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  • Generic Name: (ofloxacin)
    Other Brands: Ofloxacin Otic
  • Last Revised: 06/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Ofloxacin ear drops contain an antibiotic that is used to treat ear infections caused by certain bacteria.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Ofloxacin ear drops work by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: By eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, ofloxacin ear drops may help relieve certain symptoms of ear infection such as pain, redness, and swelling.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use ofloxacin ear drops exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in your ear symptoms after you start using ofloxacin ear drops. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. It is important that you use ofloxacin ear drops exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: application-site reaction, abnormal or bitter taste, itching.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as loss of consciousness, tingling swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; rash; trouble breathing or swallowing; or rapid heartbeat.

      Ofloxacin ear drops may increase your risk of another infection.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use ofloxacin ear drops if you are allergic to them, any of their ingredients, or to similar antibiotics (such as levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin).

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with ofloxacin ear drops. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a quinolone antibiotic, including ofloxacin.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Ear Canal Infection ("Swimmer's Ear")

      Adults and children ≥13 years: Ten drops (0.5 milliliters [mL]) instilled into the affected ear once a day for seven days.

      Children 6 months-13 years: Five drops (0.25 mL) instilled into the affected ear once a day for seven days.

      Middle Ear Infection

      Adults and children ≥12 years: Ten drops (0.5 mL) instilled into the affected ear twice a day for 14 days.

      Children 1-12 years old: Five drops (0.25 mL) instilled into the affected ear twice a day for 10 days.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use ofloxacin ear drops exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using ofloxacin ear drops without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Before applying ofloxacin ear drops, gently clean any discharge that can be removed easily from your outer ear. Do not insert any object or swab into your ear.

      Hold the bottle of ofloxacin ear drops in your hands for one to two minutes to warm the liquid.

      Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use ofloxacin ear drops.

      If the infection has not improved after one week, return to your child's healthcare provider for further evaluation.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not allow the tip of the container to touch your fingers, ears, or any other surface, as this can contaminate ofloxacin ear drops.

      Do not take ofloxacin ear drops by mouth.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      At this time, there have been no significant drug interactions reported with the use of ofloxacin ear drops. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of ofloxacin ear drops during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of ofloxacin ear drops, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature away from light.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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