Antipyrine/ benzocaine/ zinc drops
Generic Name: antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc (an-tee-PYE-reen/BEN-zoe-kane/zink)
Brand Name: Neotic
Antipyrine/ benzocaine/ zinc drops are used for:
Relieving pain and inflammation in the ear caused by certain ear problems. It may be used with antibiotics to treat middle ear infections. It may also be used to help remove a buildup of earwax.
Antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops are an analgesic, anesthetic, and skin protectant combination. It works by relieving pressure; reducing inflammation, congestion, pain, and discomfort; and protecting the skin of the ear.
Do NOT use antipyrine/ benzocaine/ zinc drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops or to similar medicines
- you have a discharge from the ear or your eardrum is perforated
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using antipyrine/ benzocaine/ zinc drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops. However, no specific interactions with antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use antipyrine/ benzocaine/ zinc drops:
Use antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- For topical use in the ear canal only. Do not get antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops in your eyes, rinse right away with cool water.
- Before using, hold the ear drop container in your hand for a few minutes to warm it to body temperature.
- To use ear drops, lie down or tilt your head so that the affected ear faces up. For adults, gently pull the earlobe up and back to straighten the ear canal. For children, gently pull the earlobe down and back to straighten the ear canal. Drop the medicine into the ear canal. Keep the ear facing up for several minutes so the medicine can run to the bottom of the ear canal. A clean cotton plug may be gently inserted into the ear canal to prevent medicine from leaking out. If you are using antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops for ear wax removal, moisten the cotton with antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops before inserting it into the ear.
- To prevent germs from getting into your medicine, do not touch the applicator to any surface, including the ear. Do not rinse dropper after use. Keep the container tightly closed.
- If antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops are brown or contains particles, do not use it.
- If you miss a dose of antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops.
Important safety information:
- Antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of antipyrine/ benzocaine/ zinc drops:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritation not present when you began using antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Store antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Protect from freezing. Keep the container tightly closed. Store away from heat and light. Keep antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about antipyrine/benzocaine/zinc drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.