About gentamicin with hydrocortisone ear drops
|Type of medicine||Anti-infective and anti-inflammatory ear drops|
|Used for||Reducing inflammation and treating infections in the ear|
|Also called||Gentisone HC®|
|Available as||Ear drops|
Gentamicin with hydrocortisone is used to treat inflammatory conditions of the ear, particularly those caused by a bacterial infection or eczema. It can also be used to prevent or treat infections in the ear following an injury or surgery.
Gentamicin is used to treat bacterial infections by killing the bacteria responsible for causing the infection. Hydrocortisone is used to relieve inflammation, itching and pain.
Before using gentamicin with hydrocortisone ear drops
Before using gentamicin with hydrocortisone ear drops make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have a perforated (burst) ear drum.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to gentamicin, any other medicine or preservative (for example, benzalkonium chloride).
How to use gentamicin with hydrocortisone ear drops
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Follow the instructions you have been given carefully. You will be told how often to use the drops and for how long.
- Try not to miss doses. If you do miss a dose, then apply the missed dose as soon as you remember.
How to use gentamicin with hydrocortisone ear drops:
- Wash your hands well before use.
- Clean your ear with warm water and pat it dry.
- Remove the cap.
- Lie down or tilt your head a little so that the affected ear is facing upwards.
- Gently pull your earlobe to straighten the ear canal.
- Hold the container upside down near to the ear. Try not to touch the inside of your ear as you do this.
- Apply enough pressure to the container to release two to three drops.
- Keep your ear facing upwards for a few minutes to allow the solution to come into contact with the affected area.
- Repeat the process in your other ear if you have been asked to use the drops in both ears.
- Replace the cap.
- Wash your hands.
Getting the most from your treatment
- These ear drops are only intended for short-term use.
- If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, speak with your doctor.
Can gentamicin with hydrocortisone ear drops cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Possible side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Mild irritation, burning or stinging sensation||You may experience this when you first start using these drops. If it continues or is severe, speak with your doctor|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store gentamicin with hydrocortisone ear drops
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
- If there is any preparation left in the container after you have finished your course of treatment, do not keep it. These ear drops must not be used if the bottle has been opened for longer than four weeks.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 60th Edition (September 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Hui Teoh|
|Last Checked: 26/01/2011||Document ID: 3666 Version: 22||© EMIS|
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