Coly-Mycin S

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Coly-Mycin S?

    Coly-Mycin S is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of your outer ear. Coly-Mycin S is also used to treat infections of mastoidectomy or fenestration cavities, which are types of surgery of the ears.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Coly-Mycin S?

    Coly-Mycin S can cause permanent hearing loss, especially if you use this medication for long periods of time.

    Coly-Mycin S can cause an allergic skin reaction. Stop using Coly-Mycin S and tell your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash, irritation, reddening with swelling, dry scaling, or itching.

    If you use Coly-Mycin S for a long period of time, it can lead to other infections, including fungal infections, that might not respond to this medication. Tell your doctor if your infection does not improve after 1 week of therapy.

  • Who should not take Coly-Mycin S?

    Do not use Coly-Mycin S if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are allergic to other similar antibiotics. Also, do not use Coly-Mycin S if you have an outer ear canal disorder suspected or known to be due to a skin viral infection (such as herpes simplex virus or varicella zoster virus).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Coly-Mycin S?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Coly-Mycin S. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, an outer ear canal disorder due to a skin viral infection, a perforated eardrum, other skin disorders, or kidney problems.

  • 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 5 drops into the affected ear(s) 3-4 times a day for up to 10 days.

    Children ≥1 year: Apply 4 drops into the affected ear(s) 3-4 times a day for up to 10 days.

  • How should I take Coly-Mycin S?

    Apply Coly-Mycin S exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Shake the suspension well immediately before you use it. Also, you can warm the suspension before you use it. Cleanse and dry your ear canal.

    Lie with your affected ear upward and then apply the drops into your ear using the dropper. You should maintain this position for 5 minutes. Repeat, if necessary, for your opposite ear.

    If preferred, you can insert a cotton wick into your ear canal and apply the solution onto it. Keep the cotton wick moist by adding more solution every 4 hours. You should replace the wick at least once every 24 hours.

  • What should I avoid while taking Coly-Mycin S?

    Do not use Coly-Mycin S in your eyes.

    Do not touch the applicator tip with material from your ear, fingers, or other sources, as this can contaminate Coly-Mycin S.

    Do not heat the suspension above body temperature.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Coly-Mycin S?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Coly-Mycin S 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 Coly-Mycin S?

    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: abnormal hair growth, acne (pimples), allergic skin reactions, burning, dryness, ear problems, infections, inflamed hair follicles, irritation, itching, kidney problems, loss of skin color, skin inflammation, stretch marks, sweat rash, thinning of your skin layers

  • Can I receive Coly-Mycin S if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Coly-Mycin S during pregnancy are unknown. Coly-Mycin S can be found in your breast milk if you use it during breastfeeding. 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 Coly-Mycin S?

    If you miss a dose of Coly-Mycin S, 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 Coly-Mycin S?

    Store at room temperature.