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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and i was given what i thought was ear drops but it's ofloxacin 0.3% eye drops. What should I do?

I have an ear infection and i was given what i thought was ear drops but it's ofloxacin 0.3% eye drops. What should I do?

Try it: You can give it a shot, using the eye drops, as the active ingredient is appropriate for treating ear infections. If you receive no relief in a day or two, contact your physician for the ear drop equivalent. ...Read more

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I'm traveling in Egypt and got an ear infection. The Dr prescribed isopto maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) as ear drops, but the package says eye drops. Can I use in ears?

I'm traveling in Egypt and got an ear infection. The Dr prescribed isopto maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) as ear drops, but the package says eye drops.  Can I use in ears?

Yes you can: Unfortunately sometimes the same preparation for ears isn't available, so eye drops can be as good for the external ears, but not the opposite, wish you wellness ...Read more

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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. ...Read more