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Floxin Otic (Generic Ofloxacin Otic)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Acute (suddenly occurring) middle ear infections in children with ear tubes, chronic (long-lasting) middle ear infections in adults and children with perforated eardrums, and outer ear infections in both adults and children are all treated with ofloxacin otic. Ofloxacin otic belongs to the group of drugs known as quinolone antibiotics. It functions by eradicating the infection-causing germs.

How should this medicine be used?

Ofloxacin otic is available as a liquid solution that is inserted into the ear. Depending on your condition, it is often administered once or twice a day for 7 to 14 days. Use ofloxacin otic every day at roughly the same time(s). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the ofloxacin otic directions exactly. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Only the ears should be used with ofloxacin otic. Use away from the eyes.

During the initial few days of receiving ofloxacin otic treatment, you ought to start feeling better. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away after a week or worsen.

Even if you feel better, keep using the ofloxacin otic until the prescription is finished. Your infection could not be entirely treated if you stop using ofloxacin otic too soon or skip doses, and the bacteria might develop antibiotic resistance.

Use the eardrops as directed to get started:

  1. Warm the solution by briefly holding the bottle or single-dispensing container(s) in your hand.
  2. Lay down while elevating the impacted ear.
  3. In your ear, administer the recommended amount of drops or the contents of the recommended number of single-dispensing containers.
  4. Avoid touching the solution’s tip to your ear, fingers, or any other surface when using a bottle of it.
  5. Push the tragus of the ear four times inward to allow the drops to reach the middle ear while treating middle ear infections. The tragus is a tiny flap of cartilage located directly in front of the ear canal close to the face.
  6. For five minutes, continue to lay down with the effected ear pointed upward.
  7. If necessary, repeat steps 1-6 for the other ear.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using ofloxacin otic,

  • In the event that you have an allergy to ofloxacin (Floxin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), enoxacin (Penetrex) (not available in the U.S.), cinoxacin (Cinobac) (not available in the U.S.), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), nalidixic acid (NegGram), gemifloxacin (Factive), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not sold in the United States), neither norfloxacin (Noroxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam) nor the trovafloxacin and alatrofloxacin combo (Trovan) are sold in the United States.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking ofloxacin otic.
  • You should be aware that when using ofloxacin otic, you must maintain your infected ear or ears clean and dry. Aside from avoiding swimming unless your doctor has advised you otherwise, avoid getting the infected ear(s) wet while taking a bath.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realize you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not use more eardrops.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Ofloxacin otic side effects could occur. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Ear discomfort or itching
  • Shift in preference
  • Dizziness

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away and stop using ofloxacin otic if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Edema of the hands, feet, ankles, lower legs, cheeks, neck, tongue, lips, and eyes
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges

Other negative effects of ofloxacin otic are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it at room temperature and out of the bathroom and other places with excessive heat and moisture. shield against light.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilizing a medicine take-back program is the best way to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programs in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back program, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

All medications should be kept out of the sight and reach of children, as many of the containers (such as weekly pill containers and those for eye drops, lotions, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for small children to open. Always lock safety caps and put the medication in a secure spot right away, up high and out of young children’s sight and reach, to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 if someone swallows ofloxacin otic. Call local emergency services at 911 if the sufferer has collapsed or is not breathing.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. It’s likely that your prescription cannot be renewed. Call your doctor if you continue to experience infection symptoms after using the last ofloxacin otic.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Floxin® Otic
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