Floxin Otic Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Floxin Otic (ofloxacin otic) is used to treat ear infections. Floxin Otic is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include mild irritation/discomfort in the ear, dizziness, headache, earache, or changes in taste.
The recommended dosage of Floxin Otic for the treatment of otitis externa is five drops (0.25 mL, 0.75 mg ofloxacin) instilled into the affected ear twice daily for 10 days. The recommended dosage for the treatment of chronic suppurative otitis media with perforated tympanic membranes is 10 drops (0.5 mL, 1.5 mg ofloxacin) instilled into the affected ear twice daily for 14 days. Floxin Otic may interact with other ear drops. Do not use other ear drops unless prescribed by your doctor. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Foxin Otic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products. Floxin Otic should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. However, it is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Floxin Otic (ofloxacin otic) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Floxin Otic in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Stop using ofloxacin otic and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor if you experience:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- skin rash; or
- ear drainage, discharge, or worsening pain.
Other less serious side effects may also occur such as ear discomfort or itching, and headache. Continue to use the medication and talk to your doctor if these side effects seem excessive or unusual.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Floxin Otic Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: tingling/numbness.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: hearing changes.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new fungal ear infection. Do not use it for longer than prescribed. Contact your doctor if you notice new or worsening symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Floxin Otic FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Subjects with Otitis Externa
In the phase III clinical trials performed in support of once-daily dosing, 799 subjects with otitis externa and intact tympanic membranes were treated with ofloxacin otic solution. The studies, which served as the basis for approval, were 020 (pediatric, adolescents and adults), 016 (adolescents and adults) and 017 (pediatric). The following treatment-related adverse events occurred in two or more of the subjects.
|Adverse Event||Studies 002/003†
|Application Site Reaction||3%||16.8%||0.6%|
|† Studies 002/003 (BID) and 016/017 (QD) were active-controlled and comparative. Study 020 (QD) was open and non-comparative.|
An unexpected increased incidence of application site reaction was seen in studies and was similar for both ofloxacin and the active control drug (neomycin-polymyxin B sulfate-hydrocortisone). This finding is believed to be the result of specific questioning of the subjects regarding the incidence of application site reactions.
In twice daily dosing studies, the following treatment-related adverse events were each reported in a single subject: dermatitis, eczema, erythematous rash, follicular rash, hypoaesthesia, tinnitus, dyspepsia, hot flushes, flushing and otorrhagia.
Subjects with Acute Otitis Media with Tympanostomy Tubes (AOM TT) and Subjects with Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media (CSOM) with Perforated Tympanic Membranes
In phase III clinical trials which formed the basis for approval, the following treatment-related adverse events occurred in 1% or more of the 656 subjects with non-intact tympanic membranes in AOM TT or CSOM treated twice-daily with ofloxacin otic solution:
Other treatment-related adverse reactions reported in subjects with non-intact tympanic membranes included: diarrhea (0.6%), nausea (0.3%), vomiting (0.3%), dry mouth (0.5%), headache (0.3%), vertigo (0.5%), otorrhagia (0.6%), tinnitus (0.3%), fever (0.3%). The following treatment-related adverse events were each reported in a single subject: application site reaction, otitis externa, urticaria, abdominal pain, dysaesthesia, hyperkinesia, halitosis, inflammation, pain, insomnia, coughing, pharyngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, and tachycardia.
Post-Marketing Adverse Events
Cases of uncommon transient neuropsychiatric disturbances have been included in spontaneous post-marketing reports. A causal relationship with ofloxacin otic solution 0.3% is unknown.
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