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  • Generic Name: (acetic acid)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Acetic acid ear drops are used to treat ear infections.

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

      How does this medication work?

      Acetic acid ear drops work by stopping the growth of bacteria and fungus.

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

      What: Acetic acid ear drops may eliminate the cause of your ear infection, thereby relieving your symptoms.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use acetic acid 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 start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions to assess how well your infection is being treated.

    • 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: temporary stinging or burning.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Allergic reaction, with symptoms such as irritation.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use acetic acid ear drops if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not use acetic acid ear drops if you have a ruptured eardrum.

    • 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 acetic acid ear drops. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.

    • 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.

      In order to keep as much of the drops in the ear(s) as possible, insert a wick of cotton saturated with acetic acid ear drops into your or your child's ear canal. You may also add the drops to the cotton after you insert it in the ear. Keep the wick of cotton in your or your child's ear for at least 24 hours.

      Adults and children ≥3 years: Apply 3 to 5 drops to the cotton every 4 to 6 hours for the first 24 hours of treatment.

      Remove the wick of cotton after 24 hours, as directed by your healthcare provider, and continue to apply the drops as follows:

      Adults: Apply 5 drops into the affected ear(s) 3 or 4 times a day.

      Children ≥3 years: Apply 3 to 4 drops to the affected ear(s) 3 or 4 times a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

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

      Carefully remove all ear wax to allow acetic acid ear drops to reach the infected surfaces directly.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not use acetic acid ear drops if the band printed "sealed for your protection" around the cap is broken or missing.

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

      No significant interactions have been reported with acetic acid ear drops at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

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

      The effects of acetic acid 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 acetic acid 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.

    • 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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