General Information about Otic (Ear) Medicines
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About Your Medicine
OTIC (EAR) DROPS are used in the ear to
treat irritation, inflammation, or infection.
Some ear medicines are used to treat an
infection. Others will not cure the infection
itself but will relieve the pain, swelling, and
redness of the infection. Some ear drops are
also used to help soften ear wax so it can be
removed more easily.
The precautions and side effects vary
for specific ear medicines. Make sure you
know what the precautions and side effects
are for the one you are using.
Before Using This Medicine
Some ear medicines may be absorbed
into the body; therefore, tell your doctor,
nurse, and pharmacist if you:
are allergic to any medicine, either
prescription or nonprescription (OTC);
are pregnant or intend to become
pregnant while using this medicine;
are using any other prescription or
nonprescription (OTC) medicine,
especially other ear medicine;
have any other medical problems.
Proper Use of This Medicine
USE EAR DROPS ONLY AS DIRECTED. Do
not use more ear drops and do not use
more often than your doctor ordered.
Use this medicine only in your ear.
The bottle may not be full; this is to
provide proper drop control.
You may warm the ear drops to body
temperature by holding the bottle in your
hand for a few minutes before using
them. However, if the medicine gets too
warm, it may break down and not work
To prevent contamination of the ear
drops, do not touch the applicator tip to
any surface (including the ear).
How to Use this Medicine
Wash hands before and after using the
Lie down or tilt the head sideways so
that the ear into which the medicine is to
be placed faces up.
To straighten the ear canal:
FOR ADULTS, gently pull the earlobe up
FOR CHILDREN, gently pull the earlobe
down and back.
Drop the prescribed number of drops
into the ear canal.
Keep the ear facing up for several
minutes to allow medicine to run to the
bottom of the ear canal.
A clean, soft cotton plug may be gently
inserted into the ear opening to prevent
the medicine from leaking out.
DO NOT RINSE DROPPER AFTER USE. Wipe the
tip of the dropper with a clean tissue and
keep the container tightly closed.
For patients using ear drops for an ear
KEEP USING THE MEDICINE FOR THE FULL
TIME OF TREATMENT even though your
symptoms may have disappeared. This
will help clear up your infection
For patients using ear drops to help
remove ear wax:
ξ The ear should be flushed with warm
water after you have used the medicine
for 2 or 3 days. Make sure that you
know how to do this. If you have any
questions about how to flush the ear with
water, check with your doctor.
ξ Ear drops used to help remove ear wax
may cause discomfort, short term
hearing loss, dizziness and skin
ξ Patients who have an open middle ear air
space due to previous surgery, perforated
ear drum or ear tubes should not use
drops to help remove ear wax.
ξ If you have an active ear infection, do
not use drops to help remove ear wax.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE,
use it as soon as possible. However, if it is
almost time for your next dose, skip the
missed dose, and go back to your regular
Precautions while Using This Medicine
If your ear condition does not improve
within a few days or if it becomes worse,
check with your doctor.
Do not use any leftover medicine for
future ear problems without first
checking with your doctor. Some ear
medicines should not be used on certain
kinds of bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.
Possible Side Effects of this Medicine
SIDE EFFECTS THAT SHOULD BE REPORTED
TO YOUR DOCTOR:
Ringing in the ears, dizziness
Burning, itching, redness, skin rash,
swelling, or other signs of irritation not
present before use of this medicine
SIDE EFFECTS ARE SPECIFIC FOR EACH EAR
MEDICINE. Ask your doctor, nurse, or
pharmacist what the side effects are for the
medicine you are using.
Reproduced, with permission, from the 1989-2010 Unites States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. Printed in 9/2015
by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, Department of Nursing, Madison, WI. Reviewed by
the Department of Pharmacy. UWH #4698.
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