ofloxacin otic

Pronunciation

Generic Name: ofloxacin otic (oh FLOCKS a sin OH tic)
Brand Name: Floxin Otic, Floxin Otic Singles

What is ofloxacin otic?

Ofloxacin is an antibiotic that treats infections caused by bacteria.

Ofloxacin otic (for the ear) is used to treat infections of the ear canal in adults and children who are at least 6 months old. Ofloxacin otic is used in adults and children at least 1 year old to treat an inner ear infection (also called otitis media).

Ofloxacin otic may be used on a long-term basis to treat an infection that causes a hole in the ear drum (ruptured ear drum) in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

Ofloxacin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about ofloxacin otic?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ofloxacin otic?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to ofloxacin or similar antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), or norfloxacin (Noroxin).

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether ofloxacin otic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I use ofloxacin otic?

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

Shake the medicine well just before each use.

You may warm the medicine before use by holding the bottle in your hand for 1 or 2 minutes. Using cold ear drops can cause dizziness.

To use the ear drops:

  • Lie down or tilt your head with your ear facing upward. Open the ear canal by gently pulling your ear back, or pulling downward on the earlobe when giving this medicine to a child.

  • Hold the dropper upside down over your ear and drop the correct number of drops into the ear.

  • Stay lying down or with your head tilted for at least 5 minutes. You may use a small piece of cotton to plug the ear and keep the medicine from draining out.

  • If the patient being treated has ear tubes, the doctor may recommend gently pressing the tragus (part of the ear in front of the opening of the ear canal) four to five times in a pumping motion after administration of the drops. This may allow the drops to pass through the tubes into the middle ear. Follow the doctor's instructions.

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.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have new symptoms.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Throw away any unused medicine after your treatment is finished.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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 should I avoid while taking ofloxacin otic?

This medicine is for use only in the ears. Avoid getting the medicine in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. Rinse with water if this medicine gets in or on these areas.

Do not use other ear medications unless your doctor tells you to.

Ofloxacin otic side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, rash, itching; slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting; difficult breathing, slow breathing (breathing may stop); swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; or

  • ear drainage, discharge, or worsening pain.

Common side effects may include:

  • headache;

  • dizziness; or

  • mild ear pain or itching after using the ear drops.

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)

Ofloxacin otic dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Acute Otitis Externa:

Instill 10 drops into the affected ear(s) once daily for 7 days.

Before administration, the solution should be warmed by holding the bottle in the hand for 1 to 2 minutes. The drops should be instilled with the patient lying on his/her side with the affected ear upward. The patient should stay on his/her side for 5 minutes. Repeat for the opposite ear, if necessary.

Usual Adult Dose for Otitis Media:

Chronic suppurative otitis media with perforated tympanic membrane:
Instill 10 drops into the affected ear(s) twice daily for 14 days.

Before administration, the solution should be warmed by holding the bottle in the hand for 1 to 2 minutes. The drops should be instilled with the patient lying on his/her side with the affected ear upward. After administration, the tragus should be gently pressed 4 times to allow the solution to flow through the tympanic membrane into the middle ear. The patient should stay on his/her side for 5 minutes. Repeat for the opposite ear, if necessary.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Acute Otitis Externa:

6 months to 12 years: Instill 5 drops into the affected ear(s) once daily for 7 days.
>=13 years: Instill 10 drops into the affected ear(s) once daily for 7 days.

Before administration, the solution should be warmed by holding the bottle in the hand for 1 to 2 minutes. The drops should be instilled with the patient lying on his/her side with the affected ear upward. The patient should stay on his/her side for 5 minutes. Repeat for the opposite ear, if necessary.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Otitis Media:

Acute otitis media in patients with tympanostomy tubes:
1 to 12 years: Instill 5 drops into the affected ear(s) twice daily for 10 days.

Chronic suppurative otitis media with perforated tympanic membranes:
>12 years: Instill 10 drops into the affected ear(s) twice daily for 14 days.

Before administration, the solution should be warmed by holding the bottle in the hand for 1 to 2 minutes. The drops should be instilled with the patient lying on his/her side with the affected ear upward. After administration, the outer ear should be gently pulled upward and backward to allow the solution to flow down into the ear canal. The patient should stay on his/her side for 5 minutes. Repeat for the opposite ear, if necessary.

What other drugs will affect ofloxacin otic?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on ofloxacin 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.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about ofloxacin 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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