Ofloxacin Ear Drops

Ofloxacin Ear Drops

Ofloxacin ear drops are antibiotics to treat bacterial ear infections. Ofloxacin ear drops can only be used according to a doctor's prescription.

Ofloxacin ear drops work by inhibiting the growth and killing of bacteria that cause infections. This medicine can be used for infections in the ear canal ( otitis externa ) and middle ear ( otitis media ).

Ofloxacin ear drops cannot penetrate the eardrum and reach the middle ear by itself. Therefore, this medicine is only used in otitis media accompanied by a perforated ear drum or which has been given a tympanostomy tube.

Ofloxacin ear drops drug brands: Akilen, Erflox, Forotic, Ofloxacin, Tarivid, Zelavel

What Are Ofloxacin Ear Drops

Group Quinolone antibiotics
Category Prescription drugs
Benefits Treating bacterial infections in the ear
Used by Adults and children over 1 year old
Ofloxacin ear drops for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Studies on experimental animals show side effects on the fetus, but there are no controlled studies on pregnant women. Medicines can only be used if the magnitude of the expected benefit exceeds the magnitude of the risk to the fetus.

It is not yet known whether ofloxacin ear drops are absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without first consulting your doctor.

Drug form Ear drops

Precautions Before Using Ofloxacin Ear Drops

Ofloxacin ear drops should not be used indiscriminately. Some things to consider before using this medicine are:

  • Do not use this medicine if you have an allergy to ofloxacin or other quinolone antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin .
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from other ear disorders or have had an ear infection more than once in the last 6 months.
  • Do not drive or do activities that require alertness during treatment with ofloxacin, because this drug can cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Inform the doctor if you are using certain medicines, including supplements and herbal medicines, to anticipate the occurrence of drug interactions.
  • See a doctor immediately if you experience a drug allergic reaction or serious side effects after using ofloxacin eye drops.

Dosage and Administration of Ofloxacin Ear Drops

The following is the dose of ofloxacin ear drops based on the condition to be overcome and the patient's age:

Condition: Chronic otitis media accompanied by a perforated ear drum

  • Adults and children aged ≥12 years: 10 drops (1.5 mg), instilled into the affected ear canal 2 times a day, for 14 days.

Condition: Acute otitis media with a tympanostomy tube installed (tube to make a hole in the ear drum)

  • Children aged 1–12 years: 5 drops (0.75 mg), instilled into the affected ear canal 2 times a day, for 10 days.

Condition: Otitis externa

  • Adults and children aged >13 years: 10 drops (1.5 mg), instilled into the affected ear canal 1 time a day, for 7 days.
  • Children aged 6 months to 13 years: 5 drops (0.75 mg), instilled into the affected ear canal 1 time a day, for 7 days.

How to Use Ofloxacin Ear Drops Correctly

Be sure to read the instructions on the medicine packaging and follow the doctor 's recommendations in using ofloxacin ear drops. Always wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

Clean the outside of the ear first. Warm the medicine bottle and liquid with your hands to prevent dizziness after using the medicine. Once the medicine is ready to be dripped, tilt the head with the ear to be treated facing upwards.

Apply ear drops according to the recommended dosage. Pull the ear lobe back and press the cartilage in front of the ear (tragus) several times. Hold the position with the ear up for 5 minutes.

If the treatment is done on both ears, do the process above to the other ear 5 minutes after the process on the first ear.

Make sure the tip of the ear drop bottle does not touch any surface to avoid contamination.

Use ofloxacin ear drops at the same time every day. If you forget to use ofloxacin ear drops, immediately use this medicine if it is not close to the next schedule. If it is close, ignore the missed dose and do not double the next dose.

Do not stop using ofloxacin ear drops without consulting a doctor first even if the complaint has disappeared. Stopping the use of ofloxacin ear drops prematurely can increase the risk of the infection returning and being more difficult to treat.

Ofloxacin ear drops should not be used in the eyes, mouth, or nose. Immediately clean using running water if the parts accidentally come into contact with this medicine.

Store ofloxacin ear drops at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, hot temperatures, and humid conditions. Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.

Interactions of Ofloxacin Ear Drops with Other Medicines

The use of ofloxacin ear drops together with oral or injected quinolone antibiotics can increase the risk of tendon rupture. To avoid unwanted drug interactions, tell your doctor what drugs, herbal products, or supplements you are using.

Side Effects and Dangers of Ofloxacin Ear Drops

There are some side effects that can appear after using ofloxacin ear drops, such as:

  • Mild pain or irritation in the ear
  • Itchy ears
  • Round and round
  • Headache
  • Disorders of the sense of taste

Consult a doctor if the side effects do not subside or get worse. See a doctor immediately if you experience a serious drug allergic reaction or side effect, such as:

  • Tingling or numbness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Symptoms of a new infection, such as ear pain and more fluid
  • A skin rash appears
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