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Help! Can antibiotic eye drops be used in the ear?

Help! Can antibiotic eye drops be used in the ear?

Not formulated: Eye drops are formulated for eye surface ; labeled as such. Otic (ear) drops same thing. I would not use except as prescribed.

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Can eye drops be used as ear drops?

Can eye drops be used as ear drops?

Eye to ear drops: Hello, we commonly use eye drops in the ear. They are neutral balanced and gentle to the eye thus easy on the ear canal. There are many more options for eye drops than ear drops too. So yes, your doctor may prescribe eye drops for in the ear application.

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Eye drops (maxitrol) can it be used in ears?

Eye drops (maxitrol) can it be used in ears?

Yes: Eye drops can be safely used in the ears but not the other way around. Ear drops are not good for the eyes.

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Can I used an chloramphenicol eye drops 0.5% w/v for my ears?

Can I used an chloramphenicol eye drops 0.5% w/v for my ears?

No: Chloramphenicol can rarely cause a fatal aplastic anemia even from eye drops. There are many other antibiotic eye drops available that do not have the risk of serious side effects. Get a prescription for one of these.

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Could it be okay if I used eye contact cleaner for eye drops or ear drops?

Could it be okay if I used eye contact cleaner for eye drops or ear drops?

No: Contact lens cleaner and/or disinfectant should not be used as an eye drop. I see no reason it could not be used in the ears, but it would have no therapeutic effect. Since both eye and ear drops are readily available over the counter, you should use them instead.

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Is it okay to use eye drops in the ears?

Is it okay to use eye drops in the ears?

Not labeled for such: Eye drops formulated for ocular structures ; labeled for use as such by product inserts. Most formulations have special otic (ear) preparations for specific ear use as well.

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Can you use siprodex ear/ eye drops if you have grommets?

Can you use siprodex ear/ eye drops if you have grommets?

Yes you can.: But you'd want to have the ear looked at on a fairly regular basis if you are thinking fungal infection.

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Accidentally putting pink eye drops in ear, should I be concerned?

Accidentally putting pink eye drops in ear, should I be concerned?

No: Assuming the eye drop is either an antibiotic or a steroid, one drop in the eye should not cause any problems.

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I by mistake putted mullein eye drops in my ear?

I by mistake putted mullein eye drops in my ear?

Should be OK: Don't know what those drops are, but unless you have a hole in your ear drum, most eye groups won't hurt your ears.

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Is it okay to take ofloxacin (exocin) eye drops instead of ofloxacin ear drops?

Is it okay to take ofloxacin (exocin) eye drops instead of ofloxacin ear drops?

Yes: We frequently prescribe eye drops for use in the ear if the ear drop is not available. Don't try using an ear drop in the eye though.

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Why do chloramphenicol eye drops need to be stored in the refrigerator while ear drops can be stored at room temperature?

Why do chloramphenicol eye drops need to be stored in the refrigerator while ear drops can be stored at room temperature?

Drop storage: Both can be stored at room temperature without any issue. These recommendations are based on what was studied by the company producing the drops and they have to be overly cautious on recommendations due to fda issues.

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Is it okay to put eye drops in your ear for an ear ache?

Maybe: If the drops are antibiotic eye drops, thrycan may be effective in the ear to treat an ear infection. I would recommend being evaluated by a doctor and using appropriate medications though.

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Ofloxacin eye drops for ear infection?

Ofloxacin eye drops for ear infection?

OK: Can't put non-ophthalmic (/-eye) safe meds into eye, but can put eye-safe meds elsewhere.

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I have been prescribed eye drops for my ear infection why?

I have been prescribed eye drops for my ear infection why?

Antibiotic is same: Several ear drops were originally designed as eye drops but are perfectly safe to use in the ear. As long as it does not have gentamycin or neomycin, it is likely safe to use.

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Exocin eye drops solution ofloxacin, can this be used as ear drops for ear infection?

Exocin eye drops solution ofloxacin, can this be used as ear drops for ear infection?

Not labeled for such: Eye drops formulated for ocular structures ; labeled for use as such by product inserts. Most formulations have special otic (ear) preparations for specific ear use as well.