Q. What is Cetraxal?
A. Cetraxal is a 0.2% ciprofloxacin otic solution quinolone antimicrobial indicated for the treatment of acute otitis externa (AOE) due to susceptible isolate of P aeruginosa or S aureus.  Cetraxal is for ear use only.

Q. Are ear infections contagious?
A. NO. Ear infections are not contagious and can not be spread.

Q. Can you ONLY get an ear infection from lake or ocean water?
A. NO. Ear infections can be caused from bathing water, excessive cleaning with foreign objects, and even excessive moisture in addition to lakes and oceans.

Q. Do I stop use of Cetraxal before 7 days if the pain goes away?
A. Always take your medication based on how your healthcare provider recommends.  Cetraxal should be taken for the full 7 days whether your symptoms are resolved or not. 

Q. Should I warm Cetraxal before dosing?
A. NO. Cetraxal should be stored at room temperature (59°F to 77°F) which is the correct temperature to dose.  If you have slight dizziness try warming Cetraxal in your hands for at least one minute prior to use.  Cold solution into the ear canal can cause dizziness.

Q. What if my child appears to have another ear infection?
A. Patients who have not improved from one course of treatment should see their healthcare provider.

Q. What happens if I miss a dose of Cetraxal?
A. Always take your medication based on how your healthcare provider recommends.  Cetraxal should be equally spaced from one dose to the next (approximately 12-hrs between doses).  If you miss a dose do not double up the next dose.  Instead, you should take your next dose as usual as soon as you remember, or, if it is nearly time for the next dose of Cetraxal, skip your dose altogether.