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Generic name: isopropyl alcohol oticEYE-soe-PROE-pil-AL-koe-hol-OH-tik ]
Brand names: Auro-Dri, Swim-Ear
Drug class: Miscellaneous otic agents

Medically reviewed by on Mar 22, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Auro-Dri?

Auro-Dri (for use in the ear) is used to help dry water that has clogged the ear canal after swimming, bathing, or showering, or hair-washing.

Auro-Dri may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


Avoid getting Auro-Dri in your eyes.

Before taking this medicine

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have:

How should I use Auro-Dri?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Do not take by mouth. Otic medicine is for use only in the ear.

Wash your hands before using ear drops.

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 Auro-Dri to a child.

  • Hold the dropper upside down over your ear and drop the correct number of drops into the ear.

  • Stay lying down or with your head tilted for at least 2 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.

Do not allow a child to use this product without supervision.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Isopropyl alcohol gel is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the gel has completely dried in your ears.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Auro-Dri is usually applied when needed and does not have a regular dosing schedule. Do not use more than the recommended number of drops at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of isopropyl alcohol 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 medicine.

What should I avoid while using Auro-Dri?

Avoid getting Auro-Dri in your eyes.

Auro-Dri side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have severe burning or irritation in your ears.

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.

What other drugs will affect Auro-Dri?

Medicine used in the ears is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. 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.

More about Auro-Dri (isopropyl alcohol otic)

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Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.