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OTOGESIC
BENZOCAINE/ANTIPYRINE/PHENYLEPHRINE - OTIC

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

BENZOCAINE/ANTIPYRINE/PHENYLEPHRINE - OTIC

(BEN-zoh-cane/AN-tee-PIE-reen/fen-ill-EFF-rin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Otogesic, Tympagesic

Uses

Benzocaine is an anesthetic. Antipyrine is a pain reliever. Phenylephrine relieves congestion. This combination medication is used to relieve pain, swelling and irritation in the ear.

How To Use

For best effects, this medication must be used as directed. Apply ear drops to the affected ear(s) as follows: Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or let it touch your ear. If the medication has been refrigerated, hold the bottle in your hand for a few minutes to warm it. If the drops are a suspension (not a solution) shake well for 10 seconds before using. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear up. Place dropper directly over the ear and administer the prescribed number of drops. To help the drops roll into the ear, in adults, hold the earlobe up and back and in children, hold the earlobe down and back. Keep the head tilted for a minute and insert a soft cotton plug loosely into the ear. Do not rinse the dropper.

Side Effects

This medication may temporarily sting or burn your ear for a minute or two when applied. If this continues or becomes bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: a skin rash, itching/burning/redness in or around the ears. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: other infections, allergies (especially drug allergies). This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken this medicine by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

If the condition for which this was prescribed does not improve or becomes worse after a few days, consult your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

This may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Discard this if the solution turns brown, cloudy or contains particles.