How Floxin Otic Works, Who Can Use It, and Off-Label Indications
How Does Floxin Otic Work?Floxin Otic belongs to a group of medications called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short. Quinolones are antibiotics used to kill bacteria that cause infections. Like other quinolones, Floxin Otic interferes with a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is needed by the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply.
Can Children Use It?Floxin Otic is approved to treat infections of the outer ear and ear canal in children as young as 6 months old. It is also approved to treat middle ear infections in children between 1 and 12 years of age with ear tubes, and children 12 years old and older with a hole in their eardrum.
Can Older Adults Use It?Yes -- older adults can use Floxin Otic. They will likely respond to, and tolerate, this medication as well as younger age groups.
Can You Use Floxin Otic for Off-Label Reasons?On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Floxin Otic for something other than acute otitis externa or otitis media. This is referred to as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no widely accepted off-label uses for the medication.