Medications


Benzocaine; Chloroxylenol; Hydrocortisone Acetate Otic Suspension

What is this medicine?

BENZOCAINE; CHLOROXYLENOL; HYDROCORTISONE ACETATE is used to treat infections of the outer ear canal. It also relieves minor ear pain and itching.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the ears. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Gently warm the bottle by holding it in the hand for 1 to 2 minutes. Lie down on your side with the infected ear facing upward. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your ear, fingertips, or other surface. Instill the correct number of drops into the ear. Stay in this position for 5 minutes to help the drops soak into the ear. Repeat the steps for the other ear if both ears are infected. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as infants for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • burning, redness, swelling, or pain in the ear

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry skin at the site of use

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other ear products without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any active infection

  • perforated eardrum

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to benzocaine, chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your ear infection does not get better in a few days. This medicine is not for long-term use. Do not use for longer than directed without checking with your doctor or health care professional.

If rash or allergic reaction occurs, stop using this product immediately and contact your doctor or health care professional.

To prevent the spread of infection, do not share ear products or share towels and washcloths with anyone else.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier
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