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Ofloxacin otic Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to ofloxacin otic: otic solution

As well as its needed effects, ofloxacin otic may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking ofloxacin otic, check with your doctor immediately:

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 ofloxacin otic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

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.

It is possible that some side effects of ofloxacin otic may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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