Boric acid ear drops are drugs to treat outer ear infections (otitis externa) or also called swimmer's ear , which often occurs in swimmers. Sometimes these drops are also used to treat middle ear infections (otitis media).
Boric acid ear drops contain boric acid , which is a chemical compound that has an antiseptic, antifungal, and mild antiviral effect.
Boric acid ear drops are class of drugs for ear infections ( otic anti-infectives ) which work by eradicating or stopping the growth of germs that cause otitis externa and otitis media. This method of action will help relieve swelling and pain in the ear canal.
Trademark of Boric Acid Ear Drops: Santadex
What is Boric Acid Ear Drops
|group||Limited over-the-counter drugs|
|Benefit||Treating otitis externa and otitis media|
|Used by||Adults and children|
Boric acid ear drops for pregnant and lactating women
Category C: Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women. Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.
Boric acid ear drops are not absorbed into breast milk. However, its use when breastfeeding should be consulted with a doctor first.
|Drug form||Ear drops|
Precautions Before Using Boric Acid Ear Drops
Boric acid ear drops should not be used carelessly. There are several things that must be considered before using this drug, including:
- Do not use boric acid ear drops if you are allergic to this medicine or to any other medicine that contains boric acid.
- Do not use boric acid ear drops in conditions of a ruptured eardrum . Tell your doctor if you have this condition.
- Tell your doctor if you have recently had an ear injury or have recently had surgery in the ear area.
- Please be careful, boric acid is only used for the ears, do not let the medicine get in or get into the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications, supplements or herbal products.
- Immediately consult a doctor if an allergic drug reaction or overdose occurs after using boric acid ear drops.
Dosage of Boric Acid Ear Drops
The usual dose of boric acid to treat otitis externa in adults and children is 3–8 drops in the infected ear.
How to Use Boric Acid Ear Drops Correctly
Follow the doctor 's recommendations and read the directions for use listed on the package before starting to use boric acid ear drops. Here are the steps you can follow when using boric acid ear drops:
- Wash hands using water and soap, then dry.
- Hold the eardrop pack for a few minutes to warm it up. This is useful to avoid the risk of dizziness when using the drug.
- Open the lid of the package and be careful not to touch the tip of the package with your hands, ears, or other objects.
- Tilt your head about 30–45° so that the ear you want to treat is facing up. For adults, pull the earlobe up and then back, then drop the medicine. While in children, pull the earlobe down and then back. This is useful so that the drops enter the ear canal. Maintain this position for 2 minutes.
- Clean the traces of liquid scattered around the earlobe using a clean cloth or tissue.
- Close the drug packaging tightly.
- Wash your hands again with water and soap until clean.
- Store medications according to the directions on the packaging label.
Make sure there is sufficient time between one dose and the next. Try to use boric acid ear drops at the same time each day for maximum treatment.
Interaction of Boric Acid Ear Drops with Other Drugs
It is not known whether the use of boric acid ear drops in combination with other drugs can cause drug interactions. To be safe, you should consult with your doctor if you want to use boric acid with other drugs to avoid unwanted interaction effects.
Side Effects and Dangers of Boric Acid
Boric acid ear drops are at risk of causing irritation or the appearance of an allergic reaction that can be characterized by symptoms, such as rash, redness, or dry skin. Immediately stop using the drug and check with a doctor if any of the above-mentioned complaints appear.