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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

Dr. David Fredricks
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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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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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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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'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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Ear drops called floxin (ofloxacin) -- help my infection?

Ear drops called floxin (ofloxacin) -- help my infection?

Possibly: Ofloxacin otic may be used for treatment of Otitis Externa, Acute Otitis Media in children with tympanostomy tubes and Chronic Supporative Otitis Media with perforated Ear drum (with susceptible microorganisms). ...Read more

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Are floxin (ofloxacin) ear drops good for ear infections?

Are floxin (ofloxacin) ear drops good for ear infections?

External infection?: Ear drops are primarily used for otitis externa, (outer canal infection).

If you have a middle ear infection, (otitis media), you may need oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are ofloxacin eye drops safe for my four month old son? What is this medication used for? Thank you for your time :)

Are ofloxacin eye drops safe for my four month old son? What is this medication used for? Thank you for your time :)

Antibiotic: In the pediatric population, Ofloxacin eye drops are used to treat bacterial keratitis and severe bacterial conjunctivitis involving susceptible organisms. However, I can't find any evidence for the indication or use of Ofloxacin eye drops in children less than a year of age. Please see a pediatrician, perhaps one who specializes in treatment of ophthalmic (eye) problems. ...Read more

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I have blurred vision while taking ofloxacin eye drops for 3 days. Should I continue medicine.?

I have blurred vision while taking ofloxacin eye drops for 3 days. Should I continue medicine.?

See doctor: If this symptom is new for you prior to using the eyedrops, then you need to discontinue and go back to see your doctor for different eyedrop. ...Read more

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I am using ofloxacin eye drops as prescribed by doc for itchy eye. It feels like burnig for a sec when I use them. Is it normal and how often I can use?

I am using ofloxacin eye drops as prescribed by doc for itchy eye. It feels like burnig for a sec when I use them. Is it normal and how often I can use?

Ofloxacin: These drops should be prescribed for a bacterial infection of the eye. They can be associated with some eye pain upon application. Any antibiotic should be used as prescribed by the treating physician and not adjusted. This will best eliminate the infection. Symptomatic itching after the course of antibiotics is complete should be reevaluated by the doctor. ...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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Why don't we give ear drops in the eye?

Why don't we give ear drops in the eye?

Because not eye drop: The eye is more easily harmed by many substances than other parts of the body, including the ear.
In the eye, use only medicines recommended for use in the eye. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What if I accidentally put neomycin ear drops in my eye?

What if I accidentally put neomycin ear drops in my eye?

Rinse first: Use saline or tap water to rinse the eye. If you develop pain, swelling, or blurred vision, then get it checked. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I accidentally put ear drops (one drop) into my son's eye. We have flushed the eye, is there anything else we need to do? I'm horrified I could make such a painful mistake. He says his eye feels better now, just dry. Is there anything else I should do to

I accidentally put ear drops (one drop) into my son's eye. We have flushed the eye, is there anything else we need to do? I'm horrified I could make such a painful mistake. He says his eye feels better now, just dry. Is there anything else I should do to

Hello.: Hello. Please look at the bottle to see the name and ingredients of the ear drop. Call 1-800-222-1222, which will put you in control with your local poison control center. Tell, them exactly what happened and give them the product info. They will look up the product and determine if any further actions should be taken. Take care. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can I use chloromycetin (chloramphenicol sodium succinate) ear drops in my eyes?

Can I use chloromycetin (chloramphenicol sodium succinate) ear drops in my eyes?

I would not: There are differences in formulations (ph, etc) in drops for eyes and ears that allow for them not to burn, sting or cause irritation in the area they are applied. Please check with your prescribing physician before applying a medication to an area that it was not prescribed for. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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