If you have a bacterial infection of the ear, Floxin® Otic (ofloxacin otic solution) may help relieve your symptoms. Specifically, this prescription ear drop is used for treating:
- Middle ear infections (known medically as otitis media) in children with ear tubes
- Chronic otitis media in adults and children with holes in their eardrum
- Outer ear infections (known medically as otitis externa, or more commonly "swimmer's ear") in adults and children.
Floxin Otic belongs to a group of medications called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics used to kill bacteria by interfering with a bacterial enzyme that the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply.
It comes in the form of an ear drop and is typically used once or twice daily for 7 to 14 days. Potential side effects may include ear discomfort, dizziness, and itching in the ear.
(For more information on how this medication works for treating certain infections of the ear, click Floxin Otic. This article offers a more in-depth look at what Floxin Otic is used for, how it works, and what your healthcare provider needs to know before you use this prescription ear drop.)