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antipyrine and benzocaine otic

Generic Name: antipyrine and benzocaine otic (AN tee PYE reen and BEN zoe kane)
Brand Name: A/B Otic, Aurodex, Rx-Otic, ...show all 10 brand names

What is antipyrine and benzocaine otic?

Antipyrine is a pain reliever.

Benzocaine is a numbing medicine.

The combination of antipyrine and benzocaine is used to treat pain, and swelling caused by ear infections.

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about antipyrine and benzocaine otic?

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in your ears. Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water.

Ear infections may sometimes cause dizziness or a loss of balance. Be careful if you drive, operate machinery, or do anything else hazardous if you feel dizzy or off balance.

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Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have ear drainage or discharge, or worsening pain, irritation, or rash.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using this medication.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using antipyrine and benzocaine otic?

You should not use antipyrine and benzocaine otic if you have a ruptured (torn) ear drum, or the medication could leak into the inner ear. A ruptured ear drum usually causes moderate to severe ear pain, with or without a decrease in hearing. Call your doctor if you think you have a ruptured ear drum. Your doctor will use a special scope to see any tear in your ear drum.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using antipyrine and benzocaine otic, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether antipyrine and benzocaine otic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use antipyrine and benzocaine otic?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Do not use the medication in your eyes or take it by mouth. Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in the ears.

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

To use the ear drops, first remove the cap from the dropper bottle. Lie down or tilt your head with your ear facing upward. Pull back on your ear gently to open up the ear canal. Hold the dropper upside down over your ear canal and place enough drops of the medicine in your ear to fill the ear canal.

Do not place the dropper tip into your ear or allow the tip to touch any surface. It may become contaminated.

After using the ear drops, keep the ear tilted upward for about 5 minutes. Ask your doctor about using a small piece of cotton to plug the ear and keep the medicine from draining out.

Wipe the dropper tip with a clean tissue. Do not wash the tip with water or soap.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using this medication.

Store antipyrine and benzocaine otic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of antipyrine and benzocaine applied into the ear is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

What should I avoid while using this medication?

Do not use other ear drops during treatment with antipyrine and benzocaine otic without first talking to your doctor.

Ear infections may sometimes cause dizziness or a loss of balance. Be careful if you drive, operate machinery, or do anything else hazardous if you feel dizzy or off balance.

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in your ear. Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water.

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • ear drainage or discharge; or

  • worsening pain, irritation, or rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic Dosing Information

Usual Adult Dose for Otitis Media:

Apply an amount of solution sufficient to fill the affected ear canal. every 1 to 2 hours as needed for pain relief. Moisten a cotton wick with the solution and insert into the meatus. This procedure may be repeated every 1 to 2 hours until pain is relieved.

Usual Adult Dose for Cerumen Removal:

Apply an amount of solution sufficient to fill the affected ear canal 3 times a day for 2 to 3 days prior to cerumen removal

The patient should lie down with the affected ear upward while the drops are instilled. The patient should remain in this position for 30 to 60 seconds to allow the solution to penetrate the ear.

Just prior to and immediately following the cerumen removal procedure, a cotton pledget saturated with the solution may be inserted into the meatus to eliminate discomfort from the procedure and dry the ear canal.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Otitis Media:

<18 years: Apply an amount of solution sufficient to fill the affected ear canal. every 1 to 2 hours as needed for pain relief. Moisten a cotton wick with the solution and insert into the meatus. This procedure may be repeated every 1 to 2 hours until pain is relieved.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Cerumen Removal:

<18 years: Apply an amount of solution sufficient to fill the affected ear canal 3 times a day for 2 to 3 days prior to cerumen removal

The patient should lie down with the affected ear upward while the drops are instilled. The patient should remain in this position for 30 to 60 seconds to allow the solution to penetrate the ear.

Just prior to and immediately following the cerumen removal procedure, a cotton pledget saturated with the solution may be inserted into the meatus to eliminate discomfort from the procedure and dry the ear canal.

What other drugs will affect antipyrine and benzocaine otic?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on antipyrine and benzocaine used in the ears. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about antipyrine and benzocaine otic.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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