AB Otic

1 What is AB Otic?

Brand: AB Otic, Aurodex, Auroto, Benzotic, Dec-Agesic AB, Dolotic

Generic: Antipyrine and Benzocaine

AB Otic is a solution which is commonly indicated in certain ear infections to relieve ear pain, swelling, and congestion. Indeed, it is not a remedy for the infection itself.

It is generally used to soften earwax so that it can be washed away more easily. Thus, an antibiotic is required to treat the infection. This product is available in solution form and only available with your doctor’s prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using AB Otic, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. The suitable drug therapy is chosen by a doctor with the active participation of the patient.

There are some important factors such as drug interactions, the presence of any metabolic impairment, history of hypersensitivity reaction, pregnancy, lactation etc. that may alter the desired therapeutic effects of a medicine.

Sometimes the presence of other health disorders affects the beneficial effects of this medicine and even may cause serious toxic effects. The use of this medicine is contraindicated in certain individuals who have had known hypersensitivity reactions to any component of this medicine.

In addition, certain medicines should not be used along with this medicine. It is always recommended to consult with your doctor if you are in need of some other medications or even any over-the-counter medicine for another health problem in order to avoid unwanted toxic effects.

In addition, the following drugs should not be used while receiving this medicine:

  • Sulfonamides
  • Aminosalicylic acid
  • Anticholinesterases
  • Suxamethonium
  • Antiarrhythmics
  • Mono-amino oxidase inhibitors
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

Studies over animal have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of this medicine in pregnant women despite potential risks.

3 Proper Usage

To use AB Otic properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The dosage schedule and the duration of drug therapy depend on the particular medical problem for which you are going to use this medicine.

The therapeutic dose may also vary with the patient’s condition or requirement and the strength of the medicine as well. If you miss a dose of this medicine, you should apply it as soon as possible. But, if it is almost time for the next dose, it is advised to go back to the regular dosing schedule skipping the missed dose.

  • For ear pain caused by an infection—Use enough medicine to fill the entire ear canal every one or two hours until the pain is relieved.
  • For softening earwax before removal—Use enough medicine to fill the entire ear canal three times a day for two or three days.

Before using the medicine, you may warm this medicine to body temperature (37 °C or 98.6 °F) by holding the bottle in your hand for a few minutes. You should lie down or tilt your head so that the infected ear faces up.

It is easy to drop the medicine into the ear canal by pulling the earlobe up and back gently to straighten the ear canal. Finally, you must keep your ear facing up for about 5 minutes to allow the medicine to coat the ear canal.

Further, it is advised to store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and direct light. All kinds of medicines should be kept out of the reach of children. However, outdated medicines should be disposed of by an appropriate way.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using AB Otic, there are some precautions you must take. Firstly, regular visits to your doctor are recommended to check the prognosis while undergoing any drug therapy. Additionally, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • A sterile cotton plug mixed with this medicine can gently be placed at the ear opening for no longer than 5 to 10 minutes to help keep the medicine from leaking out.
  • For removing the earwax, the ear should be flushed with warm water after using 2 to 3 days. This procedure should be done by a doctor.
  • If you have perforated eardrum, you should not use this medicine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with AB Otic. These side effects usually go away during the treatment episode as your body adjusts to the medicine.

Your healthcare professional may advise you about the ways how to prevent or reduce those unwanted side effects.

Sometimes you may need to consult with the doctor immediately if you notice any of the following toxic effects, especially: