Generic Name: antipyrine and benzocaine otic (AN tee PYE reen and BEN zoe kane)Brand Names: A/B Otic, Aurodex, Rx-Otic
Antipyrine is a pain reliever.
Benzocaine is a numbing medicine.
The combination of antipyrine and benzocaine is used to treat pain, and swelling caused by ear infections.
Antipyrine and benzocaine otic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic)?Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in your ears. Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Ear infections may sometimes cause dizziness or a loss of balance. Be careful if you drive, operate machinery, or do anything else hazardous if you feel dizzy or off balance. Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have ear drainage or discharge, or worsening pain, irritation, or rash.
Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using this medication.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using A/B Otic (antipyrine and benzocaine otic)?You should not use antipyrine and benzocaine otic if you have a ruptured (torn) ear drum, or the medication could leak into the inner ear. A ruptured ear drum usually causes moderate to severe ear pain, with or without a decrease in hearing. Call your doctor if you think you have a ruptured ear drum. Your doctor will use a special scope to see any tear in your ear drum. FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using antipyrine and benzocaine otic, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether antipyrine and benzocaine otic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Do not use the medication in your eyes or take it by mouth. Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in the ears.
For best results, remove any ear wax or other debris before using the ear drops. Ask your doctor about safe methods of ear wax removal.
To use the ear drops, first remove the cap from the dropper bottle. Lie down or tilt your head with your ear facing upward. Pull back on your ear gently to open up the ear canal. Hold the dropper upside down over your ear canal and place enough drops of the medicine in your ear to fill the ear canal.Do not place the dropper tip into your ear or allow the tip to touch any surface. It may become contaminated.
After using the ear drops, keep the ear tilted upward for about 5 minutes. Ask your doctor about using a small piece of cotton to plug the ear and keep the medicine from draining out.
Wipe the dropper tip with a clean tissue. Do not wash the tip with water or soap.
Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using this medication.Store antipyrine and benzocaine otic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
An overdose of antipyrine and benzocaine applied into the ear is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.
ear drainage or discharge; or
worsening pain, irritation, or rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on antipyrine and benzocaine used in the ears. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.