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How to Use CIPRODEX® Otic Ear Drops

Make Sure CIPRODEX® Otic Gets to Where It Is Needed

If you are like most people, administering ear drops is not an everyday activity for you. It is important to follow dosing and administration instructions. The first step in understanding how to use CIPRODEX® Otic is knowing what kind of ear infection you are treating: there are different instructions for Outer Ear Canal Infections (Swimmer’s Ear) and Middle Ear Infections with Tubes.

What kind of ear infection are you treating?

Outer Ear Canal Infections (Swimmer’s Ear)

Middle Ear Infection with Tympanostomy Tubes

Outer Ear Canal Infection (Swimmer’s Ear) Illustrated Administration Guide

Outer Ear Canal Infection (acute otitis externa) is an infection of the ear canal, the tube that extends from the entrance of the ear to the eardrum. It is important that you follow the instructions below for Outer Ear Canal Infection, to allow CIPRODEX® Otic to enter the affected part of your ear.

Do you know how to put in CIPRODEX ® Otic ear drops?

Step 1

Wash your hands with soap and water.

The first step in using ear drops is to wash your hands with soap  and water. Then you warm the bottle.

Step 2

Warm the bottle of CIPRODEX® Otic by rolling the bottle between your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. Shake the bottle of CIPRODEX® Otic well.

Step 3

Remove the CIPRODEX cap. Put the cap in a clean and dry area. Do not let the tip of the bottle touch your ear, fingers or other surfaces.

Gently pull the outer ear lobe upward and backward while the  person receiving CIPRODEX ® Otic ear drops stays on his/her side.

Step 4

Lie down on your side so that the affected ear faces upward.

The person receiving CIPRODEX ® Otic antibiotic ear drops  should remain on his/her side while the drops are administered.

Step 5

Hold the bottle of CIPRODEX® Otic between your thumb and index finger. Place the tip of the bottle close to your ear. Be careful not to touch your fingers or ear with the tip of the bottle.

Step 6

Gently squeeze the bottle and let 4 drops of CIPRODEX® Otic fall into the affected ear. If a drop misses your ear, follow the instructions in Step 5 again.

Gently pull the outer ear lobe upward and backward while the  person receiving CIPRODEX ® Otic ear drops stays on his/her side.

Step 7

Stay on your side with the affected ear facing upward. It is important that you follow the instructions below for your specific ear infection, to allow CIPRODEX to enter the affected part of your ear.

After CIPRODEX ® Otic ear drops have been put in the ear, the  person receiving the drops should stay on his/her side for 1 minute.

Step 8

If you use CIPRODEX® Otic to treat an Outer Ear Canal Infection:

  • Gently pull the outer ear lobe upward and backward. This will allow the drops of CIPRODEX® Otic to enter your ear canal.
  • Remain on your side with the affected ear facing upward for 1 minute.

Step 9

If your doctor has told you to use CIPRODEX® Otic in both ears, repeat steps 5–8 for your other ear.

Step 10

Put the cap back on the bottle and close it tightly.

Step 11

After you have used all of your CIPRODEX® Otic doses, there may be some CIPRODEX in the bottle. Throw the bottle away.

Middle Ear Infection with Tubes Illustrated Administration Guide

Middle Ear Infection with Tubes occurs behind the eardrum in the middle ear when a tympanostomy tube is present in the eardrum. It is important that you follow the instructions below for Middle Ear Infection with Tubes to allow CIPRODEX® Otic to enter the affected part of your ear.

Before administering CIPRODEX ® Otic ear drops, the person  giving the drops should clean his/her hands.

Step 1

Wash your hands with soap and water.

Before administering CIPRODEX ® Otic ear drops, roll the bottle  between your hands for 1 to 2 minutes to warm it.

Step 2

Warm the bottle of CIPRODEX® Otic by rolling the bottle between your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. Shake the bottle of CIPRODEX® Otic well.

Step 3

Remove the CIPRODEX® Otic cap. Put the cap in a clean and dry area. Do not let the tip of the bottle touch your ear, fingers or other surfaces.

Remember to put the CIPRODEX ® Otic cap in a clean and dry  area while using the ear drops.

Step 4

Lie down on your side so that the affected ear faces upward.

The person receiving CIPRODEX ® Otic antibiotic ear drops  should remain on his/her side while the drops are administered.

Step 5

Hold the bottle of CIPRODEX® Otic between your thumb and index finger. Place the tip of the bottle close to your ear. Be careful not to touch your fingers or ear with the tip of the bottle.

Step 6

Gently squeeze the bottle and let 4 drops of CIPRODEX® Otic fall into the affected ear. If a drop misses your ear, follow the instructions in Step 5 again.

Gently pull the outer ear lobe upward and backward while the  person receiving CIPRODEX ® Otic ear drops stays on his/her side.

Step 7

Stay on your side with the affected ear facing upward. It is important that you follow the instructions below for your specific ear infection, to allow CIPRODEX to enter the affected part of your ear.

The tragus is the small projection in front of the external opening  of your ear.

Step 8

If you use CIPRODEX® Otic to treat a middle ear infection and you have a tube in your eardrum known as a tympanostomy tube:

  • Gently press the part of the ear known as the tragus 5 times using a pumping motion. This will allow the drops of CIPRODEX® Otic to enter your middle ear.
  • Remain on your side with the affected ear facing upward for 1 minute.

Step 9

If your doctor has told you to use CIPRODEX® Otic in both ears, repeat steps 5–8 for your other ear.

Step 10

Put the cap back on the bottle and close it tightly.

Step 11

After you have used all of your CIPRODEX® Otic doses, there may be some CIPRODEX left in the bottle. Throw the bottle away.

Keep Track of Your Doses

You never know when ear infections may happen, but it is important to make time for treatment2,3. For either Outer Ear Canal Infection or Middle Ear Infection with Tubes, CIPRODEX® Otic ear drops should be given twice a day in affected part of your ear for 7 days, according to your doctor's instructions. It is very important to use the ear drops for as long as your doctor tells you to—even if the symptoms improve.

When it comes to dosing, remember 4-2-7

Learn more about CIPRODEX® Otic dosage.

Help keep track of your doses with the CIPRODEX® Otic Dosing Card.

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CIPRODEX® Otic, the #1 prescribed branded antibiotic ear drop of ear, nose and throat specialists and pediatricians is ready to help1.

References:

  1. IMS Health. National prescription audit. USC 61110 OPHTH BROAD/MED SPEC. November 2016.
  2. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Plain language summary: acute otitis externa (swimmer’s ear). http://www.entnet.org/sites/default/files/AOEGuidelinePLSFinal.pdf. Accessed June 13, 2016.
  3. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Earaches and otitis media. http://www.entnet.org/content/earaches-and-otitis-media. Accessed March 17, 2016.

 

*Terms and Conditions: Limitations apply. For commercially insured patients. Up to a $135 cap per bottle. Patient will be responsible for any co-pay once limit per bottle is reached. This offer is not valid under Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state program. Not valid for cash-paying patients. Novartis reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this program without notice. Offer expires [9/30/2017].