Application: External ear infection
Drug forms of ofloxacin
- Pills, eye drops, ear drops
Medication Information of Ofloxacin Ear Drops
Ofloxacin ear drops are used to treat external ear infections (swimmers’ ear or ear canal infection) and middle ear infection. It belongs to the quinolone antibiotic, which treats ear infections by stopping the growth of bacteria.
Ofloxacin is only for the treatment of bacterial ear infections and is not used for other types of ear infections. Unnecessary or excessive use of any antibiotic can reduce its effectiveness.
If you are interested in learning more about other forms of afloxacin, such as ofloxacin eye drops and ofloxacin tablets, you can refer to the relevant page.
Dosage and method of taking ofloxacin ear drops
- Carefully read the package leaflet before starting treatment with ofloxacin ear drops. This brochure will help you to get comprehensive information about the drug and its possible side effects.
- You should usually start treatment with ofloxacin ear drops with 2-3 drops every 3 hours, then reduce the dose. Of course, for the amount of this drop, pay attention to your doctor’s prescription.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before using the drops.
- Open the bottle cap.
- Turn your head to one side and squeeze a few drops of the medicine into your ear.
- Hold your head in this position for a few minutes until the medicine solution goes into your ear.
- Repeat the same process for your other ear.
- Close the lid of the ear drop.
Contraindications to the use of ofloxacin ear drops
- Note the expiration date of ofloxacin ear drops and do not take the medicine if it has expired.
- Never give ofloxacin ear drops to another person, even if you have the same symptoms.
- Check for drug interactions with ofloxacin, and if you are taking a drug that interacts with this drug, talk to your doctor about using your medications.
Take ofloxacin ear drops during pregnancy and lactation
During pregnancy and lactation, you should not use the drug arbitrarily without consulting your doctor. Medications can have devastating effects on the fetus or on yourself.
The effect of afloxacin ear drops on driving and working with machines
Ofloxacin may cause hearing loss and dizziness, so avoid driving or operating machinery.
Drug Interactions of Ofloxacin Ear Drops
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Special warnings and precautions when taking ofloxacin ear drops
Some medications may not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking ofloxacin ear drops:
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding your baby.
- If you have another ear problem.
- If you have a history of ear infection in the last 6 months.
- If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor’s prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
- If you have a history of allergic reactions to drops or other antibiotics.
Side effects of ofloxacin ear drops
All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away shortly after taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the physician should be informed:
- Mild irritation or discomfort of the ear
- Hearing loss
- Change in taste
- Numbness in the ear
- Fungal infection of the ear (if used frequently and for a long time)
Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel are due to the use of ofloxacin ear drops.
Excessive use of ofloxacin ear drops (drug poisoning)
- Do not take ofloxacin more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
- If you feel that someone has been poisoned and you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, fainting and weakness (fainting), call the emergency room immediately.
Storage conditions of ofloxacin ear drops
- Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
- Store the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.