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Ear Drops

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Adult, Children

Ear Drops - What is it for

Ear Drops - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ear Drops cause?

Before taking Ear Drops, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ear Drops?

Ear Drops - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ear Drops be used?

​1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.step 1.png

​2. Shake the bottle gently to mix the contents well. If necessary, roll the bottle between the palms of your hands to help warm the drops to near body temperature.

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3. ​Remove the cap from the bottle and place it on a clean piece of tissue paper.step 3.PNG
​4. Draw the liquid medication into the dropper (if the dropper is separated from the bottle) OR invert the bottle if the dropper tip is attached to the nozzle of the bottle.step 4.PNG
5. ​Tilt your head OR lie on your side so that the affected ear is facing upwards.step 5.PNG
6. ​Place the dropper tip just above your ear canal (entrance of the ear) and pull the ear as instructed below.  Avoid touching the ear with the dropper tip.
 
a) For children under 3 years old:
   Gently pull the lower ear DOWNWARD and backward.
 
b) For children over 3 years old and adults:
    Gently pull the upper ear UPWARD and backward.

   

Then, apply the correct number of drops in the ear,  as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.

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7. ​Gently massage the small skin flap over the ear to facilitate the flow of drops into the ear canal (tragal massage). step 7.PNG
​ ​8. Keep your ear tilted or remain in the lying position for a few minutes so that no medicine leaks out of the ear.
​ 9. ​Replace the cap of the bottle immediately after use.
​​10. Wash your hands again.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Ear Drops - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Ear Drops safely?

How should I store Ear Drops?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Others;#​Some ear drops may need to be kept in the fridge whereas others need to be kept at room temperature. Ask your pharmacist about the proper storage conditions of the ear drops you are using.

How should I dispose of Ear Drops safely?

Ear Drops - Additional Information

  • Updated on Monday, June 3, 2019
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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