Cortisporin Otic

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Cortisporin Otic?

    Cortisporin Otic solution is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of your outer ear.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cortisporin Otic?

    Cortisporin Otic can cause permanent hearing loss, especially if you use this medication for long periods of time.

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

    Cortisporin Otic contains sodium bisulfate, a sulfite that can cause an allergic reaction that may result in death if not immediately treated. If you have asthma, you can be more at risk of having sulfite sensitivity.

    If you use Cortisporin Otic 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 Cortisporin Otic?

    Do not use Cortisporin Otic if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are allergic to other similar antibiotics (such as gentamicin, kanamycin, paromomycin, or streptomycin). Also, do not use Cortisporin Otic 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 Cortisporin Otic?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cortisporin Otic. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, asthma, 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 4 drops into the affected ear(s) 3-4 times a day for up to 10 days.

    Children ≥2 years: Apply 3 drops into the affected ear(s) 3-4 times a day for up to 10 days.

  • How should I take Cortisporin Otic?

    Apply Cortisporin Otic exactly as prescribed by your doctor. 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 further solution every 4 hours. You should replace the wick at least once every 24 hours.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cortisporin Otic?

    Do not use Cortisporin Otic in your eyes.

    Do not touch the applicator tip with material from your ear, fingers, or other sources, as this can contaminate Cortisporin Otic.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cortisporin Otic?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Cortisporin Otic 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 Cortisporin Otic?

    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 or stinging in your ear, dryness, ear problems, infections, inflamed hair follicles, irritation, itching, kidney problems, loss of skin color, skin inflammation, stretch marks, sweat rash, thinning of skin layers

  • Can I receive Cortisporin Otic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cortisporin Otic during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Cortisporin Otic can be found in your breast milk if you use it while 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 Cortisporin Otic?

    If you miss a dose of Cortisporin Otic, 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 Cortisporin Otic?

    Store at room temperature.

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