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Acetic Acid Otic



This medication is used to treat infections of the tube (canal) of the outer ear (external otitis). This product contains acetic acid, a substance that kills bacteria and fungus that cause infection. Wetness in the ear canal can help bacteria and fungus to grow. This medication also causes drying of the ear canal, helping to cure the infection.

 
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Acetic Acid Otic

Uses
This medication is used to treat infections of the tube (canal) of the outer ear (external otitis). This product contains acetic acid, a substance that kills bacteria and fungus that cause infection. Wetness in the ear canal can help bacteria and fungus to grow. This medication also causes drying of the ear canal, helping to cure the infection.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Do not use it later for another ear problem unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • A different medication may be necessary in that case.For certain ear problems, it is important to keep the affected ear(s) clean and dry.
  • Try not to get the affected ear(s) wet when bathing.
  • Avoid swimming unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Protect from freezing.
  • Discard the solution if it turns brown or cloudy or contains particles.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • To apply ear drops to the affected ear(s), wash your hands first.
  • To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or let it touch your ear or any other surface.
  • It may be easier to have another person give the drops if possible.Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear upward.
  • Place the dropper directly over the ear and give the prescribed number of drops.
  • To help the drops roll into the ear, gently pull the earlobe up and back in adults.
  • In children, gently pull the earlobe down and back.
  • Keep your head tilted for about 5 minutes, or insert a piece of cotton if your doctor directs you to do so to keep the medication in contact with your ear canal.
  • Do not rinse the dropper.
  • Your doctor may direct you to use the drops every 2 to 3 hours.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.
  • Continue to use this medication for the full time prescribed, even if you are feeling better.
  • Stopping this medication too early may cause the infection to return.Tell your doctor if your ear symptoms persist, worsen, or return after stopping this medication.Avoid contact with the eyes.
  • If you get some of the medication in the eye, rinse the eye with a steady, gentle stream of tap water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Tell your doctor if the eye becomes persistently irritated or your vision is decreased.

Side Effects
  • Temporary stinging/burning in the ear canal may occur.
  • If this effect persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: redness on the outside of the ear, fluid leaking out of the ear.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using acetic acid, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a hole in the ear drum (perforated tympanic membrane), ear discharge.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: ear injuries/surgery, ear tubes.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Though the risks are probably small, discuss the use of this medication with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

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