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Medications for Otitis Media

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

About Otitis Media

Infection and inflammation of the middle ear space and ear drum.

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

Drugs used 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 Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
amoxicillin 5.2 21 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: amoxicillin systemic

Brand names:  Amoxil, Apo-Amoxi

Drug class: aminopenicillins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Ciprodex 5.1 39 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: ciprofloxacin / dexamethasone otic

Drug class: otic steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

cefdinir 4.2 61 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: cefdinir systemic

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Augmentin 4.4 25 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic

Drug class: beta-lactamase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

amoxicillin / clavulanate 4.3 45 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic

Brand names:  Augmentin, 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

azithromycin 6.5 15 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: azithromycin systemic

Brand names:  Azithromycin Dose Pack, Zithromax

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

cephalexin 8.5 2 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: cephalexin systemic

Brand name:  Keflex

Drug class: first generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Amoxil Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: amoxicillin systemic

Drug class: aminopenicillins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Azithromycin Dose Pack 1.0 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: azithromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

ofloxacin 1.0 1 review
Rx C N

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

clarithromycin 5.5 38 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: clarithromycin systemic

Brand name:  Biaxin XL

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Cortisporin Otic 1.0 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic

Drug class: otic steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Keflex 8.0 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: cephalexin systemic

Drug class: first generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Zithromax 6.8 5 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: azithromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Bactrim 6.0 5 reviews
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim 5.2 9 reviews
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Brand names:  Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS, Sulfatrim Pediatric, Co-trimoxazole …show all

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

levofloxacin Off-label 5.0 19 reviews
Rx C N

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

cefuroxime 6.0 3 reviews
Rx B N

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

hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b 1.9 21 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic

Brand names:  Cortisporin Otic, Cortomycin, Casporyn HC, Cort-Biotic …show all

Drug class: otic steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Levaquin Off-label 4.7 4 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: levofloxacin systemic

Drug class: quinolones

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Ceftin 2.0 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: cefuroxime systemic

Drug class: second generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

ciprofloxacin / dexamethasone 5.1 41 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: ciprofloxacin / dexamethasone otic

Brand name:  Ciprodex

Drug class: otic steroids with anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

erythromycin 7.0 1 review
Rx B N X

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Brand names:  Erythrocin, E.E.S. Granules, Ery-Tab, Eryc, EryPed, Erythrocin Lactobionate, PCE Dispertab …show all

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Bactrim DS Rate Add review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Suprax 10 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: cefixime systemic

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
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 (CSA) 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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