Acetasol HC

Name: Acetasol HC

Uses

This combination medication is used to treat outer ear infections (e.g., swimmer's ear). This product contains 2 medications. Acetic acid works by stopping the growth of bacteria and fungus. Hydrocortisone is a steroid that helps to decrease the redness, swelling, and itching from the infection.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in that case.It is important to keep the infected ear(s) clean and dry. Try not to get the infected ear(s) wet when bathing. Avoid swimming unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Acetasol HC?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Keep lid tightly closed.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Precautions

Transient stinging or burning may be noted occasionally when the solution is first instilled into the acutely inflamed ear.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 3 years have not been established.

Acetasol HC Drug Class

Acetasol HC is part of the drug classes:

  • Otological Antiinfectives

  • Organic acids

  • Corticosteroids acting locally

  • Corticosteroids for local oral treatment

  • Antiinflammatory Corticosteroids

  • Corticosteroids, weak group I

  • Corticosteroids, weak, other combinations

  • Corticosteroids/antiinfectives/mydriatics in combination

  • Glucocorticoids

Geriatric

Although there is no specific information comparing the use of otic corticosteroids in the elderly with use in other age groups, they are not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than they do in younger adults.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

For hydrocortisone and acetic acid

  • For ear drops dosage form:
    • For ear infections:
      • Adults and children over 3 years of age—Use 3 to 5 drops in the affected ear every four to six hours for the first twenty-four hours, then 5 drops three to four times daily.
      • Children under 3 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
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