What is Cortisporin Otic?Cortisporin Otic is used to treat outer ear infections.
What is the most important information I should know about Cortisporin Otic?Cortisporin Otic's ingredient, neomycin, may cause permanent hearing loss. This particular drug may damage hair cells on an organ in the ear, leading to deafness.
Cortisporin Otic may allow the growth of other bacteria in the ear, such as yeast and fungus. If the infection is not improved after 1 week, your doctor might run some tests to determine the cause of the infection.
Cortisporin Otic is not to be used in the eyes.
Who should not take Cortisporin Otic?Do not use Cortisporin Otic if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Also, this drug should not be used if the outer ear infection is caused by a virus, such as herpes.
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 had previous trauma to your ear.
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: The usual dosage is five drops in the ear, 3-4 times per day, for a maximum of 10 days.
Children: The usual dosage is four drops, 3-4 times per day.
How should I take Cortisporin Otic?Clean and dry your ear, and shake the bottle of Cortisporin Otic well. Then, lie down on your side, with your infected ear facing upward. Place the prescribed number of drops in the ear; remain in this position for 5 minutes to allow the medication to penetrate. Repeat in the opposite ear if necessary.
What should I avoid while taking Cortisporin Otic?Avoid touching the dropper to your ear or fingers; this may contaminate the dropper. Also, avoid using Cortisporin Otic for >10 days.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cortisporin Otic?If Cortisporin Otic is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cortisporin Otic with gentamycin, kanamycin, panomomycin, or streptomycin.
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: burning, dryness, excessive hair growth, fungal infection, inflammation of hairs in the ear, irritation, itching, skin color change, skin rashes
Can I receive Cortisporin Otic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Cortisporin Otic 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 Cortisporin Otic?Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.
How should I store Cortisporin Otic?Store at room temperature.
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