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Hydrocortisone-Acetic Acid

Pronounced

"a-SEE-tik acid w/ HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone"

Uses

This combination medication is used to treat outer ear infections (e.g., swimmer's ear). This product contains 2 medications. Acetic acid works by stopping the growth of bacteria and fungus. Hydrocortisone is a steroid that helps to decrease the redness, swelling, and itching from the infection.

How to Use This Medication

Clean the ear and carefully remove all earwax and other substances from the outer ear. To apply ear drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your ear or any other surface.

To make sure that the right amount of medication is given, and to avoid touching the ear with the dropper, have another person insert the drops if possible. To lower the risk of dizziness, hold the container in your hand for a few minutes in order to warm it.

For at least the first 24 hours of treatment or as directed by your doctor, put a cotton plug soaked with the solution in the affected ear(s). You may put the cotton plug in your ear first and then apply the ear drops onto the cotton plug. Keep the plug moist by adding 3 to 5 drops of the medication every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by your doctor.

After removing the plug, continue to apply the medication directly into the ear 3 to 4 times daily as directed by your doctor. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear upward. Hold the dropper directly over the ear, and place the prescribed number of drops into the ear canal. To help the drops roll into the ear of an adult, hold the earlobe up and back. In children, hold the earlobe down and back. Keep the head tilted for about 2 minutes. Repeat for the other ear if so directed. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the cap after use.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Continue using it for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping this medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.

Do not use this medication more often or longer than prescribed. Unnecessary use or misuse of this medication can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

Do not use in the eye.

Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.

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