Acetic acid otic

Name: Acetic acid otic

What Is Acetic Acid Otic?

Acetic acid is an antibiotic that treats infections caused by bacteria or fungus.

Acetic acid otic (for the ear) is used to treat infections in the ear canal. This medicine will not treat an inner ear infection (also called otitis media).

Acetic acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

You should not use acetic acid if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).

You should not use acetic acid if you are allergic to it, or if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • severe ear pain;
  • hearing problems; or
  • fever.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

Acetic acid should not be used on a child younger than 3 years old.

Acetic Acid Otic Interactions

This medicine is for use only in the ears. Avoid getting the medicine in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. Rinse with water if this medicine gets in or on these areas.

Do not use other ear medications unless your doctor tells you to.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on acetic acid used in the ears. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

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.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Different brands of this medication have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist. Keep all medications away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

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What is acetic acid?

Acetic acid is an antibiotic that treats infections caused by bacteria or fungus.

Acetic acid otic (for the ear) is used to treat infections in the ear canal. This medicine will not treat an inner ear infection (also called otitis media).

Acetic acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Acetic Acid?

  • If you have an allergy to acetic acid (otic) or any part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have a hole in the eardrum.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with acetic acid.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Acetic Acid?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take acetic acid. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Side Effects

Temporary stinging/burning in the ear canal may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: new pain, redness, swelling in or around the ears.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the ear/face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

List Acetic Acid Solution, Non- side effects by likelihood and severity.

Adverse Effects

Frequency Not Defined

Stinging/burning upon instillation

Local irritation (rare)

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