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Floxin Otic Warnings and Precautions

If you are using Floxin Otic for treating a bacterial ear infection, it is important to know that this medication may not be suitable for people with certain allergies. Other safety precautions with Floxin Otic involve warnings about using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, do not swallow this medicine, put it in your nose or eyes, or apply it to the skin.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Floxin® Otic (ofloxacin otic solution) if you have any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Floxin Otic

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include:
 
  • Floxin Otic is an ear drop and should only be used in the ears. Do not take it by mouth, put it in your nose or eyes, or apply it to your skin.
     
  • Floxin Otic does not kill all types of organisms that may cause ear infections. Therefore, if your infection seems to get worse or has not improved within a week, or if you experience extreme or persistent discomfort or itching, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
     
  • It is important to keep this medication clean and free from bacterial contamination. Therefore, avoid touching the tip of the applicator to any surface, including your ear or hands.
     
  • When taken orally, ofloxacin (the active ingredient in Floxin Otic) has been reported to cause severe allergic reactions. Although this type of reaction is not likely with Floxin Otic (since very little of the medicine is absorbed into the bloodstream), seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
     
    • A rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the lips or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
 
  • Floxin Otic is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Floxin Otic Drug Interactions).
     
  • Floxin Otic is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Floxin Otic and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • It is unknown if Floxin Otic passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using Floxin Otic (see Floxin Otic and Breastfeeding).
     
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