What Is in Floxin Otic?
If you have a bacterial ear infection, your healthcare provider may prescribe Floxin® Otic (ofloxacin otic solution). But what is in Floxin Otic and how does it work?
This ear medication belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short. The active ingredient in Floxin Otic is ofloxacin, a type of antibiotic that works by interfering 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.
Because the brand-name form of Floxin Otic is no longer manufactured, only generic versions of the drug are available. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that all of the generic versions currently available should be equivalent to the brand-name drug.
However, generic medications, including Floxin Otic, are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
(Click Floxin Otic for a complete overview of what is in Floxin Otic, the specific uses of this ear medicine, and other important safety precautions to be aware of before using this drug.)