunctival hyperemia, bad taste, itching, squinting, tearing up, swelling of eyelids, and nausea. Like other antibiotics, allergic reactions are possible.

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Ciprofloxacin at a glance

  • 1For cats and dogs
  • 2An antibiotic
  • 3A topical (eye drop) medication
  • 4Kills bacteria that would damage the eye

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