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Floxin Otic Side Effects

Generic Name: ofloxacin otic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of ofloxacin otic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Floxin Otic.

For the Consumer

Applies to ofloxacin otic: otic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by ofloxacin otic (the active ingredient contained in Floxin Otic). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking ofloxacin otic:

Less common:
  • Burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking ofloxacin otic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

Less common:
  • Dizziness
  • Bleeding from the ear
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • headache
  • ringing in the ear
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sore throat

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with ofloxacin otic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Less common:
  • Change in taste
  • earache
  • numbness or tingling

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ofloxacin otic: otic solution


Local side effects have included pruritus (1% to 4%), application site reaction (1%), earache (1%), rash (1%), otorrhagia (<1%), and otitis externa.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included dermatitis, eczema, erythematous rash, follicular rash, rash, urticaria, seborrhea, and flushing.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included dizziness (1%), paresthesia (1%), vertigo (0.5% to 1%), tinnitus (0.3%), headache (0.3%), dysesthesia, hypesthesia, hyperkinesia, insomnia, tremor, and pain.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea (0.6%), vomiting (0.3%), nausea (0.3%), dry mouth (0.5%), abdominal pain, dyspepsia and halitosis.[Ref]


Other side effects have included taste perversion (7%), fever (0.3%), transient loss of hearing, tinnitus, otorrhagia, otitis media, otitis externa, hot flushes, flushing, and fungal infection.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have rarely included cough, pharyngitis, rhinitis, and sinusitis.[Ref]


Cardiovascular side effects have very rarely included tachycardia and hypertension.[Ref]


Psychiatric side effects have included reports of transient neuropsychiatric disturbances; however, causality has not been established.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Floxin otic (ofloxacin otic)." Daiichi Pharmaceuticals, Fort Lee, NJ.

Not all side effects for Floxin Otic may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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