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Zinotic drops

Generic Name: chloroxylenol/pramoxine/glycerin/zinc ear drops (KLOR-oh-ZYE-le-nol/pram-OX-een/GLIS-er-in/zink)
Brand Name: Examples include Zinotic and Zinotic ES

Zinotic drops are used for:

Treating certain infections of the outer ear. It is also used to control pain and itching caused by these infections. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Zinotic drops are an antibacterial, anesthetic, and skin protectant combination. It works by killing sensitive bacteria or fungi and temporarily relieving ear pain. An ingredient in Zinotic drops also helps the medicine penetrate into the skin.

Do NOT use Zinotic drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Zinotic drops
  • your eardrum is perforated

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Zinotic drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Zinotic 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
  • if you have other ear problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Zinotic drops. Because little, if any, of Zinotic drops are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Zinotic 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 Zinotic drops:

Use Zinotic drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Zinotic drops are only for the ear. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Zinotic drops in any of these areas, rinse well with cool water.
  • Thoroughly clean and dry the outer ear before using Zinotic drops.
  • Before using, hold the ear drop container in your hand for 1 or 2 minutes to avoid dizziness that may result from putting cold drops into the ear.
  • 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 5 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. Repeat, if necessary, in the other ear.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator to any surface, including the ear. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Zinotic drops.
  • Using Zinotic drops at the same times each day will help you remember to use it.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Zinotic drops for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Do not use Zinotic drops if it turns brown or contains particles.
  • If you miss a dose of Zinotic 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 Zinotic drops.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 10 days without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 10 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use Zinotic drops for other ear problems without first checking with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before using any other medicines in your ear.
  • Be sure to use Zinotic drops for the full course of therapy. If you do not, Zinotic drops may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Zinotic drops may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Zinotic 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.
  • Zinotic drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Zinotic 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 Zinotic drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Zinotic drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild burning, irritation, redness, stinging, or dryness at the affected area.

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); pain or swelling at the affected area; severe or persistent burning, irritation, redness, or stinging.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Zinotic drops:

Store Zinotic drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in the original container. Do not freeze. Store away from heat and light. Keep Zinotic drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Zinotic drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Zinotic 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 should not be used to decide whether or not to take Zinotic drops 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 Zinotic drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Zinotic drops. 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 Zinotic drops.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

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