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User Reviews for Hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic

Also known as: Cortisporin Otic, Antibiotic Ear, Cortomycin, Casporyn HC, AK-Spore HC Otic Suspension, Drotic, Cortatrigen Modified Cortatrigen Cort-Biotic

Hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic has an average rating of 2.4 out of 10 from a total of 50 ratings on Drugs.com. 15% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 83% reported a negative experience.

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Otitis Externa  
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Otitis Media  
1.9
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Summary of Hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic reviews 2.4 50 reviews

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Reviews for Hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic

Frustrated · September 27, 2019

For Otitis Externa: “Prescribed by an ENT for an outer ear infection I used these drops for 5 days & seemed to take care of the infection however, one week later my hearing became muffled. I returned to the ENT who said I had Eustachian Tube Dysfunction & prescribed steriods, etc but it only worsened to the point of being debilitating. An MRI was order, CT scan performed with negative results. I saw 3 other ENTs who also were unable to help. After 4 months I was referred to my 4th ENT who found the drops had left a residue forming a cast on my ear drum rendering it unable to move. 3 wks of oil treatment helped loosen the cast from my drum, it was easily removed, and although this freed up my ear drum, my ear is still struggling to clear. I am appalled that drops that could cause such damage are being prescribed.”

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Mel · Taken for less than 1 month · September 16, 2020

For Otitis Externa: “Beware of this medication! Whatever you do, do not take it. It will wreak havoc on your ear. After taking 4 drops 4 times a day for 7 days it formed a cast in my ear. I had to see an ENT (as I was given the medication at an urgent care) afterwards because my ear had a “rice krispie” sound whenever I’d touch it. He told me my ear was dry and unable to clean until he gave me a different set of drops to clear it up. Why is this medication given to anyone? It needs to be removed ASAP.”

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John · Taken for less than 1 month · June 8, 2020

For Otitis Externa: “I used the drops in both ears for a week because my ears were itchy. Itch went away but after a week my ears became clogged, sounds were muffled and hearing loss in the right ear. Went to ENT after two weeks. Seems that the suspension caused a crust to form on the war drums preventing them from vibrating which caused the muffled sound and the rating loss. ENT used a small tweezer, pulled crust from both ears and voila’... I could hear again. If you get the symptoms I had , let your ENT know to check for that. Don’t use the suspension for longer than 10 days.”

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Lo · Taken for less than 1 month · January 20, 2020

For Otitis Externa: “One of the worst ear drops I have to take. I was having irritation in both ears due to excessive q-tip use and the doctor prescribed me this for pain. I used in both ears for the first day, 3 times a day and it burned and itches when I tried it. Also made both of my ears completely clogged and now barely drains and the skin around the ear is sore and dry and scabby. I tried it again the next day which was a huge mistake. Now both ears are also again completely clogged and my gland under my right ear on my face is painful and enlarged and barely drains. I can’t hear out of both ears and it hurts to chew. Do not use this medication. I’m surprised this was even prescribed to me when I could have used something else. This medication shouldn’t even be on the market at all. I’m wondering why the doctor who prescribed it to me with out telling me the side effects and I’m worried now that it has caused damage to my ear. I hope not. I’m really angry.”

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Roni · Taken for less than 1 month · August 27, 2019

For Otitis Externa: “I had an incident where a bug crawled into my ear while I was sleeping and believe me it was extremely painful. I went to the ER and they pulled it out and wrote me a prescription for Hydrocortisone/Neomycin/Polymyxin B Otic to ensure I would not develop a ear infection after the procedure. I was instructed to use 3-4 drops, 3 times a day for 7 days and then discontinue use of them. I followed these instructions precisely. 3 days after I stopped taking them my inner ear started to become extremely itchy, and I had discharge coming out of my ear. After that my inner ear was scaly and a painful and itchy. It has since then spread to my outer earlobe. My earlobe is covered in a rash and is swollen. I also experienced hearing loss, and I now have a lump behind my ear. Please do not use these drops”

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finallyhearing · May 12, 2020

For Otitis Media: “Like frustrated, I received these drops for presumed otis media. My hearing worsened after three days, I was then ordered oral antibiotics but instructed to finish drops. On the sixth day my hearing became suddenly markedly muffled in my left ear. I saw my PCP despite the pandemic. Negative CT. I was referred to ENT. When they saw my ears they visualized this "casting" which when shown to me on a large screen, looked like a frozen cracked lake on my eardrum. I had to do mineral oil drops twice daily for a few weeks and return. The doctor was able to remove the cast from both eardrums and my hearing instantly improved. It feels like my ears popped for the first time in 2 months. I am ELATED. He showed me the casts, it looked like crunchy thick seran wrap-DO NOT USE THESE.”

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Tayaa · August 17, 2017

For Otitis Externa: “THIS STUFF IS HORRIBLE. DO NOT USE IT!!! My girlfriend started using this (prescribed by doctor) for an ear infection (swimmers ear), and reported extremely painful symptoms when using this stuff. Now, she can't hear anything out of her ear. I'm so freaking mad that the doctor prescribed this medicine. DO NOT USE!!”

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Linda · Taken for less than 1 month · September 26, 2019

For Otitis Media: “OMG. After having my ear extensively cleaned out from dead skin due to my botched tympanoplasty several years ago I was given this prescription. Saw the doctor Tuesday and inserted the first 4 drops Wednesday night. I have never felt anything like that. It was the worst pain I have even inflicted on myself on purpose. Severe burning that extended down into my jaw and mouth. Put the drops in a bout 10 pm and at 4:00 am my ears still had stabbing pains. I am waiting for a return call from the doctor. I will never touch this stuff again and have stored it away after putting a big warning label on it. Doctor never warned me of this possibility and I had to search on line to see that this has happened to others. It cannot possibly be good for you. I only hope it hasn't damaged my ear even more that another doctor already damaged.”

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Mama bear · December 16, 2019

Cortisporin Otic (hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b) for Otitis Media: “My 7 year old son had ANOTHER ear infection. The minute I tried this new medication he started cry and rubbing his hear crying out in pain. His ear turned bright red and he got a terrible taste in his mouth. I obviously stopped giving it to him. This is the first ear drop that's caused this reaction from him.”

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Laura · Taken for less than 1 month · June 4, 2020

For Otitis Media: “This was so painful! One day after taking these drops my ear infection got worse. My ear was so painful to the touch, red, my face was swollen and it was traveling to my throat. I couldn't breathe and my heart was racing for hours, I felt like I was having a heart attack. Finally realized after three days it was the drops that were causing all these problems. I pray these drops did not cause permanent damage to my lungs and ears, I am still having breathing problems. I go to the ENT and doctor tomorrow to look things over. Worst experience of my life.”

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Anonymous · April 15, 2020

For Otitis Media: “I went to a new PCP with chief complaints of a migraine, ear infection, sore throat, and nasal drip on March 13th, 2020. The antibiotic did not work and my ears were still in pain, on March 21, 2020 My PCP then called me a prescription for these hydrocortisone/neomycin/polymyxin b ear drops. My ears got extremely worse than before making it unbearable. I went to the hospital and the doctor told me that I still have an ear infection and scaring inside my ears! Both of my ears now have hearing loss, ringing, severe pain, migraines, sinus pain, coughing, memory loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, dry mouth, dry throat, loss of voice, shaking of hands, slow and jerky muscle movements, frequent urination, bowel cramps, feeling about to pass out, dizziness, chest pain, tight chest and breathing problems, loss of appetite, insomnia. I pray that this medicine is removed from the shelves. It is a dangerous drug and I pray that it does not cause life long threatening complications or even death after using it.”

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Concernred2022 · Taken for less than 1 month · January 10, 2022

Cortisporin Otic (hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b) for Otitis Externa: “In September 2021 I had a lot of itching and burning in my right outer ear canal. It felt like a zit in my ear canal. My ear canal began to get inflamed and wasn't improving, so I went to urgent care. The PA looked in my ear and said my "eardrum looked inflamed." She prescribed these otic antibiotic/steroid drops. They instantly caused more itching and burning in my ear, and I noticed that it was drying up in my ear. I now had tinnitus and a feeling of pressure and muffled hearing. My ear canal began to swell up. After FOUR days of this I did some research and found a lot of reviews on another site where people had increased pain and itching, and loss of hearing and tinnitus. Something most reviews have in common is that people found out their blocked hearing and itching and pain was being caused by this medication drying up on their eardrum and forming a cast. The cast keeps the eardrum from vibrating, which decreases hearing and caused a muffled or blocked sound in the ear. Don't use.”

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Vadore · February 13, 2020

For Otitis Media: “Visited my ear doctor this morning as I have tubes placed and one seemed to be causing slight pain. The doc noticed I had an active sinus infection and prescribed these drops for the ear with the tube to prevent infection. He placed the first drops while I was in his office. There was a bit of mild discomfort but nothing too serious. I placed the second dose and initially all seemed well. Before 3 minutes were up the pain hit with the fierceness of a f5 hurricane. It hit sudden and was excruciating. With tears in my eyes I crawled to the bathroom. I had severe dizziness and couldn't stand for fear I'd fall. After I removed as much as I was able and placed a cotton ball in the painful ear. This has greatly helped. These drops are straight from the bowels of a volcano. This drop isn't worth the risk it poses and need to be off the market!”

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Angie · January 16, 2021

For Otitis Externa: “I’ve been having swimmers ears for over a week. I went to the doctors today and they prescribed me these ear drops. I had a weird gut feeling that these ear drops might mess up my ears. I was right. Used them only 3 times today. My ears swelled so bad and are so painful. There’s crust all over. Bare in mind I had none of these symptoms before I used these. My doctor did not warn me. After reading the other reviews I will not even continue to the second day. I have to wait till the weekend is over to call my doctor. I am extremely angry. My biggest fear is I will lose my hearing. Always trust your gut feeling people.”

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C · Taken for less than 1 month · November 24, 2020

For Otitis Externa: “Update...after suffering severe tinnitus for two weeks and being misdiagnosed with a middle ear infection at an urgent care clinic, I was finally able to see an ENT. My eardrum was covered with a thick coat of dried drops. Two visits later all traces of the drops have been removed, but I am told it will take some time for the ear/brain connection to correct itself. Don’t use these drops.”

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bucket · Taken for less than 1 month · June 23, 2020

For Otitis Externa: “Went to ear doctor today mild discomfort he looked at my ear said ear infection sucked the fluid out and prescribed this ear drops 5 drops 3 times a day went and picked them up at pharmacy. I had no pain and within one minute I had pain down my throat my ear was on fire the pain was big time and I'm not allergic or have I had a reaction to medication in my life. Four hours later it started to settle down this stuff is already thrown out and I'll get another antibiotic this stuff is nasty.”

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Not Happy! · Taken for 1 to 6 months · May 29, 2016

“I went to my doctor for earache relief and I was prescribed this medication. My doctor knows of my medical history with earaches, ear ruptures, and perforated eardrum. I had my daughter place ear drops into ear, as soon as she did I felt a burning going down my ear, I got up screaming in pain and could even taste the medicine. With all the excruciating pain, I ran to the nearest E.R. where I was told by doctor that he had never seen the entire eardrum membrane missing like it was in my ear. I am waiting to see an ENT, but I too am considering to sue for this!”

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Irama Tenej · Taken for less than 1 month · May 17, 2016

Cortisporin Otic (hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b) for Otitis Externa: “I had a HORRIBLE allergic reaction to the ear drops! The medication made my look like I had a chemical burn on the right side of my face and blister like on my ear. The itching was immune to Benadryl and I am hoping my face will heal soon.”

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Concerned · August 25, 2020

“My 12 year old went to doctor today for ear ache. Diagnosis: Middle ear infection. Got antibiotics and these drops. The burning and stinging pain after 3 uses of the drops, can’t take anymore. The burning of ears and burning now gone to throat area. We have discontinued the drops and going to get something else. I should have read the reviews first. I don’t recommend these.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · May 8, 2016

For Otitis Media: “This was prescribed to my son who has tubes in his ears.... It caused him even more pain and once the crying stopped it put him in a comatosed state for an hour or more each time we put them in.... We stopped it even though his dr said to continue for two more days... I couldn't watch my 2 year old go through this any more... We are contemplating a law suit against the dr who prescribed them as it may have caused hearing loss..”

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Mark · Taken for less than 1 month · July 21, 2021

For Otitis Externa: “This was an awful medicine. Was prescribed this for a mild ear infection with some swelling. Every application worsened symptoms: and within 12 hours I the ear was swollen shut and I could barely hear out of it. I went to the ER due to hearing loss, and the criminally negligent staff placed and ear wick and insisted I continue using this toxin. Within 48 hours, further applications had caused the pain to spread to the entire left side of my face, worsening noticeably after each application. Was too sensitive to sleep the following night.”

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LADYJ · Taken for less than 1 month · April 20, 2020

For Otitis Media: “Used the Neomycin and Polymycin B ear drop prior to going to bed. I was awaken about 4:30 a.m., with a severe itch and stinging in and around my right ear. I used the drop the next morning and noticed I began to itch worse and continued, leading to bumps, redness, swollen and scaly ear that feels like rubber to the touch. I decided not to use it again. I called the doctor and was prescribed other meds to treat it. I'm praying it gets better and go away very soon.”

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Li123 · July 18, 2021

For Otitis Externa: “Did anyones tinnitus heal ? Please answer ? And describe the tinnitus Few days after using this horrible ear drop my ear now makes wierd noises like air or swoshing noises when I eat, like open and close my mouth.”

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Jess · Taken for less than 1 month · June 16, 2019

For Otitis Externa: “I have bad seasonal allergies that sometimes affect my Eustachian tubes and I tend to end up with otitis externa in one of my ears as a result. ENT doctor prescribed these drops. They're very effective and get rid of the pain and swelling that results from this ear infection. The only side effect is that it makes my ear very itchy. I'll apply an itch relief cream like Benadryl around the outside of my ear and it usually does the trick. Definitely do not use for more than 10 days.”

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Anonymous · January 1, 2022

For Otitis Externa: “I’m disgusted with this stuff. I used it for two days. It did nothing but make pain worse!! After a couple days without it my stupid butt decided I might have little infection left so I gave myself another dose! Now pain is back! I know it’s this rubbish. Do not use!!!!”

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