Cerumenex Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using triethanolamine polypeptide oleate otic (Cerumenex)?

Do not use this medication if you have:

  • a perforated (ruptured) ear drum; or
  • an ear infection.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medication in a child without a doctor's advice.

How should I use triethanolamine polypeptide oleate otic (Cerumenex)?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

Triethanolamine polypeptide oleate otic is often used by your doctor just before an ear exam or other procedure.

To use the ear drops, first remove the cap from the dropper bottle. Lie down or tilt your head with your ear facing upward. Pull back on your ear gently to open up the ear canal. Hold the dropper upside down over your ear canal and place enough drops of the medicine in your ear to fill the ear canal.

Do not place the dropper tip into your ear, or allow the tip to touch any surface. It may become contaminated.

After using the ear drops, use a small piece of cotton to plug the ear and keep the medicine from draining out. Leave this cotton in place for at least 15 minutes. Wipe away the excess liquid from the outside of your ear as quickly as possible.

Do not leave this medication in your ear for longer than 30 minutes.

Remove the cotton from your ear and prepare a bulb syringe by filling it with warm water. Place the tip of the syringe into your ear and gently squeeze (do not squirt) the water into your ear. Lean over a sink with the ear downward so that the water and wax can drain out freely.

After drainage is complete, wash the outside of the ear with soap and water.

You may repeat this ear-flushing procedure if needed.

Store this medicine at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

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