Brand: Dolotic, Benzotic, AB Otic, Dec-Agesic AB, Auroto, Aurodex
Generic: Antipyrine and benzocaine
Antipyrine and benzocaine are used in combination through the ear for the relief of pain, congestion due to infection or any swelling.
Benzocaine is topical anesthetic which decreases the pain sensation while Antipyrine is an analgesic aimed to reduce the pain itself by decreasing inflammation.
An antibiotic is sometimes referred with this combination to eradicate the infection.
These drugs are also used to soften the earwax prior to its removal by washing.
Antipyrine and benzocaine combination is only available in the form of solutions and can be acquired only with a proper prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
The decision of starting any new medication or any treatment method is under the consent of a patient.
The choice of using the combination drug should be made according to complete information from the consulting doctor.
The doctor and the patient should involve in a discussion as a team and follow things should be considered:
A detailed history of a patient is a necessity before any medical procedure. It is important to lay emphasis on the allergies or any history of allergy to any drug, food, preservatives, dyes or animal products.
History of drug usage, past medical or surgical procedure should also be kept in the record to predict any drug interaction.
Physical examination is part and parcel before starting this drug so that a doctor can rule out any physiological or pathological condition by which this drug may interfere.
Age-specific assessment is important to have a safety profile. Geriatric studies have not been extensive to conclude the effectiveness of this combination in elderly.
However, its use has shown that there are not any different side effects in elderly than in young adults.
This drug combination has high sensitivity for infants up to 3 months of age, but for elder ones it is almost similar to that of adults.
Drug interactions may occur when many drugs are used together. Other drugs may enhance or diminish effects of antipyrine and benzocaine combination.
A consulting doctor should be well aware of the drug history of the patient and inform the patient about any possible effect.
Drug interactions may occur as a result of using the counter drugs along with the therapy. Alcohol, tobacco, grapefruit juice and certain types of foods may also lead to increase in drug interactions.
Make sure you tell the doctor if your ear is draining as a draining ear may lead to severe effects.
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