Acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic

Name: Acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic?

You should not use acetic acid and hydrocortisone if you are allergic to it, or if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • severe ear pain;

  • hearing problems; or

  • fever.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

Acetic acid and hydrocortisone should not be used on a child younger than 3 years old.

How should I use acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

For best results, remove any ear wax or other debris before using this medicine. Ask your doctor about safe methods of ear wax removal.

To use the ear drops:

  • Soak a small piece of cotton with several drops of this medicine and then insert it into your ear. Or you may insert the cotton into your ear first and then drop in enough medicine to soak the cotton inside the ear canal.

  • Leave the cotton in your ear for at least 24 hours, and keep it moist by adding 3 to 5 drops of the medicine to the cotton every 4 to 6 hours.

  • After removing the cotton, you may then place the drops directly into your ear 3 or 4 times daily. Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.

  • Follow your doctor's instructions about how long to keep using acetic acid and hydrocortisone ear drops.

Do not touch the dropper tip or place it directly in your ear. It may become contaminated. Wipe the tip with a clean tissue but do not wash with water or soap.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this medicine is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What other drugs will affect acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on acetic acid and hydrocortisone used in the ears. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.