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Brand Names: Acetasol HC

Generic Name: acetic acid and hydrocortisone (otic) (Pronunciation: as SEET ik AS sid and hy dro KOR ti zone)

What is acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic (Acetasol HC)?

Acetic acid fights bacteria.

Hydrocortisone is a steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.

The combination of acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic is used to treat conditions inside the ear, such as redness, itching, or swelling.

Acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic (Acetasol HC)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

  • mild stinging, itching, burning, or irritation in the ear;
  • loss of appetite;
  • weight loss (especially in a child); or
  • weakness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic (Acetasol HC)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have a ruptured ear drum. Tell your doctor if you have had any other ear infections or conditions before getting the condition for which you are now being treated. Hydrocortisone can make a pre-existing infection worse.

Do not use acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic on a child younger than 3 years old without a doctor's advice.

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

There may be other drugs that can affect acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or is especially bothersome.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse during the first 5 to 7 days of treatment with acetic acid and hydrocortisone otic.



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