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chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, and pramoxine (otic) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, and pramoxine otic?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, or pramoxine.

Do not use this medication 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.

Before using chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, and pramoxine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have any type of illness or infection (other than an ear infection).

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, and pramoxine 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 my chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, and pramoxine 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.

Do not use the medication in your eyes or take it by mouth. Chloroxylenol, hydrocortisone, and pramoxine otic is for use in the ears only.

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. You may also be able to soak a small cotton wick with the medication and leave it in place. Ask your doctor of pharmacist for instructions on using a cotton wick.

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

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using this medication.

Store the ear drops at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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