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Medications for Otitis Media

Other names: Ear Infection, acute middle; Ear Infection, middle; Middle Ear Infection; Otitis Media, acute

What is Otitis Media:  Infection and inflammation of the middle ear space and ear drum.

Symptoms include earache, fever and in some cases, diminished hearing.

Medications to treat Otitis Media

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
amoxicillin B N 8 reviews
6.0

Generic name: amoxicillin systemic

Brand names:  Amoxil, Moxilin, Apo-Amoxi

Drug class: aminopenicillins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Ciprodex C N 16 reviews
6.0

Generic name: ciprofloxacin / dexamethasone otic

Drug class: otic steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Augmentin B N 17 reviews
5.0

Generic name: amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic

Drug class: beta-lactamase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Amoxil B N Add review
9.0

Generic name: amoxicillin systemic

Drug class: aminopenicillins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
cefdinir B N 42 reviews
4.0

Generic name: cefdinir systemic

Brand names:  Omnicef, Omnicef Omni-Pac

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
azithromycin B N 12 reviews
7.0

Generic name: azithromycin systemic

Brand names:  Azithromycin Dose Pack, Zithromax, Zmax

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Azithromycin Dose Pack B N Add review
8.0

Generic name: azithromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
amoxicillin / clavulanate B N 25 reviews
5.0

Generic name: amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic

Brand names:  Augmentin, Augmentin ES-600, Augmentin XR, Amoclan

Drug class: beta-lactamase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Keflex B N 1 review
8.0

Generic name: cephalexin systemic

Drug class: first generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Cortisporin Otic C N Add review Rate

Generic name: hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic

Drug class: otic steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Zithromax B N 5 reviews
6.0

Generic name: azithromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
cephalexin B N 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: cephalexin systemic

Brand names:  Keflex, Biocef, Daxbia, Panixine

Drug class: first generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Bactrim D N X 3 reviews
5.0

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Omnicef B N 17 reviews
6.0

Generic name: cefdinir systemic

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
antipyrine / benzocaine C N 4 reviews
10

Generic name: antipyrine / benzocaine otic

Brand names:  A / B Otic, Aurax, Aurodex, Auroto, Dolotic

Drug class: otic anesthetics

For consumers: side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
Levaquin Off Label C N 3 reviews
4.0

Generic name: levofloxacin systemic

Drug class: quinolones

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
ofloxacin C N 1 review
1.0

Generic name: ofloxacin otic

Brand name:  Floxin Otic

Drug class: otic anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim D N X 6 reviews
5.0

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Brand names:  Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS, SMZ-TMP DS, Sulfatrim Pediatric, Co-trimoxazole, Cotrim, Sulfatrim

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
cefuroxime B N 1 review
6.0

Generic name: cefuroxime systemic

Brand names:  Ceftin, Zinacef

Drug class: second generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
clarithromycin C N 14 reviews
7.0

Generic name: clarithromycin systemic

Brand names:  Biaxin, Biaxin XL

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
levofloxacin Off Label C N 6 reviews
3.0

Generic name: levofloxacin systemic

Brand name:  Levaquin

Drug class: quinolones

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Ceftin B N Add review Rate

Generic name: cefuroxime systemic

Drug class: second generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Biaxin C N 2 reviews
6.0

Generic name: clarithromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b C N 5 reviews
2.0

Generic name: hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic

Brand names:  Cortisporin Otic, Cortomycin, Cort-Biotic, Oti-Sone, Pediotic

Drug class: otic steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
Augmentin ES-600 B N Add review Rate

Generic name: amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic

Drug class: beta-lactamase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
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Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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