Acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic
Medically reviewed on August 13, 2018
What is acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic?
Acetic acid is an antibiotic that treats infections caused by bacteria or fungus.
Aluminum acetate helps reduce itching, stinging, and inflammation.
Acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic (for the ear) is a combination medicine used to treat ear infections.
Acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to acetic acid or aluminum acetate, or if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).
It is not known whether acetic acid and aluminum acetate 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 acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic should not be given to a child younger than 3 years old.
How should I use acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
For best results, remove any ear wax or other debris before using this medicine. Ask your doctor about safe methods of ear wax removal.
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. Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
Stay lying down or with your head tilted for at least 5 minutes.
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.
A ruptured ear drum usually causes moderate to severe ear pain, with or without a decrease in hearing. Call your doctor if you think you have a ruptured ear drum. Your doctor will use a special scope to see any tear in your ear drum.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
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 acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic 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 using this medication?
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.
Acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic and call your doctor at once if you have severe burning or other irritation after using the ear drops.
Common side effects may include mild stinging or burning with the first use.
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)
What other drugs will affect my acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on acetic acid and aluminum acetate 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.
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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