Acetasol HC

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Acetasol HC?

    Acetasol HC solution is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of your outer ear, complicated by inflammation.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Acetasol HC?

    Acetasol HC can cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Stop using Acetasol HC and tell your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash, itching, or irritation.

  • Who should not take Acetasol HC?

    Do not use Acetasol HC if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Also, do not use Acetasol HC if you have certain viral infections (such as herpes simplex, vaccinia, or varicella virus), or if you have a perforated eardrum.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Acetasol HC?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Acetasol HC. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, a viral infection, a perforated eardrum, or other ear disorders.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

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

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

  • How should I take Acetasol HC?

    Apply Acetasol HC exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Carefully remove all ear wax and debris from your ear canal.

    To promote continuous contact, insert a cotton wick saturated with Acetasol HC solution into your ear canal; you can also saturate the wick after insertion of the wick into your ear canal. Keep the cotton wick moist by adding 3-5 drops of the solution every 4-6 hours. Remove the wick after 24 hours. Continue to apply the solution into your affected ear(s) 3-4 times a day.

  • What should I avoid while taking Acetasol HC?

    Do not stop taking Acetasol HC without asking your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Acetasol HC?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Acetasol HC at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Acetasol HC?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, burning or stinging in your ear, irritation

  • Can I receive Acetasol HC if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Acetasol HC during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Acetasol HC?

    If you miss a dose of Acetasol HC, 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 Acetasol HC?

    Store at room temperature.