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Fluocinolone Acetonide Otic drops, oil

What is this medicine?

FLUOCINOLONE (floo oh SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to reduce swelling, redness, and itching of the ear.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the ears. Wash your hands with soap and water. Do not insert any object or swab into the ear canal. Gently warm the bottle by holding it in your hand for 1 to 2 minutes. Lie down on your side with the affected ear up. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your ear, fingertips, or other surface. Squeeze the container gently to put the prescribed number of drops in the ear canal. Stay in this position for 60 seconds to help the drops soak into the ear. Repeat the steps for the other ear if both ears are infected. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • burning or itching of the ear

  • ear pain that gets worse

  • infection

  • lack of healing of ear condition

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • abnormal feeling in the ear

  • dry skin, irritation

  • unpleasant feeling while putting the drops in the ear

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other ear products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any active infection

  • diabetes

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fluocinolone, corticosteroids, peanut allergy, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

It is important that you keep the ear(s) clean and dry. When bathing, try not to get the ear(s) wet. Do not go swimming unless your doctor or health care professional has told you otherwise.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 6/22/2009
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