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antipyrine and benzocaine otic (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using antipyrine and benzocaine otic (A/B Otic, Aurodex, Rx-Otic)?

You should not use antipyrine and benzocaine otic if you have a ruptured (torn) ear drum, or the medication could leak into the inner ear. A ruptured ear drum usually causes moderate to severe ear pain, with or without a decrease in hearing. Call your doctor if you think you have a ruptured ear drum. Your doctor will use a special scope to see any tear in your ear drum.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using antipyrine and benzocaine otic, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether antipyrine and benzocaine otic 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.

How should I use antipyrine and benzocaine otic (A/B Otic, Aurodex, Rx-Otic)?

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. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Do not use the medication in your eyes or take it by mouth. Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in the ears.

For best results, remove any ear wax or other debris before using the ear drops. Ask your doctor about safe methods of ear wax removal.

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, keep the ear tilted upward for about 5 minutes. Ask your doctor about using a small piece of cotton to plug the ear and keep the medicine from draining out.

Wipe the dropper tip with a clean tissue. Do not wash the tip with water or soap.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using this medication.

Store antipyrine and benzocaine otic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

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