Ofloxacin Otic

Reviewed on 5/18/2022

What Is Ofloxacin Otic and How Does It Work?

Ofloxacin Otic is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of infections of the ear canal, inner ear infection, and infections causing a hole in the eardrum (Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media with Perforated Tympanic Membranes). 

  • Ofloxacin Otic is available under the following different brand names: Floxin Otic, Ofloxacin Otic

What Are Dosages of Ofloxacin Otic?

Adult and pediatric dosage

Otic solution

  • 0.3%

Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media with Perforated Tympanic Membranes

Adult dosage

  • Instill 10 drops twice daily for 14 days in the affected ear(s)

Pediatric dosage

  • Children above 12 years: Instill 10 drops twice daily for 14 days in the affected ear(s)

Otitis Externa

Adult dosage

  • Instill  10 drops every day for 7 days in the affected ear(s)

Pediatric dosage

  • Children below 6 months
    • Safety and efficacy not established
  • Children 6 months to 12 years
    • Instill  5 drops into the affected ear twice daily for 7 days
  • Children above 12 years
    • Instill 10 drops a day for 7 days in the affected ear(s)

Acute Otitis Media with Tympanostomy Tubes

Pediatric dosage

  • Children below 1 year
    • Safety and efficacy not established

Children1-12 years

  • Instill  5 drops into the affected ear twice daily for 7 days

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows: 

  • See “Dosages”

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ofloxacin Otic?

Common side effects of the Ofloxacin Otic include

  • headache,
  • dizziness, and
  • mild ear pain or itching after using the ear drops

Serious side effects of the Ofloxacin Otic include

  • hives,
  • rash,
  • itching,
  • slow heart rate,
  • weak pulse,
  • fainting,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • slow breathing,
  • swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • skin rash (no matter how mild),
  • ear drainage or discharge, and
  • worsening pain in the ear

Rare side effects of the Ofloxacin Otic include:

  • None

This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects or health problems that may occur as a result of the use of this drug. Call your doctor for medical advice about serious side effects or adverse reactions. You may report side effects or health problems to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What Other Drugs Interact with Ofloxacin Otic?

If your medical doctor is using this medicine to treat your pain, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

  • Ofloxacin Otic has no noted severe interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ofloxacin Otic has no noted serious interactions with any other drugs. 
  • Ofloxacin Otic has no noted moderate interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ofloxacin Otic has no noted minor interactions with any other drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Visit the RxList Drug Interaction Checker for any drug interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Ofloxacin Otic?

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity to drug or product components

Effects of drug abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ofloxacin Otic?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ofloxacin Otic?”

Cautions

  • A warm solution with hands to prevent dizziness
  • May result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi
  • Careful monitoring, including slit-lamp biomicroscopy and fluorescein staining when appropriate, may be necessary for some patients receiving topical ophthalmic ofloxacin therapy
  • Not for injection or ophthalmic use
  • Tendon rupture reported with systemic quinolones

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use with caution if the benefits outweigh the risks.
  • Lactation
    • Not known if distributed in milk; not recommended

QUESTION

Ear infection or acute otitis media is an infection of the middle ear. See Answer
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/floxin-oflaxacin-otic-343650#0

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