How do other otic drugs work?
Other otic drugs include different types of medications, each of which works uniquely and is used for a specific purpose in the treatment of ear problems. The types of otic medications that are grouped under other otic drugs include:
What are the uses of other otic drugs?
- Otic acetic acid, glacial: Otic acetic acid is a weak acidic solution that kills microorganisms by chemically altering their proteins and fats. Otic acetic acid is used to treat bacterial and fungal infections.
- Otic carbamide peroxide: Otic carbamide peroxide is used to clear the excessive buildup of earwax (cerumen). When applied in the ear canal, otic carbamide peroxide releases oxygen and begins to foam, softening and loosening up the earwax.
- Otic boric acid/alcohol: Otic boric acid/alcohol combination is used to treat bacterial and fungal ear infections caused by water in the ear, a condition known as swimmer’s ear. Boric acid creates an acidic environment that is hostile to microbial growth, and alcohol dries out the moisture which can promote microbial growth.
- Otic mineral oil: Otic mineral oil is used to unclog ears blocked by hardened and impacted cerumen. The oil lubricates and softens the cerumen facilitating its removal.
What are side effects of other otic drugs?
Side effects of other otic drugs are unique to each drug. A few of the side effects include:
- Otic acetic acid, glacial
- Temporary stinging or burning in the ear
- Local irritation (rare)
- Otic carbamide peroxide
- Otic boric acid/alcohol
- Transient pain or burning
- Otic mineral oil
- Ear canal drainage
Information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.