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Generic Name: antipyrine and benzocaine otic (ant E pie reen and ben ZO cane O tick)
Brand Names: A/B Otic, Allergen, Auralgan, Aurodex, Auroto, Dolotic, Otigesic, Rx-Otic

What is A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic)?

Antipyrine is a pain reliever.

Benzocaine is a skin anesthetic. It is used to reduce itching and pain caused by ear infections.

Antipyrine and benzocaine are used to reduce swelling and pain in the ear. It may also be used to help remove ear wax.

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic)?

Do not use the medication in your eyes or take it by mouth. Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use in the ears only.

Notify your doctor if burning or itching occurs or if your condition does not improve.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic)?

Do not use antipyrine and benzocaine otic if the ear drum (tympanic membrane) has ruptured (broken). It is dangerous for medicine to get into the inner ear. A ruptured ear drum usually causes a considerable amount of pain. A decrease in hearing may also occur. Call your doctor if you suspect a ruptured ear drum. Your doctor will know if the ear drum is ruptured by looking into your ear with a special device. Do not use antipyrine and benzocaine otic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not use antipyrine and benzocaine otic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

How should I use my A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic)?

Use antipyrine and benzocaine otic exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Do not use the medication in your eyes or take it by mouth. Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use in the ears only.

In general, antipyrine and benzocaine otic should be used as follows:

  • Have another person administer the drops whenever possible. Thoroughly clean the external ear and the ear canal of the affected ear(s).

  • Lie on your side or tilt your ear up to make administering a drop easier.

  • Keep the ear tilted for approximately 5 minutes. A cotton or gauze plug may be inserted into the ear canal to contain the medication if directed by your doctor.

  • Do not touch the dropper tip to the ear and do not rinse the dropper after using.

Notify your doctor if burning or itching occurs or if your condition does not improve.

Store antipyrine and benzocaine otic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use a double dose of antipyrine and benzocaine otic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

Symptoms of a antipyrine and benzocaine otic overdose are not known.

What should I avoid while using this medication?

Ear infections may sometimes cause dizziness or a loss of balance. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities if you experience dizziness or a loss of balance.

A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic) side effects

Stop using antipyrine and benzocaine otic and seek emergency medical attention or notify your doctor if you experience
  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);

  • ear drainage or discharge; or

  • worsening pain, irritation, or rash.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect my A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic)?

Do not use other ear drops during treatment with antipyrine and benzocaine otic without first talking to your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with antipyrine and benzocaine otic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has more information about antipyrine and benzocaine otic written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is available with a prescription under the brand name Auralgan. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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